The Republic of Cyprus, according to a statement by Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou, has decided that, as of 3 am Cyprus time on 21 March 2020, flights will be prohibited to Larnaca and Paphos airports for a period of 14 days excluding cargo, from the following countries: Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Egypt, Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Greece.
As for the decree issued by the Minister of Health on 15 March 2020 regarding the presentation of a medical certificate of coronavirus examination, it will remain in place until 03:00 of 21 March.
The decisions exclude any persons who have moved abroad for medical reasons, have traveled abroad for a few days for business or service reasons and who are entitled to enter the country under the Vienna Treaty.
In clarification regarding the persons falling under the above category, they can be accompanied by persons accompanying them on their departure and during their hospitalization.
Those who fall under the above categories, instead of presenting the medical certificate should hold a certificate from the local Diplomatic Missions of the Republic of Cyprus, which will be issued provided that the interested parties provide evidence to substantiate the reasons cited, such as a departure ticket from Cyprus or medical certificates from the Center where they received medical treatment.
Obviously, non-passenger flights to the Republic of Cyprus are permitted to carry persons wishing to depart from Cyprus.
Depending on how the situation progresses, the relevant decrees will be formulated based on daily updates.
In addition, if necessary, the Republic of Cyprus will charter special flights from Athens and London to return to the country passengers that fall under the categories listed above.
Finally, according to the decree, those entering the territory of the Republic of Cyprus will remain for 14 days upon their arrival in the quarantine areas designated by the state, except for persons who had traveled abroad for medical reasons. These persons will remain in self-isolation in order for their treatment to continue as normal. /ibna