The government of Cyprus, alongside with the other EU countries, has taken several measures related to entry of foreigners and travel, in an ongoing effort to curb the Coronavirus pandemic
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades recently noted that measures taken by the Minister of Health or other competent Ministers to tackle the spread of coronavirus would remain valid until April 30, when a decision whether the measures will be prolonged or not, is set to be taken.
According to a notice of the government regarding the COVID-19 prevention measures, the right of entry into Cyprus, without the presentation of a medical examination certificate for coronavirus applies to two categories.
The first category is of persons who have travelled abroad for medical purposes, and the persons who accompanied them at their departure or hospitalization. Whereas the second category is students who belong to “vulnerable groups” concerning the Coronavirus, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
“Entry to the Republic of Cyprus will also be allowed to persons, regardless of nationality, whose assistance, due to their professional or scientific capacity, is deemed necessary in the efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic,” the notice explains.
At the same time, Cyprus has in place measures that include the examination of the randomly selected samples from each district. A total of 20.000 more samples will be collected from randomly selected people that, based on the Decrees issued by the Minister of Health, continue to work in the private or public sector.
The examination of samples collected from people who return to Cyprus based on the gradual and controlled repatriation program will also be applied.
On March 31, the government imposed a daily curfew between 9 pm and 6 am after some Cypriots ignored social distancing laws.
Previously, on March 24 the government decided to ban the unnecessary movements except for essential purposes.
As a part of the measures to halt the spread of the virus, the government also has decided to ban the travel excluding those carrying cargo, to Larnaka and Pafos for Bahrein, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Egypt, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Greece.
As yet, a total of 767 persons contracted the virus in Cyprus, while 12 persons have already died.