TRNC Country Categories & Entry Requirements

    

 

 

27 November 2020
The Ministry of Health have decided to implement the following additional measures decided by the Contagious Diseases Executive Committee.


1. The current rules governing quarantine have been extended until 23:59 on 31 December 2020.


2. From 01.12.2020, the Country categories will no longer apply and everyone regardless of which country they arrived from, must meet the following requirements:

 

  • provide a negative PCR test taken within 3 days

  • 7 days quarantine in a government hotel/facility

  • take a further PCR test at the end of the quarantine, provided this is negative you will be able to leave quarantine.

 

From 30.11.2020, People wishing to come to the TRNC for 3 days or less may now only enter via Ercan on a chartered flight.  On entry to the country they must present negative PCR test and return tickets which show departure dates within 3 days.   At the airport they will be required to take a 2nd PCR test and provided the result is negative they will be able to stay in the country without quarantine for up to 3 days.   Anyone wishing to stay for more than 3 days will be subject 7 days quarantine at a government centre.

 

Note: Entry for up to 3 days via the Republic of Cyprus is no longer permitted.  It also appears that entry for up to 3 days by ferry, or by scheduled flights on Turkish Airlines or Pegasus is no longer permitted.


3. People who reside in the North and work or study (and their parents) in the South will continue to be routine PCR screened between until 6th December, however these people must register with the Pandemic Hospital between 28th November and 6th December 2020 (inclusive), by completing the form, found here www.saglik.gov.ct.tr.  They must also provide documentary evidence from the institution where they work or study in Southern Cyprus and present a negative PCR test.   The Office will be open between 08:00 and 20:00 (weekend included).
From 7th December people residing in the north, who work and study in Southern Cyprus and are registered with the Pandemic Hospital will be able to cross into Southern Cyprus for the day by showing a negative PCR result taken in the last ten days.


4. From 7th December 2020, people residing in Southern Cyprus and working in the TRNC will be able to enter the TRNC for the day without quarantine by showing a negative PCR test taken within the last 10 days, provided they present a document of evidence from the institution they work for to the personnel on duty at the border crossings.


5. People crossing to the Republic of Cyprus for the day for health, education and work reasons will be allowed to return across the border without quarantine, provided they show Border Personnel on duty their documents of evidence.   Anyone without appropriate documentary evidence will be subject to 7 days quarantine on return.


6. Anyone wishing to enter from the Republic of Cyprus may cross over for the day provided they present to the Border Personnel a negative PCR test taken in the last 24 hours.  If they request to stay in the TRNC for more than one day, they will be subject to 7 days quarantine.


7. Taxi drivers living in the TRNC who cross into the Republic of Cyprus will be subject to quarantine for 7 days on their return if they cross for any other purpose than transporting passengers.


8. People who have regular trade and/or business relationships in Republic of Cyprus and trade under the Green Line Regulation will be able to enter and exit without quarantine for the day if they present documented evidence of their trade to the personnel on duty at the border crossings. Those who trade within this specified area will be exempted from quarantine only if they cross during their working hours.


9. Employees who will pass through Yeşilırmak Border will be able to cross with a negative PCR test taken in the last 3 days. PCR test results will not be requested from duty personnel in ambulances crossing through the Yeşilırmak Border.

 

16.11.2020 Ministry of Health Statement  

The Contagious Diseases High Committee and the Ministry of Health has decided to implement the following additional decisions:


1. The quarantine decisions taken on 16 November 2020 have been extended until 23:59 on November 30 2020.


2. Based on the increasing number of cases in the Republic of Cyprus, the Board has re-evaluated all the decisions taken. As of 17.11.2020, it has been decided that anyone who enters the TRNC from the ROC and stays in the country for more than 3 days will be permitted to enter by submitting a negative PCR test result at the border and will remain in quarantine for 7 days. However, anyone who enters the TRNC from the ROC for 3 days or less will be able to enter without quarantine if they submit a negative PCR test result performed within the last 3 days. These people will be informed verbally by the Immigration officers at the border. Those who work, study (including registered parents) and those receiving treatment, Pile residents, diplomatic mission in Cyprus, UN, EU, British Bases Area and Peace Force personnel are exempt from this practice, but will continue to be tested randomly.


3. It was decided to postpone the decision to open boxing, wrestling and close contact sports until November 30 2020.


4. It has been decided to postpone the opening of clubs and discos, which are entertainment venues, until November 30 2020.


5. In line with the request conveyed to us by the Directorate of Sports Department, it has been deemed appropriate to allow non-contact sports in Kempo (Kenpo) sports branches.


6. It was decided to open exhibitions within the scope of pandemic rules such as social distancing and mask wearing.


7. Cinemas and theaters have been permitted to open provided necessary hygiene measures are taken and ventilation of the environment is provided. The audience need to be seated diagonally, at least 1.5 meters apart.

