The Republic of Cyprus’ health ministry announced on Monday that six countries will be bumped down a category in its three-tier coronavirus risk-based classification system governing travel, with the updated list to come into effect on September 24.
Canada and Norway are being moved from category A to B, Austria, Slovenia, Portugal and Switzerland from B to C, while Serbia was upgraded from category C to B.
Category A – Low risk
EU member states: Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland.
Third countries: Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand.
Passengers arriving from Category A countries are not obliged to present a COVID-19 test certificate, nor are they obliged to self-isolate.
Category B – Possible low risk, higher risk than Category A
EU member states: Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Estonia, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia.
Schengen members: Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway.
Small states: Vatican City, San Marino.
Third countries: Uruguay, China (including Hong Kong), Japan, Georgia, Rwanda, Canada, Serbia.
Passengers from Category B countries must have a COVID-19 test certificate, proving they tested negative.
Cypriot citizens residing permanently in Cyprus, their foreign partners and underage children, as well as all legal residents of Cyprus, persons eligible according to the Vienna Convention, and persons whose countries do not provide testing services, can be tested on arrival at their own cost and must remain at home until the results are made available.
Category C – Higher risk compared to Categories A and B
EU member states: Austria, Bulgaria, France, Croatia, Luxembourg, Romania, Spain, Malta, The Netherlands, Hungary, Portugal, Slovenia, Czech Republic.
Small countries: Andorra, Monaco.
Schengen members: Switzerland
Third counties: Algeria, Morocco, Montenegro, Tunisia.
Passengers from Category C countries are obliged to self-isolate for 14 days.
Information and instructions are available at https://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/info.html
All passengers, irrespective of the category of country they are travelling from, are obliged to apply for the CyprusFlightPass within 24 hours of their flight’s departure.
Random tests for passengers of selected flight arrivals will be carried out.