Cyprus has become the first European Union Member State to announce that it plans to abolish entry requirements like testing and quarantine for travellers who get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The plan which is set to come into force in March 2021, was revealed to Cyprus Mail by Cypriot Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos.
“The amended action plan is expected to further boost the interest of airline companies to carry out additional flights to Cyprus, improve connectivity and increase passenger traffic,” the Minister said.
Cyprus’ new action plan includes a four-tier safe travel list, replacing a three-tier system:
- Green Category- No restrictions
- Orange Category- A negative Covid-19 test result (not older than 72 hours) must be presented before departure
- Red Category- Two negative covid-19 test results- one within 72 hours before departure and another upon arrival in the country. No self-isolation measures apply in this category
- Grey Category or the ‘special permit category’- Passengers arriving from countries in this category will have to present a negative Covid-19 test result (not older than 72 hours) before departure and must self-isolate upon arrival in accordance with the instructions of the health ministry.