TRNC Health Committee announces new measures

The TRNC Ministry of Health has announced the Decisions taken by the Higher Committee for Infectious Diseases.

According to a statement made by the Ministry, people who will enter the country by air-sea routes and using the land border gates from outside the island, taking into account the country entry criteria, (negative PCR test result in the last 72 hours before the trip) will be able to enter the island with the QR code they will receive by filling out the form found at adapass.gov.ct.tr.

Persons who cannot do this will be able to enter the country with the necessary documents until Monday, September 27, but those who will enter the country by obtaining a QR code will benefit from the rapid transit opportunity.

Log into the site; “ADAPASS” for TRNC citizens, “HEALTHPASS” for Turkish citizens, “GREENPASS” for EU citizens, “NHS QR Code Document” for UK citizens and the attached documents are required to be brought with them as they will be checked upon entry to the country.

While citizens of other countries must add their valid vaccination cards and/or PCR test results to the section specified in the application, the added documents will be checked upon entry to the country. For this reason, people need to bring these documents with them. The application will be mandatory for those aged 18 and over.

On the other hand, according to the comparison table between August 31 and September 7 in the weekly Covid-19 data, the test positivity rate in the country increased from 1.02 percent to 1.34 percent, increasing by 31.37 percent.

Decisions taken by the Higher Committee for Infectious Diseases convened under the Infectious Diseases Law 45/2018 

-In case of non-compliance with the rules taken by the Higher Committee for Infectious Diseases stated, criminal action will be taken in accordance with Article 43 (6) of the Infectious Diseases Law 45/2018. 

-The rules to be applied will be supervised by the District Police Boards, municipalities and the General Directorate of Police.

DECISIONS
1. Persons who will enter the country by air-sea routes and using land border gates from outside the island, taking into account the country entry criteria (negative PCR test result for the last 72 hours before the trip), before the trip, should fill out the passenger form at adapass.gov.ct.tr and get the QR code. Persons who cannot do this will be able to enter the country with the necessary documents until 27/09/2021. People who will enter the country by obtaining a QR code will benefit from the rapid transit opportunity.

- Citizens of other countries are required to attach their valid vaccination cards and/or PCR test results to the section specified in the application. The added documents will be checked upon entry to the country, so people must bring them with them.  

This application will be mandatory for those aged 18 and over. 

2. The criteria for non-island entry into the country will be as stated below. The country colors specified in the criteria will be updated every week. 

-The current table and entry criteria regarding the color codes of the countries will be applied by the committee as of Monday, September, 13, 2021.

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The following are rules that apply according to country colors;

DARK RED;
- Persons who have traveled to these countries in the last 14 days are prohibited from entering the country.

-TRNC citizens will be able to enter the country provided they provide a negative PCR test result done in the last 72 hours and must quarantine for 14 days.

-Students coming from Dark Red Countries will present a student certificate to be notified by the Ministry of National Education and Culture and new students will be able to enter the country provided that they provide a negative PCR test done in the last 72 hours and must quarantine for 14 days.

-Employees who already have a work permit and request to come to the country will be able to enter the country provided that they stay in quarantine for 14 days.
 

RED;
- Those who have been vaccinated or caught the virus before, will be able to enter the country with a negative PCR result done in the last 72 hours and must quarantine for 5 days.

- Those who have not been vaccinated, will be able to enter the country with a negative PCR result done in the last 72 hours and must quarantine for 7 days.

Note: Vaccinated persons coming from England (United Kingdom) will be able to enter the country without quarantine until 31.08.2021. Re-evaluation will be made on the specified date.

-Covid-19 tests will be applied at all entrance gates, regardless of whether people coming from these countries are vaccinated.

ORANGE;
VACCINATED;
-Must have Negative PCR result done in the last 72 hours before the trip.
-Quarantine-free entry.

-UNVACCINED;
-Must have Negative PCR result done in the last 72 hours before the trip.
-Will quarantine for 5 days.

-Covid-19 tests will be applied at all entrance gates of people who will come from these countries only for those who are unvaccinated.

