Cyprus upgrades 5 European countries to orange
The changes will take effect from June 10, at which point Croatia, Slovakia, Spain and Luxembourg will also be upgraded from red to orange.
Japan has been reclassified into the red category, Cyprus Mail reports.
The health ministry said its criteria for a country’s categorisation is based on the ECDC guidelines.
Passengers from orange category countries must take a PCR test within 72 hours prior to their departure with a negative result.
Cypriot citizens, their spouses and children, people residing permanently in the Republic and people allowed to enter the country based on the Vienna Convention, and people in countries where PCR tests are not provided, may get tested upon arrival at the Larnaca and Paphos airports.
They need to self-isolate until the PCR results are ready. The test cost is covered by passengers.
Passengers from red category countries are required to undergo a PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure and undergo a second PCR test upon arrival in Cyprus.
They must remain in self isolation until the result is issued. The cost of the test is covered by the passengers.
Cypriot citizens, their spouses and children, people residing permanently in the Republic, and people allowed to enter the country based on the Vienna Convention may get tested upon arrival at the Larnaca and Paphos airports.
These people need to self-isolate for 72 hours and then take a second PCR test. If their test result is negative they must send the results to email@example.com to be discharged from self-isolation.
All passengers need to file an application to CyprusFlightPass before their flight to Cyprus. The document could be used as a substitute to the national SafePass allowing tourists to visit indoor crowded venues such as shopping malls, restaurants and cafés among others. ■