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Epidemiological risk assessment: Change of categorization for six countries by the Ministry of Health

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Epidemiological risk assessment: Change of categorization for six countries by the Ministry of Health

The updated epidemiological risk assessment of countries was published by the Ministry of Health.

The following changes from last week's bulletin take effect on Thursday, September 9th:

1. Saudi Arabia is classified from the Orange Category to the Green Category.

2. Romania is classified from the Green Category to the Orange Category.

3. Kuwait is classified from the Red Division to the Orange Division.

4. The following countries are classified from the Orange Category to the Red Category:

  • Slovenia
  • Norway
  • Canada

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Following a decision of the Council of Ministers, dated 18 February 2021, regarding the Action Plan for the gradual resumption of flights and the reopening of airports, the Epidemiological Surveillance Unit of the Ministry of Health re-evaluated the epidemiological picture of 19 different countries. .

The classification for the countries of the European Union and the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) including Switzerland in the Green, Orange or Red Categories is based on that of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

As for third countries (United Kingdom, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Belarus, Qatar, Serbia, United States of America, Armenia, Georgia, Bahrain, 21) Kuwait and Canada as well as any additional countries included in the updated list of Recommendation of the European Council (EU) 2021/89 on the phasing out of temporary restrictions on unnecessary travel to the EU, are epidemiologically assessed by the Ministry of Health and classified in Green, Orange and Red Category.

The following categorization of countries, based on epidemiological risk assessment, is extremely dynamic and can be differentiated at any time, as the pandemic evolves and epidemiological data change. To this end, new data will be announced and the list of countries will be updated frequently.

Green countries – Low risk countries at this stage

· Member States of the European Union: Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic

· Third Countries: Australia, Jordan, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore

It is noted that for passengers coming from Green Category countries, the presentation of a COVID-19 laboratory test certificate is not required, nor is it self-restraint.

Orange Category Countries – Countries with potentially low risk but more doubtful compared to the Green Category

· Member States of the European Union: Austria, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Romania, Finland

Small States: Andorra, Vatican City State

· Third Countries: Qatar, China (including Hong Kong, Macau), Kuwait, Bahrain

Please note that all passengers from the Orange countries are required to undergo a PCR laboratory test within 72 hours prior to departure and to have a certificate showing a negative PCR test for the virus.

It is also clarified that Cypriot citizens, their foreign spouses and their minor children, as well as passengers legally residing in the Republic from countries of the Orange Category, provided that they meet one of the following conditions may perform the molecular examination upon arrival. in the Republic:

1. are passengers who have completed at least the first dose of vaccines accepted by the Republic, or

2. They are passengers aged 16 to 18 who have completed at least the first dose of vaccines accepted by the Republic, or

3. They are minor passengers 12 to 15 years old, or

4. They are passengers who for medical reasons can not be vaccinated, upon presentation of a relevant certificate from the Ministry of Health of the Republic.

It is noted that the cost of the examination is covered by them and in addition these individuals will have to remain under house arrest until the result is issued.

Red Countries – Countries at higher risk compared to Green and Orange Countries

· Member States of the European Union: Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Spain, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden

Small States: Monaco, San Marino

· Members of the Schengen Area: Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway

· Third Countries: Azerbaijan, Egypt, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, United Kingdom, Japan, Israel, Canada, Belarus, Lebanon, Lebanon, Cuba, Lebanon

It is noted that all passengers coming from the Red Sea countries are required: a) to have a laboratory test within 72 hours before departure and to have a certificate proving a negative PCR test for the virus and b) to perform in a laboratory test upon arrival in the Republic of Cyprus.

It is noted that the cost of the exams is covered by them and in addition these people will have to remain under house arrest until the result is issued.

It is also clarified that Cypriot citizens, their foreign spouses and their minor children, as well as passengers legally residing in the Republic from countries of the Red Category, provided that they meet one of the following conditions falling within the following categories may fulfill the molecular examination upon arrival in the Republic:

1. are passengers who have completed at least the first dose of vaccines accepted by the Republic, or

2. They are passengers aged 16 to 18 who have completed at least the first dose of vaccines accepted by the Republic, or

3. They are minor passengers 12 to 15 years old, or

4. They are passengers who for medical reasons can not be vaccinated, upon presentation of a relevant certificate from the Ministry of Health of the Republic.

