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    South Cyprus: Tourist arrivals eased further as airports enter phase 2

    Μore relaxations of measures for arrivals οf tourists at South Cyprus airports apply as of today as the two airports enter the second phase of operation following their reopening on June 9.

    Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos expressed his satisfaction that South Cyprus enters the second phase of its airports’ reopening and that the island is expanding connectivity with more countries abroad. He noted that the authorities continue their efforts putting public health and safety at their priorities.

    Yesterday the Health Ministry announced that following the opening of the country’s borders on June 9, 2020, the epidemiological picture of the various countries in relation to COVID-19 disease has been re-evaluated and new countries have been added to categories A and B.

    However, all passengers need to fill out the CyprusFlightPass. More details can be found at: https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/

    Specifically more relaxations of measures for arrivals from countries in category A, apply. Visitors from countries in category A will no longer need a COVID-19 negative test but random checks will be conducted, as the authorities announced yesterday.

    Category A is made up of the following countries: Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia and South Korea.

    Passengers from countries in Category B will need a certificate that they have tested negative for COVID-19 72 hours prior their arrival. These countries are: Israel, Poland, Romania, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Jordan, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Arab Emirates.

    Hermes Airports Senior Communications Manager Maria Kouroupi told the Cyprus News Agency that despite the fact that airports reopened facing several challenges, so far things have been going smoothly, all health and safety measures such as temperature measurement, wearing protective masks and keeping distances, are being followed.

    She added that between June 9-15, about 7,000 passengers had flown in and out of South Cyprus airports, boarding 85 flights, including 19 repatriation flights carrying 1,266 people. She noted, however, that the flights carried out during this period are a very small percentage of the normal traffic at the two South Cyprus airports.

    As for countries not included in categories A and B, flights to and from South Cyprus will be allowed from June 20, but only certain categories of passengers will be allowed to travel, such as Cypriots, their foreign spouses and their minor children, legal residents and persons entitled to enter South Cyprus in accordance with the Vienna Convention and persons regardless of nationality entitled to enter South Cyprus, after special permission from South Cyprus.

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