The different categories for entry to Cyprus with effect March 18

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Finland and Portugal are placed in different categories for entry to Cyprus with effect March 18, the Health Ministry announced on Monday, according to the latest epidemiological risk assessment.

Finland is placed in red category from orange and Portugal moves to orange category from red.

The categorization of the countries by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) classifies countries in three categories: green, orange or red.

The gradual resumption of flights and the reopening of airports, was put into effect on March 1, following a Cabinet decision.

Third countries (UK , Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Lebanon, UAE, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Belarus) and all those placed in a list of the European Council are classified in green, orange, red and grey categories.

Green Category includes Schengen Area countries (Iceland) and third countries Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Saudi Arabia. Passengers from Green category countries do not need to show a COVID -19 test or self-isolate. However, between March1-March 31 all these passengers will undergo a PCR test upon arrival. No self-isolation will be applied from April 1.

Orange Category includes Denmark and Portugal, Norway, China, South Korea and Thailand. They need a PCR test 72 hours before arrival. They can take the test at the airport if they are Cypriot citizens, they reside in the Republic or can enter Cyprus based on the Vienna Convention.

Red category comprises Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Ireland, Croatia, Luxemburg, Romania, Spain, Italy, Malta, Holland, Hungary, Poland, Finland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden Germany , Greece, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican, San Marino, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Passengers arriving from these countries must show a negative PCR test 72 hours prior their arrival and take the test in Cyprus as well.

Grey countries include UK, Israel, UAE, Ukraine, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Belarus and Rwanda. Only Cyprus citizens and their spouses can enter Cyprus or citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein Norway and Switzerland who reside on the island or can enter based on the Vienna Convention. Third countries citizens can enter if they get an exception and a special permission bases on certain prerequisites. They must show a negative PCR and self-isolate for 14 days or for 10 days granted that their test comes back negative.

Until March 31, all passengers from the UK must isolate for 7 days and can get out of the quarantine if their PCR test is negative but must self-isolate for another 3 days (10 days total).

All passengers must fill out the CyprusFlightPass.

Michael Yiakoumi

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