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Health Ministry revises risk-based categorization of countries

Japan was added to category A, and Serbia to category B, while Bulgaria was dropped from the first to the second group


The Health Ministry’s epidemiological surveillance and infectious disease control unit released on Monday a revised list of countries separated into two categories on the basis of their epidemiological risk.

The categorization of countries into groups A and B affects the procedure that visitors travelling to Cyprus need to undergo in order to enter the country, with just incoming travellers from category B countries required to show proof of a negative coronavirus test conducted within 72 hours before boarding.

According to the announcement additional checks upon arrival will be conducted on passengers of selected flights.

Category A: currently low-risk countries

Countries included in category A are those with an effective reproductive number of less than 1 and/or a small number of new cases (less than 1 for every 100,000 people per day) and/or a low or very low coronavirus mortality rate (less than 5-10 per 100,000 people) and/or at least satisfactory lab testing (over 3,000 tests per 100,000 people) and/or the classification by the WHO of the country as one with sporadic cases or a cluster of cases.

These are: Australia, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Japan, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, and South Korea.

Category B: greater risk compared to category A

Countries in Category B are those with an effective reproduction rate (Rt) of more than 1 and/or daily new diagnoses that are over 1 person per 100,000 inhabitants and/or a mortality rate of over 10 people per 100,000 and/or limited lab testing for coronavirus.

These countries are: Bulgaria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Jordan, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland, Romania, Serbia, and the United Arab Emirates.

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