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COVID 19 – North Cyprus travel advice

COVID 19 – North Cyprus travel advice

Latest Update 03/06/2021

 

Thank you very much to Issy Atahasan from the North Cyprus Expact uncut group for sharing and translating all this information

 

North Cyprus – latest travel and entry regulations – Covid 19

 

The country list is valid from 3rd to 10th June 2021.

 

Dark Red

People who have travelled to these countries in the last 14 days are prohibited from entering the country.

 

RED;

Regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not, they will be able to enter the country with the condition of taking a negative PCR result in the last 72 hours before travel and a 10-day quarantine.

 

Amber

Vaccinated or recovered

A negative PCR result taken in the last 72 hours before travel.

Entry with no quarantine

 

Not Vaccinated

A negative PCR result taken in the last 72 hours before travel.

10 days quarantine.

 

YELLOW;

Vaccinated or recovered

A negative PCR result taken in the last 72 hours before travel.

Entry with no quarantine

Not Vaccinated

A negative PCR result taken in the last 72 hours before travel.

7 Days Quarantine.

 

GREEN;

Vaccinated or recovered

No restrictions.

Not vaccinated

A negative PCR result taken in the last 72 hours before travel.

Entry with no quarantine

 

GREY;

Entries, by individual application, subject to special permission.

 

 

GENERAL RULES;

PCR / LAMP / ANTIGEN tests can be applied at all entrances.

 

Vaccinated person: Completed the vaccination program. From 14 days after the last dose to 6 months.

  • SINOVAC BIOTECH: 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 recovered: Submitting a positive PCR test result between 30-180 days before travel.

Children under the age of 18 will be able to enter the country with their vaccinated parents in accordance with the PCR test rules (children over 6 years old) according to the country category they come from.

Passengers will be evaluated according to the country in the highest risk group among the countries they have set foot/ been in, in the last 14 days.

 

Internal border crossings will be as stated below.

Level 1 (Green): No tests, no restrictions

Level 2 (Amber): Negative Antigen/PCR test every 7 days

Level 3 (Red): Border crossings are restricted. Crossing for health reasons a PCR test taken in the last 72 hours. Crossing because of work, education, residence, a negative Antigen/PCR test every 7 days.

Passengers will be evaluated according to the country in the highest risk group among the countries they have set foot/ been in in the last 14 days.

 

Persons who need to be quarantined according to the above criteria

By showing an address of residence in our country and on the condition of downloading the “Güvende Kal” (Stay Safe Application) before arriving at the country, people will be able to spend quarantine periods of 10-14 days according to the country they arrived from at their specified addresses of residence with a wristband.

For the purpose of spending their quarantine period, they will go to the addresses of residence in the undertaking given, alone in their own vehicles or accompanied by a driver or by public transport, taxis, and touristic mini-buses with permits specified by the Ministry of Finance.

People over the age of 65 and those who go abroad for health reasons via the Health Committee will be able to download the “Güvende Kal” (Stay Safe Application) immediately after they arrive in the country.

Those not covered by the rules specified above, do not show a residence address in our country and people arriving at our country, will remain in designated central quarantine hotels for 10-14 days according to the country they came from.

People who do not comply with home quarantine will be sent to central quarantine, they will pay the quarantine fees themselves and it is recommended that criminal proceedings be initiated against them in accordance with the relevant legislation.

 

 

If traveling through Turkish airlines here are some links for you to read through.

 

Travel to Turkey

https://www.turkishairlines.com/en-tr/announcements/coronavirus-outbreak/travel-restrictions/?fbclid=IwAR1dq_vykYbtdKCQIf-vnrJrcNn8jRQBlhSIYi6WCzljLQ73wVxrbIMcPAg

 

Information regarding the Turkey - United Kingdom flights

1 June 2021
Information regarding the Turkey - United Kingdom flights

Last updated: May 28, 2021

As of June 14, 2021, flights departing from Turkey and arriving to the UK start with the Istanbul - Edinburgh route.
British nationals, nationals of Ireland and passengers who have the right to remain in the UK (including work permit and student visa holders), and who have a certain type of job are allowed to enter UK.
Passengers are accepted on our flights provided that they complete the PLF form, submit the Covid-19 negative test result issued maximum 3 days prior to the first scheduled flight at the first departure airport and have a quarantine hotel package booking.

Apart from this, the flights from the UK to Turkey and flights to other countries with stopovers in Turkey continue as scheduled.

 

https://www.turkishairlines.com/en-tr/announcements/coronavirus-outbreak/coronavirus-announcements/?fbclid=IwAR2kviqm5JCYwosIuFTMgNQp-Fg0zqMDGYbWshUt0nGPbNnRcBlu5AwjpBs

 

 

 

 

Latest Update 24/05/2021

 

 

Please NOTE that this chart is not yet official and is not passed by the Government.  We are waiting for an update on when this will go live and the list of countires can change as and when required, based on the world figures. 

 

 

 

 

Latest Update 24/05/2021

 

Thank you for the translation & Information Issy Atahasan

 

Decisions taken:
1. From 7 June 2021, the entry criteria after the technological infrastructure is completed will be in the table as follows. For this purpose, work on establishing an automated system and has begun.
 
 
From abroad
With vaccination:
Red 72 hr PCR test pre-flight. PCR test after 10 days quarantine.
Orange 72 hr PCR test pre-flight. No quarantine with PCR test between 72 and 96 hours.
Yellow 72 hr PCR test pre-flight. No quarantine with PCR test after 72 hrs.
Green. No PCR test required. No quarantine. No PCR test required.
 
 
Without vaccination:
Red 72 hr PCR test pre-flight. PCR test after 10 days quarantine.
Orange 72 hr PCR test pre-flight. PCR test after 10 days quarantine.
Yellow 72 hr PCR test pre-flight. PCR test after 7 days quarantine.
Green 72 hr PCR test pre-flight. No quarantine
 
 
2. With the conditions of Internal Border Crossings becoming more stable. The criteria will be according to the table below:
Internal Borders
1=Mandatory, Resident, Student, Workers 2= Health 3=Arbitrary
Red 1) 7 day negative PCR test. 2) 72 hour negative PCR test. 3) Closed
Orange 1) 7 day negative PCR or rapid antigen test. 2) 72 hour negative PCR test. 3) 72 hour negative PCR test.
Yellow 1) 7 day negative PCR or rapid antigen test. 2) 7 day negative PCR test. 3) 7 day negative PCR test.
Green 1) No test required. 2) No test required. 3) No test required.
Note:
Country colour categories will be updated weekly. The country risk levels (colour categories) will apply to transit passengers.
If the positive test rate of a relevant country is above 4%, it will be evaluated at a higher risk level.

 

 

Latest Update 05/04/2021

 
Thank you for the update Serhan Serdar
 
 
✅New update ✅
 
European passport holders can cross the border easily without any PROBLEM. When departing they must return to the same airport they arrived at!
British passport holders can cross the border, but will only be given a 90 days visa. After 89 days or on 90 days they must return to the same airport they arrived at !
Both passport types will still need to do quarantine in the north.
 
Bellapais Taxis are here to help
For further questions please email info@bellapaistaxi.com or call the numbers below
Serhan - 0090 (542) 859 28 75
Mari - 0090 (548) 857 60 26

 

 

 

Latest Update 18/04/2021

 

Thank you for the translation & Information Issy Atahasan

 

18 April 2021
Minister of Health Ünal Üstel, gave a reminder of the conditions of arriving in our country with the Quarantine Tracking System and the electronic wristband application. He explained that they aimed at wider expansions depending on the general situation of Covid-19 in May.
A total of 659 people have been included in the wristband application so far, and the tracking of 5 people was terminated because 1 person became positive, 1 person left the island, and 3 were pilots.
In this context, elderly people over the age of 70, children under the age of 12, pregnancy and people with chronic illnesses must obtain a permit from the Ministry of Health before coming to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and download the mobile application named 'Stay Safe' on their mobile phone and complete the registration and payment process in the application. It is necessary especially for those with chronic illnesses to apply with their doctor's reports.
In order to avoid any unfair treatment due to volume, the application for home quarantine should be made to the Ministry of Health 1 week before the return trip to the TRNC in person or by sending an e-mail to evkarantinasi@saglik.gov.ct.tr
Except for the criteria set by the Ministry of Health, others are not subject to home quarantine application.
 
The Ministry of Health has prepared a list of frequently asked questions about Covid-19 vaccines and prepared information on the topics of most concern. Ünal Üstel said they will be shared on the official website of the Ministry of Health.
 
