Cyprus eased its travel restrictions and is now allowing entry from Lebanon after adding it to its cautious list of “higher-risk” countries.
After several months of closure caused by the global health crisis, the Republic of Cyprus has reopened its airport for a specific set of countries, distributed under the two categories “A” and “B,” according to each country’s epidemiological data.
Lebanon, which now has 1,510 confirmed COVID-19 cases (518 are active) and 32 fatalities, has been placed with the countries under Category B, which denotes “higher-risk.”
Cyprus said that travelers arriving from countries under this category will be required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test that has been conducted within 72 hours of travel, or on arrival, if the test is unavailable in the country of departure.
Arrivals from Category A, or low-risk countries, on the other hand, do not need to provide proof of negative test results.
The Health Minister of Cyprus, Constantinos Ioannou, explained in a press conference on Friday that if COVID-19 cases arise in a country in the first category, it will be downgraded to Category B.
On the other hand, if a higher-risk country’s infection rates decline, it will be promoted to Category A. Cyprus will update its lists on a weekly basis.
It’s worth mentioning that the country will still conduct 300 random COVID-19 checks on arrivals, every day, as an additional precautionary measure, considering that Cyprus expects to receive around 1,500 daily arrivals.
“This is to get a better understanding of the situation and to review our decisions concerning some countries, if necessary,” Health Minister Ioannou said.
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