Covid 19 Update

The Ministry of Health in Northern Cyprus has classified the countries into following colors as outlined in the following Table. These will have impact on how border crossings will be performed.

1 B) RULES TO BE APPLIED ACCORDING TO COUNTRY CODES

DARK RED;

  • People who have travelled to these countries in the last 14 days are forbidden from entering the country.
  • TRNC citizens will be able to enter the country on the condition of a negative PCR test result from within the last 72 hours and upon entry to the island, and 14 days of quarantine.

RED;

  • VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;
  • Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
  • 3 days quarantine

Note: Vaccinated people who will come from the United Kingdom will be able to enter the country without going into quarantine until 29.07.2021. A reassessment will be made on the specified date.

  • UNVACCINATED;
  • Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
  • 7 days quarantine.

*Due to the spread of the Delta variant in all countries, Covid-19 tests will be applied at all entry gates regardless of whether or not the people who will come to our country have been vaccinated.

ORANGE;

  • VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;
  • Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
  • Quarantine-free entry
  • UNVACCINATED;
  • Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
  • 5 days quarantine.

*Due to the spread of the Delta variant in all countries, Covid-19 tests will be applied at all entry gates regardless of whether or not the people who will come to our country have been vaccinated.

GREEN;

  • VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;
  • No restrictions
  • UNVACCINATED;
  • Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours. Quarantine-free entry

GREY;

  • Whether vaccinated or not, entry to the country will be on condition of a pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours and 14 days of quarantine.

1 C) GENERAL RULES;

  • VACCINATED PEOPLE: Who have completed the vaccination programme.
  • SINOVAC: 2 DOSES
  • BIONTECH: 2 DOSES
  • SINOPHARM: 2 DOSES
  • COMIRNATY (Pfizer/Biontech): 2 DOSES
  • VAXZEVRIA (Astrazeneca/Oxford): 2 DOSES
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen / Johnson and Johnson: 1 DOSE
  • SPUTNIK V: 2 DOSES
  • MODERNA: 2 DOSES

 

  • People who have had two doses of a vaccine different from the vaccines mentioned above will be considered as vaccinated.
  • People who have had Covid-19, and six months have passed, will be considered as vaccinated if they have 1 dose of the RAPEL vaccine.
  • People who have had the disease: Submit a positive PCR test result, prior to travel, between 30-180 days. These people will be evaluated as vaccinated people.
  • Children under the age of 18 will be able to enter the country with parents who are vaccinated or who have had the disease as stated above based on the category of the country they have travelled from and in accordance with the PCR test rules (children who are 6 years old and over).
  • Passengers will be evaluated based on the country that is in the highest risk group among the countries they have set foot in/ been in, in the last 10 days.
  • Due to the spread of the Delta variant in all countries, Covid-19 tests will be applied at all entry gates regardless of whether or not the people who will come to our country have been vaccinated. People coming from Green Colour countries will be exempt

DELTA VARIANT COUNTRIES:

  • The “DELTA” Variant is considered by the WHO as a “Variant of Concern”; VOC. These variants are defined as:
  • Variants that have increased in transmissibility or that can detrimentally affect the epidemiology of Covid-19
  • Variants that can increase in virulence or lead to a change in clinical presentation
  • Variants that reduce the effectiveness of public health measures or that can reduce the effectiveness of available diagnostic tests, vaccines or therapeutics.
  1. INLAND BORDER CROSSING RULES
  • Level 1 (Green): No tests, no restrictions
  • Level 2 (Orange): Negative Antigen or PCR test once every 7 days
  • Level 3 (Red): Double vaccinated people with EMA-approved vaccines, as well as the Sinovac, Sinopharm or Sputnik vaccines, can cross with a 7-day negative rapid antigen test or PCR test, 14 days after their final dose (1st dose if Johnson& Johnson).

Unvaccinated people (including unvaccinated workers and people who will cross for health reasons) can cross with a 72-hour negative rapid antigen test or PCR test.

However, unvaccinated high school students and people residing in Kato Pyrgos will be able to cross with a 7-day negative rapid antigen test or PCR test.

  • Passengers will be evaluated based on the country that is in the highest risk group among the countries they have set foot in/ been in, in the last 10 days.

* The inland border crossing rule will apply to people who have come to South Cyprus, expect for those who have come from dark red countries, once they have stayed in South Cyprus for a period of 10 days.

* On touristic coach tours to be arranged from South Cyprus to our country, unvaccinated tourists from yellow and orange countries will be able to cross for the day provided that they present a negative antigen test conducted within the last 24 hours or a negative PCR test conducted within the last 72 hours.

  1. People who are required to enter quarantine based on the above criteria will be able to spend their quarantine periods of 7 to 14 days with their wristbands, depending on the country of origin, at their specified address of residence, provided that they show their address of residence in our country and download the “Stay Safe Application”. They will go to the address of residence they have committed to spending their quarantine in, either alone or in the company of a driver, or by public transport, taxi, touristic minibus authorised vehicles determined by the Ministry of Finance. People over the age of 65 and those who go abroad for health reasons with the approval of the Health Committee will be able to download the “Stay Safe Application” after they return to the country.

Wristbands will not be fitted to children aged under 12.

People who do not comply with the aforementioned rules, who do not provide an address of residence in our country and who want to come to our country will stay in central quarantine for 7 or 14 days, depending on the country they come from, in designated central quarantine hotels.

It is recommended that people who do not comply with the home quarantine rules are sent to central quarantine, pay for their own quarantine fees, and that criminal proceedings are launched against them in accordance with the relevant legislation.

  1. People who have had contact with a Covid-19 positive person in our country that requires quarantine, will be subject to 10 days quarantine. At the end of 10 days, if the PCR test result to be obtained from the contacts are negative, the isolation period will be ended. Double vaccinated people who have been contact with a Covid-19 positive person and are required to enter quarantine, will be subject to quarantine for 7 days. The wristband quarantine process of contacts will be determined by the contact team according to the conditions stated in Annex-
  2. Covid-19 positive people in our country will be able to spend their quarantine period at their home with a wristband according to the conditions set out in Annex 4, provided that a doctor working in the pandemic hospital has assessed them and deemed it appropriate. This practice will start from 19.07.2021 onwards.
  3. It has been deemed necessary to accept passengers on sea journeys to our country with a maximum of 4 journeys per day and 275 people (excluding soldiers) per journey.

Please Visit Ministry Official Page for in depth information

Last updated: 15 July 2021