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Cyprus Tightens Entry Rules for Argentina, Namibia & Chile Arrivals

Arrivals from Argentina, Namibia and Chile will be subject to stricter entry rules to reach Cyprus, as countries have been added to the red category, posing a greater risk of transmission of COVID-19.

According to the weekly press release from the Cyprus Ministry of Interior, non-vaccinated and non-exempt entrants from these countries and the remaining red category are required to submit a PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival and take another PCR test upon arrival, while remaining isolated until the result is released, SchengenVisaInfo reports. com.

The red category, at present, in addition to Argentina, Namibia and Chile, consists of:

EU member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Czech Republic, Finland EU Small Countries: Andorra, Monaco, Vatican, San Marino Schengen Area: Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway Third Countries: Egypt, Armenia, Georgia, USA, UK, Jordan, Belarus, Lebanon , South Korea, Oman, Ukraine, Peru, Russia, Serbia

However, the remaining categories have not been adjusted with new information, which means that the green category, including the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, remains the same, and those coming from these countries can enter Cyprus free of quarantine and testing requirements.

Furthermore, the same rules apply to the orange category, for which entrants must submit a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival.

The only EU member country that is in the orange category is Greece, while the third countries on this list are Australia, Japan, Israel, Canada, Qatar, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Colombia, New Zealand, Uruguay and Rwanda.

In conclusion, all travelers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, have a previous infection with the virus, or hold an EU Digital COVID-19 certificate, are eligible to enter Cyprus directly.

According to the data of the World Health Organization, 3,865 positive cases and nine deaths from the Corona virus were recorded in Cyprus during the past seven days. The same source reveals that the total vaccine doses given per 100 inhabitants in Cyprus is 152.6, 45.7 percent higher than the world average. Additionally, while there are 44.29 fully vaccinated people per 100 population globally, the rate is 48.7 percent higher in Cyprus (67.97).

Furthermore, data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows that 70.6 percent of the population in Cyprus has been partially vaccinated, 68 percent have received two doses of the vaccine, and 16.5 percent have received a third injection or a booster dose.

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