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New categorisation of countries announced by Cyprus Ministry of Health

Cyprus’ Ministry of Health has published changes which come into effect on Thursday 24th June as regards the categorisation of countries based on new epidemiological risk assessment.

In a press release, the Ministry of Health said that from 14 June, with the new recommendation of the European Council, the criteria for categorisation of European countries have changed and can be found on the link below.
https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/covid-19/situation-updates/weekly-maps-coordinated-restriction-free-movement).

In particular, the following countries move from Orange to Green categories: Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Finland, Slovakia and Norway.

Countries which move from Red to Orange are Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia and Sweden.

In addition, there was an amendment to the list of EU safe countries (annex 1 of the Recommendation 2020/912) with the addition of Taiwan, the US, Northern Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Lebanon and lifting the reciprocity precondition for Hong Kong and Macau.

According to the Ministry of Health, the countries which are added to those where non-essential visits to the Republic of Cyprus are allowed are Taiwan, which is now in the Red category, Northern Macedonia and Albania.

The remaining countries (US, Serbia and Lebanon) are included in the Republic of Cyprus categorisation of Orange (US) and Serbia and Lebanon in the Red Category.

The categorisation for EU and European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, including Switzerland) countries into green, orange and red zones is based on assessment by the European Centre 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, Bahrain) and from June 1st Canada and Kuwait as well as those countries included in the updated list of the European Council Recommendation 2021/89 for the gradual lifting of temporary restrictions for non-essential travel within the EU, these are evaluated epidemiologically by the Ministry of Health and are categorised into the Green, Orange and Red categories.

The following categorisation of countries, based on the epidemiological risk assessment, is extremely dynamic and may be modified at any moment as the pandemic evolves and the epidemiological data changes. For this reason, new data will be announced and the list of countries will be updated frequently.

Green Category countries – Low risk countries at current stage
EU countries: 1) Malta, 2) Poland, 3) Romania, 4) Austria, 5) Bulgaria, 6) Czech Republic, 7) Hungary, 8) Germany, 9) Italy, 10) Finland, 11) Slovakia
EEA countries: 1) Iceland
Third countries: 1) Australia, 2) New Zealand, 3) Singapore, 4) Saudi Arabia, 5) South Korea, 6) Israel
It is noted that passengers coming from the Green Category countries are not required to hold a COVID-19 test certificate or self-isolate.
Orange Category countries – Countries with possibly low risk but greater uncertainty compared to the Green Category
EU Members: 1) Portugal, 2) Ireland, 3) Luxembourg, 4) Belgium, 5) Denmark, 6) Estonia, 7) France, 8) Greece, 9) Croatia, 10) Latvia, 11) Lithuania, 12 ) Slovenia, 13) Sweden.
Third countries: 1) China (including Hong Kong and Macau), 2) UK, 3) US, 4) Japan.
It is noted that passengers coming from Orange Category countries shall be required to undergo a PCR laboratory test within 72 hours prior to departure and to possess a certificate showing a negative PCR result.
It is also clarified those passengers from Orange Category countries, falling into the following categories, may undergo the molecular examination upon arrival in the Republic:
Cypriot citizens and family members (alien spouses and their underage children),
Persons legally residing in the Republic,
Persons entitled to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention,
Persons, irrespective of nationality, whose countries of residence (Orange category) do not provide a laboratory testing service, upon substantiation and following an announcement by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Cyprus.
It is noted that the examination cost will be borne by themselves and in addition, such persons shall remain in self-isolation until the test result is issued.

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Red Category countries – Increased risk countries compared to the Green and Orange Categories
EU Member states: 1) Spain, 2) Netherlands

Small states: 1) Andorra, 2) Monaco, 3) Vatican City, 4) San Marino

Small states: 1) Andorra, 2) Monaco, 3) Vatican City, 4) San Marino

Schengen members: 1) Switzerland, 2) Liechtenstein,

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) Armenia, 12) Thailand 13) Georgia, 14) Bahrain, 15) Kuwait, 16) Canada, 17) Albania, 19) Northern Macedonia.