30.10.2020 Ministry of Health Update:

 

Ali Pilli, the Minister of Health, announced today that they would be trialling the use of an electronic wristband tagging system to allow people to self-isolate at home rather than government quarantine.

 

The trial will start on Monday and 250 people arriving by plane to the country will be invited to take part in the trial. He confirmed in parallel with the trial the monitoring team would be strengthened to facilitate both physical and electronic monitoring.

 

He stressed anyone breaching the home quarantine rules could face a prison sentence of up to 2 years. It is extremely important that anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 informs the contact tracing team of all their contacts. Also anyone who feels unwell should self-isolate until they have a test to confirm whether they have the virus.

 

He further said there were no plans to close educational establishments, but any pupils or parents of pupils who feel unwell should remain at home and keep their children at home and immediately request the hospital for a PCR test, before returning to school.

 

He advised that people coming to the country under the 3 day exemption from quarantine rule must not remain longer and anyone found doing so would be severely punished. He stressed everyone should follow the Covid19 rules of 'mask, distance, hygiene' especially wearing a face mask.

Ministry of Health Announcement 19th October 2020 The Supreme Committee of Contagious Diseases and the Ministry of Health have implemented the additional measures mentioned below under the 45/2018 Contagious Diseases Law. 

1. From 20 October 2020 (including 20 October), anyone entering the TRNC from a category B country, who will be staying for less than 3 days, only require a negative PCR test result to enter the country and will not need to undergo quarantine. A second PCR test will be performed when they enter the country and they must stay in their hotel or in central isolation until the test results are issued. The hotel will be held fully responsible until results of the second PCR test are issued, and the hotel will be responsible for making arrangements for people to be brought from the point of entry to the country to the hotel by taxi or buses. 

People without a hotel reservation must remain at a central isolation centre determined by the Ministry until their PCR test results are issued. If their second PCR test result is negative, they will be permitted to stay in the TRNC for a maximum of 3 days and will not be required to undergo quarantine. 

2. From 20 October 2020 (including October 20) anyone crossing into the Republic of Cyprus for work, education or health, will be permitted to cross however will continue to be subject to random testing.  

Anyone wishing to cross from the Republic of Cyprus into the TRNC for any other reason than for work, education or health will be permitted to cross if they present a negative PCR test result performed within the last 3 days. 

However, individuals who are crossing for other reasons (than work, education or health) and who plan to remain in the TRNC for more than 3 days will be required to undergo government quarantine for 7 days. 

Persons entering the TRNC who will be staying for less than 3 days will be required to fill in a declaration at the border crossing. Those who do not comply with this declaration will be prosecuted. 

 

3. From 19 October Mevlits and funerals may be held provided they comply with the pandemic rules.

4. From 19 October weddings and engagement ceremonies may be held provided they comply with the Covid 19 weddings rules published on August 28,2020 (Number: 163) in the Official Gazette.

5. As for team sports, in the event of a possible increase in Covid-19 cases, the rules on the measures taken will be announced in detail by the Sports Department Directorate. 

6. The decision as to whether to open cinemas, theatres, fairs, birthday and festival events has been postponed until 1 November, 2020.

List of Countries by Risk

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TRNC - Entry Requirements

The Category list is amended regularly as the COVID risk changes, so check the list frequently. 

 

Since 20th July people working in Southern Cyprus, studying or receiving treatment have been able to cross from the TRNC to the ROC and return, provided they show a negative PCR test the first time they cross the border. Tests can be taken at Dr. Burhan Nalbantoğlu State Hospital and Famagusta State Hospital. Random PCR tests may be performed.

Turkish Cypriot citizens residing in Pile can cross the border freely, provided they present a negative PCR test when they initially pass.

Everyone living in Southern Cyprus can enter TRNC, by showing a negative PCR result only once.

Diplomatic Missions in Cyprus, the UN, the EU, the British Base Zone and similar international organisations are required to show a one-off negative PCR test on initial entry to the TRNC, but can then cross the border freely. Random PCR testing may be performed. 


Category A Requirements

Note: Category B rules apply if you are travelling to the TRNC via Turkey.


Foreign Nationals who arrive from a Category A country may enter the TRNC via Southern Cyprus with a negative PCR test result (hard copy/paper) less than 72 hours old. Quarantine is not required.


Currently entry is only possible via the Beyarmudu (Pile/Pyla) border crossing, due to the restrictions currently being applied by the Republic of Cyprus on Foreign Nationals crossing from Southern Cyprus to the North.


Category B Requirements

If you enter the TRNC via Turkey, you will be classed as Category B.  The only exceptions are people arriving via Turkey from a Category C country, in which case you will remain classified as coming from a Category C country.

 

Note that you will need to show a <72 hour negative PCR test result (hard copy/paper) when crossing the Pyla border from South to North.

Currently you can enter the TRNC from Category B countries by presenting the results of a negative PCR test (hard copy/paper), performed less than 120 hours (0-120 hours) before the time of departure. If you cannot provide this test result, you will not be able to enter the country.

