August 12, 2022

The Ministry of Health announced that the categories of many countries have changed according to the risk assessment made on 22nd September 2020.

Accordingly, Estonia, Norway, and Canada, which were in Group A, have been moved to Group B, and Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Monaco, Hungary and Slovenia have been moved from Group B to Group C.  Serbia in Group C moved to Group B and Australia moved to Group A.

In the statement of the Ministry of Health, “Travel practices regarding the new categories will come into force as of 25th September 2020 at 23.59pm.

The statement is as follows: 

“Category A”

1) Finland,
2) South Korea,
3) Lithuania,
4) Latvia,
5) New Zealand,
6.) Thailand,
7)  Australia

a) Those who come to the TRNC via Southern Cyprus and show negative PCR test results done in the last 72 hours as a document to the Ministry of Health official at the point of entry will be able to enter the country. These persons will not be subject to routine testing or quarantine

b) For those who come to the TRNC via Turkey from Category A countries, Category B rules will be applied.

c) People who work, receive education, or have health treatment in the Greek Cypriot side and those who travel to the south for other reasons will be able to continue passing through to South Cyprus by having a PCR test only once. However, these people will have random PCR tests. In addition, everyone living in Southern Cyprus will be able to enter the country by showing a negative PCR result only once.

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

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

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

17)  Sweden

18)  Liechtenstein

19)  Slovakia

20)  Germany

21)  Georgia

22)  Estonia

23)  Norway

24)  Canada

25)  Serbia

26)  Taiwan*

People coming to the TRNC from Category B countries;

a) They will be able to enter the country by submitting a negative PCR test result, which has been done between 0-120 hours before the travel start date, to the Ministry of Health official at the entry point as a document, and if they do not, they will not be admitted into the country. However, those coming from countries in Group B will be quarantined in centres determined by the state for 7 days after entering the country. On the 7th day of the quarantine, the PCR test will be repeated and the quarantine can be terminated according to the result.

b) Those who go from TRNC to Turkey or come from Turkey to the TRNC as officials will not be quarantined on the condition that they will complete their mission within 72 hours by implementing necessary measures and return to their country.

c) Students who come to the TRNC for their higher education will be isolated in the dormitories or hotels designated by the university for 7 days.

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 present a document in English showing that they have been in Taiwan for the last 14 days.

“Category C”

1)    USA

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) Netherlands

31) Andorra


33)United Arab Emirates

34) Lebanon

35) Ukraine

36) Bahrain

37) Saudi Arabia

38) Switzerland

39) Monaco

40) Hungary

41) Slovenia

42) Czech Republic

43) Austria and other countries


* For people coming from countries in category C, it is obligatory to submit a negative PCR test result, which has been done between 0-120 hours before the boarding date, to the Ministry of Health officials when they enter the TRNC. These people will remain in quarantine centres determined by the Ministry of Health for 14 days and will be tested at the end of the quarantine.


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

2- “The duration of 0-120 hours before the boarding date” specified above will be evaluated based on the date of delivery of the PCR samples.

3- The PCR test results done 6 days before or earlier from the travel date for those who come from B and C group countries will not be considered valid when entering the country. People who submit such tests will not be admitted to the country.

4- As a result of the meeting held by the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Health, those who come from B countries that work in nightclubs will be quarantined in the TRNC for 7 days even if they have stayed in Turkey for 2 weeks. Those who come from a group C country for the same purpose will remain in quarantine for 14 days. Those people coming from B and C group countries must also submit negative PCR test results, which have been performed between 0-120 hours before the boarding date, when entering the country.

5- Those passengers coming from Turkey to the TRNC have the obligation to present a QR code on the PCR test results.

Source : TRNC Public Information Office


1 thought on “Changes made for countries and travel for Covid-19 risk categories

  1. What’s the new category
    If any one who contracted Covid 19 and now his antibody is +ve, does he also need Quarantine upon arrival in Northern Cyprus?

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