Frequently asked questions and answers
1-Can I change the brand of vaccine given to me to the one I want?
People who do not go to their appointment because they do not want the vaccine brand will be given a new appointment when a new vaccine is available. But the waiting time for this is not clear.
2-What can people who miss or cannot go to their appointment do?
People who cannot go on the day of the appointment due to illness or any reason can call the call centre and change their appointment date to a convenient day.
3-How will patients with serious chronic illnesses be vaccinated?
Vaccination of people aged over 55 and with serious chronic illnesses will continue in line with their application to the website aşbilgisistemi.com
Individuals under the age of 55 will be vaccinated after those with serious chronic illnesses are completed. They will be notified by SMS in line with the vaccination appointment request made through the vaccine information system. İt is not necessary for Individuals with chronic illnesses to come to the Ministry of Health and bring a document.
4-Should people, who have had the Covid-19 disease be vaccinated?
Healthcare professionals can request a vaccination appointment from the vaccine information system after one month, other people 3 to 6 months after the illness.
5-I want to be vaccinated at the same time as my spouse. Can I?
Each individual will be given an appointment according to the age criteria and severe chronic illness.
It is not possible to request an appointment from a spouse’s status.
6- Can people aged 65 and over who are not citizens and who do not have a residence permit be vaccinated?
If these people are in the high-risk group, have stayed here for more than three months, and they cannot return to their country, can apply for vaccination via aşbilgisistemi.com
7- I am going abroad, can I get vaccinated immediately?
Vaccinations are given according to age criteria.
8-I have had my first vaccination abroad. Can I have my second vaccination here?
In a situation that requires a person to have to be here on their second vaccination date, then in order to have the 2nd dose that person can make an appointment with the Covid vaccine information centre (05469901313) and by presenting their vaccination card.
9-Is there a drawback to be vaccinated because of my chronic diseases?
If your doctor has indicated no objections for you to be vaccinated, you can apply for a vaccination appointment.
10-Is it compulsory to be vaccinated, what happens if I am not?
It is not compulsory to be vaccinated, but it is important that people are vaccinated when their turn comes in order to stop the spread of the disease in society.
11-Are vaccines used in vaccination program safe?
Ensuring the safety and quality of vaccines is one of the highest priorities of the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO works closely with national authorities to ensure the development and implementation of global norms and standards to evaluate the quality, safety and efficacy of vaccines.
The process of developing COVID vaccines is monitored quickly while maintaining the highest standards: countries do not permit use until COVID-19 vaccines are proven to be safe and effective. There are many strict protective measures to help ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe. Like all vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines go through a rigorous, multi-stage testing process, including large (phase III) trials involving tens of thousands of people. These trials involving certain groups at high risk for COVID-19 (certain groups such as pregnant and breastfeeding women were not included in vaccine trials) were specifically designed to identify any common side effects or other safety concerns.
When a clinical trial shows that a COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective, WHO conducts a series of independent reviews of efficacy and safety evidence, including regulatory review and approval in the country where the vaccine was produced for prequalification, before evaluating a vaccine product. Part of this process includes a review of all safety evidence made by the Global Vaccine Safety Advisory Committee.
A team of external experts gathered by WHO collectively analyse results from clinical trials, together with evidence regarding the disease, affected age groups, risk factors for the disease, and other information. This team determines whether and how vaccines should be used. Authorities in countries decide whether vaccines will be approved for national use and develop policies on how vaccines will be used in their home country according to WHO recommendations.
Once a COVID-19 vaccine is in place, WHO supports working with vaccine manufacturers, health authorities in each country and other partners to continuously monitor any safety concerns.
In this sense, the undesirable effects after the notified vaccine are meticulously evaluated and stopped if any side effects that require the vaccine to be stopped are detected.
 

https://www.gundemkibris.com/kibris/bakan-ustel-karantina-takip-sistemi-ve-covid-19-asi-uygulamasi-h313189.html

 

 

 

Latest Update 14/04/2021

 

Thank you for the translation & Information Issy Atahasan

 

 14 April 2021
Over the last few days, Lisa and I have been receiving a number of messages asking for help with the new "Stay Safe" system.
The most frequently asked questions are about smartphones (not having one or sharing one), can a couple, one over 70 one under 70 go to home quarantine, above what age are they putting the electronic bracelet on and not getting a replies to emails.
I called the Stay Safe helpline (0533 878 1024) and I got some information that will be useful (I hope) and maybe take away some of the confusion. Anyone seeking permission from within the TRNC can also call the Covid number 1102.
First of all, if anyone qualifies under the conditions as listed in the link below, they must apply to the Ministry of Health for permission for home quarantine. You do this in advance, and I recommend trying around 2 weeks before the travel date. Previously this was required to be done 5 days before. But obviously, they will be dealing with many more applications now so it could take them longer than 5 days to approve applications, and there is also the 3-day factor for the app.
Obtaining permission is essential, you cannot arrive at Ercan and argue your case.
I listed the information that the MoH will require in a post several days ago and again they are in the link below.
Information for all those travelling together can be given in one request for home quarantine as in families and couples.
There is an email address for this purpose and it is set up for an English keyboard evkarantinasi@saglik.gov.ct.tr
Some people are messaging us saying that they are not getting a reply from them via their emails, please make sure you write the email address correctly as it will bounce back.
If there is still a problem then the advice I was given was to call the MoH on 0392 228 3173 and ask to be put through to the department that deals with home quarantine.
So after permission for home quarantine is given you download the app in the 3 days before travel, pay 750TL, input the details it requests and by that time you should have a 3 day PCR test to upload into it. The lady I spoke to said that a code for permission is given to enter into the app. (I would really appreciate confirmation from anyone that does this so we know exactly how this works).
I was also told that if one person in a couple is over 70 and the other under 70 then they can both go into home quarantine This will be part of the approval given for home quarantine. However, each individual will need a smartphone and each must download the app.
If someone does not have a smartphone then you travel with the given permission and PCR test and you will be able to either hire or buy a smartphone at the Turkcell electronic bracelet stands in Ercan where they will help you download the app and enter you into the system to be given a bracelet and go on to home quarantine.
Children under the age of 12 will not be given a bracelet.

I'm hoping this will help, as a group, we would really like feedback from our members that go through the process to clarify all the above. Incidently I had to abort my first call to the helpline because something came up and they called me back asking if they could help me.

https://kktckarantina.com/en/info

 

 

 

Latest Update 10/04/2021

 

Thank you for the translation & Information Issy Atahasan

 
 
10 April 2021
People approved by the TRNC Ministry of Health for home quarantine in line with the following criteria will be included in the "Quarantine Tracking System" as of Monday, April 12, 2021, in line with the electronic wristband application. Approved people must download the mobile application named "Stay Safe" to their mobile phone before coming to the TRNC and complete the registration and payment procedures in the application.
"Quarantine Tracking System" is a paid application and it is 750 TL in total, 350 TL of which is a deposit.
All information about the Quarantine Tracking System can be accessed via the address https://kktckarantina.com.
The application for home quarantine needs to be made by going to the Ministry of Health or by sending an e-mail to evkarantinasi@saglik.gov.ct.tr 3 working days before the return date to the TRNC.
1. Medical Report (Epicrisis)
2. Credentials (ID information)
3. Residence Information
4. Telephone and Quarantine Address
5. Travel Information
6.Negative COVID-19 Test in the last 3 days
7. Full names, ID information and signatures of those who will be quarantined at home
8. When applying it is necessary to give information on the reason for having been abroad and whether the stay abroad was in a hotel or a home.
The criteria for home quarantine with wristbands specified according to the Ministry of Health;
Above 70-year-olds, Children below the age of 12, atherosclerotic heart disease, weak heart, patients receiving immuno-depressive therapy, cancer patients, those who have received chemotherapy and radiotherapy in the last 6 months, those who have had a minor operation within a month, those who have had a major operation within 3 months, people with physical and mental disabilities, people with neurodegenerative diseases, on the autistic spectrum, psychiatric cases diagnosed of more than the previous 3 months ( report and treatment should be submitted by a specialist psychiatrist.), people living with a colostomy bag and permanent urine catheter, people with end-stage kidney failure in need of dialysis, patients with organ and stem cell transplantation, pregnancy.
Heavy administrative fines and imprisonment will be imposed on those who do not comply with the quarantine and isolation rules.

https://kktckarantina.com/en/info

 

 

Latest Update 18/03/2021

 

Thank you for the translation & Information Issy Atahasan

 

17 March 2021
The new online Vaccine Information and Appointment System is now live.
It can be accessed on computers.
You will need to register by filling in personal details, choose your District, select a clinic, and any chronic illnesses. It will ask you if you have had none, one or both doses of the vaccination and give you an access code to make note of.
To make an appointment for first or second vaccinations you go to the appointments tab (randevu sorgula) and enter your code and you will see an update and your current vaccination status. If you need an appointment the system will send you one by SMS.

 www.asibilgisistemi.com

 

 

Latest Update 11/02/2021


The information has come from T-Vine  (http://www.t-vine.com)

 

Officials confirm 10-day quarantine fees for those arriving in North Cyprus 

 

The Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) government has set the fees for 10-day quarantine, which is compulsory for all new arrivals into the country except students, who must quarantine but do not have to pay.

 

A seven-day quarantine rule has been applicable for travellers from most countries since September. But a recent spike in infection rates in North Cyprus prompted the Health Ministry to increase quarantine to 10 days. Charges were also re-introduced,  which also apply to TRNC citizens.

