Moving to bolster defences against the Indian (Delta) variant, the health minister on Monday issued a decree prohibiting arrival to Cyprus of any person who has been in India in the past 14 days, irrespective of whether they have an entry or residence permit here.
Cypriots, EU citizens, citizens of EEA countries and third country nationals whose only home are areas controlled by the Republic of Cyprus are exempt from the prohibition, but must undergo PCR tests and remain in compulsory quarantine for 10 days in hotels designated by the Republic.
In issuing the decree, the minister cited protection of public health against the spread of coronavirus. The decree notes progress in the vaccination programme, with 59.3 per cent of the eligible population having received the first dose and 40.1 per cent having been fully vaccinated as of June 13. A total of 331 positive cases have been reported from June 7 to 13 and the number of hospitalised patients daily averages between 30 and 40. There have been five deaths while the positivity rate is 0.2 per cent, it adds.
Citing the epidemiological situation in India as relates to the new variant and the need to protect public health, the ministry said that the arrival and/or entry to the Republic of any person who, 14 days prior had been to India, is prohibited, irrespective of whether the individual holds a valid entry and/or residence permit to Cyprus.
The prohibition does not apply to Cypriot citizens and members of their family (foreign spouses and underage children), citizens of EU member states, the EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and Switzerland and residents of third countries who can prove that their exclusive permanent residence is in areas under the control of the Republic.
These individuals must comply with the following conditions: bring a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours with them or take the test here on arrival, at their own expense (those under 12 are not required to do a test). They will then be taken to a hotel contracted by the deputy ministry of tourism and remain in quarantine for 10 days from their arrival. The cost of transport and accommodation will be covered by the state.
On the 10th day of their arrival, they will undergo another test to be paid for by the state. Those with a negative result will be released from quarantine. Those who test positive will remain in quarantine under health ministry protocols.