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Coronavirus: Stop-gap measure in place to aid TC students obtain EU pass (Updated)

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The government has come up with a temporary arrangement for Turkish Cypriots to obtain an EU green pass.

Turkish Cypriots currently face problems as regards travel abroad since the vaccination certificates issued by the north are not widely accepted with many students studying in the UK having to quarantine upon arrival.

In an announcement on Friday evening, deputy government spokesperson Niovi Parisinou said those interested will be able to submit, through a special email account the relevant information regarding their vaccination.

“Once the necessary checks have been made then the data will automatically be forwarded for EUDCC issuance,” she said.

Applicant will then be notified.

This solution will be valid until August 31 until alternative solutions were evaluated.

The temporary process is designed to serve only those who will travel in the coming days.

It is also necessary to submit a ticket scan, which will confirm the date of travel. Attachment of identification documents as well as the vaccination card will also be required.

Next Tuesday, after the completion of the technical works, an announcement will be issued that will further clarify the process.

“At the same time, we continue to work with the bicommunal committee for health on the issue,” Parisinou said.

The government had asked from the north, through the bicommunal technical committee on health, the details of the vaccinated Turkish Cypriots so that they would be registered in a database so that they could issue their EU certificate, but this has not yet been made possible.

Around 170 Turkish Cypriot students were vaccinated on Thursday at the state fair with Pfizer vaccines since the second dose is administered in three weeks, which is the shortest period compared with the other jabs so that they could travel to their countries of study before the start of classes.

Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides had taken the initiative for the vaccination of the Turkish Cypriot students with the vaccine in question following an appeal by the Turkish Cypriot teachers’ union KTOS.

As of Friday, all passengers who plan to travel to Cyprus must present the required certificates in the EUDCC – EU Digital Certificate format.

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