 

The latest TRNC Covid-19 entry rules were announced on Monday 14 December and came into force a day later, but the cost of ten days in quarantine was initially unclear to travellers.

 

There is no information about the revised fees on the websites of the TRNC Health and Finance Ministries, and the ‘latest’ travel advice on the TRNC London Representative Office website is from September.

 

Cost of 10-day quarantine
However, a member of the TRNC London team and officials Turkish Airlines have confirmed to T‑VINE that the cost of 10-day quarantine has been set at ₺3,050 per person by the TRNC Finance Ministry. For those paying in a foreign currency, the equivalent cost is £291, or $389, or €320.

 

The fee covers ten days’ accommodation in a self-contained room in a government-approved centre, which can be a 3-star, 4-star or 5-star hotel, or high end student accommodation. Each centre will provide guests with three meals and 1.5 litres of water a day, and other amenities normally found in a hotel, such as towels, toilet paper, tea, and Wi-Fi. The fee also includes a final PCR test at the end of quarantine period.

 

The quarantine fee is payable in advance of travel to the TRNC Finance Ministry. It can only be made by bank transfer – no option exists for cash or card payments.

 

Airlines have been told not to accept people on to flights if they cannot show proof of full payment – either a remittance slip with the reference in the name of the person who is going into quarantine, or a screenshot of the same.

 

It is not necessary for the payment to have gone through – the Turkish Cypriot authorities are aware that international money transfers can take up to 3 working days to reach their bank account. As long as the payment has been made, the passenger can travel to the TRNC.

 

Bank details for pre-quarantine payments
The TRNC Ministry of Finance allows quarantine payment in four different currencies. Payments can be made in Turkish Lira, Pounds Sterling, Euros or US dollars. Each currency has its own bank account.

 

Account Name: KKTC Maliye Bakanlığı [TRNC Ministry of Finance]

Account Holder Address: KKTC Maliye Bakanlığı, Lefkoşa, KKTC

Name of Bank: TC ZİRAAT BANKASI

Country of Bank: Turkey

SWIFT Code: TCZBTR2A

Bank address: Şht. Mustafa Ahmet Ruso Sokak No. 11, Küçük Kaymaklı, Lefkoşa, KKTC

 

Payments in Turkish Lira TL, ₺3,050

Account No: 40298710-5001

IBAN: TR290001000860402987105001

 

Payments in Pounds Sterling GBP, £291

Account No: 40298710-5004

IBAN: TR450001000860402987105004

 

Payments in US Dollars USD, $389

Account No: 40300032-5001

IBAN: TR470001000860403000325001

 

Payments in Euro EUR, €320

Account No: 40298710-5002

IBAN: TR020001000860402987105002

 

Officials confirm 10-day quarantine fees for those arriving in North Cyprus in December – T-VINE (t-vine.com)

 

 

Latest Update 29/01/2021

 

Thank you, Ralph Kratzer from the Foreign Residence Society.

For all of you who are not members of the TFR Facebook-group:

After the lockdown measures taken for the districts Lefkosa and Girne a couple of days ago, the Ministry of Health has now decided a country-wide lockdown from today on...

Information from the Facebook-group "Corona Virüsü - Kuzey Kibris"

"Until the re-evaluation to be made on 02 February 2021, due to the increasing local cases it is decided that...

• In Girne district from 28 January 2021 to 10 February 2021 23:59

• In Nicosia from 28 January 2021 to 03 February 2021 23:59

•  It has been decided in all other districts (Famagusta, Güzelyurt, Iskele, Lefke) to close / stop all activities and workplaces other than the ones stated from 29.01.2021 at 00:01 until 3 February 2021 at 23:59.

FULL TEXT FROM MINISTRY OF HEALTH

Local contamination has increased with the gradual increase in the number of local cases in our country and the increase in contact persons accordingly.
In addition, patients who are positive for Covid19 are prevented from giving information about their contacts, encouraged to give false and / or incomplete statements, and the contacts' hiding themselves is a big problem.
In addition to all these, the fact that people with symptoms do not apply to health services on time and go to their workplaces and continue their social life without isolating themselves in this situation causes an increase in the number of contacts and makes it difficult to control local contamination.
It is an inevitable fact that the number of beds, services and healthcare personnel serving in the hospital will be insufficient due to the increasing number of symptomatic patients who are positive for Covid 19 and need to be treated in the hospital.
When all these are considered and / or observed, it was predicted that there will be a sudden increase in the number of cases. The decisions taken were made in line with this prediction in order to prevent our health system from under a burden that it cannot bear and to keep the epidemic under control.
In line with the decisions taken by the Communicable Diseases Supreme Committee under the Communicable Diseases Law 45/2018, the Ministry of Health has decided to implement the following Additional Precautionary Decisions.

1. It has been decided to extend the quarantine decisions according to countries until 31 January 2021 until the second decision to be specified.

2. Until the re-evaluation to be made on 02 February 2021 due to the increasing local contamination throughout the TRNC

• Continuing as stated in Girne district from 28 January 2021 to 10 February 2021 at 23:59
• Continuing as stated in the district of Nicosia from 28 January 2021 to 03 February 2021 at 23:59
• In all other districts (Famagusta, Güzelyurt, Iskele, Lefke), it has been decided to close / stop all activities and workplaces other than the ones stated below from 29.01.2021 at 00:01 until 3 February 2021 at 23:59.

Services that will remain open...

 - Businesses serving within the framework of meeting basic needs such as pharmacies, gas stations, bakeries, butchers, markets and their suppliers... (other than pharmacies, bakeries and gas stations, basic needs businesses such as butchers and markets are open between 06:00 and 19:00)

- Only take-away services of restaurants between 06:00 and 23:59

- Continuation of feed and barley sales of TÜK, Demonstrating the necessary flexibility for feed factories and feed suppliers to continue their activities, Flour factories, Dairy Institution and milk processing manufacturing plants continue to produce

- Auto vehicle recovery, continuity of emergency breakdown services of internet service providers

- Continuation of the companies providing private security services

- Water and beverage producers, distributors and sellers to continue to serve

- The continuation of livestock, agriculture, food, agricultural struggle and the activities of the suppliers of needs belonging to these sectors

- It has been deemed appropriate for mask and personal protective equipment manufacturers to continue their activities.

3. It has been decided to stop the entrances and exits between the districts. In this process, police, health, fire brigade, civil aviation, printers, electricity institutions, municipalities, banks and accountants, yellow press card holders and / or press employees residing in the districts will be able to continue their entry and exit, provided that they document them. In addition, in order to avoid any disruption in public services in Ministries and Departments affiliated to the Ministries, employees who work according to the working order deemed appropriate by the highest authority will continue their duties if needed.

4. Implementation of a full-time curfew across the country is recommended by the board.

5. Until February 10, 2021, it was deemed appropriate to stop face-to-face education (including private teaching institutions, private lessons and course activities) in public and private schools, all pre-school, primary and secondary education, and to switch to online education. This application does not include nurseries and special education centers.

6. It has been deemed appropriate for the patients residing in Northern Cyprus and receiving routine treatment in Southern Cyprus to move to Southern Cyprus without daily quarantine in order not to experience victimization and to complete their treatment. The patient and his attendant (if necessary) who will be transferring for health purposes are required to submit the negative PCR test results made within the last 3 days upon arrival. In addition, patients and companions returning to our country after the treatment should perform PCR tests again on the seventh and fourteenth days of their entry into the country and submit the results to our Ministry.

7. Within the scope of the Green Line Regulation, people who do contactless trade without quarantine

8. It has been deemed appropriate that ambulances pass through the Yesilirmak Border Gate for health purposes only without quarantine application, and that other passages are subject to quarantine.

9. Persons residing or working in Pile will be able to transfer without quarantine, provided that they submit the current negative PCR test results within 72 hours.

10. UN, EU, British Bases, Buffer Zone and Peace Corps staff will be able to enter without quarantine, provided that they submit negative PCR test results within the last 72 hours.

11. It was decided to hold funerals with the participation of only first degree relatives.

12. It was decided to stop the team sports training and competitions until the next decision.

13. It has been decided that the passage of persons residing in the North and working in Southern Cyprus is subject to quarantine until the next decision.

14. It has been decided that the passage of persons residing in the South and working in Northern Cyprus will be subject to quarantine until the next decision.

15. It has been deemed appropriate for the persons residing in the Beyarmudu to make a daily pass to the Bases Region without quarantine in order to perform their livestock and agriculture activities in the Bases Region.

16. Workplace opening ceremonies, weddings, cinema, theater, birthday, collective worship, engagement, wedding, religious festival, etc. it was decided to extend the decision regarding the cessation of operations until the next decision.

17. It was deemed necessary to stop home visits and to ensure that family members other than the nuclear family do not come together."

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Regards

Ralph

Information and Internet Mgr.

