The Health Ministry on Tuesday updated the classification of countries as regards Covid-19 and how this impacts arriving passengers. Four countries have been downgraded while none was upgraded.
Under the new rules that come into effect on Friday, October 9:
Lithuania has been moved from category A to B.
Belgium has been moved from B to C.
Georgia has been moved from B to C.
Slovakia has been moved from B to C.
Specifically, under category A countries which means that passengers are not required to present a laboratory Covid-19 test certificate or go into self-isolation, now come:
Germany, Latvia, and Finland from the EU bloc. And Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Thailand from third countries.
As for category B countries which makes it mandatory for passengers to present a negative coronavirus test (PCR) not older than 72 hours, these are:
Denmark, Greece, Estonua, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden from the EU bloc. As well as the United Kingdom.
From the Schengen zone: Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway.
And from small states and third countries: The Vatican, San Marino, Uruguay, China (including Hong Kong), Japan, Rwanda, Canada and Serbia
Cypriot nationals and their families and permanent residents arriving from category B countries can get tested upon arrival in Cyprus.
Arrivals from category C countries are allowed only for specific categories of citizens (primarily Cypriots and residents) who have the possibility to choose whether to undergo a Covid-19 test upon their arrival in Cyprus or have with them a negative RT-PCR test certificate not older than 72 hours.
People who arrive from category C countries must self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival. They are also obliged to take a PCR coronavirus test 48 hours prior to the expiration of their self-isolation. They must then send the results to [email protected]