...

Loading...

COVID-19

19 October 2021 TRNC Current Covid-19 Status

19 October 2021, TRNC Covid-19 Coronavirus Daily Chart

Test Conducted Today 25,872
Positive Cases Confirmed Today 115
Positive Cases From Abroad 0
Contact Cases That Became Positive in Quarantine 44
Positive Local Cases Confirmed Today 71
Patients Recovered Today 99
Daily Deaths 0

TRNC Covid-19 General Situation

Tests Conducted in Total 3,291,835
Positive Cases Confirmed in Total 21,198
Patients Recovered and Discharged in Total 20,002
Patients Receiving Treatment 1,183
Number of Cases in Central Quarantine 34
Cases Receiving Follow Up at Pandemic Hotels 1,141
Deaths in Total 84
Patients in Intensive Care 8
Amount of Vaccines Administered Across the Country Today 1,834

Stay Safe Daily Chart

Number of Wristbands Fitted in The Last 24 Hours 459
Number of Wristbands Whose Tracking Has Been Ended in The Last 24 Hours 197

Stay Safe General Situations

Number of Wristbands Followed 7,059
Number of Wristbands Whose Tracking Has Been Ended 68,720

In line with the Decisions of the Communicable Diseases High Committee, the TRNC Ministry of Health has decided to apply the criteria for entry to the country from 18 October 2021 to 24 October 2021 (including both dates) as follows :

Before travelling, people, who will enter our country via air and sea routes and from outside the island using the land border crossings, will obtain a printout of the TRNC Passenger Entry Form by completing the TRNC PASSENGER ENTRY FORM at the web address ‘adapass.gov.ct.tr’. After completing the TRNC Passenger Entry Form, they will be able to pass quickly through police immigration (passport control) if they receive the printout of the form.

Passengers coming from the EU, United Kingdom and Turkey are required to upload the QR codes of their documents in the “PCR TEST” and “Vaccination CERTIFICATE” section on the TRNC Passenger Entry Form.

As the added documents will be checked upon entry to the country, people should carry the documents with them.

NOTE: The QR codes of the necessary documents on the TRNC Passenger Entry Form must be registered with the cameras on tablets/personal mobile phones.

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

A) COUNTRY COLOURS (18 OCTOBER 2021 – 24 OCTOBER 2021)

The entry criteria to the country from overseas will be as stated below. The country colours stated in the criteria will be updated every week.

RULES TO BE APPLIED ACCORDING TO COUNTRY CODES

DARK RED;
• People who have travelled to these countries in the last 14 days are forbidden from entering the country
• TRNC citizens will be able to enter the country on the condition of a negative PCR test result from within the last 72 hours upon entry to the island, and 14 days of quarantine.
• People who will come from Dark Red Countries with a student certificate to be notified by the National Education and Culture Ministry or to register as a new student will be able to enter the country on the condition that they spend 14 days in central quarantine.
• Workers who already have a work permit (their spouse and children included) and who request to come to our country will be able enter the country on the condition that they spend 14 days in quarantine.
• Employees that the business owners will bring to TRNC with pre-authorization in line with the undertaking to be signed with the Ministry of Health will be able to enter the country on condition that they stay in quarantine for 14 days.
•Covid-19 tests will be performed at all entry gates to people coming from these countries regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.

RED;

VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;
•Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
•7 days quarantine

UNVACCINATED;
•Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
•10 days quarantine.

Covid-19 tests will be performed at all entry gates to people coming from these countries regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.

ORANGE;
VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;
•Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
•Quarantine-free entry
• If the people who will come to our country do not submit a negative PCR test result from the last 72 hours, these people will be performed a paid PCR/Antigen test upon entry to the country.

UNVACCINATED;
•Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
•5 days quarantine.
Covid-19 tests will be performed at all entry gates only to unvaccinated people coming from these countries.

GREEN;
• VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;

• No restrictions.

UNVACCINATED;
• Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
• Quarantine-free entry.
• Covid-19 tests will not be performed at the gates on people coming from these countries.

GENERAL RULES;
1• VACCINATED PEOPLE:
Who have completed the vaccination programme. From 14 days after the last dose.

VACCINE TYPES AND NUMBER OF DOSES:
o SINOVAC: 2 DOSES
o BIONTECH: 2 DOSES
o SINOPHARM: 2 DOSES
o COMIRNATY (Pfizer/Biontech): 2 DOSES
o VAXZEVRIA (Astrazeneca/Oxford): 2 DOSES
o COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen / Johnson and Johnson: 1 DOSE
o SPUTNIK V: 2 DOSES
o MODERNA: 2 DOSES
• People who have had two doses of a vaccine different from the vaccines mentioned above will be considered as vaccinated.
• People who have had the Covid-19 disease will be considered as vaccinated if they have 1 dose of vaccine

2• People who have had the disease:
Submit a positive PCR test result taken between 30-180 days prior to travel. These people will be considered as vaccinated people.
3• Children under the age of 18 will be able to enter the country with parents who are vaccinated or who have had the disease as stated above based on the category of the country they have travelled from and in accordance with the PCR test rules (children who are 6 years old and over).
4• Passengers will be evaluated based on the country that is in the highest risk group among the countries they have set foot in/ been in, in the last 10 days.
5. Results of PCR test will only be accepted in Turkish, English and French.
6. PCR test results will not be requested from children in the 0-5 age group who will enter the country.
7. Passengers arriving from the Republic of Turkey to the TRNC will be required to have a QR code on their PCR test results.

1. INLAND BORDER CROSSING RULES
Based on the results of the epidemiological assessment within the island, Level 2 rules will be applied at the crossings

• Level 2 : No tests for vaccinated people, negative Antigen or PCR test once every 72 hours for unvaccinated people (A total of 75-499/100,000 people in 14 days)

Unvaccinated students under the age of 18 and people residing in Kato Pyrgos will be able to cross with a 7-day negative rapid antigen test or PCR test. (A total of 500/100,000 people in 14 days)
Unvaccinated people (including unvaccinated workers and people who will cross for health reasons) can cross with a 72-hour negative rapid antigen test or PCR test.
* People requesting to come to our country from Orange-Green Color Category Countries via Southern Cyprus will be treated according to the above mentioned country entry criteria.

However, VACCINATION PEOPLE who will come to our country from Orange color category countries and cannot submit the last 72-hour PCR test, will be able to enter our country on the condition that they have a Covid-19 test at the land border gates.

* People coming from Orange-Green Colour Category countries and staying in South Cyprus for more than 10 days will be subject to the Inland Border Crossing rules if they wish to cross into our country.
* The inland border crossing rule will apply to people who have come to South Cyprus, expect for those who have come from dark red countries, once they have stayed in South Cyprus for a period of 10 days.
* On touristic coach tours to be arranged from South Cyprus to our country, unvaccinated tourists from orange countries will be able to cross for the day provided that they present a negative PCR/antigen test conducted within the last 72 hours.

THE CRITERIA AND THE RULES TO BE FOLLOWED FOR THOSE WHO STAY IN HOME QUARANTINE WITH WRISTBANDS

*People who are required to enter quarantine based on the above criteria will be able to spend their quarantine periods of 5-7-10-14 days, depending on the country of origin, at their specified address of residence, provided that they show their address of residence in our country and download the “Stay Safe Application” before coming to the country.

They will go to the address of residence they have committed to spending their quarantine in, either alone or in the company of a driver, or by public transport, taxi, touristic minibus authorised vehicles determined by the Ministry of Finance.

*People who do not comply with the aforementioned rules, who do not provide an address of residence in our country and who want to come to our country will stay in central quarantine for 5-14 days, depending on the country they come from, in designated central quarantine hotels.
*It is recommended that people who do not comply with the home quarantine rules are sent to central quarantine, pay for their own quarantine fees, and that criminal proceedings are launched against them in accordance with the relevant legislation.