 

Latest Update 30/12/2020

 

Thank you for the translation Issy Atahasan

 

30 December 2020
The Ministry of Health has decided to implement the following additional precautionary decisions taken by The Contagious Diseases Executive Committee in line with the Infectious Diseases Act 45/2018.
Due to the increasing number of cases and especially the Covid-19 cases seen at 9 Eylül primary school The Contagious Diseases Executive Committee held an emergency meeting at 21:30 on 29/12/2020 and made the following decisions to stop the pandemic spreading.
1. It has been decided to extend the quarantine decisions of specified countries that were up to 31 December 2020, until 23:59 on 31 January 2021.
2. People who were identified to be in close contact with the cases at 9 Eylül primary school have been taken to quarantine hotels. It has been decided that all students and student families, teachers and school staff except quarantined persons will remain in home isolation until 10/01/2021. Legal action will be initiated under the Infectious Diseases Act against those found to have failed to comply with home quarantine rules during inspections. These families will not accept guests in their homes until the specified date.
3. It has been decided that the half-year holiday in all primary and secondary education schools in the TRNC will be between 04-15 January 2021 (including both dates).
4. Between 31/12/2020-18/01/2021 (including both dates), private teaching institutions, study classes, private lessons and course activities have been stopped. Between these dates, exams for students taking international exams can be held provided that Covid-19 measures are taken.
5. Due to the recent increase in cases in Southern Cyprus, there will be quarantine for all crossings except diplomatic crossings from 31/12/2020 to 10/01/2021 (including both dates). Permission given by the Ministry of Health to those who were allowed to cross to work in Southern Cyprus without quarantine during the New Year period, has been cancelled until 10/01/2021.
6. It has been decided to impose a curfew effective from 22.00 at night until 05:00 in the morning from 31/12/2020 until 04/01/2021 (including both dates). Health workers, police officers and those on duty will be exempt.
7. From 31/12/2020 until 03/01/2021 (including both dates), the gathering of more than 10 people in houses is prohibited.
8. In addition to the decisions that were published and implemented on 29/12/2020 in the Official Gazette no. 237 regarding not to have New Year's Eve events in open and closed areas, and all kinds of recreational activities such as these, the banning of business opening ceremonies, it was decided stop activities such as weddings, cinemas, theatres, birthdays, mass worship, engagements, weddings, memorial ceremonies (Mevlit) and exhibitions until 03/01/2021.

The Contagious Diseases Executive Committee will meet again on 04.01.2021 and evaluate the situation.

 

 

 

Latest Update 29/12/2020

 

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New NOTAM update. Everything extended until 31st January 2021, use the link for the full document. The screenshot below is for UK, Netherlands, Denmark and SA.

 

http://bub.gov.ct.tr/DA%C4%B0RE-VE-KURUMLAR/S%C4%B0V%C4%B0L-HAVACILIK-DA%C4%B0RES%C4%B0/S%C4%B0V%C4%B0L-HAVACILIK-NOTAM?fbclid=IwAR2Z6YGWJRdcCV82U7WsTjI-xQPJzqb4g9AWycDBu_NemS2Dh_KNUh1f3qQ

 

 

Latest Update 25/12/2020

 

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25 December 2020
Decisions taken under the Infectious Diseases Act by the Contagious Diseases Executive Committee meeting.
1. As of December 28, 2020, it was decided to stop services in the areas of Cafes, Restaurants, Patisseries, Betting Offices, Hair Salons, Beauty Centres, Massage Parlors, Gymnasiums, Pita shops, Simit shops, and Barber salons after 21:00, However, after 21:00, it was seen as appropriate to keep only takeaway services open.
2. It has been decided to extend the decision to close Meyhanes, Bars, Clubs and similar entertainment venues until 04 January 2021.
3. We also see it as necessary the need to repeat the previous decision we made regarding New Year's Eve and entertainment programs. This was it: it has been decided not to carry out any kind of New Year's Eve entertainment activities such as on the street and indoors, as well as the ceremonies organized for the purpose of the opening workplaces until 04.01.2021.
4. The decision on the transportation sector was re-evaluated and it was decided to amend the earlier decision taken for transport vehicles, buses, minibuses, taxis, etc. by considering it appropriate that drivers do not have passengers sitting next to them and for buses and minibuses to arrange for the seats directly behind the driver's seat to be left empty.
5. It has been decided to indefinitely extend the decision as previously reported and published in the Official Gazette, to stop non-quarantined entries for 3 days and less into our country by charter flight, private plane, scheduled flight and ship.
6. It has been seen as appropriate for employees of the UN, EU, British Base Area (SBA) and the Peace Keeping Force to be allowed to pass through border crossings, with the registration and documentation of negative PCR tests conducted in the last week.
 
 
 
 
 

Latest Update 24/12/2020

 

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24 December 2020
This morning the Ministry of Health announced the following statement:
On 23.12.2020, a meeting was held at the Ministry of National Education and Culture for a COVID 19 risk assessment. This meeting attended by representatives of the Ministry of National Education and Culture and the Contagious Diseases Executive Committee. Because of the cases seen in educational institutions, measures taken and /or should be taken were discussed.
1- Thanks to the importance of the Ministry of National Education and Culture measures, the following-up of contacts on cases seen in schools prevented new transmissions within schools.
2- Teachers and students who may be at risk due to health reasons are identified in advance and necessary precautions are taken.
3-Reducing the risk in terms of social distancing with modified education.
4- Children of primary school age are not included in the high-risk age group in the pandemic.
5- With the break in education, the matter that these children would have to have more contact with the grandparents in the high-risk group was discussed.
In light of all this information, it has been concluded that it would be appropriate for students to continue their education. it is stated that modified education can be carried out as required in schools.
Furthermore, a consensus was reached on the condition that quarantine into the country is applied, that as of February, there will be no problem for the second term of higher education to be made face to face.
The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of National Education and Culture will make re-evaluations in line with the rate of COVID19 cases and local transmission situation, to take necessary decisions and share with the public again.
 
 
 
 
 

Latest Update 22/12/2020

 

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22 December 2020
The Ministry of Health has decided to implement the following additional precautionary decisions taken by the Contagious Diseases Executive Committee under the Infectious Diseases Act, 45/2018
1. As a result of the recent increase in the number of Covid19 cases and evaluating the news that the virus has mutated in some countries, it has been seen as appropriate, as part of the fight against the virus to protect public health in our country, to ban people who have been in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Denmark and South Africa in the last 14 days. It has been decided that only TRNC citizens from these countries will be allowed to enter the country and remain in quarantine for 14 days.
2. Between 25 December 2020 and 03 January 2021 (including both dates), it was decided that because of the public school holidays, to stop students who study in Southern Cyprus and their families from crossing into Southern Cyprus.
3. Since it is a public holiday between 25 December 2020 and 03 January 2021 (including both dates), it is seen as appropriate to stop the non-quarantined crossing of people working in the South on the specified dates. However, between 25 December 2020 and 03 January 2021 (including both dates), employees who work in the South who’s companies do not take a public holiday and are actively working will be able to enter our country without quarantine, as long as they submit official documents.
4. Since it is a public holiday between 25 December 2020 and 03 January 2021 (including both dates), those working on the British Bases Area and the Buffer Zone will be subject to permission of our Ministry to enter the country without quarantine.
5. Between 25 December 2020 and 03 January 2021 (including both dates), entry from Pile and Beyarmudu to TRNC will be subject to quarantine. For essential reasons, one-day passes will be subject to the permission of our Ministry.
6. Due to the increasing number of cases in our country, home quarantine applications of patients requested for health reasons will be evaluated by the Health Board comprised by our Ministry and home quarantine approvals will only be undertaken by the board in question.
7. When the extent of the pandemic is evaluated in our country, it is appropriate to implement the sanctions from the authority given by the Infectious Diseases Act to our Ministry in Article 36, related to the necessity to wear masks and to comply with the social distancing rule with the decision of our Ministry to be published in the Official Gazette.
8. In order to reduce transmission and protect public health, in all workplaces, if Covid19 positive cases are detected, the workplace may be closed temporarily.
Our Ministry; In accordance with the recommendations of the Contagious Diseases Executive Committee, has decided to re-evaluate the situation of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country and implement the following measures as of 23.12.2020, in accordance with Article 36 of the Infectious Diseases Act 45/2018. Furthermore, administrative sanctions will be imposed under Article 43 of the same law against persons who violate the precautionary decisions taken in accordance with Article 36 of the Infectious Diseases Act 45/2018.
1. Compulsory Mask Wearing.
It is mandatory to wear masks in closed areas and open/semi-open areas where a social distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained.
For those who do not comply with this precautionary rule, administrative fines of up to 1/10 of the monthly minimum wage will be applied in relation to paragraph (A) of Article 43 (6) of the Infectious Diseases Act.
2. Complying with the Compulsory Social Distancing Rule
As of 23.12.2020, in closed and open/semi-open areas the precautionary rule of social distancing between people must be complied to (at least 1.5 meters, however, this rule does not apply to people living in the same house).
For those who do not comply with this precautionary rule, administrative fines of up to 1/10 of the monthly minimum wage will be applied in relation to paragraph (A) of Article 43 (6) of the Infectious Diseases Act.
3. Compulsory Mask wearing of Masks and Complying with Social Distancing Rule in Public Communal Areas.
In accordance with article 36 of the Infectious Diseases Act 45/2018; the authorities responsible for public communal areas, businesses, owners of workplaces, entertainment venues and organizations or event organizers are obliged to comply with the mask and social distancing requirement in accordance with the relevant article of the law, to ensure compliance and to take the necessary measures related to it.
Those who do not fulfil this obligation in will accordance will be fined the gross minimum monthly administratively in relation to paragraph (C) of Article 43 (6) of the law, in addition, these places will be closed for 24 hours. Organizations and events will be stopped immediately.
"Public Communal Areas” describes buildings and places such as hotels, motels, dormitories where people stay as boarders and/or spend long hours, shopping malls, movie theatres, and schools.
 
