Foreign travel advice

Cyprus

Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel

It is illegal to travel abroad from the UK for holidays. Follow current COVID-19 rules where you live: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In England, you must have a permitted reason to travel abroad and complete the declaration form.

Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new social distancing rules with little warning. Check our advice for each country you will visit or transit through.

When you return, follow the rules to enter the UK from abroad (except from Ireland).

Summary

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the whole of Cyprus based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Travel is subject to entry restrictions

  • The Republic of Cyprus (ROC) has adopted the evaluation system by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) separating countries into Green, Orange and Red categories
  • The UK entered the Amber category on 29 April. Visitors from ‘Amber’ category countries are required to undergo a PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure and provide proof of a negative result.
  • Legal residents of Cyprus, Cypriot ID holders and their family members can enter Cyprus without a PCR test result, but will be tested on arrival and subject to self-isolation until a negative result is obtained.
  • See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to Cyprus, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

There are rules about taking food and drink into the EU. See Taking food and drink into the EU for further information.

Around one million British nationals visit Cyprus every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

If you’re living in or moving to Cyprus, visit our Living in Cyprus guide in addition to this travel advice.

Terrorist attacks in Cyprus can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

Cyprus has a strict zero tolerance towards drugs. See Local laws and customs

Driving standards are poor. You should drive with great care. See Road travel

There have been reports of an increase in holidaymakers being encouraged to submit a claim for personal injury if they have experienced gastric illness during their stay. You can find more information about the action you can take if you have suffered a personal injury on the Citizens Advice website. You should only consider pursuing a complaint or claim if you have genuinely suffered from injury or illness; if you make a false or fraudulent claim, you may face legal proceedings in the UK or Cyprus.

If you need to contact the emergency services call 112.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.