It is stressed that this decision is additional to the other measures in force for arrivals depending on the country of origin. Therefore, the obligation of passengers from Category B countries to present a negative PCR test result 72 hours prior to departure is still in force, and at the same time, sampling laboratory tests continue at Larnaca and Paphos Airports. It is reminded that all passengers, regardless of the country of departure, must complete the Cyprus Flight Pass.
It is clarified that the measure takes effect as of February 06. Also, it is noted that the cost of the laboratory examination (PCR) 72 hours after arrival is borne by the citizen.
The decision of the council of ministers has taken into account the international bibliography data, so far, which refer to the increased transmission and aggressive spread of the new strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, as well as the strong concerns raised at European level by their detection in several European Union countries. This decision strengthens the effort of the Ministry of Health, in line with the recommendations of the ECDC, to control the dispersion of new strains in the community, until the effects of virus mutations can be scientifically assessed.
It is reminded that since December 21, 2020, Cyprus has implemented additional measures for passengers from the UK, adopting the policy of mandatory isolation for a period of seven days in hotels in the Republic and the laboratory examination on arrival and on the seventh day after arrival.