 
 
 
 

Latest Update 22/12/2020

 

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22 December 2020
Health Minister Ali Pilli said, "If necessary, we will close for the health of our people for 21 days", and that closure may be on the agenda from December 25th.
Speaking on BRT, Health Minister Ali Pilli said: "We can not bring the pandemic into a situation where we cannot handle it.”
“If necessary, for the health of our people we will close for 21 days. There may be closures from December 25th. We can take a radical precaution, and impose a 21-day curfew and bring down the cases to zero. According to the number of cases by December 24th, we will take steps towards radical measures.”
"At this time there will be no more quarantine-free entry into this country.”

He said that they did not want to lose this course that is going well and underlined that there will be no entry without quarantine.

 

https://www.yeniduzen.com/pilli-gerekirse-21-gun-kapanacagiz-135129h.htm?fbclid=IwAR37lUDPjmgkgiFwDs3em7A7GGXKIcOpDKXBiSdm1lPH4f95Cwc6hArlYq8

 

 

Latest Update 21/12/2020

 

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21 December 2020
Just something that is on the NOTAM under the quarantine payments. The previous NOTAM was dated from on the 14th and is now showing the 17th.
Pointed out to me by Krisi Ing
 via the Turkish Airlines website.
It is important that when making travel arrangements that the NOTAM is read as we are not always informed of updates to it.

For those staying in the same room: The quarantine fee for the first person is 3050 TL and the quarantine fees for the second person (s) is 1400 TL. I understand that also applies to subsequent persons in a room.

Please also remember a PCR test for Ercan needs to be taken within 3 days before the boarding date. It is not 3 days before the arrival date.
Larnaca is still 72 hrs and should be calculated to the arrival time at the border. Make sure in this case that you liaise with your taxi service to get the border arrival time.

 

 

Latest Update 20/12/2020

 

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20 December 2020
Faced with the increasing Coronavirus cases in our country, the Ministry of Health considered it appropriate to make the following statement below:
Those in the service sector in our country in one-to-one contact with customers; hairdressers, barbers, restaurant employees, takeaway staff, nail shops, massage parlour employees and employees working in the gym, owners and employees are required to have PCR tests by the end of the day on December 23, 2020, at the latest.
It is very important that in the above sectors, employees and employers should take PCR tests, showing the necessary sensitivity, in order to prevent transmission that will require any closure.
PCR tests include will be carried out at the Lefkosa Emergency Hospital (08.00-20.00 including today), Magusa State Hospital (24 hours including today), Girne Tourism Port (11.00-19.00 from tomorrow), Güzelyurt Health Center (Monday for 24 hours and 08.00-16.OO on other days) and private laboratories authorised by the Ministry of Health There will be no charge for PCR tests carried out by the state. People testing in private laboratories will be by their own means.
On the other hand, you, our citizens are keeping track of the rapid increase in Coronavirus positive cases as well, especially in Europe. Some countries, such as the UK, are shutting down completely and curfews are on the agenda. We must take our measures to the highest level so that we do not fall into the same situation and that the contagion does not force us to close again. We must apply the rules of mask, distance and hygiene.
In particular, our citizens who notice symptoms such as fever, general weakness, loss of taste and smell, coughing, should immediately contact the nearest health centre. These days, increasing individual measures is of great importance for all public health. We also repeat our call for those who know that they have been in contact with someone recognised as Coronavirus positive not to hide themselves and to ask for help on our line 1102.
We're going through a very serious time, we're at a crossroads.
Nowadays, it is very important that we do not go abroad unless we have to, and that our citizens over 65 and patients with chronic illnesses do not go to crowded places. It is also very important for our young people not to be in crowded environments during this period to protect their families and loved ones.
 
 
 

Latest Update 16/12/2020

 

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16 December 2020
Announcement from the Ministry of the Prime Minister.

Taking into account the rapid increase in Covid-19 cases in Southern Cyprus, the Prime Minister's Office and the Contagious Diseases Executive Committee have made an amendment to the implementation for crossing to Southern Cyprus for work regarding 10 days quarantine on their return.
According to this, those working in Southern Cyprus will be able to commute under state control through two land border crossings identified for their jobs in Southern Cyprus without going into quarantine for 10 days and will be accommodated in state-designated facilities.
In line with the decision taken by the Prime Minister's Office, within the framework of the implementation for crossings made for the purpose of employment, from tomorrow (17 December 2020) to 24 December 2020 on their return to the TRNC, our citizens working in Southern Cyprus will enter from 16.00 at the Magusa Akyar and Lefkosa Metehan border crossings to be taken to accommodation designated by the state in vehicles also arranged by the state.
In the morning they will be moved in the same way from these facilities to two border crossings already mentioned. This will be implemented and continue until December 24th.
On December 24, employees will be tested and negative ones will be sent home. (However, after 24 December 2020, all rights of the conditions for decisions made by the Contagious Diseases Executive Committee are reserved.)
After this date, this practice will be revised and arranged according to the conditions on that day.

https://www.gundemkibris.com/kibris/son-dakika-basbakanlik-tan-aciklama-h304721.html

 
 
 
Latest Update 14/12/2020
 
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Part of an interview Health Minister Ali Pilli gave yesterday 14 December 2020.
Bringing attention to the increase of cases in Southern Cyprus, Health Minister Ali Pilli said that not enough measures have been taken and that Greek authorities have said so too. He stated that very strict measures have started to be taken all over the world, and pointed out that the next 4 months ahead are very important. "We can save 2021 with both precautions and the vaccine"
Pilli pointed out "For me, health is very important. Health first". He said that the numbers are obvious and that doctors are working hard. "We will do whatever is necessary for our people, we will not be pressured,"
Recalling the positive cases that occurred at the hospital, he said that they were in good condition. Pilli noted that there were transmissions among health workers all over the world.
Finally, pointing out that winter is in front of us, Health Minister Pilli urged the public to comply with the measures, adding, "Let everyone spend New Year's Eve at home, it would be best for all of us in terms of public health in order not to increase the risk of transmission."

 

Latest Update 14/12/2020 update to below

 

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14 December 2020

HEALTH MINISTRY STATEMENT
Our Ministry has considered it appropriate to make the following statement and additions regarding the current decisions announced today:
In relation to the rules applied for those working in the South, those working at British Bases, teachers working in Pile and those who trade without contact under the Green Line Regulations are exempt.
Workers residing in the north and working in Southern Cyprus are banned from crossing to the south between 16 and 25 December, not December 15-25.
The decision on entertainment venues includes nightclubs.
In addition, music entertainment programs are prohibited in restaurants and cafes.

 

Latest Update 14/12/2020 if you are flying for New Year Please Read

 

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14 December 2020

The Ministry of Health has agreed to the additional measure made by The Contagious Diseases Executive Committee.
1. The 7-day quarantine period previously applied for the entry into our country has been increased to 10 days. People entering our country from abroad will be subject to 10 (ten) days quarantine with the condition that they present a negative PCR test result taken in the last 3 days and a PCR test will be taken at the end of the quarantine.
2. As previously reported and published in the Official Gazette, it has been decided to extend the decision to stop non-quarantined entries for 3 days and less to enter our country by charter flight, private plane, scheduled flight and ship until the extension of the second decision.
3. It has been decided to stop crossings to Southern Cyprus from 15 December 2020 to 25 December 2020 (including both dates), for people residing in Northern Cyprus and working in Southern Cyprus and including those trading under the Green Line Regulations. Those wishing to cross for educational and health purposes are not included.
4. It has been decided to stop the non-quarantined entry of taxi drivers to Northern Cyprus wishing to cross into Southern Cyprus including transporting passengers from 15 December 2020 to 25 December 2020 (including both dates).
5. It has been decided to ban New Year's Eve celebrations/entertainment in restaurants and hotels from 15 December 2020 until 01 January 2021 (including both dates).
6. It has been decided to close “Meyhane’s”, bars, clubs and similar entertainment venues from 15 December 2020 to 25 December 2020.
7. The decision has been given that cafes and restaurants can stay open as long as they comply with social distancing and hygiene rules and within the rules specified earlier. Within this, it is necessary to provide the required seating layout with tables not exceeding 6 people and arranged with at least 1.5 meters between the tables and 60 cm between chairs. Cafes and restaurants found not to comply with these rules will be subject to criminal proceedings under the Infectious Diseases Act.
8. It is observed that the measures related to the transportation sector, which was published on September 5, 2020, have not yet been implemented. Therefore, as of December 15, 2020, it is seen as appropriate to initiate criminal proceedings, within the relevant law, against public transportation vehicles such as buses, minibuses, taxis’ etc, if they do not separate the driver's location from the passengers with apparatus.
9. People entering our country for IVF treatment will not be able to leave the quarantine centre until they have completed their 10-day quarantine period. However, in order for people who have started IVF treatment to complete their treatment and to prevent patients from being unjustly treated it was seen as appropriate that this rule enters into force as of 24.12.2020.
10. It has been decided all kinds of street entertainment activities that take place for the new year etc cannot be made until January 01, 2021.
11. On 24.12.2020, The Contagious Diseases Executive Committee will meet to re-evaluate the decisions taken.
 

