Cyprus executes action plan to welcome tourists safely

 

The Cyprus Council of Ministers recently approved a modified action plan for the gradual resumption of flights and the reopening of airports. Features of the action plan involves the following:

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Published: Mon 28 Dec 2020, 10:40 AM

1. With regards to the categorisation of countries, the Ministry of Health shall rely on the weekly report/assessment of the European Centre for Prevention and Control of Diseases (ECDC). For states not assessed by the ECDC, the assessment will be carried out by the Ministry of Health.

2. The classification of states will be replaced so as to comply with the categorisation carried out by the European Centre for Prevention and Control of Diseases (ECDC). The classification of countries into Categories shall be modified as follows:


  • Category A is replaced by the Green Category, without any restrictions in force.
  • Category B is replaced by the Orange Category, in which the presentation of a negative PCR laboratory testing is required within 72 hours before departure.
  • Category C is replaced by the Red Category, in which a double laboratory testing is required, that is, a negative PCR examination within 72 hours prior to departure and yet another laboratory PCR testing upon arrival in Cyprus. No self-isolation/quarantine measures are valid in this category.
  • Special Permit Category (Grey), in which passengers should present a laboratory PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure. In this category, measures of self-isolation/quarantine shall apply in line with the instructions by the Health Minister.

3. Classified in the Green, Orange and Red categories are the following countries:

  • European Union Countries.
  • Countries of the European Economic Area, including the United Kingdom and Switzerland.
  • Countries included in the list of third countries of the European Council
  • Third countries (Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Lebanon, the UAE, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Belarus).

4. Any country not included in the above shall be classified in the Grey - special permit category.


5. The modified Action Plan shall come into force on March 1, 2021. 

6. Until the Action Plan takes affect a transitional stage shall apply with January 15, 2021 as the starting date, during which all countries below may be classified in one of the four categories, i.e. Green, Orange, Red, Grey-Special Permit. 

  • European Union member states
  • Countries of the European Economic Area including the United Kingdom and Switzerland.
  • Countries included in the list of third countries of the European Council
  • Third countries (Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Lebanon, the UAE, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Belarus).

 



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