By Cynthia Ngum – Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, May 28, 2020.
The Cypriot government has announced its plan to reopen its borders amidst COVID-19 but excluded the United States of America in its recommended lists of countries whose citizens can be granted entry.
Cyprus is one of the few countries to have recorded a zero (0) new infection rate to the pandemic in recent days. The country has recorded 939 confirmed cases with 17 deaths since the start of the outbreak.
Its decision to exclude the US has been described by its citizens as rational. The US is the world’s largest Coronavirus seat with more than 1.7 million confirmed cases and at least 102 thousand deaths.
Global statistics show more than 5.6 million COVID-19 cases with 356 thousand deaths.
Cyprus will be reopening her air borders starting June 9, 2020, to commercial flights, a statement from its Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works said.
Cyprus Mail, the country’s lone English-language daily newspaper cited the cabinet early this week approved an action plan to ease flight restrictions from 19 selected countries whose nationals will have to provide medical certificates before flying into the Island.
Transport, Communications and Works Minister, Yiannis Karousos, said the countries will be divided into two categories according to their epidemiological data.
The first category which is the (A) Category includes; Malta, Finland, Greece, Bulgaria, Portugal, Norway, Hungary, Israel, Germany, Denmark, Slovenia, Austria, and Lithuania.
Six others have been placed in the (B) Category including Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Estonia, Croatia and Czech Republic.
The first phase starts on June 9, and the second on June 20, with a different set of rules governing the categories, the Ministry said.
Category (A) travelers will not be required a medical certificate as of June 20. Those from the (B) Category will require one upon entry, the Minister added.
Flights from any country other than those mentioned above are said to be allowed only if they are Cypriot citizens aboard or any other legal residents.