 

Latest Update 04/12/2020

The Committee on Infectious Disease has changed the rules on three-day stopovers in North Cyprus. The recently introduced rule that permits passengers arriving in North Cyprus and remaining for three days only or less, has been rescinded. Between 8-23 December all passengers, irrespective of how they arrived and their intended length of stay, must remain in quarantine.

Further decisions made by the committee in respect of New Year’s Eve celebrations are as follows:

Up to 100 people are permitted in venues of 300 square metres and above, up to 50 people in venues between 100 – 300 square metres and a maximum of 30 people in spaces between 50 – 100 square metres.

The  committee also reminded that the tickets of the people coming to the country should be issued by checking the HES code:

It is necessary not to issue tickets to those who have had contact with anyone infected with or who are Covid-19 positive in the HES code. Criminal action will be applied within the scope of the Infectious Diseases Law to companies that issue tickets to people who are found to be Covid-positive-19 and/or have contact in the HES code of persons who are positive for Covid-19 as a result of the 2nd PCR test at the entry ports to the country”.

https://www.lgcnews.com/executive-committee-changes-quarantine-rules/?fbclid=IwAR29YnFayNKfGzuQTC_QFSn1uhndPXide3I5yUk6xuYo_MAQgajTI_nVSEY

 

Latest Update 16/11/2020

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This is in addition to the announcement made late afternoon today.

 


16 November 2020

Ministry of Health Statement

As of November 19, 2020, this will be implemented in relation to the decision on South Cyprus taken by the Contagious Diseases Executive Committee.

Everyone who is outside of those people specified in that decision that crosses from the TRNC to South Cyprus will be quarantined for 7 days on their return.

 

16 November 2020

In line with the decisions taken by the Contagious Diseases Executive Committee, the Ministry of Health has decided to implement the following additional cautionary measures.

The decisions for quarantine taken until November 16, 2020, will be extended until November 30, 2020, at 23:59.

Based on the increasing number of cases in the South Cyprus Greek Administration (SCGA), our Council has re-evaluated all decisions taken.

It has been decided that as of 17.11.2020, everyone entering our country from the SCGA to stay for more than 3 days, should present a negative PCR test result and remain under quarantine for 7 days.

However, anyone entering our country from the SCGA for 3 days or less will be able to do so without quarantine, if they submit a negative PCR test results taken within the last 3 days.

These people will be given verbal information by the Immigration officers on arrival.
Exempt from this rule will be those employed, studying (including registered parents) undergoing medical treatment in the SCGA, and Pile residents, Diplomatic Missions in Cyprus, UN, EU, British Bases Area and Peacekeeping Force personnel. Random testing will continue.

The decision to restart Boxing, Wrestling and branches of close fighting sports has been postponed until 30 November 2020.

It has been decided that entertainment venues like clubs and discos will be postponed until 30 November 2020.

It was considered appropriate to allow contactless sports within Martial Arts branches the branches of Martial Arts, as requested and sent to us by the Directorate of Sports Department.

A decision has been made that the exhibitions should be opened within the Pandemic social distancing, and mask rules.

In order to ensure the necessary hygiene and airing of the environment in cinema and theatre areas, it has also been decided that the audience should be spaced at 1.5 metres and diagonally from front to rear.

 

Latest Update 02/11/2020

 

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2nd November 2020
I have summarised an interview that the Minister of Health Dr Pilli gave to BRT today.

The electronic wristband pilot scheme has begun.

At the weekend 35 people were identified by trace and contact and tagged with electronic wristbands then given home quarantine.
More than 230 passengers arriving to the country today will be quarantined at home by wearing the wristbands.

The application of the wristband will be tried out, and if considered appropriate a protocol will be signed in the future with the companies. It is estimated that this will be part of the system in 10 days. This will be implemented by November 15 at the latest.

Electronic wristbands will not be attached to people arriving for 3 days. The application is to track people who arrive in the country until they get to the place they are staying or after being quarantined at home to check they abide by the rules.

In the event of any violation of the rules, the electronic wristband will send a signal to the established centre. People who do not comply with the rules will be warned and if warned again then the necessary criminal actions will be taken.

Minister Pilli stated that they are ready to sign protocols with all companies that can provide all the necessary conditions for the supply of electronic wristbands, and said that they have not signed protocols with any company or person so far.

People arriving to the country will pay a set fee for the electronic wristband, but this will not be a very high amount.

Control of the wristband system will be by the company at the established monitoring centre and Ministry of Health observers will also be part of these teams.

Efforts have started to identify people who arrived for three days and remained for longer. Information has been received from immigration about those people who have said they would be here for 3 days but stayed longer. Police investigations will be opened and the necessary actions would be taken against them. They will be punished in the most severe way for violating quarantine rules.

 

 

https://haberkibris.com/pilli-elektronik-bileklik-uygulamasina-10-gun-icerisinde-gecilecek-1554-2020-11-02.html?fbclid=IwAR3bOuxEhNj3qXeODN8vq2BvLLvQ2iThI4YDJ5qMM999ipXVVCJrpjzCu3E

 

Latest Update 02/11/2020

 

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2nd November 2020
I have summarised an interview that the Minister of Health Dr Pilli gave to BRT today.

The electronic wristband pilot scheme has begun.

At the weekend 35 people were identified by trace and contact and tagged with electronic wristbands then given home quarantine.
More than 230 passengers arriving to the country today will be quarantined at home by wearing the wristbands.

The application of the wristband will be tried out, and if considered appropriate a protocol will be signed in the future with the companies. It is estimated that this will be part of the system in 10 days. This will be implemented by November 15 at the latest.

Electronic wristbands will not be attached to people arriving for 3 days. The application is to track people who arrive in the country until they get to the place they are staying or after being quarantined at home to check they abide by the rules.

In the event of any violation of the rules, the electronic wristband will send a signal to the established centre. People who do not comply with the rules will be warned and if warned again then the necessary criminal actions will be taken.

Minister Pilli stated that they are ready to sign protocols with all companies that can provide all the necessary conditions for the supply of electronic wristbands, and said that they have not signed protocols with any company or person so far.

People arriving to the country will pay a set fee for the electronic wristband, but this will not be a very high amount.

Control of the wristband system will be by the company at the established monitoring centre and Ministry of Health observers will also be part of these teams.

Efforts have started to identify people who arrived for three days and remained for longer. Information has been received from immigration about those people who have said they would be here for 3 days but stayed longer. Police investigations will be opened and the necessary actions would be taken against them. They will be punished in the most severe way for violating quarantine rules.

 

 

https://haberkibris.com/pilli-elektronik-bileklik-uygulamasina-10-gun-icerisinde-gecilecek-1554-2020-11-02.html?fbclid=IwAR3tdWiBLCPTkI42Upfo4QhMu2t6Q3usuYB0MYMHOZzyBV0uea3IDBeo6g4

 

Latest Update Coronavirus: Travel rules after England goes into second lockdown on Thursday. 02/11/2020

 

https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-travel-rules-after-england-goes-into-second-lockdown-on-thursday-12120410?fbclid=IwAR3BoEQr8moyUbpicbdTIzJTlfvYOnUXC9-KzAE-qObywA8TiMYs7KywUog

 

  

 

 

Latest Update 31/10/2020

 

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31 October 2020.
The Ministry of Health has agreed to additional measures by the Contagious Diseases Executive Committee.

Quarantine decisions that were taken up to November 1, 2020, will be extended until 11:59 p.m. on November 16, 2020.

Decisions on opening cinemas, theatres, fairs, birthdays, and festival events will be postponed until 16 November 2020.

Decisions on opening for the sports of boxing, wrestling, close contact and martial arts branches will be postponed until 16 November 2020

Clubs and discos will not open until November 16, 2020

The decisions implemented for entry to the TRNC by air and sea are extended until 23.59 on 16.11.2020.