 

On entry to the country (port or airport) a PCR test will normally be performed. You will then be taken to a Quarantine Centre as designated by the Ministry of Health for 7 days.  At the end of quarantine, a further PCR test will be required and you will need to remain in Quarantine until the results are available. 

Note: If you arrive in the early hours of the morning this will be counted as the previous day, so you will need to remain 8 days in quarantine

Individuals travelling from the TRNC to Turkey and vice versa for official business and staying less than 3 days are exempt from 7 days quarantine. 

University students coming to the TRNC to study must undertake 7 days quarantine in a government hotel or government approved facility 

If you go abroad for health reasons you must apply to the Ministry of Health who will evaluate whether you need to undergo quarantine.

Travellers from Turkey are required to have a QR code on their PCR test result.
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Category C Requirements
If you arrive from a Country classified in Category C, you will need to enter 14 days government quarantine.  The only exceptions are travellers who have spent 14 or more days in Turkey or the Republic of Cyprus before travelling to the TRNC.   Note that you will need to show a <72 hour negative PCR test result when crossing the border from South to North. If you stay in Turkey for a minimum of 14  consecutive days before entering the TRNC, category B rules apply.

On entry you will be required to present a negative PCR test result (hard copy/paper), taken between 0-120 hours before departure.

On entry to the country (port or airport) a PCR test will normally be performed. You will then be taken to a Quarantine Centre as designated by the Ministry of Health for 14 days.  At the end of quarantine, a further PCR test will be required and you will need to remain in Quarantine until the results are available.  


 

Charges & Notes

  • Quarantine fees of TRNC residency permit holders (temporary & permanent), TRNC work permit holders, TRNC citizens and those who are students in the TRNC will be covered by the government. All other individuals who need to undergo quarantine, must cover the costs themselves.

 

  • The quarantine fee is 265 TL per person per day (including meals)

  • The PCR test fee is 100 TL per test.

  • If you have a TRNC Government PCR test, you can find your PCR test result here
     

  • Quarantine fees and test fees will be paid at the hotel.
     

  • Children between 0-5 years do not require PCR tests.

  • Anyone with a PCR test more than 6 days old upon arrival will not be allowed to enter the country.

 

  • We have received reports from travellers regarding issues with PCR test results in another language than English or Turkish not being accepted.
     

  • Your country of entry will be the country in which you have been residing before entry and you must have spent at least 14 days in that country immediately prior to entry

  • Any test must state it is for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID 19) as there have been people who have been refused entry because the test does not clearly show it is a SARS-CoV-2 test.

  • You can currently cross from the South to the North via the Beyamudu (Pile/Pyla) border provided you have the correct paperwork.

  • Depending on category, it is possible for EU nationals with a scheduled flight from Larnaca to cross from North to South with the following documents: a negative PCR test result and a flight/boarding pass showing you are travelling on the same day. You need to cross the border at least 4 hours prior to your flight. Please note that there is a chance that the taxi from the North may not be permitted to take you past the border, in which case you will need to get a taxi from the South to take you the rest of the way. It may also be possible for EU nationals to cross from the North to the South for medical or other genuine emergencies, however you will need the assistance of your Embassy.

  • Everyone in quarantine will be required to take a PCR test at the end of their quarantine period and will only be permitted to leave if the test result is negative.

  • UK NHS test results do not show the date when the test was taken, so may not be accepted, unless you have some other document (email hard copy or doctors letter), showing the date the test was taken.  UK private tests generally show the required information. 

Applying for Exemption from Government Quarantine due to Ill Health 

 

Note: this option is only available to those people with serious medical conditions for whom government quarantine may be impractical or of risk to their health.

If you wish to apply for exemption you must complete and send all the following documents to the Ministry of Health Archive Department by email to arsiv.saglik@gov.ct.tr

 

Your application will be evaluated and you may be granted self-isolation at home. In the Letter of Request for Self-isolation (Home Quarantine) you must state the following: 

  • You will be isolating for 14 days at the address provided with only 1 other person/carer 

  • No other persons will be present in the house or will visit during the quarantine period 

  • You and the other person/carer will under no circumstances leave the house or breach any of the quarantine rules 

 

  1. Letter of Request for Self-Isolation/Home Quarantine

  2. Medical Report 

  3. ID information (Full name, Date of Birth, Kimlik/Passport number, Residency number, if applicable, for those who will quarantining together). 

  4. Address Information & Telephone number

  5. Travel Information 

  6. Negative Covid-19 test result taken within the last 5 days 

  7. Affidavit statement that the information provided is correct

  8. A signed statement from the applicant and their carer that they have read the self-quarantine rules and agree to abide by them. 

 

 

The Ministry of Health may request further documents and there is no guarantee that self-quarantine will be granted. 

Source: Ministry of Health  https://saglik.gov.ct.tr/ 

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