For more detailed information: www.kktckarantina.com

Bank account numbers and IBAN numbers to which quarantine fees will be deposited:
Recipient Name: TRNC Ministry of Finance
Recipient Address: TRNC Ministry of Finance, Lefkoşa-TRNC
Bank Address: Şht. Mustafa Ahmet Ruso Street No:11 Küçük Kaymaklı Lefkoşa TRNC
TC ZİRAAT BANK
TL
ACCOUNT NO: 40298710-5001
IBAN: TR290001000860402987105001
USD
ACCOUNT NO: 40300032-5001
IBAN: TR470001000860403000325001
EURO
ACCOUNT NO: 40298710-5002
IBAN: TR020001000860402987105002
GBP
ACCOUNT NO: 40298710-5004
IBAN: TR450001000860402987105004

Additional Precautionary Decisions taken by the Ministry of Health in respect of the decisions taken by the Communicable Diseases High Committee under the Law on Communicable Diseases no.45/2018

• Criminal proceedings will be launched in accordance with Article 43 (6) of the Communicable Diseases Law 45/2018 in the case of non-compliance with the rules decided by the Communicable Diseases High Committee and listed below.
• The rules to be implemented will be overseen by the District Police Boards, municipalities and the Police General Directorate.

DECISIONS

1. In line with decree decision number E.S. (K-I) 1481-2021 repealing the “Partial Curfew Decree” it has been deemed appropriate to lift the restrictions on working hours previously taken by the Communicable Diseases High Committee.

Everyone who will enter our country via air-sea routes and from outside the island using the land border crossings will fill in the TRNC PASSENGER ENTRY FORM at the address adapass.gov.ct.tr before travel. After filling in the TRNC passenger form, people will be able to fast track through Police Immigration if they obtain a printout of the form.

It is mandatory for passengers coming from the EU, the United Kingdom, and Turkey to upload the QR codes of their documents to the “PCR TEST” and “VACCINE CERTIFICATE” submit section of the TRNC Passenger Entry Form. As the documents to be uploaded may be checked upon entry to the country, they should be brought with you.

NOTE: The QR codes of the necessary documents on the TRNC Passenger Entry Form must be registered with the cameras on tablets/personal mobile phones.

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

1. A) COUNTRY COLOURS

The entry criteria to the country from overseas will be as stated below. The country colours stated in the criteria will be updated every week.

• The latest table regarding country colour codes and entry criteria will take effect from the first Monday after they have been published by our committee.

1 B) RULES TO BE APPLIED ACCORDING TO COUNTRY CODES

DARK RED;
• People who have travelled to these countries in the last 14 days are forbidden from entering the country.
TRNC citizens will be able to enter the country on the condition of a negative PCR test result from within the last 72 hours and upon entry to the island, and 14 days of quarantine.
• People who will come from Dark Red Countries with a student certificate to be notified by the National Education and Culture Ministry or to register as a new student will be able to enter the country on the condition that they spend 14 days in central quarantine.
• Workers who already have a work permit (their spouse and children included) and who request to come to our country will be able enter the country on the condition that they spend 14 days in quarantine.
• Workers who will be brought to the country with preliminary permission in line with a letter of undertaking to be signed by business owners with the Ministry of Health will be able to enter the country on the condition that they spend 14 days in quarantine.

RED;
• VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;

• Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
• 7 days quarantine
• UNVACCINATED;
• Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
• 10 days quarantine.

Covid-19 tests will be performed at all entry gates to people coming from these countries regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.

ORANGE;
• VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;

• Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
• Quarantine-free entry
• If people come to our country without submitting a negative PCR test from the last 72 hours, PCR/Antigen tests will be performed on these people upon entry to the country.
• UNVACCINATED;

• Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
• 5 days quarantine.

Covid-19 tests will be performed at all entry gates only to unvaccinated people coming from these countries.

GREEN;

• VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;
• No restrictions.
• UNVACCINATED;
• Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours. Quarantine-free entry.

Covid-19 tests will not be performed at the gates on people coming from these countries.

1 C) GENERAL RULES;

• VACCINATED PEOPLE: Who have completed the vaccination programme. From 14 days after the last dose.
o SINOVAC: 2 DOSES
o BIONTECH: 2 DOSES
o SINOPHARM: 2 DOSES
o COMIRNATY (Pfizer/Biontech): 2 DOSES
o VAXZEVRIA (Astrazeneca/Oxford): 2 DOSES
o COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen / Johnson and Johnson: 1 DOSE
o SPUTNIK V: 2 DOSES
o MODERNA: 2 DOSES

• People who have had two doses of a vaccine different from the vaccines mentioned above will be considered as vaccinated.
• People who have had the Covid-19 disease and received 1 dose of vaccine will be considered as vaccinated.

People who have had the disease: Submit a positive PCR test result taken between 30-180 days prior to travel. These people will be evaluated as vaccinated people.

• Children under the age of 18 will be able to enter the country with parents who are vaccinated or who have had the disease as stated above based on the category of the country they have travelled from and in accordance with the PCR test rules (children who are 6 years old and over).

• Passengers will be evaluated based on the country that is in the highest risk group among the countries they have set foot in/ been in, in the last 10 days.

1. INLAND BORDER CROSSING RULES

Based on the results of the epidemiological assessment within the island, Level 2 rules will be applied at the crossings.

• Level 1 : No tests, no restrictions (A total of 0-74/100,000 people in 14 days)
• Level 2 : No tests for vaccinated people, negative Antigen or PCR test once every 72 hours for unvaccinated people (A total of 75-499/100,000 people in 14 days)
Unvaccinated students under the age of 18 and people residing in Kato Pyrgos will be able to cross with a 7-day negative rapid antigen test or PCR test.
• Level 3 : Double vaccinated people with EMA-approved vaccines, as well as the Sinovac, Sinopharm or Sputnik vaccines, can cross with a 7-day negative rapid antigen test or PCR test, 14 days after their final dose (1st dose if Johnson& Johnson).
Unvaccinated people (including unvaccinated workers and people who will cross for health reasons) can cross with a 72-hour negative rapid antigen test or PCR test.
However, unvaccinated high school students and people residing in Kato Pyrgos will be able to cross with a 7-day negative rapid antigen test or PCR test. (A total of 500/100,000 people in 14 days)

*People requesting to come to our country from Orange-Green Colour Category Countries via South Cyprus will be processed according to the country entry criteria stated above in “1 B”. However, VACCINATED PEOPLE who will come to our country from Orange Colour Category countries who cannot submit a 72-hour PCR test, will be able to enter our country on the condition that they have a Covid-19 test at the land border gates.
*People coming from Orange-Green Colour Category countries and staying in South Cyprus for more than 10 days will be processed within the scope of the Inland Border Crossing rules if they wish to cross into our country.
* The inland border crossing rule will apply to people who have come to South Cyprus, expect for those who have come from dark red countries, once they have stayed in South Cyprus for a period of 10 days.
* On touristic coach tours to be arranged from South Cyprus to our country, unvaccinated tourists from orange countries will be able to cross for the day provided that they present a negative PCR/antigen test conducted within the last 72 hours.

1. ADA (ISLAND) PASS

The Adapass is a system that will electronically check the test and vaccination status of people entering businesses specified by the Communicable Diseases High Committee.
The criteria determined by the Communicable Diseases High Committee will be incorporated into the relevant system. A person’s Ada code that they will obtain from the Adapass system will be checked before entering the specified venues/activities/sectors/events. If a person’s required vaccination certificate and PCR tests are sufficient for the venues/activities/sectors according to the rule determined and loaded on to the Adapass system then entry approval is given.

The Adapass check for people who will enter venues/activities/sectors/events will be used in all districts.

After registering at adapass.gov.ct.tr/company/register, the application will be opened with the business’s email address and a password that will be forwarded to them by SMS.

