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Coronavirus: Residents arriving from ‘red countries’ must have negative PCR, or self-isolate

Larnaca airport

The transport ministry on Friday called on Cypriots and permanent residents arriving from countries in the red category to get a PCR test within 72 hours prior to their arrival in Cyprus to avoid having to self-isolate for three days.

The ministry said that all passengers arriving from red category countries must get tested at the airports upon arrival irrespective of whether they are also carrying a negative PCR. People who do not have a negative PCR test cert in hand will, in addition to being tested on arrival, have to self-isolate for three days. To be allowed to end their self-isolation they must take another PCR test three days after arrival and send the negative results to [email protected] .

The transport ministry also recalled that all passengers arriving from the UK until March 31 included, will have to quarantine for seven days in facilities designated by authorities. The cost of the seven-day accommodation will be borne by the state.

From March 1, Cyprus introduced the traffic-light system adopted by the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC), whereby countries are classed as green, orange or red, with an added grey category for arrivals requiring a special permit.

The categories can be found here.

All passengers, despite the country category are obliged to apply for the CyprusFlightPass within 24 hours before the departure of their flight.

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