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    South Cyprus: Ten countries move to lower Categories, one moves up starting August 28

    On Monday, South Cyprus’ Ministry of Health announced that 10 countries are being downgraded and one country is being upgraded after reviewing the epidemiological risk for passengers travelling from these countries.

    Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Ireland and Iceland move from Category A to Category B.

    Croatia, France, the Netherlands, Andorra and Tunisia move from Category B to Category C.

    Sweden moves from Category C up to Category B.

    New categories will be valid starting August 28.
    Category A – Low risk countries at the present stage

    European Union Member States: 1) Germany, 2) Estonia, 3) Latvia, 4) Lithuania, 5) Hungary, 6) Slovakia, 7) Slovenia, 8) Finland

    Schengen Area Members: 1) Liechtenstein, 2) Norway

    Third Countries: 1) Georgia, 2) Canada, 3) New Zealand, 4) South Korea, 5) Thailand

    Passengers coming from Category A countries are not required to present a laboratory test certificate upon arrival.

    Category B – Countries with possibly low risk but greater uncertainty compared to Category A

    European Union Member States: 1) Austria, 2) Belgium, 3) Denmark, 4) Greece, 5) Ireland, 6) Italy, 7) Poland, 8) Portugal, 9) Sweden, 10) Czech Republic

    United Kingdom

    Schengen Area Members: 1) Switzerland, 2) Iceland

    Small states:
     1) Monaco, 2) Vatican City, 3) San Marino

    Third Countries: 1) Rwanda, 2) Uruguay, 3) China, 4) Japan

    All passengers from Category B need to show a valid Covid-19 negative test done 72 hours prior to their departure.

    Cypriot citizens and their spouses, citizens with legal residency in the country, and passengers who fall under the Vienna Convention category can be tested at the airport upon their arrival.

    Passengers who cannot be tested at the countries of their origin because a Covid-19 test is not provided for at labs can also be tested in Cyprus.

    The cost of the examination will be borne by the travelers themselves and they have to remain in isolation for 14 days and can break quarantine only if their test comes back negative. The result of the laboratory test must be sent to monada@mphs.moh.gov.cy.

    Category C – Countries with increased risk compared to categories A and B

    European Union Member States: 1) Bulgaria, 2) France, 3) Croatia, 4) Luxembourg, 4) Romania, 5) Spain, 6) Malta, 7) The Netherlands

    Small states: 1) Andorra

    Third Countries: 1) Algeria, 2) Serbia, 3) Morocco, 4) Montenegro, 5) Australia, 6) Tunisia, 7) Russia, 8) Ukraine, 9) Faroe Islands, 10) Egypt, 11) United Arab Emirates, 12) Israel, 13) Lebanon, 14) Qatar, 15) Bahrain, 16) Saudi Arabia.

    All other countries not listed as Category A or B, fall into Category C by default.

    All passengers regardless of country category shall be obliged to file an application for the CyprusFlightPass (https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/) within 24 hours prior to their flight departure.

    It is reiterated that the above categorisation of countries shall take effect on August 28, the announcement concluded.

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