Those venues/activities/sectors/events specified below who have not registered are required to register at the adapass.gov.ct.tr/company/register website.

Sectors: Bars and clubs, taverns, cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, internet cafes, betting shops, night clubs, barber shops, hairdressers, beauty parlours, massage parlours, tattoo shops, sectors that will hold collective events, stores-boutiques, cinema-theatre halls, concerts-exhibitions, indoor sports halls, indoor swimming pools, hotels, casinos, youth camps, wedding-engagement-circumcision ceremonies, bingo, indoor children’s play areas, places of worship

Note: Sectors not mentioned above can opt in by registering at the adapass.gov.ct.tr
address.

• The Adapass check will be mandatory for those aged 18 and above.

People working in the sectors operating in our country and listed below will repeat their antigen tests once every 21 days if they are vaccinated and once every 7 days if they are not vaccinated.

TABLE: TESTS THAT SECTOR WORKERS MUST HAVE

It is mandatory to comply with the mask and social distance rule in all indoor and outdoor areas. People will be received so that there is one person per 2m2 in outdoor areas and one person per 3m2 in indoor areas.

All businesses will make arrangements so that the total number of customers and employees will be a maximum of 1 person per 3m2. In order to ensure social distancing, these businesses must place signs at the entrances of their businesses stating the m2 area and the total number of people, including employees, who can be in the business at any one time, and place markings on the floor accordingly. In addition, hygiene and disinfection conditions must be applied both inside the workplace and at entrances and exits, and it is the responsibility of the workplace to take and implement these measures.

People who are required to enter quarantine based on the above criteria will be able to spend their quarantine periods with their wristbands, depending on the country of origin, at their specified address of residence, provided that they show their address of residence in our country and download the “Stay Safe Application”. They will go to the address of residence they have committed to spending their quarantine in, either alone or in the company of a driver, or by public transport, taxi, touristic minibus authorised vehicles determined by the Ministry of Finance.

People over the age of 65 and those who go abroad for health reasons with the approval of the Health Committee will be able to download the “Stay Safe Application” after they return to the country. Wristbands will not be fitted to children aged under 12.

People who do not comply with the aforementioned rules and who do not provide an address of residence in our country will stay in central quarantine in designated central quarantine hotels for 5 to 14 days, depending on the colour code of the country they came from.

People who do not comply with the home quarantine rules will be sent to central quarantine and will pay for their own quarantine fees.

1. People who have had contact with a Covid-19 positive person as stated in Annex 3, will be subject to quarantine. If the PCR test result to be obtained from the contacts are negative, the isolation period will be ended at the end of 10 days for unvaccinated people, and at the end of 7 days for double vaccinated people. The wristband quarantine process of contacts will be determined by the contact team according to the conditions stated in Annex-3. People who are not recorded as a contact in the Contact Tracing Team database will not be legally accepted as a contact and thus an official document stating that they are a contact will not issued to such people.

Covid-19 positive people will be able to spend their quarantine period at their home with a wristband according to the conditions set out in Annex 4, if it is deemed appropriate.

It has been deemed necessary to accept passengers on sea journeys to our country with a maximum of 4 journeys per day and 350 people (excluding soldiers) per journey.

EDUCATION
1. When the studies and guides are examined, it is deemed appropriate to open the special education, pre-school, primary and secondary education 2021-2022 Academic Year on a full-time basis within the scope of the measures listed below.

Each school is responsible for setting up a “School Pandemic Committee”. This committee will work in coordination with the Ministry of Health and will consist of at least 2 people. (2 people for up to 250 students, and +1 person for every 250-plus students.) The contact details of the responsible person of the committee formed should be forwarded to the Ministry of Health.
The Communicable Diseases High Committee will hold meetings with Pandemic Committee representatives determined by the National Education and Culture Ministry to assess the situation at least once a month.

A) Transportation
– Students, drivers and supervisors will wear masks on school buses.
– Hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance to school buses.
– Supervisors on school buses will ask students about symptoms. Students with symptoms such as a fever, sore throat, cough, etc., will not be allowed on the bus.
– School pandemic committees will be responsible for the disinfection of transport vehicles and the follow-up and inspection of other transport-related measures.
– Students who are taken to school buses will be seated in the same seat every day.
– Transportation companies and pandemic committees will be responsible for implementing these rules

B) Mask
– It is mandatory for all school staff (including transport staff) to wear masks.
– Students aged 6 and over will be required to wear masks. It is recommended that students aged 2-6 wear masks in the classroom and in indoor areas.
– Training on the use of masks will be provided by the School Pandemic Committees.
– Students who wear fabric masks are required to wash their masks every day.

C) Entry-Exit
– Attendants will be determined by the school management or the School Pandemic Committees to avoid congestion at school entrances and exits. Entry and exit will be provided by observing social distance.

D) The classroom
–Those who work in the classroom and students aged 6 and over are required to wear a mask. It is recommended that pupils aged between 2-6 wear a mask.
– Social distancing must be maintained as much as possible in the classroom (particularly in classes for pupils aged between 2-6).
– Classrooms must be ventilated and disinfection rules must be followed.
– Classroom teachers will ask students about symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, etc. at the classroom entrance. Students with symptoms will be sent home.

E) Disinfection
– Training on hand disinfection will be provided by School Pandemic Committees.
– Hand sanitiser should be placed in areas deemed appropriate by the school administration (canteen, dining hall, etc.).
– The disinfection procedures specified in the booklet prepared by the Ministry of National Education and Culture must be followed.
– Disinfection within the school will be inspected by the School Pandemic Committees.

F) Break times
– Classes should take turns for breaks in order to prevent crowding during break times.
– The necessary arrangements should be made by the school administration in order to prevent crowding in the canteens.
– Classes should rotate their meal times in order to prevent crowding in the dining halls.

G) Common Use Areas
– Toilets in the school will be disinfected frequently.
– Masks will always be worn in the teachers’ room, which is used as a common use area, and the social distance rule will be observed.
– The teachers’ room, which is used as a common area, needs to be ventilated and disinfected frequently.
– School Pandemic Committees will be responsible for the supervision of common areas within the school.

H) Events
– If there is any collective activity in a school, mask and social distance rules will be observed. These activities will be carried out by minimising the interaction between classes.

I) Illness
-.Parents should be warned not to send children with symptoms such as a cough, loss of taste and smell, sore throat, etc., to school.

J) Covid-19 Positive Patient and Contact
– The follow-up of Covid-19 positive patients and contacts will be managed in consultation with the School Pandemic Committees established in each school and the Ministry of Health contact team.

K) Tests
– People working at schools will repeat their antigen tests once every 14 days if they are vaccinated (for screening purposes), and once every 7 days if they are unvaccinated.
– Screening tests are not mandatory for primary and pre-school students. However, an antigen test will be requested from a parent who lives in the same home as these students once every 21 days if they are vaccinated, and once every 7 days if they are not vaccinated.
– Students from the 6th grade onwards (6th grade classes included) will repeat their antigen tests once every 7 days.
– Random tests will be conducted by the Ministry of Health on school staff and students.

Apprentices will be also be subject to the rules applied in the workplace where they will receive their education.

Higher Education Institutions will be opened within the framework of the plan and programme to be made by the Ministry of National Education and Culture. Each university will establish its own School Pandemic Committee. Students coming from abroad will be able to enter based on the specified country entry criteria.

Higher Education Institutions will set up Pandemic Commissions. These commissions, provided that they take into account the mask, distance and hygiene rules, will create and implement pandemic action plans within the framework of the criteria determined by the National Education and Culture Ministry.

People who will come from Dark Red Countries with a student certificate to be notified by the National Education and Culture Ministry or to register as a new student will be able to enter the country on the condition they spend 14 days in quarantine.

