The Cypriot Cabinet of Ministers approved a plan of action in the field of air traffic, which will take effect from early spring. According to it, Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian tourists will be able to fly to the island – in the presence of negative tests for coronavirus no older than 72 hours. Another test will have to pass at the airport on arrival – if it is negative, 14-day quarantine will not be necessary.
According to Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos, the Cyprus authorities are introducing a new classification of countries: four categories, each with its own color.
The “green” will include the EU countries: arrivals without restrictions.
Passengers from the “orange” countries (European Economic Area, including Switzerland and Great Britain) will have to have a fresh – no more than 72 hours – certificate of COVID-19 absence on departure to Cyprus.
The “Red” zone will include Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Lebanon, UAE, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Belarus. Arrivals will have to pass two PCR tests for the “crown” before departure and upon arrival.
Finally, all other countries will enter the “gray” zone. Of these, only Cypriot citizens, foreigners with residence permits and holders of special permits (close relatives of Cypriots and owners of residence permits) can fly in. Upon arrival, they will have to spend 14 days in quarantine.