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Special Permission

Αpplications for special permission cannot be submitted in the last 2 days prior to the expected travel date.
Please submit your applications early enough to avoid disappointment.

(Excluding aircraft crews, in cases where they are travelling as passengers for replacement purposes and seafarers)

Passengers, with nationality of third countries, travelling to the Republic of Cyprus from a country not included in Categories Green, Orange, Red are required to obtain beforehand a special permit as defined by the Infectious Diseases (Determination of Measures to Prevent the Spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus) Decree (No. 34) of 2021, as amended for the time being.

Exempt from this obligation are the following persons:

  1. Cypriot citizens and members of their families (their alien spouses and under-age)
  2. Persons legally residing in the Republic
  3. Persons entitled to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention
  4. European citizens, citizens of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein) and Switzerland

Passengers’ applications for the granting of a Special Entry Permit must be submitted on line as of 04/08/2020 through the platform following the link

It is emphasized that the obtaining of a Special Entry Permit to the Republic of Cyprus applies only to persons, with nationality of third Countries, travelling from countries not included in the Categories in Categories Green, Orange, Red, in accordance with the categorisation of countries as announced by the Ministry of Health, and shall be granted only in the following cases:

  1. First degree relatives of persons who reside legally in the Republic and/or are economically active in the Republic (spouse, children, parents) for family reunion purposes
  2. Persons whose arrival in the Republic is necessary for the purpose of implementing public projects or for honouring other important professional commitments
  3. Domestic Workers or Workers that have already been granted an approval for any other work in the Republic by the competent Ministry or Department - Learn more
  4. Workers in Agriculture and Livestock field - Learn more
  5. Athletes/ Referees/ Supporting personnel, participating in professional sport activities and for Athletic Reasons
  6. Changes of aircraft crews in the case where they are travelling as passengers for replacement purposes
  7. Seafarers for the purpose of crew change or repatriation

Requests for the granting of a special permit may be submitted through the e-platform within 14 days prior to the expected travel date. As from the 1st of April 2021, the approval granted shall be valid for two months from the date of issue of the special permit. Travelers are advised to arrange their trip before the expiration of the two-month period. As mentioned in the payment terms, amounts paid through the platform are considered final and are not subject to refund for any reason.

Upon the granting of the special permit a unique number will be sent exclusively connected to the passenger’s identity card number or passport number.

The passenger would then be able to use the said number in filling out his/her application for acquiring a CyprusFlightPass, by writing it down in the required space as special permit number.

With respect to requests for aircraft crew changes and seamen these shall be submitted to and become accepted ONLY by ground handling service providers and agents and must contain, amongst other, the following additional details:

  • Name of Ground Handling Service Providers and Airline Company Name or Aircraft Registration Number in the case of a private flight by which the crew members are employed
  • Ship’s name and Agent’s Details: (Name, Surname, Agent’s company, contact number)