It is noted that passengers coming from Red Category countries shall be required to: a)undergo a PCR laboratory test within 72 hours prior to departure proving a negative PCR result and b) undergo a laboratory test upon their arrival in the Republic of Cyprus. The examination cost will be borne by themselves and in addition, such persons should remain in self-isolation until the test result is issued.

The following categories of passengers may enter the Republic of Cyprus from Red Category countries, after having undergone, at their own expense, a laboratory test only upon their arrival in the Republic of Cyprus:
1. Cypriot citizens and family members (alien spouses and their underage children),

2. Persons legally residing in the Republic, and. Persons entitled to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention. In such case, persons falling within the categories 1-3 above must remain in mandatory self-isolation for 72 hours upon arrival and after the end of the 72-hour period they must undergo another PCR test, at their own expense. If the repeat test is negative, they can then terminate their isolation. The test result must be sent to the following email address: [email protected]

Grey Category countries (Special Permission):Countries that are not mentioned in the aforementioned categories (green, orange and red) are considered to belong in the Grey Category (Special Permission). For the Grey Category countries, entry into the Republic of Cyprus is only allowed for the following categories of passengers:

Cypriot citizens and family members (alien spouses and their underage children),

European citizens and citizens of European Economic Area countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and Switzerland,

Persons legally residing in the Republic,

Persons entitled to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention,

Third country nationals who are allowed to enter the Republic of Cyprus following a special permission from the Republic, as this is defined in the Quarantine Decree (N.9) of 2021, as this is modified each time.

It is noted that passengers coming from countries of this Category shall be required to undergo a laboratory test at a certified lab within 72 hours prior to departure for Cyprus and to possess a certificate showing a negative PCR result. Excluding category number 2 above, the rest of the passengers may undergo the laboratory test upon their arrival in the Republic of Cyprus, at their own expense.

Passengers arriving in the Republic of Cyprus from the Grey Category countries (Special Permission) shall remain in mandatory self-isolation or mandatory quarantine for a period of fourteen (14) days or alternatively, in mandatory self-isolation or mandatory quarantine for a period of seven (7) days provided that they undergo another Covid-19 test (at their own expense) on the 7th day and the result comes back negative. The test result must be sent to the following email address: [email protected]

It is underlined that all passengers, regardless of country category, shall be obliged to submit an application for the CyprusFlightPass within 24 hours prior to their departure flight. Moreover, in order to ensure public health and the monitoring of the epidemiological situation, a sample molecular laboratory testing of passengers on selected arriving flights will be carried out.

It is noted that the above categorization of countries shall take effect on 17th June 2021.

Conditions for vaccinated passengers

The Ministry of Health is also clarifying what applies from 10 May for vaccinated passengers arriving in the Republic of Cyprus:

Persons regardless of nationality, holding a valid vaccination certificate for COVID-19 and arriving in Cyprus from abroad, regardless of the country of departure, will be exempted for entry purposes from the obligation to perform laboratory tests, as well as the obligation to, provided that the following conditions are met:

1. Hold a valid vaccination certificate from the following countries: (i) the Member States of the European Union (including Cyprus); (ii) the countries of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway); (iii) Switzerland, (iv) Israel, (v) the United Kingdom, (vi) Russia, (vii) the United Arab Emirates, (viii) Saudi Arabia, (ix) Ukraine, (x) Jordan, (xi) Lebanon, (xii) Egypt, (xiii) Belarus, (xiv) Serbia, (xv) Qatar, (xvi) Bahrain, (xvii) the United States of America, (xviii) Armenia, (xix) Georgia, (xx) Canada, and (xxi) Kuwait.

2. They have been vaccinated with either one of the approved vaccines of the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer / BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Janssen) or with the Sputnik V vaccine or with Sinopharm (BBIBP COVID-19) valid from 21 May and have completed the vaccination regimen.

It is noted that in the case of two-dose vaccines the person should have been vaccinated with both doses, while in the case of the Janssen vaccine (single-dose vaccine) 14 days should have elapsed between the dose of the vaccine and the date of travel. More information is available at https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/vaccinated-passengers.

Source: Parikiaki.com

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