I. May 25, 2020 – June 8, 2020
The existing repatriation process will be in force until the 8th of June, 2020. The right to repatriation/return have:
(a) Cypriot citizens, his/her spouse and their minor children
(b) Permanent residents in the Republic of Cyprus (RoC)
(c) Individuals who are entitled to enter the country on the basis of the Vienna Convention
(d) Individuals, irrespective of their nationality, whose presence in the RoC is approved by the competent authorities, on the basis of their professional/ scientific status, in order to support the fight against coronavirus.
(e) Patients, regardless of their nationality, who were treated in an approved private or public hospital in the RoC and they had to continue their treatment.
2. As of Monday, May 25 at 6am, people who are currently in quarantine will be allowed to go home and spend the remaining days in self- isolation, based on the category of their country of origin.
3. Individuals repatriating between May 25 and June 8 will be tested upon arrival for coronavirus and will stay at a designated place for one day or until the result is issued. Subsequently they will have to remain in self-isolation at home for seven days if arriving from countries in Category A and Category B (Category A: Greece, Malta, Bulgaria, Norway, Austria, Finland, Slovenia, Hungary, Israel, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia and Lithuania, Category B: Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Estonia and the Czech Republic), and 14 days if arriving from other countries.
4. All individuals tested positive for COVID-19 need to stay in quarantine as per the country’s established protocol.
II. (a) June 9, 2020 – June 19, 2020
(b) June 20, 2020 and beyond
1. Within the framework of the measures announced by the Republic of Cyprus regarding the gradual easing of the restrictions in flights operated to and from Cyprus, the action plan foresees two phases for the opening of the airports and the restoration of Cyprus’ connectivity with other countries, as follows:
· Phase A: 9 – 19 June 2020
· Phase B: 20 June 2020 and beyond
2. The classification of the countries was made based on their current epidemiological data. To this extend, two categories were created:
Category A: Greece, Malta, Bulgaria, Norway, Austria, Finland, Slovenia, Hungary, Israel, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia, Lithuania.
Category B: Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Estonia, Czech Republic.
3. The Ministry of Health will continue to evaluate the epidemiological data of other countries, in order to validate the inclusion of them in the abovementioned categories.
4. During Phase A, whoever arrives from the countries included in both categories, will have to furnish a clear Covid-19 test from a certified laboratory to be allowed onboard. The test should have a negative result and be conducted within 72 hours before departure. Cypriot citizens and permanent residents in Cyprus, have the opportunity to take the test upon their arrival in Cyprus. In this case and until the test results are issued, they are to remain in self-isolation at home.
5. During Phase B, which commences on 20 June, any passenger arriving from countries belonging in Category A, will not need to have a test in place. Passengers arriving from countries included in Category B, will continue to need a clear COVID19 test issued 72 hours before their departure in order to be allowed onboard. Cypriot nationals and legal residents from those countries will be able to take the test upon their arrival to the island. In such an occasion and until the test results are issued, they will remain in self-isolation at home.
6. For all other countries which are not included in the two categories, at any given time, the Republic of Cyprus will allow flights carrying solely Cypriot citizens and people to whom special permission will be granted. In this occasion, they would have to furnish a clear Covid-19 test conducted 72 hours previously, before they are allowed to board an aircraft to Cyprus. Alternatively, the test can be conducted upon their arrival to Cyprus, in this case passengers will remain at a designated area for one day or until the test results are issued.
7. All passengers arriving from countries which are not included in the two categories, will be transported to their houses to undergo a 14 day self-isolation. The cost for the laboratory test as well as the quarantine/self-isolation/transportation cost will be paid by the passenger.
8. In countries where it is verified that the Authorities cannot provide laboratory test services, and in order to facilitate those passengers interested to travel to Cyprus, this facility will be provided upon their arrival in Cyprus.