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Coronavirus: Ministry clarifies rules for public transport

the electric mini bus
The electric mini bus which operates in Paphos

Drivers and passengers aged over 12 on public transport must be vaccinated, have proof of having recovered from coronavirus or a negative 72-hour PCR or rapid test, the transport ministry has clarified. Masks are mandatory.

It issued the following guidelines in accordance with decrees to prevent the spread of Covid-19:

  1. For the purpose of implementing Regulation 13 of the Quarantine Law (Determination of Measures to Prevent the Spread of Covid -19 Coronavirus) Decree (No. 32) of 2021, persons employed in means of Public Transport (Regular Passenger Buses with a fare per passenger, Buses with an E Licence, Buses used for shuttle services to and from airports (shuttle) and Taxis), as well as persons aged 12 and over aboard such vehicles, based on Regulation 48 (c), must possess and be able to present to authorized officials:

1.1. Certificate of vaccination for Covid-19 with at least one dose and provided that three weeks have elapsed since the date of vaccination, or

1.2. Proof of discharge in cases of persons who have been infected with Covid -19 and provided that no more than six months have elapsed since the date of their initial positive testing result, or

1.3. Negative result of a laboratory test or a rapid antigen test for Covid 19, with the testing having taken place within 72 hours, or

1.4. Cyprus Flight Pass, electronically or a handwritten document, for persons who are not permanent residents of the Republic and enter the Republic legally, through the airports of Larnaca and Paphos, or

1.5. For persons who are not permanent residents of the Republic and enter the Republic legally through the legal points of entry into the Republic by sea,

1.5.1.   The proof provided by the Administrator of the Port in which they dock, or

1.5.2.   Disembarkation card which is provided in the case of cruise ship passengers, or

1.6. EU Digital Covid Certificate (EUDCC).

1.7. Identity card or passport, as additional proof.

  1. The validity of the documents mentioned in subparagraphs (1.4) and (1.5) expires seven days after the date of arrival, and persons must then present a negative laboratory or rapid antigen test for Covid -19.
  2. In addition, companies operating in means of Public Transport must inform passengers and indicate in a prominent place on their premises, at stations and inside the vehicle (buses and taxis), the requirements for possession and presentation of the relevant documents mentioned in paragraph 1 of this announcement.
  3. The use of a protective face mask by employees and passengers in means of public transport is mandatory.
  4. The above measures are in effect from the date of their publication on the official website of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works.

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