Passengers arriving from the UK will have to self-isolate upon arrival to Cyprus until their PCR test results are out, the health ministry said on Saturday.

This measure has been implemented from Saturday.

The ministry said that this was due to the rapid increase in cases of the Omicron variant in the United Kingdom.

All passengers over the age of 12 arriving from the UK, from December 18, 2021, are obliged to remain in self-isolation in their place of residence until their PCR test result is issued. This concerns everyone, regardless of vaccination coverage or if they have recovered from Covid-19.

In case of a positive result, they must remain in strict self-isolation and await instructions from the epidemiological surveillance & infectious diseases control unit.

Upon their arrival, these passengers will be given five self-tests which they must use if their PCR test at the airport is negative. In case their self-test is positive, they must contact their GP in Cyprus to refer them for a PCR. If they do not have a GP in Cyprus, they must contact [email protected] by sending their details (full name, phone number, ID number, date of birth, and the district they are in) and a photo of their positive self-test.

Those who have had negative PCR at the airport and negative self-test results, must, 72 hours after their arrival, get a rapid test at the mobile units operated by the health ministry. They then need to go to and issue their test results which they must email to [email protected] through the Eudcc website, by choosing SEND.

To get a free rapid test at the mobile units, people also need to present their boarding pass.

“It is recommended during the first days of arrival in the Republic of Cyprus to have limited contact, to observe personal protection measures (use of mask, hand hygiene, keeping distance) and to avoid any physical contact with people in vulnerable groups,” the health ministry said.