Confusion as Turkish Cypriot barber refuse man who came to the TRNC because he did not self isolate

A passenger who arrived the TRNC on Wednesday July, 1 and headed straight to a barbing saloon in Lefkosa was not allowed to cut his hair because he was supposed to self isolate after arriving the country from Turkey.

The issue raised serious concerns on Wednesday after the first two flights from Turkey arrived in the TRNC.

According to a report by Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen, a passenger who arrived in the country on board one of two scheduled flights for Wednesday rushed to a barbershop in Lefkosa to get a hair cut instead of self-isolating.

Yeniduzen quoted an employee of the barber shop saying they refused to serve the man after realising he had just arrived from abroad. He said the man got angry and offered to show them his negative coronavirus test certificate, but the barber shop staff said that according to what they heard, passengers ought to self-isolate for a few days after arrival.

The police are investigating the matter including another individual from Turkey who entered the TRNC via Ercan airport and had ignored quarantine rules before the results of their second PCR test for Covid-19 taken at the airport were known.

It was stated that legal proceedings have been launched against these individuals. 

Wednesday was the day the TRNC announced that it would allow the arrival without placing them in quarantine, apart from arrivals from category C counties which include the US, Brazil, India, UK, Italy, Sweden, Iran, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia amongst others.

Passengers arriving from countries in category A are required to present a negative coronavirus test certificate not older than 72 hours but people arriving from these countries but are travelling via Turkey will be subject to the same rules which apply for arrivals from countries under category B. 

Passengers from category B countries, have to present a negative coronavirus test and have to take a second test upon arrival. They also need to sign a declaration stating that until the second test results are ready, they will remain at their residence or hotel. The test results of passengers are expected to be ready within four hours.

The first flight on Wednesday arrived from Turkey at 2.30 am and the other at 8 am, transferring 380 passengers in total. Eleven of the passengers on board the first flight have been placed in quarantine since they arrived from the US, Brazil, Russia, Iran and the UK, that are not on categories A and B which include countries safer than the rest as regards the coronavirus outlook.

Yeni Duzen also reported that a passenger who was on the second plane and who was found to be from one of the risky countries in the C group would be sent back after refusing to be quarantined for 14 days.

TRNC ‘Prime minister’ Ersin Tatar speaking on Monday said that the decision to allow arrivals to start from July 1 was aimed at keeping the economy running. 

He also said that if higher education students, whose majority comes from Turkey and African countries, cannot return to the island, this would have grave consequences for the economy.

Cyprus Mail, Yeniduzen

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