It has been deemed appropriate to conduct national/international exams to be held in our country under the conditions stated below:

– Examinees and invigilators must have negative antigen tests from within the last 72 hours.

– Doors and windows must be kept open at all times in order to ventilate the exam area,

– Those entering the exam area must use personal protective equipment during the exam,

– Desks in the exam area must be arranged to comply with social distancing rules

– Disinfectant must be placed at the entrance to the exam area.

Schools’ Positive Case and Contact Protocol

• Symptoms must be checked before leaving home, boarding a bus and entering school. Those who show symptoms (teachers, workers or students) will be not be allowed into schools. They will be directed to take a test.
• If a student in the class shows symptoms, the student will be directed to take a test. If their test result is negative, they will return to school.
• If the student’s test result is positive; all students in the class and teachers who have entered that class are sent home on the same day if possible, or on the next day, to have PCR test screening, and are sent home to be isolated at home until their test result comes out. Meanwhile, the school pandemic board will forward the class list to its contact team via TSHD.
• If the PCR tests of 3 or more people from the same class are positive as a result of the screening in the classroom, the rest of the class will be considered close contacts and will be isolated at home for 7 days if vaccinated, 10 days if not vaccinated. Students will continue with their education in the form of distance education for the period they are close contacts.
• Students and teachers will be able to return to school with a negative PCR test result at the end of the 7-10 day isolation period. During this process, people cannot individually decide whether they are close or distant contacts. The Ministry of Health’s CONTACT TRACKING UNIT will decide on close contact or contact, and this decision will be reported to the class through the school administration.
• If at the end of the screening fewer than 3 people in the class have a positive PCR, this class will be considered as a contact only and will continue their education at school by wearing masks and not coming into contact with other classes.
• If the teacher’s PCR test is positive, the students in all classes where the teacher has taught (especially in the last 2 days) have a PCR test and are sent home to be isolated until their result comes out. In the meantime, the School Pandemic Board will forward the class list to its contact team via TSHD. If PCR positivity is detected in 3 or more people in any of these classes, that class will be considered a close contact and they will be isolated at home for 7-10 days. (The contact team will inform the school about the isolation period and when PCR tests will be performed during this period.) Students will attend distance education during this period.
• If PCR positivity occurs in fewer than three people, this class will come to school and attend lessons by wearing masks and without mixing with other classes. Teachers who enter the classroom will monitor symptoms every day for 14 days and in case of any symptoms, they will send the student home to do a PCR test.
• Other teachers and staff that the teacher has been in contact with at school will also do their PCR tests on the same day, if possible, or the next day if not.
• Contacts showing symptoms of Covid-19 during isolation will report the situation to 1102.

ARTS

The theatre/concert/exhibition works/rehearsals of professional artists will be held with a maximum of one third of the halls’ capacity. People working in these sectors must wear masks. Social distancing and mask rules will be observed in the hall.

The number of people that can be accepted at any one time to group dances, ceremonies, music, concerts, bingo and similar shows in outdoor areas will be determined based on the size of the area in such a way that there is one person per 2m2. However a maximum of 250 people will be admitted regardless of the size of the area. The indoor areas will not be used.

People will be allowed into cinemas on the basis that a maximum of one third of the auditorium is used and that there is no eating and drinking in the auditoriums. People working in these sectors must wear masks.

SPORT

It has been deemed appropriate for non-contact, individual and outdoor sports activities and training and competitions with spectators (athletics, horse riding, archery, tennis, golf, triathlon, cycling, outdoor swimming, sailing, sports activities for all (bocce and orienteering), shooting, hunting (sportive events), air sports, motor and car races) to be held within the scope of social distancing rules.

Swimming pools can be used by performance swimmers of sports clubs, training of licenced swimmers, competitions and by disabled individuals for rehabilitation purposes. People working in swimming pools must wear masks. It has been deemed appropriate for outdoor swimming pools to operate within the scope of the rules specified in Annex-1.

It has been deemed appropriate for beaches to operate within the scope of the rules specified in Annex-2.

It has been deemed appropriate that training for boxing, wrestling and close combat sports should take place in outdoor areas or, if possible, in well-ventilated environments. Competitions for the stated sports branches will take place in outdoor areas.

For competitions to be held in outdoor areas, spectators will be accepted within the scope of social distancing rules, and for competitions to be held in indoor areas, spectators will be accepted by observing the social distancing rule and in such a way that a maximum of one-third of the area is used.

Indoor sports halls (fitness, individual) can continue their activities by being regularly ventilated and observing the social distancing and hygiene rules. Staff are required to wear masks at all times.

It has been deemed appropriate that youth camps can be organised at half capacity by observing social distancing, mask and hygiene rules.

TRANSPORTATION

Passengers will not be allowed to sit next to the drivers of buses, minibuses, taxis with “T permits”, touristic minibuses and permitted similar public transport vehicles. In buses, shared taxis and minibuses, passengers will be transported with a seating arrangement that leaves the seat behind the driver’s seat empty.

From 18.10.2021 onwards, vaccinated people (including those who have had their first dose but whose time for their second dose has not yet come) aged 12 and over who use public transport will present their Adapass/vaccine card before travelling. Unvaccinated people will present a PCR/antigen test from the last 72 hours.

Vehicles must be ventilated during and after journeys. The driver and passengers in the vehicle will wear masks. Vehicles will be disinfected after each journey.

Truck drivers entering the country from our ports (Girne and Gazimağusa) for the shipment of goods can enter daily, provided that they submit a PCR test they have performed in the last 72 hours. If the test period of the lorry drivers exceeds the last 72 hours, then they will be able to enter with a negative antigen test to be conducted at the ports of entry. In addition, passengers can enter via both ports according to the overseas entry criteria in Decision 1.
If the test period of double-vaccinated flight crew members on duty on planes who come to our country by air exceeds 72 hours, then they will be able to enter on the condition that their antigen tests to be performed at the airport are negative.

TOURISM

People who will enter to stay in a hotel and/or benefit from a hotel’s activities must have a negative PCR or antigen test conducted within the last 72 hours if they are unvaccinated. It has been deemed appropriate to provide service in hotel restaurants with a distance of 2 metres between tables and to serve at the table, and for staff to provide food and beverage (including tea and coffee machines, dispensers) service when an open buffet is required and for disposable plastic materials to be used during the provision of services.

People who will come to our country on charter flights will be processed according to the specified country category criteria.

People entering casinos are required to be vaccinated. Unvaccinated customers will not be accepted. Masks will be worn and social distancing rules observed during the time spent in the hall.

SECTORS

A maximum of one third of the indoor areas of restaurants, patisseries, cafes, taverns coffee shops, coffee houses, cafeterias and clubhouses will be used. Tables must be placed 2 metres apart.

The bistro tables of bars and clubs will be placed 2 metres apart. The number of people allowed in the outdoor areas at any one time will be determined so that there is one person per 2m2, and one person per 3m2 for indoor areas.

Worker accommodation must be places that are socially distanced and well-ventilated within the scope of pandemic rules. Maximum attention must be paid to social distancing and hygiene rules in communal areas.
People who will enter our country for IVF treatment will be dealt with according the entry criteria stated in Point 1 and Point 2. People who are planning to go from quarantine hotels to IVF centres for treatment will be taken from the quarantine hotel for 3-4 hours with negative PCR or antigen test results from the last 72 hours, and then taken back to the quarantine hotel after treatment. The responsibility for the person taken from the quarantine hotel will belong entirely to the Responsible Manager of the IVF Centre. The letter of undertaking prepared for each person to be taken from the quarantine hotels to the IVF centre will be signed by the Responsible Manager and these forms will be submitted to the Ministry of Health Coordination Board when applying for a treatment permit.
People who enter internet cafes will be registered and will only be able to use the computers for a maximum of 2 hours.

One third of the indoor areas of betting shops will be able to be operated. Food will not be served at betting shops.

