Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots are currently celebrating their meeting with songs and dances after 15 months of closed roadblocks.
With a bi-communal event, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots decided to celebrate the resumption of crossings at all nine roadblocks following a decision by the leaders of the two communities.
Hundreds of Cypriots are currently at the roadblock on Ledra Street.
Roadblocks reopen after 15 months
From 08:00 on the morning of June 4, it will be mandatory – for those who pass through the roadblocks – to have a negative result PCR or rapid antigen test of the last 7 days, according to the “Ministry” of Health of the occupied. An announcement states that the result may be displayed in writing in English or Turkish.
Although there will be no need to sign the documents that will be displayed at the crossing points, however, sms sent to mobile phones will not be accepted, it is noted.
As noted in the relevant agreement, the Technical Health Committee will assess the epidemiological situation on a bi-monthly basis and determine the appropriate level to be applied at the crossing points, defined as:
Level 1 (Green):
- WITHOUT LIMITS
Level 2 (orange):
- 7 days: negative antigen test or PCR test
Level 3 (dark red):
- General audience: Closed
- Intersections for health reasons: 72-hour negative PCR test
- Crossbreeding for work, education, residence-related purposes: negative antigen test or PCR (7 days for both)
The measures at Levels 1 and 2 will apply to all categories of persons, restoring the situation at crossing points in the status quo ante, prior to the COVID 19 epidemic, including third-country nationals. The measures to be implemented in vaccinated individuals are currently being worked out and will be announced in due course.
If there is an increase in positive cases from one or both sides, then through the Technical Committee and experts from both sides, the data will be re-evaluated, and if the data justify the change, the requirements of the highest level will be applied immediately.
Under current conditions, on June 4, 2021, level 2 (orange) will apply to all roadblocks.
The opening of all crossing points will facilitate free movement, promote contacts between people, create trust and have an overall positive socio-economic impact throughout the island for the benefit of all, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.