GREEN;
VACCINATED;
-No restrictions for those who have been vaccinated or caught the virus before.

UNVACCINED;
-Must have Negative PCR result done in the last 72 hours before the trip.
Quarantine-free entry.

-People coming from these countries will not be tested for Covid-19 at the ports.

GREY;
-Regardless of whether they are vaccinated, they will only be able to enter the country with a negative PCR done in the last 72 hours and must quarantine for 14 days.

GENERAL RULES;
VACCINATED PERSON:
-Must have completed the vaccination program with the following vaccines from 14 days of the last dose.

    -SINOVAC BIOTECH: 2 DOSES
    -SINOPHARM: 2 DOSES
    -COMIRNATY (Pfizer/Biontech): 2 DOSES
    -VAXZEVRIA (Astrazeneca/Oxford): 2 DOSES
    -COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen / Johnson and Johnson: 1 DOSAGE
    -SPUTNIK V: 2 DOSES
    -MODERNA: 2 DOSES   

-Persons will be considered as vaccinated if they receive two different doses of the above-mentioned vaccines.

-Persons who have had Covid-19 disease after 6 months will be considered as vaccinated if they have taken 1 dose of any vaccine.

-Persons who has had the disease can submit a positive PCR test result done between 30-180 days before travel. These persons will be considered as vaccinated persons.

-Children under the age of 18 will be able to enter the country with their vaccinated parents in accordance with the PCR test rules (children over 6 years old) according to the country category they come from.

-Passengers will be evaluated according to the country in the highest risk group among the countries they have set foot/ been in in the last 10 days.

2. Border crossings within the island will be as stated below.
 - Level 1 (Green): No tests, no restrictions
 - Level 2 (Orange): Negative Antigen/PCR test every 7 days
 - Level 3 (Red): Passes are restricted. (Those who have taken Sinovac, Sinopharm or Sputnik vaccines, as well as dual-vaccinated individuals with EMA approved vaccines (One dose if Johnson & Johnson) can pass with a 7-day negative rapid antigen test or PCR test 14 days after their last dose of vaccine.

-Unvaccinated persons can pass with a 72-hour negative rapid antigen test or PCR test (including unvaccinated workers and healthcare passers-by).
 
*People who request to come to the country from Orange-Green Color Category Countries via Southern Cyprus will be processed according to the country entry criteria specified above. However, people coming from Orange-Green Color Category countries and staying in Southern Cyprus for more than 10 days will be processed within the scope of Intra-Island Border Crossing rules if they request to cross into the country.

* Persons who come from Southern Cyprus will have the inner-island border crossing rule, except for the dark red and grey countries, if they are in Southern Cyprus for 10 days. 

ADAPASS
It is a system that will electronically inquire about the test and vaccination status of people who will enter the businesses determined by the  Communicable Diseases Supreme Committee with Adapass. The criteria determined by the Communicable Diseases Supreme Committee will be integrated into the relevant system. Before entering the designated venues/activities/sectors/events, people will be questioned according to the adapass system they will receive from the adapass system. If the required vaccination certificate and PCR tests are sufficient for the venues/activities/sectors according to the rules determined and uploaded to Adapass, the entry approval is given.

Adapass inquiries of the people who will enter the venue/sector/activity/events will be used in all districts.

After registering the venue/sector/activity/events , adapass.gov.ct.tr/company/register , the application will be opened with the e-mail address of the enterprise and the password to be sent to them via SMS.

The following venues/industry/activity/events who do not register must register at adapass.gov.ct.tr/company/register.

Sectors: Bar and club, tavern, cafe, restaurant, supermarket, internet cafe, bet office, night club, barber, hairdresser, beauty parlors, massage parlors, tattoo shops, sectors that will hold collective events, shops-boutiques, cinema-theatre halls, concerts -exhibitions, indoor sports halls, indoor swimming pools, hotels, casinos, youth camps, wedding-engagement-circumcision ceremonies, bingo, indoor children's playgrounds, places of worship

Note: Sectors not mentioned above can optionally register at adapass.gov.ct.tr.

-Adapass inquiry will be mandatory for those aged 18 and over.

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