People who will work in night clubs will be evaluated upon entry according to the criteria of the country they have arrived from. Unvaccinated people will not be allowed into night clubs.

ENTERTAINMENT/EVENTS

1. Engagements, weddings, wedding ceremonies, circumcision ceremonies, and pre-wedding parties will not be held in indoor areas.

• The bride, bridegroom, and first degree relatives will have PCR tests within 48 hours before the date of the wedding.

• Masks will be worn at the ceremonies and parties, seating will be arranged by observing the social distancing rule, there will be no congratulations, and jewellery – money will be deposited into a chest.

If weddings are held outdoors then guests will be accepted so that there is one person per 2m2, and if they are held indoors one person per 3m2.
• Close-distance games, dances and halay dances that would breach social distancing will not be performed at weddings.
• People will be allowed into group dances, ceremonies, music, concerts, tombola, congresses, and similar shows and events so that there is one person per 2m2 in outdoor areas and one person per 3m2 in indoor areas based on the number of people determined that can be in the area at any one time depending on its size.
People will be allowed into cinemas on the basis that a maximum of one third of the auditorium is used and that there is no eating and drinking in the auditoriums. People working in these sectors must wear masks.

OTHER

It is not appropriate to hold demonstrations, rallies and ceremonies in indoor areas; and is appropriate to hold demonstrations, rallies and ceremonies in outdoor areas in compliance with the social distancing and mask rule.

Mass worshipping will be held in accordance with social distancing, mask and hygiene rules and using a maximum of one-third of the indoor area to be worshipped in.

Additional Precautionary Decisions taken by the Ministry of Health in respect of the decisions taken by the Communicable Diseases High Committee under the Law on Communicable Diseases no.45/2018

• Criminal proceedings will be launched in accordance with Article 43 (6) of the Communicable Diseases Law 45/2018 in the case of non-compliance with the rules decided by the Communicable Diseases High Committee and listed below.
• The rules to be implemented will be overseen by the District Police Boards, municipalities and the Police General Directorate.

DECISIONS

1. In line with decree decision number E.S. (K-I) 1481-2021 repealing the “Partial Curfew Decree” it has been deemed appropriate to lift the restrictions on working hours previously taken by the Communicable Diseases High Committee.

Everyone who will enter our country via air-sea routes and from outside the island using the land border crossings will fill in the TRNC PASSENGER ENTRY FORM at the address adapass.gov.ct.tr before travel. After filling in the TRNC passenger form, people will be able to fast track through Police Immigration if they obtain a printout of the form.

It is mandatory for passengers coming from the EU, the United Kingdom, and Turkey to upload the QR codes of their documents to the “PCR TEST” and “VACCINE CERTIFICATE” submit section of the TRNC Passenger Entry Form. As the documents to be uploaded may be checked upon entry to the country, they should be brought with you.

NOTE: The QR codes of the necessary documents on the TRNC Passenger Entry Form must be registered with the cameras on tablets/personal mobile phones.

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

1. A) COUNTRY COLOURS

The entry criteria to the country from overseas will be as stated below. The country colours stated in the criteria will be updated every week.

• The latest table regarding country colour codes and entry criteria will take effect from the first Monday after they have been published by our committee.

1 B) RULES TO BE APPLIED ACCORDING TO COUNTRY CODES

DARK RED;
• People who have travelled to these countries in the last 14 days are forbidden from entering the country.
• TRNC citizens will be able to enter the country on the condition of a negative PCR test result from within the last 72 hours and upon entry to the island, and 14 days of quarantine.
• People who will come from Dark Red Countries with a student certificate to be notified by the National Education and Culture Ministry or to register as a new student will be able to enter the country on the condition that they spend 14 days in central quarantine.
• Workers who already have a work permit (their spouse and children included) and who request to come to our country will be able enter the country on the condition that they spend 14 days in quarantine.
• Workers who will be brought to the country with preliminary permission in line with a letter of undertaking to be signed by business owners with the Ministry of Health will be able to enter the country on the condition that they spend 14 days in quarantine.

RED;
• VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;
• Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
• 7 days quarantine
• UNVACCINATED;
• Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
• 10 days quarantine.

Covid-19 tests will be performed at all entry gates to people coming from these countries regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.

ORANGE;
• VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;
• Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
• Quarantine-free entry
• From 11.10.2021 onwards if people come to our country without submitting a negative PCR test from the last 72 hours, random PCR/Antigen tests will be performed on these people upon entry to the country.
• UNVACCINATED;
• Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
• 5 days quarantine.

Covid-19 tests will be performed at all entry gates only to unvaccinated people coming from these countries.

GREEN;

• VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;
• No restrictions.
• UNVACCINATED;
• Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours. Quarantine-free entry.

Covid-19 tests will not be performed at the gates on people coming from these countries.

1 C) GENERAL RULES;

• VACCINATED PEOPLE: Who have completed the vaccination programme. From 14 days after the last dose.
o SINOVAC: 2 DOSES
o BIONTECH: 2 DOSES
o SINOPHARM: 2 DOSES
o COMIRNATY (Pfizer/Biontech): 2 DOSES
o VAXZEVRIA (Astrazeneca/Oxford): 2 DOSES
o COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen / Johnson and Johnson: 1 DOSE
o SPUTNIK V: 2 DOSES
o MODERNA: 2 DOSES

• People who have had two doses of a vaccine different from the vaccines mentioned above will be considered as vaccinated.
• People who have had the Covid-19 disease and received 1 dose of vaccine will be considered as vaccinated.

• People who have had the disease: Submit a positive PCR test result taken between 30-180 days prior to travel. These people will be evaluated as vaccinated people.

• Children under the age of 18 will be able to enter the country with parents who are vaccinated or who have had the disease as stated above based on the category of the country they have travelled from and in accordance with the PCR test rules (children who are 6 years old and over).

• Passengers will be evaluated based on the country that is in the highest risk group among the countries they have set foot in/ been in, in the last 10 days.
1. INLAND BORDER CROSSING RULES

Based on the results of the epidemiological assessment within the island, Level 2 rules will be applied at the crossings.

• Level 1 : No tests, no restrictions (A total of 0-74/100,000 people in 14 days)
• Level 2 : No tests for vaccinated people, negative Antigen or PCR test once every 72 hours for unvaccinated people (A total of 75-499/100,000 people in 14 days)
Unvaccinated students under the age of 18 and people residing in Kato Pyrgos will be able to cross with a 7-day negative rapid antigen test or PCR test.
• Level 3 : Double vaccinated people with EMA-approved vaccines, as well as the Sinovac, Sinopharm or Sputnik vaccines, can cross with a 7-day negative rapid antigen test or PCR test, 14 days after their final dose (1st dose if Johnson& Johnson).
Unvaccinated people (including unvaccinated workers and people who will cross for health reasons) can cross with a 72-hour negative rapid antigen test or PCR test.
However, unvaccinated high school students and people residing in Kato Pyrgos will be able to cross with a 7-day negative rapid antigen test or PCR test. (A total of 500/100,000 people in 14 days)

*People requesting to come to our country from Orange-Green Colour Category Countries via South Cyprus will be processed according to the country entry criteria stated above in “1 B”. However, VACCINATED PEOPLE who will come to our country from Orange Colour Category countries who cannot submit a 72-hour PCR test, will be able to enter our country on the condition that they have a Covid-19 test at the land border gates.
*People coming from Orange-Green Colour Category countries and staying in South Cyprus for more than 10 days will be processed within the scope of the Inland Border Crossing rules if they wish to cross into our country.
* The inland border crossing rule will apply to people who have come to South Cyprus, expect for those who have come from dark red countries, once they have stayed in South Cyprus for a period of 10 days.
* On touristic coach tours to be arranged from South Cyprus to our country, unvaccinated tourists from orange countries will be able to cross for the day provided that they present a negative PCR/antigen test conducted within the last 72 hours.