In such a case, the persons referred to in points 1-4 above remain in a compulsory self-restraint regime for 72 hours after their arrival and after the end of 72 hours undergo a molecular examination (PCR) at their own expense. If the result of the re-examination is negative, they are released from self-restraint.

Gray Category Countries (Special Permission):

Countries not listed above in the Green, Orange and Red categories are considered to be in the Gray category (Special Permission). For Gray Category countries, enter the

The Republic of Cyprus is allowed only in the following categories of passengers:

1. Cypriot citizens and members of their families (their foreign spouses and their minor children),

2. European citizens, citizens of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and Switzerland,

3. The persons legally residing in the Republic,

4. Persons entitled to enter the Republic in accordance with the Vienna Convention, and

5. Persons of third country nationality, who are entitled to enter the Republic of Cyprus, after a special permit from the Republic of Cyprus as it is determined by the Decontamination (Definition of Measures to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus COVID-19) Decree (No. 9) of 2021, as amended from time to time.

It is noted that passengers coming from the countries of this Category must have undergone a laboratory test by a recognized laboratory, with the sampling carried out during the last 72 hours before their trip to the Republic of Cyprus and have a certificate, proving negative PCR for COVID-19.

It is also clarified that Cypriot citizens, their foreign spouses and their minor children, as well as passengers legally residing in the Republic from countries of the Red Category, provided that they meet one of the following conditions falling within the following categories may fulfill the molecular examination upon arrival in the Republic:

1. are passengers who have completed at least the first dose of vaccines accepted by the Republic, or

2. They are passengers aged 16 to 18 who have completed at least the first dose of vaccines accepted by the Republic, or

3. They are minor passengers 12 to 15 years old, or

4. They are passengers who for medical reasons can not be vaccinated, upon presentation of a relevant certificate from the Ministry of Health of the Republic.

Passengers arriving in the Republic of Cyprus from Gray Category (Special Permission) remain in a state of compulsory self-restraint or quarantine for fourteen (14) days or alternatively in a state of compulsory self-restraint or compulsory isolation (7) ) days if they undergo a molecular test again for COVID-19 disease (at their own expense) on the 7th day and have a negative laboratory result.

It is noted that the above categorization of countries will be valid from September 9, 2021.

Conditions for vaccinated passengers:

The Ministry of Health clarifies the following that apply from 10 May for vaccinated passengers arriving in the Republic of Cyprus through the entrance gates:

Persons regardless of nationality, holding a valid vaccination certificate for COVID-19 disease and arriving in Cyprus from abroad, regardless of the country of departure, will be exempted for entry purposes from the obligation to perform laboratory tests, as well as the obligation to perform laboratory tests. , provided that the following conditions are met:

1. Hold a valid vaccination certificate from the following States:

(i) the Member States of the European Union (including Cyprus);

(ii) the countries of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway);

(iii) Switzerland,

(iv) Israel,

(v) the United Kingdom,

(vi) Russia,

(vii) the United Arab Emirates,

(viii) Saudi Arabia,

(ix) Ukraine,

(x) Jordan,

(xi) Lebanon,

(xii) Egypt,

(xiii) Belarus,

(xiv) Serbia,

(xv) Qatar,

(xvi) Bahrain,

(xvii) the United States of America,

(xviii) Armenia,

(xix) Georgia,

(xx) Canada,

(xxi) Kuwait and

(xxii) China

2. They have been vaccinated with either one of the approved vaccines of the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer / BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Janssen), the Sputnik V vaccine, the Sinopharm vaccine (BBIBP COVID-19) or Sinovac have completed the vaccination regimen. It is noted that in the case of two-dose vaccines the person should have been vaccinated with both doses, while in the case of the vaccine

Janssen (single dose vaccine) should have passed 14 days between the dose of the vaccine and the date of travel. More information is available at https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/vaccinated-passengers.

It is emphasized that all passengers, regardless of the category of countries, including those holding a valid vaccination certificate must submit an application to CyprusFlightPass within 48 hours before the departure of their flight. In addition, for the purposes of ensuring public health and surveillance of the epidemiological picture, the Ministry of Health may carry out sample laboratory COVID-19 molecular testing on passengers (including persons holding a vaccination certificate) of selected pilots.

Source: politis.com.cy

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