Rapid COVID-19 tests will soon be made available at Cyprus airports, transport minister Yiannis Karousos said on Monday.
Speaking to the press, he said that the new procedure will be implemented in the coming days and the rapid tests will deliver results in approximately an hour and a half. Passengers will not have to be quarantined for a day until results come back, he said.
He explained that the test will be available for all those passengers arriving from countries not included in categories A and B and who need to have it upon arrival.
Currently, Karousos said, arrivals are tested and accommodation is provided until the results are issued, but with rapid tests results will come back sooner, with passengers having to wait for a short period at the airport.
Karousos said some countries are unable to offer coronavirus tests for people who wish to travel, and so these visitors may take the test upon arrival. He added that this new process solves several issues and does not jeopardize safety and health protocols.
Asked whether imported COVID-19 cases may lead to adjustments in planning, Karousos replied in the negative, noting that Cyprus’ strategy proves and confirms that the island has done an effective job in preparing for the resumption of flights and the reopening of airports.
The minister noted that any passengers flying in from countries included in categories A and B that test positive for coronavirus will be instructed to remain in self-isolation for 14 days.
Karousos boasted that Cyprus was one of the first countries in the world to have implemented an action plan and a strategy for the operation of its airports, which also led to the Australian government requesting a teleconference with Cyprus so notes can be exchanged.