1. ADA (ISLAND) PASS

The Adapass is a system that will electronically check the test and vaccination status of people entering businesses specified by the Communicable Diseases High Committee.
The criteria determined by the Communicable Diseases High Committee will be incorporated into the relevant system. A person’s Ada code that they will obtain from the Adapass system will be checked before entering the specified venues/activities/sectors/events. If a person’s required vaccination certificate and PCR tests are sufficient for the venues/activities/sectors according to the rule determined and loaded on to the Adapass system then entry approval is given.

The Adapass check for people who will enter venues/activities/sectors/events will be used in all districts.

After registering at adapass.gov.ct.tr/company/register, the application will be opened with the business’s email address and a password that will be forwarded to them by SMS.

Those venues/activities/sectors/events specified below who have not registered are required to register at the adapass.gov.ct.tr/company/register website.

Sectors: Bars and clubs, taverns, cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, internet cafes, betting shops, night clubs, barber shops, hairdressers, beauty parlours, massage parlours, tattoo shops, sectors that will hold collective events, stores-boutiques, cinema-theatre halls, concerts-exhibitions, indoor sports halls, indoor swimming pools, hotels, casinos, youth camps, wedding-engagement-circumcision ceremonies, bingo, indoor children’s play areas, places of worship

Note: Sectors not mentioned above can opt in by registering at the adapass.gov.ct.tr
address.

• The Adapass check will be mandatory for those aged 18 and above.

People working in the sectors operating in our country and listed below will repeat their antigen tests once every 21 days if they are vaccinated and once every 7 days if they are not vaccinated.

It is mandatory to comply with the mask and social distance rule in all indoor and outdoor areas. People will be received so that there is one person per 2m2 in outdoor areas and one person per 3m2 in indoor areas.

All businesses will make arrangements so that the total number of customers and employees will be a maximum of 1 person per 3m2. In order to ensure social distancing, these businesses must place signs at the entrances of their businesses stating the m2 area and the total number of people, including employees, who can be in the business at any one time, and place markings on the floor accordingly. In addition, hygiene and disinfection conditions must be applied both inside the workplace and at entrances and exits, and it is the responsibility of the workplace to take and implement these measures.

People who are required to enter quarantine based on the above criteria will be able to spend their quarantine periods with their wristbands, depending on the country of origin, at their specified address of residence, provided that they show their address of residence in our country and download the “Stay Safe Application”. They will go to the address of residence they have committed to spending their quarantine in, either alone or in the company of a driver, or by public transport, taxi, touristic minibus authorised vehicles determined by the Ministry of Finance.

People over the age of 65 and those who go abroad for health reasons with the approval of the Health Committee will be able to download the “Stay Safe Application” after they return to the country. Wristbands will not be fitted to children aged under 12.

People who do not comply with the aforementioned rules and who do not provide an address of residence in our country will stay in central quarantine in designated central quarantine hotels for 5 to 14 days, depending on the colour code of the country they came from.

People who do not comply with the home quarantine rules will be sent to central quarantine and will pay for their own quarantine fees.

1. People who have had contact with a Covid-19 positive person as stated in Annex 3, will be subject to quarantine. If the PCR test result to be obtained from the contacts are negative, the isolation period will be ended at the end of 10 days for unvaccinated people, and at the end of 7 days for double vaccinated people. The wristband quarantine process of contacts will be determined by the contact team according to the conditions stated in Annex-3. People who are not recorded as a contact in the Contact Tracing Team database will not be legally accepted as a contact and thus an official document stating that they are a contact will not issued to such people.

Covid-19 positive people will be able to spend their quarantine period at their home with a wristband according to the conditions set out in Annex 4, if it is deemed appropriate.

It has been deemed necessary to accept passengers on sea journeys to our country with a maximum of 4 journeys per day and 350 people (excluding soldiers) per journey.

EDUCATION
1. When the studies and guides are examined, it is deemed appropriate to open the special education, pre-school, primary and secondary education 2021-2022 Academic Year on a full-time basis within the scope of the measures listed below.

Each school is responsible for setting up a “School Pandemic Committee”. This committee will work in coordination with the Ministry of Health and will consist of at least 2 people. (2 people for up to 250 students, and +1 person for every 250-plus students.) The contact details of the responsible person of the committee formed should be forwarded to the Ministry of Health.
The Communicable Diseases High Committee will hold meetings with Pandemic Committee representatives determined by the National Education and Culture Ministry to assess the situation at least once a month.

A) Transportation
– Students, drivers and supervisors will wear masks on school buses.
– Hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance to school buses.
– Supervisors on school buses will ask students about symptoms. Students with symptoms such as a fever, sore throat, cough, etc., will not be allowed on the bus.
– School pandemic committees will be responsible for the disinfection of transport vehicles and the follow-up and inspection of other transport-related measures.
– Students who are taken to school buses will be seated in the same seat every day.
– Transportation companies and pandemic committees will be responsible for implementing these rules

B) Mask
– It is mandatory for all school staff (including transport staff) to wear masks.
– Students aged 6 and over will be required to wear masks. It is recommended that students aged 2-6 wear masks in the classroom and in indoor areas.
– Training on the use of masks will be provided by the School Pandemic Committees.
– Students who wear fabric masks are required to wash their masks every day.

C) Entry-Exit
– Attendants will be determined by the school management or the School Pandemic Committees to avoid congestion at school entrances and exits. Entry and exit will be provided by observing social distance.

D) The classroom
–Those who work in the classroom and students aged 6 and over are required to wear a mask. It is recommended that pupils aged between 2-6 wear a mask.
– Social distancing must be maintained as much as possible in the classroom (particularly in classes for pupils aged between 2-6).
– Classrooms must be ventilated and disinfection rules must be followed.
– Classroom teachers will ask students about symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, etc. at the classroom entrance. Students with symptoms will be sent home.

E) Disinfection
– Training on hand disinfection will be provided by School Pandemic Committees.
– Hand sanitiser should be placed in areas deemed appropriate by the school administration (canteen, dining hall, etc.).
– The disinfection procedures specified in the booklet prepared by the Ministry of National Education and Culture must be followed.
– Disinfection within the school will be inspected by the School Pandemic Committees.

F) Break times
– Classes should take turns for breaks in order to prevent crowding during break times.
– The necessary arrangements should be made by the school administration in order to prevent crowding in the canteens.
– Classes should rotate their meal times in order to prevent crowding in the dining halls.

G) Common Use Areas
– Toilets in the school will be disinfected frequently.
– Masks will always be worn in the teachers’ room, which is used as a common use area, and the social distance rule will be observed.
– The teachers’ room, which is used as a common area, needs to be ventilated and disinfected frequently.
– School Pandemic Committees will be responsible for the supervision of common areas within the school.

H) Events
– If there is any collective activity in a school, mask and social distance rules will be observed. These activities will be carried out by minimising the interaction between classes.

I) Illness
-.Parents should be warned not to send children with symptoms such as a cough, loss of taste and smell, sore throat, etc., to school.

J) Covid-19 Positive Patient and Contact
– The follow-up of Covid-19 positive patients and contacts will be managed in consultation with the School Pandemic Committees established in each school and the Ministry of Health contact team.

K) Tests
– People working at schools will repeat their antigen tests once every 14 days if they are vaccinated (for screening purposes), and once every 7 days if they are unvaccinated.
– Screening tests are not mandatory for primary and pre-school students. However, an antigen test will be requested from a parent who lives in the same home as these students once every 21 days if they are vaccinated, and once every 7 days if they are not vaccinated.
– Students from the 6th grade onwards (6th grade classes included) will repeat their antigen tests once every 7 days.
– Random tests will be conducted by the Ministry of Health on school staff and students.

