Coronavirus Update - entry requirements
On 11th June 2020, at the TRNC Council of Ministers meeting, the following decisions were taken:
People who will be able to enter the TRNC from 1st July 2020 will be split into 3 categories according to the country from which they are travelling.
Travellers from category A countries will be allowed to enter the TRNC, subject to obtaining a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival in the TRNC
Travellers from category B countries will be subject to a double PCR test procedure under which they will need to have a negative PCR in their own county within 72 hours before arrival in the TRNC and will then need to have a further PCR test on arrival in the TRNC
Travellers from category C counties, which are considered high risk countries, will need to have a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival and will need to go into quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.
The list of countries in each of the 3 categories A, B and C, has been published in the Official Gazette as follows:
Malta, Bulgaria, Norway, Turkey, Germany, Austria, Finland, Slovenia, Hungary, Israel, Greece, Denmark, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Iceland, Taiwan.
Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland, Croatia, Romania, Estonia
USA, Russia, Brazil, UK, Iran, Italy, Spain, France
The Council of Ministers decision states that for persons arriving from countries not listed above, a decision will be made by the TRNC Ministry of Health in relation to their entry requirements
The countries in each category will be reviewed weekly in light of data from the World Health Organisation
From 1st July 2020, Greek Cypriots living in the South will be able to enter the TRNC, but they will need a negative PCR test within 72 hours before their first entry and will then be subject to random checks after that
From 22nd June 2020, Turkish Cypriots working in the South, Maronites living in the TRNC, Turkish Cypriots living in Pile and Greek Cypriots living in the Karpaz will be allowed to cross to the South subject to obtaining a negative PCR test within 72 hours before their first crossing, but they must return to the TRNC within 24 hours
Between 15th June and 1st July, students will be allowed to enter the TRNC, but will be required to go into quarantine. Provided that their test results are negative they will be transferred to their university campus and will remain there and will not have to pay quarantine fees