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Coronavirus: Turkish Cypriots announce Ledra Palace crossing to open

The Ledra Palace checkpoint

The Turkish Cypriot side announced that it would open Ledra Palace crossing from Wednesday for pedestrian crossings.

‘Deputy prime minister’ Kudret Ozersay announced on Tuesday that the Ledra Palace crossing point will open for pedestrian crossings from Wednesday but only between 8am and 8pm.

Ozersay said that since June 22, the crossing has been open for diplomats but now pedestrians will also be allowed to cross.

He also said the same regulations that apply for other crossings also apply for Ledra Palace.

People from group A countries must provide a negative coronavirus test not over 72 hours old upon entering the north. These people are able to use all crossings that are open.

People from group B countries must use the Ayios Dhometios crossing point, where they will be given a second test.

People from group C countries can only cross to the north from the Ayios Dhometios crossing and must present a negative coronavirus test, also not older than 72 hours, but they will be taken to quarantine centres where they will stay for 14 days.

The Greek Cypriot side started allowing crossings between the two sides from June 21 and the Turkish Cypriots a day later. Though the Ledra Palace crossing has been open on the government-controlled areas since then, it is understood that pedestrian crossings are not allowed.

The government had said that only Turkish Cypriot students going to schools in the south would be allowed to cross on foot through Ledra Palace crossing and then be picked up by buses that would transfer them to their schools.

The Turkish Cypriot side initially opened five crossings: Ayios Dhometios, Zodia, Strovilia, Pergamos and Ledra Street, which remains closed on the Greek Cypriot side. Last Friday it also opened the one in Limnitis.



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