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Coronavirus: Cyprus to accept EU digital certificate from July 1

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Passengers traveling to Cyprus must upload from July 1 their EU Digital Covid Certificate (EUDCC) on the Cyprus Flight Pass online platform, the transport ministry announced on Thursday.

This follows approval by cabinet earlier today of some changes to the action plan on the gradual restart of flights to and from the Larnaca and Paphos airports, it added.

Considering the latest parameters regarding the EUDCC, which is expected to enter into force on July 1, the ministry said, “the cabinet approved, for the purposes of the smooth implementation of the European Regulation and to facilitate the movement of European citizens and entry into the Republic of Cyprus” the following:

All persons holding a valid digital certificate (EUDCC) issued by the competent public authorities of the member states, including the European Economic Area, will be allowed to enter the Republic of Cyprus, provided they hold:

i) A vaccination certificate which stipulates that the vaccination regime of the bearer has been completed and the number of days specified by the health ministry has elapsed between the last dose (depending on the vaccine given to them) and the date of travel. Only vaccines licensed by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Sputnik V or Sinopharm (BBIBP Covid-19) vaccines will be accepted.

(ii) A vaccination certificate indicating vaccination with one dose of an acceptable two-dose vaccine (approved by the EMA or Sputnik V or Sinopharm) and which also states that the bearer has recovered from Covid-19.

iii) Certificate of recovery from Covid-19 issued 14 days from the date of testing positive with an RT-PCR test. The certificate is valid up to 180 days from the date of testing positive.

Only European digital recovery certificates will be accepted, issued from the public authorities of the member states, including the European Economic Area and Switzerland.

iv) Negative PCR – RT laboratory test certificate, taken during the last 72 hours before the trip to the Republic of Cyprus. Though Cyprus currently accepts negative PCR tests not older then 72 hours for entry into the country, after the Regulation enters into force, these certificates will be issued in digital form, ensuring their authenticity.

Regarding the holders of PCR laboratory test certificates, whether digital or not, the existing procedure will be followed indicated in the electronic platform CyprusFlightPass related to the categorisation of countries (green, orange, red and grey category).

Random checks among passengers will continue regardless of country of arrival.

The transport ministry said that the member states that are not yet ready to issue digital certificates are expected to be granted, through the relevant EU Regulation, a transitional period of six weeks from its entry into force.

Consequently, holders of non-digital certificates from those countries, which will not have issued digital certificates from July 1, will be allowed to enter the Republic of Cyprus.

“It is understood that at the end of the transitional period, in terms of vaccination certificates from these countries, entry into the Republic of Cyprus will be allowed only to holders of digital certificates.”

The ministry also said that passengers traveling to Cyprus must upload their digital certificate on the Cyprus Flight Pass online platform.

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