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Strict controls continue at airports due to the new Covid-19 executive

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Strict controls continue at airports due to the new Covid-19 executive

The Member States of the European Union, including Cyprus, are deeply concerned, as an epidemiological burden is expected in the next 6 to 12 weeks due to the increased transmissibility and aggressive spread of the new coronavirus strain.

In a statement issued by the Ministry of Health, on the occasion of the announcements from various EU Member States, about the new strain of the virus, which had originally appeared in the UK and is now detected in most EU countries, as has already been pointed out in statements by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, but also by officials from various countries, assures that Larnaca and Paphos airports are subject to strict controls, as are the European Commission's calls for stricter controls at member countries' airports.

According to the relevant Ministry, last week, the urging to the states by the Commission, was to limit the trips to the absolutely necessary.

According to the President of the European Commission, the Member States should implement measures to prevent the closure of borders, but also a future lockdown.

These measures include increased laboratory controls at the entrance gates and the restriction of passengers, mainly from the United Kingdom, where the new staff is located.

According to the Ministry of Health, based on the categorization of countries applied by Cyprus, since last August all passengers from the United Kingdom must pass a negative test 72 hours before their arrival in Cyprus, while increased laboratory tests are performed in Larnaca and Paphos airports to passengers from England.

In addition, as of December 21, 2020, England is in Category C, which means that certain categories of citizens can come to the country, such as Cypriots, permanent residents, etc., while tests are performed on all flights from Great Britain on arrival and passengers are served in hotels of the Republic, for mandatory isolation of seven days.

In the meantime, he adds that a second test is performed on the sixth day of arrival and then those who have a negative result are transported home for self-restraint, until they complete 10 days.

Moreover, these recommendations seem to be adopted one by one by the states, since for example France has announced that a negative test is required, while Belgium, in parallel with the negative test that must be taken by passengers from the United Kingdom (72 hours) before), announced that PCR tests will be performed on arrival of passengers and on the 7th day, while a 10-day self-limitation should be observed.

Source: KYPE

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