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Home Covid 19 Update

recommendations of the European Agency are clear: Increased diagnostic tests in the population, tracing and acceleration of the vaccination coverage.

Based on the above, the Council of Ministers decided today the following, with
effect as of Monday, 1 March:
1. Re-opening of public and private Lyceums and Technical Schools for 1st and 2nd Grade students, with physical presence.

2. Re-opening of conservatories, tutoring schools, educational centres, and
other afternoon facilities, with physical presence of up to two people including
the teacher (1 student and 1 teacher).

3. Re-opening of visual arts centres and galleries, according to the guidelines
and the health protocol of the Ministry of Health.

4. Re-opening of gyms, dance schools and other indoor sports facilities,
including swimming pools, based on the instructions and the protocol to be
issued by the Cyprus Sports Organization.

5. Visits to Senior People’s Homes are allowed, under the conditions set by the
protocol of the Ministry of Labour.

6. Team training and matches of professional Division C championships are
allowed, under the conditions that apply to professional Division A and B
championships and according to the protocols of the Cyprus Football
Association and the Cyprus Sports Organization.

7. Access to nature trails for physical exercise is allowed.

8. Street vending and flea markets other than food are allowed.
Additionally, as of Monday, 8 March 2021:

9. Re-opening of all levels of public and private Gymnasiums with the
physical presence of pupils.

The aforementioned measures will be regulated by a Decree, and more
clarifications will be provided within the day.

The epidemiological indicators are continuously being evaluated, and we all
hope that course of improvement continues, so as to allow us to proceed with
the lifting of more measures. Within this framework, for planning purposes, it is
expected that, as of Tuesday, 16 March 2021, inter alia, catering
establishments will re-open on the basis of a special protocol which is being
prepared by the Steering Committee and an evaluation of the total number of
employees working with physical presence at service-providing companies
and/or other businesses/sectors will take place. More details will be made
available next week.


Instructions for the SMS text service and Forms for exemptions during lockdown

Instructions for the SMS text service and Forms for exemptions during lockdown

Following the latest announcement of measures to restrict the spread of coronavirus citizens of Cyprus must once again obtain permission via text message to leave their residence from Sunday 10th January.

Users can text their request by sending a string of numbers to 8998 free of charge in the following format: category (1-8), space, ID number, space, zip code (four-digit postal code).   You must wait for a positive response before leaving.

Categories of legitimate outings:

  1. Going to the pharmacy, visit a doctor, or give blood or for a COVID test or for vaccination
  2. Going to a supermarket to buy essential products, goods and services (groceries, food)
  3. Going to the bank when electronic transactions are not possible
  4. Absolutely necessary visits to a state or local agency
  5. Going out to help others who are in need of assistance or isolation, including those under quarantine
  6. Going out for physical exercise, in groups of up to two humans as long as the outing takes place in areas adjacent to the neighbourhood
  7. Attending a ceremony or service (funeral, wedding, baptism/christening) if guests are first or second degree relatives in groups of up to ten individuals
  8. Any other reason for going outside that can be justified under the measures as described in the latest decree on movement restrictions


Movement for exercise purposes may not exceed 3 hours.

Residents of inland areas may travel to coastal towns for a swim but residents of coastal towns are not permitted to cross districts for exercise purposes.

People walking their dogs (providing the walk remains within 500 metres of their home), and parents taking their children to and from nursery or kindergarten, and movement of disabled or autistic persons and their helpers are NOT required to send an SMS.

It has been clarified that persons travelling to and from work are not required to send an SMS but they must present the FORM A signed by their employer.  You can download the form in Greek on the following link FORM A – Employee Movement English will be added shortly.

Over 65’s may complete a handwritten form instead of sending an SMS if they prefer. The forms can be found on the following link in Greek.  FORM B – Over 65s   English will be added shortly.

Details in full of the latest decree in place until 31st January can be found via the PIO website