TRNC Country Categories & Entry Requirements

    

 

List of Countries by Risk

20.09.2020 New Statement from Ministry of Health

As a result of the decisions made by the Contagious Diseases High Committee, the Ministry of Health has decided to implement additional measures: 

1. The existing quarantine decisions have been extended until October 1 2020, 23:59 hours (7 days quarantine for Category B arrivals and 14 days quarantine for Category C arrivals)

2. Due to the risk of infection, handing out of electioneering brochures during the election period is prohibited.

3. Meyhanes, restaurants and betting offices will be subject to closer and continuous inspection. Premises not adhering to the rules will be closed.

4. Due to bars not abiding by social distancing rules, they are to be closed until October 1.

5. Students entering the country from B and C countries must present upon arrival in the TRNC a negative PCR test result taken between 0-120 hours before boarding the plane. Those from category B and C countries will be quarantined for 7 or 14 days respectively.

6. 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.

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TRNC - Entry Requirements

Last updated: September 12, 2020

At present there are restrictions on entering the TRNC by land, sea and air as a result of COVID-19.  Depending on your country of entry the requirements are different.  Countries are classified by the Department of Health into Categories A, B & C.  For a list of countries and their classifications, see above.

 

Any country which has not been classified will be considered to be Category C.  The Category list is amended on a regular basis as the COVID risk changes, so check the list regularly. 

Cypriots and People with Formal Residency in the Republic of Cyprus (Southern Cyprus)

From 20th July people working in Southern Cyprus, studying or receiving treatment will be 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 will be performed on these individuals.

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 will be able to 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 will be required to show a one-off negative PCR test on initial entry to the TRNC, but will then be able to cross the border freely. Random PCR testing will be performed on these individuals. 

Category A Requirements
Category B rules apply if you are travelling to the TRNC via Turkey.
Foreign Nationals who arrive from a Category A country can enter the TRNC via Southern Cyprus with a negative PCR test result (hard copy/paper) , which needs to be less than 72 hours old. These individuals will not need to quarantine.

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.

 

Note:

At present, the Republic of Cyprus has restricted foreign nationals from crossing from Southern Cyprus into the TRNC.  At the border you will not be permitted to leave the Republic of Cyprus and enter the TRNC. (Currently, the only place it is possible to cross from South to North is via the Pile/Pyla/Beyarmudu crossing.)  Discussions are ongoing between the Republic of Cyprus, the UN and EU countries to review this decision.  In a very limited number of instances it may be possible with the assistance of your Country’s Embassy to cross other borders. 

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.

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.

From 23.59 on 6th September, until 23.59 on 20th September, people arriving to the TRNC from Category B countries (including Turkey and the United Kingdom) must undertake 7 days government quarantine. This decision will be re-evaluated on 20th September.

On the plane from Turkey to Ercan all passengers will be requested to fill in the TRNC Ministry of Health Information & Obligation form which will be handed out by airline staff. 

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 isolation in University dormatories or hotels designated by the University.

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.

Note:​

At present, the Republic of Cyprus has restricted foreign nationals from crossing from Southern Cyprus into the TRNC.  At the border you will not be permitted to leave the Republic of Cyprus and enter the TRNC.  Discussions are ongoing between the Republic of Cyprus, the UN and EU countries to review this decision.  In a very limited number of instances it may be possible with the assistance of your Country’s Embassy to cross the border. Foreign travellers have reported it is possible to cross at the Beyamudu (Pile/Pyla) border from the South to the North, but is not possible to cross from the North to the South.

 
Category C Requirements

If you arrive from a Country classified in Category C, you will need to enter 14 days government quarantine.  The only exception will be travellers who have spent 14 or more days in Turkey or the Republic of Cyprus before travelling to the TRNC.  In this case you will be considered to have arrived from a Category B country and the provisions above apply.

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

Note:

  • 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.  Other travellers report that UK private tests show the required information.  It is very important that any test clearly shows the test is for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID 19) as there have been people who have been refused entry because the test does not clearly show that it is a SARS-CoV-2 test.

  • On entry to the country (port or airport) a PCR test will 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.  The cost of all PCR tests and quarantine will be payable by the traveller.  Only TRNC citizens who reside in the TRNC are exempt from quarantine charges.

  • Flights from the UK, are scheduled to re-commence on 16 July 2020.  Please check with your travel operator for dates and departure airports for flights.

  • Under the Infectious Diseases Act, legal action will be taken against any individual who does not comply with the above.

  • At present, the Republic of Cyprus has restricted foreign nationals from crossing from Southern Cyprus into the TRNC.  At the border you will not be permitted to leave the Republic of Cyprus and enter the TRNC.  Discussions are ongoing between the Republic of Cyprus, the UN and EU countries to review this decision.  In a very limited number of instances it may be possible with the assistance of your Country’s Embassy to cross the border.  Foreign travellers have reported it is possible to cross at the Beyamudu (Pile/Pyla) border from the South to the North, but is not possible to cross from the North to the South.

Charges & Notes

The quarantine fee is 265 TL per person per day (including meals), 
The PCR test fee is set at 200 TL per 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 submitting a PCR test more than 5 days old 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

Quarantine fees of TRNC citizens who permanently reside in the TRNC and TRNC citizens studying in group B or C countries will be covered by the government. All other individuals who need to undergo quarantine, will need to cover the costs themselves.

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

              Resmi Gazete  https://basimevi.gov.ct.tr/ 

                                                             

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