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Cyprus Introduces New Entry Rules & Abolishes Colour-Coded Categorisation System

The Cypriot authorities have updated the national rules and entry rules imposed as a precautionary measure to spare public health the infection of COVID-19.

According to the new regulation, passengers who have been vaccinated and recovered from the virus are allowed to travel to Cyprus if their country of origin is considered epidemiologically safe. New national travel rules will take effect on March 1, reports.

The same regulation reveals that entry rules will depend on the epidemiological situation of countries, divided into three categories presented; Green, red and gray. In addition, fully vaccinated travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 will be exempt from the quarantine or testing requirements that apply to their country of origin, which means they can enter the country by submitting the required documents, thus the EU digital COVID-19 certificate , regardless of which category their country of origin belongs to.

Moreover, the new rules that come into effect on Monday, January 24, have shortened the duration of isolation from 14 to ten days for people who are in close contact with an infected person. In addition, the isolation time can be canceled if a negative PCR test is provided on the seventh day of isolation.

Those who have received the second vaccination or the booster vaccine are exempt from the quarantine requirement.

However, green entrants are required to submit a PCR test that will be done 72 hours after departure or 24 hours for those providing a rapid antigen test. However, Red Class passengers will be subject to double testing requirements; Before departure and PCR test on arrival, both covered by the passenger.

Moreover, approved vaccination certificates include only those issued by the public authorities of the country concerned and if the vaccine belongs to Janssen, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Sputnik V, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Covaxin, Sputnik Light (only as a basic booster dose vaccination scheme) and Novavax Nuvaxovid COVID-19.

From March, passengers will be exempted from the isolation requirement in tourist accommodations, covering costs.

Passengers 18 years of age and older are required to provide a vaccination certificate showing that they have received a booster dose in the past nine months since they received the second shot (or one shot for those vaccinated with one Janssen shot) otherwise, they will be considered unvaccinated.

Those who received only two injections of the COVID vaccine will be allowed to travel to Cyprus if their second dose was given within the past nine months. In addition, children under the age of 18 will be exempted from testing and self-isolation if they are fully vaccinated.

The recovery certificate was validated at 180 days from the first positive diagnosis.

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