The ‘health ministry’ of Turkish-held Cyprus announced on Monday new travel instructions for entry to the occupied areas through checkpoints and illegal ports and airports in effect as of July 6.
Citing Turkish-Cypriot media sources, the CNA reports that according to the ‘health ministry’, Turkish-Cypriots working in the occupied areas, pupils going to school in the free areas and Maronites and Greek-Cypriots who live in the Turkish-held areas may cross into the occupied territories without going into quarantine given that they tested negative to a PCR test 72 hours in advance.
This will also apply for Turkish-Cypriots who live and work in the free areas who need to take a PCR test every 15 days. Tests taken in both the occupied and the free areas will be accepted, it was added. In a later update on Monday, the ‘health ministry’ said that pupils attending school in the free areas also need to take the test every 15 days.
Furthermore, those who wish to cross into occupied territory need to state that they have remained in the free areas for the last 14 days which will allow them to cross without going into quarantine, while they will also need to show a negative PCR test.
However, if they travelled abroad less than 14 days prior to their crossing then there shall apply the instructions as per the category of the country they flew in from, the ‘health ministry’ said.
It was also mentioned that Greek Cypriots and foreign nationals who were in the free areas for more than 14 days may cross into the occupied areas with a negative PCR test in the last 72 hours. It was not clarified if someone may cross through the checkpoints after those 72 hours, the CNA said, although Turkish-Cypriot media sources mentioned that Greek-Cypriots and foreign nationals in the free areas will need to take a new PCR test after the 72 hours.
For ‘citizens’ of the occupied areas crossing into the ‘south’ for a day trip or other reasons using a three-day test, it was advised that they will be able to cross to the occupied areas without a new test. If, however, the test is no longer valid (longer than 72 hours) then they will have to take the test again upon their return at the cost of 300 TRY (40 EUR).
Countries have been divided into Category A, Category B and Category C. Visitors from Category A countries will need to have a negative PCR test 72 hours in advance and do not need to go into quarantine.
It was also mentioned that those arriving from Category A countries who do not have the test will take it upon entry into the occupied areas at the cost of 300 TRY (40 EUR) and will remain in short quarantine at their own expense until their results come out (45 EUR).
Category A countries: Germany, Australia, Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, South Korea, Ireland, Switzerland, Iceland, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Hungary, Maldives, Malta, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, New Zealand, Greece.
Those from category B countries need to have a negative PCR test 72 hours in advance and they will take a second test upon arrival and will remain quarantined at a hotel until their results come out.
Category B countries: Andorra, Argentina, Belgium, UAE, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Canada, Montenegro, Qatar, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Lebanon, Monaco, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Turkey, Uruguay, Jordan, Vatican.
Travellers from Category C need to have a negative PCR test 72 hours in advance and will remain in quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.
Category C countries: USA, Brazil, India, UK, Iran, Israel, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Mexico, Egypt, Pakistan, Russia, Turkmenistan etc.