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COVID 19 – North Cyprus travel advice

COVID 19 – North Cyprus travel advice

Latest Update 16/11/2020

 
Thank you for the translation Issy Atahasan

 

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

 

Thank you for the translation Issy Atahasan

 

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.
 
 
 
 
 

Latest Update 02/11/2020

 

Thank you for the translation Issy Atahasan

 

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
 
  
 
 

Latest Update 31/10/2020

 

Thank you for the translation Issy Atahasan

 

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
Thank you Issy Atahasan
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

 
Thank you for the translation Issy Atahasan

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.
2. 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,
3. It has been decided that Mevlit and funeral ceremonies can be held after October 19, 2020, within the framework of pandemic rules.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.πŸ™

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.πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

πŸ”ΈRE Travelling from North to SouthπŸ”Έ:
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!! πŸ˜Ž

 

Ozy Ibo Taxi

 

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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.
 
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Transportation for the purpose of education will be carried out within the framework of pandemic rules.
6. 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.
7. Boxing, wrestling, close fighting and martial art sports should not be held until 01 November 2020.
8. 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.
9. No rallies and mass meetings
10. Children's playgrounds and parks can open from 01 October 2020
11. 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:
1. 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.
2. 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 SağlΔ±k 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

6. Thailand

7. 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.

Δ°f 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

3. Iceland

4. Japan

5.Poland

6.Belgium

7. Italy

8. Vatican

9. San Marino

10. Rwanda

11. Uruguay

12. China (Including Hong Kong  )

13. Singapore

14. Turkey

15.  Greece

16. United Kingdom (England,Galler,Scotland,North Ireland )

17. Sweden

18. Liechtenstein 

19.  Slovakia

20. Germany

21. Georgia

22. Estonia

23. Norvay

24.Canada

25. Serbia

26.Taiwan*

Persons coming to TRNC from countries in category B

 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.

 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 . 

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.

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

9. Iran

10. Israel

11. Kazakhstan

12. Kosovo

13. Mexico

14. Egypt

15. Pakistan

16. Russia

17. Turkmenistan

18. Bangladesh

19. Philippines

20. Iraq

21. Spain

22. France

23. Bulgaria

24. Algeria

25.Morocco

26. Qatar

27. Azerbaijan

28. Malta

29. Croatia

30. The Netherlands

31. Andorra

32. Tunisia

33. United Arab Emirates

34. Lebanon

35. Ukraine

36. Bahrain

37. Saudi Arabia

38.  Switzerland

39. Monaco

40. Hungary

41. Slovenia

42. Czech Repuplic

43. 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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