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Council of Ministers: Everything that changes at airports from March 1, 2022 – What does Green, Red and Gray Category mean?

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Council of Ministers: Everything that changes at airports from March 1, 2022 - What does Green, Red and Gray Category mean?

The Council of Ministers approved the new Action Plan for the smooth conduct of flights and the operation of Airports. Specifically, the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works announces that, during today's meeting, the Ministry approved the new Action Plan for the smooth conduct of flights and the operation of the Airports. The new Action Plan enters into force on March 1, 2022 .

Specifically, the new Action Plan envisages the following:

A. Categorization of countries:

From 1 March 2022, the categorization of countries based on their epidemiological risk is differentiated and will include three categories with the following color code: Green, Red and Gray Category . It is clarified that, according to the new Action Plan, the Green and Orange categories of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) correspond to the Green Category of the Republic of Cyprus, while the Red and Deep Red categories correspond to the Red Category of the Republic.

B. Vaccinated or Recovered passengers:

  • Vaccinated or Recovered passengers, regardless of nationality and country of departure, are exempted from the obligation to meet the requirements of the respective category (eg submission of a negative laboratory test result, obligation for self-limitation / quarantine, special permit issued, etc.), the state from which they travel. Vaccinated or recovering passengers may enter the Republic of Cyprus, provided they meet one of the following conditions :
    • They hold a valid vaccination certificate from the competent authorities of any third country.
    • They hold a certificate of recovery issued by a third country included in the list of third countries that have joined the EU COVID Digital Certificate System (EUDCC).
    • They hold a European or equivalent from third countries Digital Certificate of Vaccination or Recovery COVID.
  • The vaccination or recovery certificate will only be accepted if all of the following conditions apply :
    • Issued by the public authorities of the states,
    • The vaccine is one of: Johnson & Johnson / Janssen, AstraZeneca, (Vaxzervia, COVISHIELD, SKBio), Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna, Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac), Sinopharm (BBIBPCOVID-19), Sinovac (Corona) , Sputnik Light (booster dose only) and Novavax Nuvaxovid COVID-19.
    • Passengers 18 and over: For travel purposes, a passenger should be received and the third booster dose if dissemination vaccine or the second dose if the unit dose of vaccine, one of the aforementioned vaccines. Vaccination certificates for passengers who have received two doses of a single-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine will only be accepted if a period of 9 months has not elapsed since the date of the 2nd dose in the case of a double-dose vaccine or a single dose in the case of a single-dose vaccine.
    • Passengers 18 years of age and younger: For travel purposes, the passenger is considered to have completed his / her vaccination schedule if he / she has received the 2nd dose in case of a two-dose vaccine or the one dose in case of a single-dose vaccine.
    • The time frame for travel purposes set by the Ministry of Health and posted on the CyprusFlightPass platform for each vaccine has expired.
    • In the case of a certificate of recovery, the travel date does not exceed 180 days from the first positive result.

C. Passengers who have not been vaccinated or who do not hold a valid vaccination or recovery certificate:

  • Passengers who have not been vaccinated or do not hold a valid vaccination or recovery certificate, regardless of nationality, will be able to enter the Republic of Cyprus from any country of departure, only if they meet the conditions (eg submission of a negative laboratory test result, obligation / quarantine, issuance of a special permit, etc.) of the respective category, in which the state from which they travel has been categorized.
  • Green Category: Passengers who have not been vaccinated or do not hold a valid vaccination or recovery certificate, aged 6 and over, wishing to travel to the Republic of Cyprus from a Green Category country are required to undergo a PCR laboratory test valid 72 hours before departure or rapid antigen test with effect 24 hours before departure.
  • Red Class: Passengers who have not been vaccinated or do not hold a valid vaccination or recovery certificate, aged 6 and over, wishing to travel to the Republic of Cyprus from a Red Class country are required to:
    • perform a PCR laboratory test valid for 72 hours prior to departure or a rapid antigen test validated 24 hours prior to departure, and
    • undergo a PCR diagnostic test upon arrival at the Airports of the Republic of Cyprus. The cost of the examination is borne by the passenger.
  • Gray Category (Special Permission): From the Gray Category (Special Permission) countries, only the following categories of passengers are allowed to enter the Republic of Cyprus:
    • Cypriot citizens and members of their families (their foreign spouses and minor children).
    • Persons legally residing in the Republic.
    • Persons entitled to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention.
    • European citizens, citizens of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and Switzerland.
    • Third-country nationals eligible to enter the Republic of Cyprus, after special permission on the CyprusFlightPass online platform (https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/el/special-permission-request) granted by the Republic of Cyprus, as defined in in force on Infection (Definition of Measures to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19).

Passengers who have not been vaccinated or do not hold a valid vaccination or recovery certificate, aged 6 and over, who are allowed to travel to the Republic of Cyprus from a Gray Category country, are obliged to:

  • perform a PCR laboratory test valid for 72 hours prior to departure or a rapid antigen test validated 24 hours prior to departure, and
  • undergo a PCR diagnostic test upon arrival at the Airports of the Republic of Cyprus. The cost of the examination shall be borne by the passenger, and
  • remain in a compulsory self-restraint regime for 14 days or 7 days, meaning that they will undergo a PCR test on the 7th day with a negative result at their own expense.
  • Regarding passengers who have not been vaccinated or do not hold a valid vaccination or recovery certificate and belong to the cases of domestic workers or any other persons who have obtained prior permission to work in the Republic from the competent Ministries and Departments, as well as in the cases of employees in the field of agriculture / livestock, the previous decision of the Council of Ministers regarding the obligation of prepayment and quarantine in tourist accommodation in the Republic of Cyprus ceases to apply. It is understood, however, that the respective above conditions of the Gray Category will also apply to these passengers.

It is understood that, in the event of a sample check on arrival, all passengers without exception must comply.

The possibility of choosing a laboratory test upon arrival in the Republic of Cyprus for Cypriot citizens, including foreign spouses and their minor children, for all persons legally residing in the Republic and for persons entitled to enter the Republic in accordance with the Vienna Convention, ceases to exist.

It is reminded that all passengers without exception are required to complete the CyprusFlightPass , within 48 hours before the start of their trip.

Source: politis.com.cy

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