Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Cyprus amends list of countries approved for travel as of Sept. 1; domestic social-distancing restrictions remain.

Alert Begins 01 Sep 2020 05:49 PM UTC
Alert Expires 15 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions

Summary
As of Sept. 1, authorities in Cyprus have updated the country's travel advisory list detailing international entry restrictions put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The list has two categories. Travelers from countries in Category A do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival; travelers from countries listed in Category B do require a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to departure for Cyprus. Travelers from all other countries - with the exception of Cypriot residents, their immediate families, and individuals with special entry permission to perform essential work - are prohibited from entering Cyprus.

The categories as of Sept. 1 are as follows:

 

  • Category A: Canada, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, and Thailand

 

  • Category B: Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, Uruguay, and Vatican City

 


Domestically, most businesses have resumed operations with government social distancing and hygiene requirements. Protective face coverings are necessary for several enclosed public spaces. Additionally, privately organized gatherings are limited to 50 individuals unless special permission is obtained, this measure will be in place through Jan. 15.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
The measures implemented in Cyprus is similar to actions undertaken by other regional governments as part of ongoing efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Authorities could reintroduce sporadic, highly targeted measures in response to local COVID-19 outbreaks. Such measures could apply to neighborhoods or specific facilities, including schools, factories, or accommodation and office blocks. Mandatory social-distancing procedures in public places and on public transport, as well as widespread voluntary "self-policing" by residents, will assist in reducing the potential for contagion, negating the necessity for a large-scale, blanket reintroduction of significant restrictions.


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