Apprentices will be also be subject to the rules applied in the workplace where they will receive their education.

Higher Education Institutions will be opened within the framework of the plan and programme to be made by the Ministry of National Education and Culture. Each university will establish its own School Pandemic Committee. Students coming from abroad will be able to enter based on the specified country entry criteria.

Higher Education Institutions will set up Pandemic Commissions. These commissions, provided that they take into account the mask, distance and hygiene rules, will create and implement pandemic action plans within the framework of the criteria determined by the National Education and Culture Ministry.

People who will come from Dark Red Countries with a student certificate to be notified by the National Education and Culture Ministry or to register as a new student will be able to enter the country on the condition they spend 14 days in quarantine.

It has been deemed appropriate to conduct national/international exams to be held in our country under the conditions stated below:

– Examinees and invigilators must have negative antigen tests from within the last 72 hours.

– Doors and windows must be kept open at all times in order to ventilate the exam area,

– Those entering the exam area must use personal protective equipment during the exam,

– Desks in the exam area must be arranged to comply with social distancing rules

– Disinfectant must be placed at the entrance to the exam area.

Schools’ Positive Case and Contact Protocol

• Symptoms must be checked before leaving home, boarding a bus and entering school. Those who show symptoms (teachers, workers or students) will be not be allowed into schools. They will be directed to take a test.
• If a student in the class shows symptoms, the student will be directed to take a test. If their test result is negative, they will return to school.
• If the student’s test result is positive; all students in the class and teachers who have entered that class are sent home on the same day if possible, or on the next day, to have PCR test screening, and are sent home to be isolated at home until their test result comes out. Meanwhile, the school pandemic board will forward the class list to its contact team via TSHD.
• If the PCR tests of 3 or more people from the same class are positive as a result of the screening in the classroom, the rest of the class will be considered close contacts and will be isolated at home for 7 days if vaccinated, 10 days if not vaccinated. Students will continue with their education in the form of distance education for the period they are close contacts.
• Students and teachers will be able to return to school with a negative PCR test result at the end of the 7-10 day isolation period. During this process, people cannot individually decide whether they are close or distant contacts. The Ministry of Health’s CONTACT TRACKING UNIT will decide on close contact or contact, and this decision will be reported to the class through the school administration.
• If at the end of the screening fewer than 3 people in the class have a positive PCR, this class will be considered as a contact only and will continue their education at school by wearing masks and not coming into contact with other classes.
• If the teacher’s PCR test is positive, the students in all classes where the teacher has taught (especially in the last 2 days) have a PCR test and are sent home to be isolated until their result comes out. In the meantime, the School Pandemic Board will forward the class list to its contact team via TSHD. If PCR positivity is detected in 3 or more people in any of these classes, that class will be considered a close contact and they will be isolated at home for 7-10 days. (The contact team will inform the school about the isolation period and when PCR tests will be performed during this period.) Students will attend distance education during this period.
• If PCR positivity occurs in fewer than three people, this class will come to school and attend lessons by wearing masks and without mixing with other classes. Teachers who enter the classroom will monitor symptoms every day for 14 days and in case of any symptoms, they will send the student home to do a PCR test.
• Other teachers and staff that the teacher has been in contact with at school will also do their PCR tests on the same day, if possible, or the next day if not.
• Contacts showing symptoms of Covid-19 during isolation will report the situation to 1102.

ARTS

The theatre/concert/exhibition works/rehearsals of professional artists will be held with a maximum of one third of the halls’ capacity. People working in these sectors must wear masks. Social distancing and mask rules will be observed in the hall.

The number of people that can be accepted at any one time to group dances, ceremonies, music, concerts, bingo and similar shows in outdoor areas will be determined based on the size of the area in such a way that there is one person per 2m2. However a maximum of 250 people will be admitted regardless of the size of the area. The indoor areas will not be used.

People will be allowed into cinemas on the basis that a maximum of one third of the auditorium is used and that there is no eating and drinking in the auditoriums.People working in these sectors must wear masks.

SPORT

It has been deemed appropriate for non-contact, individual and outdoor sports activities and training and competitions with spectators (athletics, horse riding, archery, tennis, golf, triathlon, cycling, outdoor swimming, sailing, sports activities for all (bocce and orienteering), shooting, hunting (sportive events), air sports, motor and car races) to be held within the scope of social distancing rules.

Swimming pools can be used by performance swimmers of sports clubs, training of licenced swimmers, competitions and by disabled individuals for rehabilitation purposes. People working in swimming pools must wear masks. It has been deemed appropriate for outdoor swimming pools to operate within the scope of the rules specified in Annex-1.

It has been deemed appropriate for beaches to operate within the scope of the rules specified in Annex-2.

It has been deemed appropriate that training for boxing, wrestling and close combat sports should take place in outdoor areas or, if possible, in well-ventilated environments. Competitions for the stated sports branches will take place in outdoor areas.

For competitions to be held in outdoor areas, spectators will be accepted within the scope of social distancing rules, and for competitions to be held in indoor areas, spectators will be accepted by observing the social distancing rule and in such a way that a maximum of one-third of the area is used.

Indoor sports halls (fitness, individual) can continue their activities by being regularly ventilated and observing the social distancing and hygiene rules. Staff are required to wear masks at all times.

It has been deemed appropriate that youth camps can be organised at half capacity by observing social distancing, mask and hygiene rules.

TRANSPORTATION

Passengers will not be allowed to sit next to the drivers of buses, minibuses, taxis with “T permits”, touristic minibuses and permitted similar public transport vehicles. In buses, shared taxis and minibuses, passengers will be transported with a seating arrangement that leaves the seat behind the driver’s seat empty.

Vehicles must be ventilated during and after journeys. The driver and passengers in the vehicle will wear masks. Vehicles will be disinfected after each journey.

Truck drivers entering the country from our ports (Girne and Gazimağusa) for the shipment of goods can enter daily, provided that they submit a PCR test they have performed in the last 72 hours. If the test period of the lorry drivers exceeds the last 72 hours, then they will be able to enter with a negative antigen test to be conducted at the ports of entry. In addition, passengers can enter via both ports according to the overseas entry criteria in Decision 1.
If the test period of double-vaccinated flight crew members on duty on planes who come to our country by air exceeds 72 hours, then they will be able to enter on the condition that their antigen tests to be performed at the airport are negative.

TOURISM

People who will enter to stay in a hotel and/or benefit from a hotel’s activities must have a negative PCR or antigen test conducted within the last 72 hours if they are unvaccinated. It has been deemed appropriate to provide service in hotel restaurants with a distance of 2 metres between tables and to serve at the table, and for staff to provide food and beverage (including tea and coffee machines, dispensers) service when an open buffet is required and for disposable plastic materials to be used during the provision of services.

People who will come to our country on charter flights will be processed according to the specified country category criteria.

People entering casinos are required to be vaccinated. Unvaccinated customers will not be accepted. Masks will be worn and social distancing rules observed during the time spent in the hall.

SECTORS

A maximum of one third of the indoor areas of restaurants, patisseries, cafes, taverns coffee shops, coffee houses, cafeterias and clubhouses will be used. Tables must be placed 2 metres apart.

The indoor areas of bars and clubs will not be used. Bistro tables should be placed 2 metres apart. The number of people allowed in the outdoor areas at any one time will be determined so that there is one person per 2m2. However no more than 250 people will be allowed in the area regardless of its size.

Worker accommodation must be places that are socially distanced and well-ventilated within the scope of pandemic rules. Maximum attention must be paid to social distancing and hygiene rules in communal areas.

