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Cyprus will Accept EU Digital COVID Certificates from Travelers as of July 1

Photo source: European Commission

Photo source: European Commission

As of July 1, persons holding a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC) from the competent public authorities of the Member States of the EU, including the European Economic Area, will be allowed to enter the Republic of Cyprus, according to an announcement by Cyprus’ Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works.

The EUDCC is a European Union-wide initiative to facilitate travel in Covid-19 times.

In particular, travelers holding a valid EUDCC can enter Cyprus, provided that this is a:

I) Vaccination certificate proving that the vaccination scheme has been completed with respect to the required number of doses and that the number of days, as determined by the Ministry of Health, has elapsed between the administration of the last dose (depending on the vaccine) and the date of travel. In addition, only vaccines licensed by the European Medicines Agency (EEA), as well as Sputnik V or Sinopharm (BBIBP COVID-19) vaccines, will be acceptable.

II) Vaccination certificate making reference to the vaccination with one dose of an acceptable vaccine of two doses (approved by the European Medicines Agency or Sputnik V or Sinopharm) and additionally, stating that the person has recovered from COVID-19 disease.

III) Certificate of recovery after 14 days from the date of sampling of the RT-PCR positive result, with a validity of 180 days since the date of sampling.

In the case of recovery certificates, only European digital recovery certificates will be accepted by the public authorities of the Member States, including the European Economic Area and Switzerland.

IV) PCR – RT laboratory test certificate, with sampling that has been carried out during the last 72 hours prior to the trip to the Republic of Cyprus, proving a negative PCR outcome for COVID-19.

People travelling to Cyprus should upload their digital certificate on the online platform CyprusFlightPass.

It is noted that when deemed necessary, the Ministry of Health of Cyprus will be carrying out sample checks at airports, and no passenger will be exempt from those checks.

The EU Digital COVID Certificate will officially enter into effect on 1 July. Most EU/EEA countries are expected then to be connected to the EUDCC gateway.

According to the European Commission, 20 EU countries are now linked to the EU’s Digital COVID certificate gateway and have already started to issue certificates – ahead of the July 1 launch date.

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