Additional travel to the TRNC for those arrivals related to 3 days or less by air and sea, can be carried out by airlines and sea companies by getting permission from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

 

https://www.gundemkibris.com/kibris/saglik-bakanligi-ek-tedbir-kararlari-aciklandi-h302142.html

 

Latest Update SOUTH CYPRUS ONLY 29 October 2020

 

Coronavirus: travellers from Cyprus will need to self-isolate on arrival in UK from Sunday (Updated)

 

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/10/29/coronavirus-travellers-from-cyprus-will-need-to-self-isolate-on-arrival-in-uk-from-sunday/?fbclid=IwAR05a0mioqJSaAL9v5mIIHQDTxNsAaF0DwqZ2n6nPrGV0WFW7S74fSfUKfE

 

 

 

Latest Update  27 October 2020

 

 

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Updated NOTAM released by the Ministry of Transport which now covers the 3 days without quarantine rule.
It is only applied for entry to the TRNC not the other way round and Cat B rules still apply to arrivals to the TRNC.

 

https://bub.gov.ct.tr/Portals/27/N0316-20.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3xy0TLtDaUfCCDcIIlqapCFHOtuxAOD97waluqph1xMr7B8HRSSn40Y2Q

 

Latest Update 20 October 2020

 

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Ministry of Health Statement

Due to the questions that have come to us regarding Clause 2 in yesterday’s decisions by the Contagious Diseases Executive Committee, we have felt it necessary to make this announcement.

The application of the Clause on crossings to South Cyprus will be as such.

"From and including October 21, 2020 everyone except those who cross to South Cyprus for work, education and health reasons must declare a negative PCR test result taken within the last 3 days at the crossings to Northern Cyprus."

Those people mentioned above that make the crossing to South Cyprus because of education, health and work and their companions *(accompanying health worker) will be able to continue to cross by taking random PCR tests.

In addition, the charge of PCR tests carried out for the purposes of tourism in laboratories within the structure of the Ministry of Health is set at 100 TL.

There will be no charge at all for random PCR tests, tests taken in the Fever Outpatient Clinics, or for PCR tests of traced contacts.

https://www.gundemkibris.com/kibris/saglik-bakanligi-ndan-aciklama-7-h301629.html

 

Latest Update 19 October 2020

 

Thank you for the translation Issy Atahasan

 

Update. Please read the announcement made on 20 October in conjunction with this one.


The section in bold in section 2 appears to have implications for anyone arriving in the South hoping to stay for 14 days and avoid quarantine in the North.
1. From and including the 20 October 2020 any person who enters from a group B country to stay for no more than 3 days will be required to submit negative PCR test results and take a 2nd PCR test on arrival. They will wait in a hotel or a central isolation centre for the test result to be released before being able to enter the country without quarantine.

However, hotels will be responsible for those with a hotel reservation while waiting for the test results to be released and the hotel will arrange and book transfers with contracted taxis, minibuses and buses for this process.

Others without hotel reservations will wait in Ministry designated central isolation locations until the 2nd PCR test results are released.
People with negative results will be exempted from quarantine by registering to stay in TRNC for no more than 3 days.

  1. From and including 20 October 2020 random testing will continue to be carried out on people who cross to the South Cyprus Greek Administration for work, education and health reasons. People who cross from the South Cyprus Greek Administration to our country for other reasons will be able to by presenting a negative PCR test result taken within the last 3 days, at the border crossings.
    However, people who cross to our country from the South Cyprus Greek Administration (except for those who have been through work, education and health) and who will reside in the TRNC for more than 3 days will remain in a quarantine centre for 7 days.
    For this reason, people who enter our country and reside for less than 3 days will fill out a prepared commitment form at the border crossings.
    Criminal proceedings will be taken against people who fill out the form and do not comply with their commitments,
  2. It has been decided that Mevlit and funeral ceremonies can be held after October 19, 2020, within the framework of pandemic rules.
  3. Wedding and engagement ceremonies can be held after October 19, 2020, within the framework of the rules for weddings decided by the Committee and published in the Official Gazette on August 28, 2020 Issue:163.
  4. For team sports, in the event of a possible increase in Covid 19 cases, it has been decided that the rules on the measures taken will be detailed in a notification made by the Directorate of Sports Department.
  5. The decision to open cinemas, theatres, fairs, birthday parties and festival events, has been postponed until 01 November 2020.

 

https://www.gundemkibris.com/kibris/saglik-bakanligi-alinan-kararlari-acikladi-h301574.html

 

Translation from

https://newskibris.com/saglik-bakanligi-alinan-yeni-kararlari-acikladi/

 

20/10/2020  Ozy Taxi

14h · 

 

This is a translation RE the “MAXIMUM 3 DAY VISIT TO TRNC WITH NO QUARANTENE” obligations.

From 20 October 2020 (including 20 October 2020), those who want to enter the TRNC from group CAT B countries and stay intend to stay for a maximum of 3 days, will be able to enter the country without quarantine, provided that they submit negative PCR test result at the port of entry, take another PCR test at the port of entry and wait in the hotel or central isolation until the 2nd PCR test results are available.

While the transfers of such person(s) (from the ports) will be done by taxi, minibus and bus services contracted by the said hotel, the Hotel’s will be solely responsible for the said person(s) until their PCR test result is delivered.

Those without hotel reservations will wait at the central isolation determined by the Ministry until the second PCR test results are available and those with negative results will be exempt from quarantine provided that they stay in the TRNC for a maximum of 3 days.

 

Latest Update

 

Please see below information on flying to North Cyprus via Larnaca airport.  These taxi companies can help you to arrange:

 

The information is written by Ozy Ibo Taxi, contact details under. 

Hello everyone! Hope you have had a good week and getting ready for great weekend!😎

I know some of you have been waiting to see what comes out of my last post and I’m sorry to keep you waiting but I needed to be 1000% sure....😎so here goes;

I am very happy to announce that we are now able to personally pick you up from Larnaca and Paphos airport and bring you directly to a quarantine hotel in the Lapta area. For legal reasons we cannot name the hotel here but I can confirm that our first customers that we picked up from Larnaca airport in the early hours of this morning and took directly to the hotel have contacted me saying that they have settled in nicely and are very happy with the place. I am sure they will post their experience themselves for you all to see if they have not done so already.🙏

We are extremely happy to have this opportunity to provide this service to our customers which we believe will make the journey for those of you coming back home that little bit less stressful. Please, if you are interested in this do contact me for further details.🙏🙏🙏

🔸RE Travelling from North to South🔸:
As you have probably already seen / heard some people that are in CAT B and particularly British Passport holders travelling in a taxi have been able to cross from North to South on the following conditions: 1) documented negative PCR test result and 2) documented flight / boarding pass showing you are travelling on same day and 3) You travel through the borders at least 4 hours prior to your scheduled flight .

‼️HOWEVER due to what we can only call random actions of the South Border Officials IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE that there is a small chance that the taxi (from North) will not be permitted to take you to the airport. Should this happen there is of course the option of a taxi in the South to collect you from the Border who will take you to the airport. It is for this reason that if you choose to travel this way using our services we suggest we are at the border 5 hours prior to your scheduled flight so we have time to make other arrangements if necessary.

That’s all for now, if you have any questions as always you can call / text / Whatsapp / email me at any time I am always happy to help in any way I can.

Don’t forget we are continuing with our trips to the South for all your needs whether it be for post, shopping, medication, goods etc.

Looking forward to hearing from and seeing you soon and hope you have a great weekend! Stay safe and well!! 😎

 

And you can also use the company below they are equally reliable.  You can contact them at any time for further information.

 

Serhan owns Bellapais taxi company and he can provide an excellent and reliable service. You will be in safe hands with Serhan – he goes the extra mile to make the customer happy.

Use 0090 542 859 2875 or 0090 548 857 6026

www.bellapaistaxi.com

 

Latest Update

As of 7.10.2020

With the decisions taken by the Contagious Diseases Executive Committee, the Ministry of Health has taken additional precautionary decisions and announced that the following areas of activity can be opened under the specified conditions.

1. Collective Worship:
Masks to be worn during the entire length of the worship.
Attention must be paid to social distancing and hygiene rules.
Ensure that there is fresh airflow in the environment.
Registration to be taken of those entering.

 

  1. Bars:
    Tables in bars not to be no larger than for 6 people
    Tables are kept2 meters apart.
    Ensure that there is fresh airflow in the environment.
    Registration to be taken of those entering.
    No standing customers if tables are full.

    3. Casinos:
    Attention must be paid to social distancing rules between persons.
    Attention must be paid to the mask and hygiene rules.
    Registration to be taken of persons in the hall.
    Games machines to be cleaned after each person’s use.
    Placing of hand sanitizer in areas where live games are located to ensure that players are constantly disinfecting their hands.
    No open buffets within the casino.

    4. Massage Parlors:
    Staff use protective equipment during the entire session.
    Staff to have 1 PCR test per week.
    Compliance with hygiene rules.
    Disinfecting the environment after each customer.
    Registration to be taken of those entering.

