Following the opening of the borders of the Republic of Cyprus on June 9, 2020, the epidemiological data in various countries regarding the COVID-19 pandemic were re-evaluated and new countries were added to the following categories. The evaluation is steadily based on the epidemiological indicators of the countries, such as: the actual reproduction rate R(t) for SARS-CoV-2, the number of new cases, the number of laboratory tests, the mortality rate per 100,000 inhabitants, the estimated prevalence and impact, alongside the classification by the World Health Organization (WHO), as these indicators are presented on valid databases.
It is noted that the following categorization of countries, based on the epidemiological risk assessment, is extremely fluid and can vary at any time, as the pandemic evolves and the epidemiological data change. To this end, new data will be announced, and the list of countries will be updated at regular intervals.
Based on the above, the evaluation carried out classified the countries as follows:
Category A – Low risk countries at this stage
This category includes countries with a true reproduction rate (Rt) of less than 1 and/or a small number of new outbreaks (<1/100,000 inhabitants per day) and/or low or very low COVID-19 mortality rates (<5-10/100,000 inhabitants) and/or classification of sporadic cases or cluster of cases according to WHO and/or at least satisfactory laboratory testing (>3000 tests/100,000 inhabitants):
Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Norway, Slovenia
Category B – Countries with potentially low risk but with greater doubt compared to Category A
This category includes countries with a true reproduction rate (Rt) larger than 1 and/or a number of new outbreaks (>1/100,000 inhabitants per day) and/or increased COVID-19 mortality rates (>10/100,000 inhabitants) and/or limited laboratory testing (<2000 tests/100,000 inhabitants) or lack of classification according to WHO:
Belgium, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Jordan, Spain, Poland, Romania, United Arab Emirates.
As of June 20, 2020, passengers from countries in Category A will not be required to present a laboratory test certificate. Passengers arriving from countries in Category B will be required to provide a laboratory test by a recognized testing center within the last 72 hours prior to departure and to hold a Certificate, which proves a negative PCR for COVID-19. Persons -regardless of nationality- the countries’ Authorities (Category B) of whom officially do not provide laboratory analysis services, upon notification by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Cyprus, will alternatively be able to undergo laboratory testing upon arrival at Cyprus, provided that they cover the cost of the test which amounts to the price of 60 euros.
It is noted that for the purposes of ensuring public health and the supervision of the epidemiological data, a sample laboratory test will be performed on the passengers of all flights arriving, with the number of examinees estimated at 300 people per day. /ibna