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News from Cyprus Countries epidemiological risk assessment for COVID-19 disease, dated 26/4/2021

News from Cyprus


Countries epidemiological risk assessment for COVID-19 disease, dated 26/4/2021

Following a decision of the Council of Ministers , dated 18 February 2021, regarding the Action Plan for the gradual resumption of flights and the reopening of airports, the Epidemiological Surveillance Unit of the Ministry of Health re-evaluated the epidemiological picture of 19 different countries. .
The classification for the countries of the European Union and the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) including Switzerland in the Green , Orange or Red Categories is based on that of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
With regard to third countries (United Kingdom, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Belarus, Qatar, Serbia, United States of America, Armenia, Georgia, as well as Bahrain) updated list of Recommendation of the European Council (EU) 2021/89, on the gradual abolition of temporary restrictions on unnecessary travel to the EU, they are epidemiologically assessed by the Ministry of Health and are classified in Green, Orange, Red.
The following categorization of countries, based on epidemiological risk assessment, is extremely dynamic and can change at any time as the pandemic evolves and epidemiological data change. To this end, new data will be announced and the list of countries will be updated frequently.
Green countries - Low risk countries at this stage

    • Members of the Schengen Area: 1) Iceland
    • Third Countries: 1) Australia, 2) New Zealand, 3) Singapore, 4) Saudi Arabia, 5) South Korea, 6) Israel
It is noted that for passengers coming from Green Category countries, the presentation of a COVID- 19 laboratory test certificate is not required , nor is it self-restraint .
Countries Orange Class ( Orange ) - Countries with low risk but probably more doubt than green Category
    • Member States of the European Union: 1) Portugal, 2) Ireland, 3) Finland
    • Third Countries: 1) China (including Hong Kong and Macau), 2) United Kingdom, 3) Thailand       
It is noted that passengers coming from the orange countries are required to have a PCR laboratory test within 72 hours before departure and to have a certificate proving a negative PCR test for the virus .
It is also clarified that passengers from Orange Category countries falling into the following categories may undergo the molecular examination upon arrival in the Republic :
    1. Cypriot citizens and members of their families (their foreign spouses, and their minor children),
    2. Legal persons residing in the Republic,
    3. Persons entitled to enter the Republic in accordance with the Vienna Convention, and
    4. Individuals regardless of nationality, where documented and following an announcement by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Cyprus, the country's authorities (Orange Category) residing, do not provide laboratory analysis service.
It is noted that the cost of the test is covered by them and in addition these individuals should remain under house arrest until the result is issued .
Red Countries - Countries at higher risk compared to Green and Orange Countries:
    • Member States of the European Union: 1) Austria, 2) Belgium, 3) Bulgaria, 4) France, 5) Croatia, 6) Luxembourg, 7) Romania, 8) Spain, 9) Italy, 10) Greece, 11) Malta, 12) Netherlands, 13) Hungary, 14) Poland, 15) Denmark, 16) Slovakia, 17) Slovenia, 18) Czech Republic, 19) Estonia, 20) Latvia, 21) Lithuania, 22) Sweden, 23) Germany,
    • Small states: 1) Andorra, 2) Monaco, 3) Vatican City, 4) San Marino
    • Members of the Schengen Area: 1) Switzerland, 2) Liechtenstein, 3) Norway
    • Third Countries: 1) Rwanda 2) Russia, 3) United Arab Emirates, 4) Ukraine, 5) Jordan, 6) Lebanon, 7) Egypt, 8) Belarus, 9) Qatar, 10) Serbia, 11) United States of America, 12) Armenia, 13) Georgia, 14) Bahrain
Note that passengers coming from the Red Class countries requires: a) have conducted laboratory tests within 72 hours before departure and have a certificate proving negative test PCR for virus and b) carry on laboratory test upon arrival in the Republic of Cyprus .
It is noted that the cost of the exams is covered by them and in addition these people will have to remain under house arrest until the result is issued .
The following categories may enter the Republic of Cyprus from countries of the Red Category having carried out, at their own expense, a laboratory test only upon arrival in the Republic of Cyprus:
    1. Cypriot citizens and members of their families (their foreign spouses and their minor children),
    2. Legal persons residing in the Republic, and
    3. Persons entitled to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention.
In such a case, the persons referred to in points 1-3 above shall remain in a state of compulsory self-restraint for 72 hours after arrival and after 72 hours shall undergo a molecular examination (PCR) again, at their own expense. If the result of the re-examination is negative, they are released from self-restraint. The result of the examination is sent to the email address monada@mphs.moh.gov.cy .
Gray Category Countries ( Special Permission ):
Countries not listed below in the categories Green, Orange and Red are considered to be included in the Gray category (Special Permission). For Gray Category countries, entry into the Republic of Cyprus is allowed only in the following categories of passengers :
    1. Cypriot citizens and members of their families (their foreign spouses and their minor children),
    2. European citizens, citizens of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and Switzerland,
    3. Legal persons residing in the Republic,
    4. Persons entitled to enter the Republic in accordance with the Vienna Convention, and
    5. Third-country nationals entitled to enter the Republic of Cyprus, after special permission from the Republic of Cyprus as determined by the Infection Control (Definition of Measures to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus COVID-19) Decree (No. 9) of 2021 , as in each case this is modified.
It is noted that passengers coming from the countries of this Category must have undergone a laboratory test by a recognized laboratory, with the sampling carried out during the last 72 hours before their trip to the Republic of Cyprus and have a certificate, proving negative PCR for COVID-19. With the exception of category 2, the rest of the people can, if they wish, carry out the laboratory test upon their arrival in the Republic of Cyprus, paying the cost of the laboratory test themselves.
Passengers arriving in the Republic of Cyprus from Gray Category (Special Permission) remain in a regime of compulsory self-restriction or mandatory quarantine for fourteen (14) days or alternatively in a regime of compulsory self-restriction or compulsory isolation (7) ) days if they undergo a molecular test again for COVID-19 disease (at their own expense) on the 7th day and have a negative laboratory result. The result of the laboratory test will be sent to monada@mphs.moh.gov.cy .
It is stressed that whatever All types passengers, whatever class countries, are obliged to apply for the CyprusFlightPass within 24 hours before the departure of their flight. In addition, for the purposes of ensuring Public Health and surveillance of the epidemiological picture, a COVID-19 sample molecular laboratory test will be performed on passengers of selected arriving flights.
It is noted that the above categorization of countries will be valid from April 29, 2021 .

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