 

Thank you Issy Atahasan for the translation

 

https://www.kibrisgazetesi.com/kibris/barlar-casinolar-ve-masaj-salonlari-aciliyor-h97332.html?fbclid=IwAR2C9s11QMN75cKrbmntkX3SmY41ZNkh_OJalJmoH6QLAYJgL0kvz0jsC9o

 

Latest Update

30th September

The lastest NOTAM notifications have been published by the Ministry of Transport.
Essentially there will still only be 2 flights a day into Ercan until and including 1st November 2020.

These are effective from 29 September 2020 at 16.17 until 1 November at 23.59.
This one for the country lists and PCR test rules.
https://bub.gov.ct.tr/Portals/27/N0305-20.pdf
This is for PCR test QR code rules for embarking in Turkey.
https://bub.gov.ct.tr/Portals/27/N0307-20.pdf
This is for the limits on total flights into Ercan.
https://bub.gov.ct.tr/Portals/27/NO306-20.pdf

 

Thank you Issy Atahasan for the translation

 

Latest Update

29 September 2020
The Ministry of Health has decided to implement the following additional precautionary decisions taken by the Contagious Diseases Executive Committee.

  1. Extend quarantine decisions made until 01 October 2020 until 01 November 2020 at 23:59

    2. In relation to Education and Training;

From 1 October 2020;
A) Pre-schools open full time (up to 5 years old)

B) Elementary schools: Years 1 and 2. Classes will start alternately.

From 5 October 2020;
A) Elementary schools: Years 3,4 and 5. Classes will start alternately.

From 12 October 2020;
A) Secondary schools and high schools (years 6-7-8-9-10-11-12) Classes will start alternately.

  1. From 12 October 2020,
    Special educational institutions (private classrooms, study centres, places offering courses, etc.) will be opened again with conditions of implementing social distancing, hygiene and other preventive measures.
  2. Face to face Education can be carried out in departments where it is needed to be applied in our universities with the condition that they comply with the pandemic rules (social distance, hygiene and other protective measures).
    However, students who arrive in our country from group B and C countries will be required to give a negative PCR result of 0-120 hours before the date of boarding to officials on entry to the TRNC. Those from countries in group B will remain in quarantine for a period of 7 days, while those from countries in group C will remain in quarantine for 14 days.
  3. Transportation for the purpose of education will be carried out within the framework of pandemic rules.
  4. The guide prepared jointly by the Ministry of National Education and Culture and the Department of Basic Health Services and the measures in it are to be implemented in schools and classrooms. Educational classes will be limited to a maximum of 20 and applied in the available space. The classroom layout will be planned to implement social distance, hygiene and other protective measures.
  5. Boxing, wrestling, close fighting and martial art sports should not be held until 01 November 2020.
  6. Contactless and low-risk sports categories can start training from 01 October 2020 and it has been decided that after 15 October 2020 competitions will be held without spectators for a period of time that the Sports Federation sees fit. All athletes will be periodically PCR retested based on the number of internal and rising cases.
  7. No rallies and mass meetings
  8. Children's playgrounds and parks can open from 01 October 2020
  9. If the number of cases continues to decrease in our country; It has been decided to open all workplaces and entertainment venues that were closed until 01 October 2020 from October 17, 2020, with PCR test registration of people working in them. All venues when opened are obliged to comply with the pre-published rules. It has been decided the County Security Agencies will actively supervise them and initiate criminal action against the rights of those who do not comply with the rules under the Criminal Law.

    An additional announcement was made later:
  10. Included in the decisions of 29.09.2020, regarding the closed businesses and collective activities in point 11 above are:
    Massage parlours, casinos, discos, clubs, bars, cinemas, theatres, fetes, bingo, birthdays, circumcision ceremonies, wedding halls, Mevlit, mass prayers and funeral services.
  11. No changes have been made regarding quarantine conditions and QR code implementation for arrivals from Categories A, B and C.

 

Latest Update

22/09/2020 - Taken from the Kuzy Kibris Türk Cumhuriyeti Sağlık Bakanlığı.

REVISED LIST OF COUNTRIES AND TRAVEL MEASURES BASED ON COVID-19 RISK ASSESSMENT

UPDATED COVID-19 RISK CATEGORIES AND TRAVEL APPLICATIONS ON 22/9/2020

According to the risk assessment of 22 September 2020, the categories of many countries have changed. These applications will enter into force on September 25, at 23.59.

CATEGORY A

  1. Finland
  2. South Korea
  3. Lithuania
  4. Latvia

5.New Zealand

  1. Thailand
  2. Australia

* From the countries in category A, those who come to the TRNC via Southern Cyprus and show the negative PCR test results made in the last 72 hours as a document to the Ministry of Health officer at the door, will be able to enter the country.

İf the people from  countries in Category A , come to Northern Cyprus via Turkey ,the category B rules will be applied  them.

* People who work, receive education and treatment in Southern Cyprus and those who travel south due to other reasons will be able to continue their journey to Southern Cyprus by having a PCR test only once. However, random PCR tests will be done to these people. Also, everyone living in Southern Cyprus will be able to enter TRNC , by showing a negative PCR result only once.

* All citizens residing in Pile will be able to continuously switch to Pile or from Pile to the North, provided that they show a PCR negative test result for once on their first pass.

Personnel of diplomatic mission, UN, EU, British Bases Area and similar international organizations in Cyprus will be asked to show a negative PCR result only once at the first pass. These people will also be tested for random PCR.

CATEGORY B

  1. Denmark

 2.Ireland

  1. Iceland
  2. Japan

5.Poland

6.Belgium

  1. Italy
  2. Vatican
  3. San Marino
  4. Rwanda
  5. Uruguay
  6. China (Including Hong Kong  )
  7. Singapore
  8. Turkey
  9. Greece
  10. United Kingdom (England,Galler,Scotland,North Ireland )
  11. Sweden
  12. Liechtenstein 
  13. Slovakia
  14. Germany
  15. Georgia
  16. Estonia
  17. Norvay

24.Canada

  1. Serbia

26.Taiwan*

Persons coming to TRNC from countries in category B

  1. a) They will be able to enter the country by submitting the negative PCR test result they have done between 0-120 hours before the travel start date, to the Ministry of Health officer at the door as a document, and if they do not, they will not be taken into the country. However, those coming from countries in group B will be quarantined in quarantine centers determined by the state for 7 days after entering the country. On the 7th day of the quarantine.the PCR test will be performed ant the quarantine will be terminated according to the result.
  2. b) Formally commissioned  persons for a 72 hours period , from TRNC to Turkey   or  from Turkey to TRNC will not  be  quarantined  if they implement the measures necessary condition for the task  and return to their countries  in 72 hours . 
  3. c) Students who will come to the TRNC due to their higher education will be isolated for 7 days in the dormitories or hotels designated by the University.
  4. d) The quarantine applications of those who go abroad for health reasons will be evaluated if they apply to the Ministry of Health

 

* People coming from Taiwan will be asked to receive a document in English from the local government, showing that they have been in Taiwan for the last 14 days.


CATEGORY C

  1. United States  of  America
  2. Brazil
  3. Argentina
  4. Montenegro
  5. Portugal

6.Luxembourg

7.Romania

8.India

  1. Iran
  2. Israel
  3. Kazakhstan
  4. Kosovo
  5. Mexico
  6. Egypt
  7. Pakistan
  8. Russia
  9. Turkmenistan
  10. Bangladesh
  11. Philippines
  12. Iraq
  13. Spain
  14. France
  15. Bulgaria
  16. Algeria

25.Morocco

  1. Qatar
  2. Azerbaijan
  3. Malta
  4. Croatia
  5. The Netherlands
  6. Andorra
  7. Tunisia
  8. United Arab Emirates
  9. Lebanon
  10. Ukraine
  11. Bahrain
  12. Saudi Arabia
  13. Switzerland
  14. Monaco
  15. Hungary
  16. Slovenia
  17. Czech Repuplic
  18. Austria

and other countries

For those coming from the countries in category C, it is obligatory to submit the PCR test result, which is made between 0-120 hours before the boarding date and whose result is negative, to the Ministry of Health officials when they enter the TRNC. These persons will be quarantined in a quarantine center determined by the Ministry of Health for 14 days and PCR test will be done at the end of quarantine

Note:

1- PCR test results will not be requested from children in the 0-5 age group who will enter the country.

2- The three to five days before the boarding date stated above will be evaluated based on the date of delivery of the PCR samples.

3- PCR test results obtained from B and C group countries 6 days before or older than the travel date will not be considered valid for entry into the country. People who submit tests in this way will not be admitted to the country.

4-In accordance with the decision taken following the meeting between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Interior, people arriving from countries in Category B who will be working at night clubs will be in quarantine for 7 days upon their arrival, even if they stayed in Turkey for a period of two weeks prior to their arrival to the TRNC. Those travelling from a country in Category C will be in quarantine for 14 days. All must provide a negative PCR test result upon entrance (travellers from Category B and Category C), bearing in mind that the tests should be conducted within a period of 3 to 5 days prior to the boarding date.

5-Passengers coming from Turkey to the TRNC has obligation QR code on the PCR test results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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