Anyone arriving in Cyprus without having correctly filled out the CyprusFlightPass will either have to pay a €300-fine or be sent back, authorities said on Monday.
In its original announcement on Monday, the ministry had said the fine was €150, but a corrected announcement issued later in the day increased that to €300.
The transport ministry said that though all passengers are obliged to fill out the form online, some fill the forms manually or don’t fill them out.
It has also been observed that some airlines allow on board people who have not filled out the online forms.
Therefore, the ministry said, from now on all passengers arriving in Cyprus without having acquired the CyprusFlightPass online or present one filled out by hand, will be given two choices:
“Either pay a €300 fine or not be allowed entry to the Republic of Cyprus and return to the country of their departure.”
The new arrangement applies from Monday, July 13.
The ministry also warned that anyone providing false information would be accused of perjury.
It referred to a recent case when a passenger, who later tested positive to coronavirus, arrived from a category A country despite their initial country of departure being in category C and did not present a flight pass.
When he was asked at the airport to fill out the document, he gave the wrong information regarding his flight details.
It was not until he presented symptoms and tested positive to coronavirus at a private lab that he admitted his original country of departure was C, the ministry said.
The passenger in question has been reported to the police and is being investigated for possible criminal offenses.
The ministry also warned that passengers from category A countries who fail to present the CyprusFlightPass will be treated as arrivals from category B countries and, in addition to the €300 fine, would be forced to undergo a Covid-19 test at the airport, for which they will be charged €60.
“Only in case of a technical problem or maintenance on the electronic platform, which will be officially announced on the platform, can one fill in the forms manually,” the transport ministry said.
It added that all passengers, regardless of their country of departure, including passengers who will undergo a Covid-19 laboratory test in Cyprus, are required to complete all the information, data, and statements required electronically and hold the CyprusFlightPass before boarding the aircraft and upon their arrival in Cyprus.
The ministry said that police officers and some officials at the airports had been authorized to issue the on-the-spot fines.
To correctly fill out the online forms, passengers will need to create an account, add their personal information, flight details, state the reason for their trip, where they will be staying, contact details in case of emergency and make legal statements.