Cyprus: Health Ministry issues guidelines for travelers from each category of countries

Cyprus: Health Ministry issues guidelines for travelers from each category of countries

As part of the strategy implemented by the Government of the Republic of Cyprus to address and manage the coronavirus pandemic, and aiming at preserving Public Health and limiting imported COVID-19 cases, since May, the Ministry of Health has been working on a categorization of countries according to their epidemiological risk assessment.

In particular, the countries of the European Union as well as third countries, in accordance with the recommendations of the European Council, are classified into three Categories (low, medium and high risk), with the list being updated on a regular basis. Depending on the Category, passengers must comply with specific measures, as follows.

For passengers from countries falling under Category A (Austria, Germany, Georgia, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, Ireland, Iceland, Canada, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Malta, New Zealand, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland), no COVID-19 laboratory test certificate or self-isolation is required. Passengers can undergo a laboratory test upon arrival, as part of the sampling tests carried out by the Ministry of Health at Larnaca and Paphos Airports. In this case, they must remain in self-isolation until the result is issued.

For passengers arriving from Category B countries (Holy See, Andorra, Australia, Belgium, France, Greece, United Kingdom, Thailand, Spain, Italy, China, Croatia, Morocco, Monaco, Netherlands, Uruguay , Rwanda, San Marino, Czech Republic and Tunisia), they are required to undergo a laboratory test no later than 72 hours before departure and to present a Certificate proving a negative PCR test for the virus.

Among other things, Cypriot citizens and permanent residents of the Republic arriving from Category B countries have the option to undergo the molecular examination upon arrival at the airport. The cost of the laboratory test at the airport amounts to € 60 and is to be paid by the passengers themselves. It is stressed that these individuals must remain in self-isolation until the result is issued.

It is noted that passengers from Category B countries can also undergo a laboratory test in the context of the sampling carried out by the Ministry of Health at Airports.

Finally, from the countries included in Category C, and according to the Decree of the Minister of Health (No. 30), only certain categories of citizens are allowed to enter the Republic, who can choose to undergo a diagnostic test for COVID- 19 upon arrival in Cyprus or to have with them an RT-PCR COVID-19 certificate with a negative result, conducted no later than 72 hours before departure. It is stressed that these individuals should remain strictly in self-isolation for 14 days.

For children aged 12 and under, regardless of the Category in which their country of origin falls, it is not required to perform a laboratory test at Cyprus Airports, nor to present a negative test certificate from their country of origin./ibna