Citizen’s Movement By Exception COVID-19 Measures

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As of Sunday, 10 January 2021, at 5:00 a.m., the Deputy Ministry
of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy puts at the disposal of
the citizens the following two (2) methods to obtain authorisation
for movement by exception:

SMS to 8998, free of charge

Structure of message:

X (number corresponding to the reason of
movement) space Number of Identification
space Home Postcode


Χ: stands for the number from 1 to 8
corresponding to the reason of movement.

Number of Identification Document (up to 3
letters and up to 10 characters, numbers and letters in total)

  • Cypriot citizens: the number of their Cypriot identity

  • European citizens and third-country nationals: their ALIEN
    REGISTRATION NUMBER (ARC) of their registration certificate or
    residence permit;

  • European citizens and third-country nationals who do not hold
    an ARC: the number of another identification document (foreign
    passport or identity card number, diplomatic passport number).

Home Postcode: 4 numbers

There will be 4 kinds of replies to the SMS: approval, rejection
due to the structure of the message, rejection for exceeding the
maximum number of movements allowed and rejection for
non-compliance with the curfew hours.

It is noted that after sending the SMS a reply shall be received
and the movement shall be valid for a reasonable period of time
depending on the category of movement for which approval has been

Citizens must carry their identity card or passport or other
document for identification purposes in case of control by the
competent authorities.


For those connected with a foreign mobile telephony provider, as
well as to facilitate those who are not able – for any reason
whatsoever – to send a SMS to 8998:

  • for Cypriot phone numbers: 80012012

  • for foreign numbers: +357 22 285777

The above service shall be available to the citizens from 05:00
a.m. to 9:00 p.m., both in Greek and English language, as

Please note that the operator shall only serve mobile phone

It is noted that the citizens shall be personally responsible
for the correctness of the details stated to the operator and shall
be held liable for false statement.

The website provides comprehensive information
on how to obtain authorisation for movement in exceptional

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.

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