People who will enter our country for IVF treatment will be dealt with according the entry criteria stated in Point 1 and Point 2. People who are planning to go from quarantine hotels to IVF centres for treatment will be taken from the quarantine hotel for 3-4 hours with negative PCR or antigen test results from the last 72 hours, and then taken back to the quarantine hotel after treatment. The responsibility for the person taken from the quarantine hotel will belong entirely to the Responsible Manager of the IVF Centre. The letter of undertaking prepared for each person to be taken from the quarantine hotels to the IVF centre will be signed by the Responsible Manager and these forms will be submitted to the Ministry of Health Coordination Board when applying for a treatment permit.

People who enter internet cafes will be registered and will only be able to use the computers for a maximum of 2 hours.

One third of the indoor areas of betting shops will be able to be operated. Food will not be served at betting shops.

People who will work in night clubs will be evaluated upon entry according to the criteria of the country they have arrived from.

ENTERTAINMENT/EVENTS

1. Engagements, weddings, wedding ceremonies, circumcision ceremonies, and pre-wedding parties will not be held in indoor areas.

• The bride, bridegroom, and first degree relatives will have PCR tests within 48 hours before the date of the wedding.

• Masks will be worn at the ceremonies and parties, seating will be arranged by observing the social distancing rule, there will be no congratulations, and jewellery – money will be deposited into a chest.

• The number of guests allowed at any one time will be determined according to the size of the wedding area so that there is one person per 2m2. No more than 250 people will be admitted to the area at any one time regardless of the size of the area.

• Close-distance games, dances and halay dances that would breach social distancing will not be performed at weddings.

OTHER

It is not appropriate to hold demonstrations, rallies and ceremonies in indoor areas; and is appropriate to hold demonstrations, rallies and ceremonies in outdoor areas in compliance with the social distancing and mask rule.

Mass worshipping will be held in accordance with social distancing, mask and hygiene rules and using a maximum of one-third of the indoor area to be worshipped in.

Decisions taken by the Communicable Diseases High Committee meeting under the Communicable Diseases Law 45/2018
• Criminal proceedings will be launched in accordance with Article 43 (6) of the Communicable Diseases Law 45/2018 in the case of non-compliance with the rules decided by the Communicable Diseases High Committee and listed below.
• The rules to be implemented will be overseen by the District Police Boards, municipalities and the Police General Directorate.

WEEKLY COVID-19 DATA TABLES (29.09.2021)

DECISIONS
1. People who will enter our country via air and sea routes and from outside the island using the land border crossings, will before travelling obtain a printout of the TRNC Passenger Entry Form by completing the TRNC PASSENGER ENTRY FORM at the web address ‘adapass.gov.ct.tr’. After people complete the TRNC Passenger Entry Form, they will be able to pass quickly through police immigration (passport control) if they receive the printout of the form.

Passengers coming from the EU, United Kingdom and Turkey are required to upload the QR codes of their documents in the “PCR TEST” and “Vaccination CERTIFICATE” section on the TRNC Passenger Entry Form.

NOTE: The QR codes of the documents required in the TRNC Passenger Entry Form must be recorded with the cameras of the tablet/personal mobile phones.

2. Those entering the website:
-TRNC citizens’ “ADAPASS”
-Turkish citizens’ “HEALTHPASS”
-EU citizens’ “GREENPASS”
-UK citizens’ “NHS QR Code Document”. As the added documents will be checked upon entry to the country, people should carry them with them.
– Citizens of other countries are required to attach their valid PCR test results and/or vaccination cards to the specified section of the application. As the added documents will be checked upon entry to the country, people should carry them with them.
This practice will be mandatory for those aged 18 and over.

1. A) COUNTRY COLOURS

The entry criteria to the country from overseas will be as stated below. The country colours stated in the criteria will be updated every week.

• The latest table regarding country colour codes and entry criteria will take effect from the first Monday after they have been published by our committee.

1 B) RULES TO BE APPLIED ACCORDING TO COUNTRY CODES

DARK RED;
• People who have travelled to these countries in the last 14 days are forbidden from entering the country.
TRNC citizens will be able to enter the country on the condition of a negative PCR test result from within the last 72 hours and upon entry to the island, and 14 days of quarantine.
• People who will come from Dark Red Countries with a student certificate to be notified by the National Education and Culture Ministry or to register as a new student will be able to enter the country on the condition that they spend 14 days in central quarantine.
• Workers who already have a work permit (their spouse and children included) and who request to come to our country will be able enter the country on the condition that they spend 14 days in quarantine.
• Employees that the business owners will bring to TRNC with pre-authorization in line with the undertaking to be signed with the Ministry of Health will be able to enter the country on condition that they stay in quarantine for 14 days.

RED;
• VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;

• Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
• 7 days quarantine
• UNVACCINATED;
• Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
• 10 days quarantine.

Covid-19 tests will be performed at all entry gates to people coming from these countries regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.

ORANGE;
• VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;

• Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
• Quarantine-free entry
• From 11.10.2021 onwards people coming to the country will be able to enter the country without submitting a negative PCR test from the last 72 hours. However, PCR/Antigen tests will be performed on these people upon entry to the country.
• UNVACCINATED;
• Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
• 5 days quarantine.

Covid-19 tests will be performed at all entry gates only to unvaccinated people coming from these countries.

GREEN;

• VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;
• No restrictions.
• UNVACCINATED;
• Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours. Quarantine-free entry.

Covid-19 tests will not be performed at the gates on people coming from these countries.

1 C) GENERAL RULES;

• VACCINATED PEOPLE: Who have completed the vaccination programme. From 14 days after the last dose.
o SINOVAC: 2 DOSES
o BIONTECH: 2 DOSES
o SINOPHARM: 2 DOSES
o COMIRNATY (Pfizer/Biontech): 2 DOSES
o VAXZEVRIA (Astrazeneca/Oxford): 2 DOSES
o COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen / Johnson and Johnson: 1 DOSE
o SPUTNIK V: 2 DOSES
o MODERNA: 2 DOSES

• People who have had two doses of a vaccine different from the vaccines mentioned above will be considered as vaccinated.
• People who have had the Covid-19 disease and six months have passed will be considered as vaccinated if they have 1 dose of vaccine.

• People who have had the disease: Submit a positive PCR test result taken between 30-180 days prior to travel. These people will be evaluated as vaccinated people.

• Children under the age of 18 will be able to enter the country with parents who are vaccinated or who have had the disease as stated above based on the category of the country they have travelled from and in accordance with the PCR test rules (children who are 6 years old and over).

• Passengers will be evaluated based on the country that is in the highest risk group among the countries they have set foot in/ been in, in the last 10 days.

1. INLAND BORDER CROSSING RULES

Based on the results of the epidemiological assessment within the island, Level 2 rules will be applied at the crossings

• Level 1 : No tests, no restrictions (A total of 0-74/100,000 people in 14 days)
• Level 2 : No tests for vaccinated people, negative Antigen or PCR test once every 72 hours for unvaccinated people (A total of 75-499/100,000 people in 14 days)
Unvaccinated students under the age of 18 and people residing in Kato Pyrgos will be able to cross with a 7-day negative rapid antigen test or PCR test.
• Level 3 :
Double vaccinated people with EMA-approved vaccines, as well as the Sinovac, Sinopharm or Sputnik vaccines, can cross with a 7-day negative rapid antigen test or PCR test, 14 days after their final dose (1st dose if Johnson& Johnson).
Unvaccinated people (including unvaccinated workers and people who will cross for health reasons) can cross with a 72-hour negative rapid antigen test or PCR test.
However, unvaccinated high school students and people residing in Kato Pyrgos will be able to cross with a 7-day negative rapid antigen test or PCR test. (A total of 500/100,000 people in 14 days)

*People coming from Orange-Green Colour Category countries and staying in South Cyprus for more than 10 days will be processed within the scope of the Inland Border Crossing rules if they wish to cross into our country.
* The inland border crossing rule will apply to people who have come to South Cyprus, expect for those who have come from dark red countries, once they have stayed in South Cyprus for a period of 10 days.
* On touristic coach tours to be arranged from South Cyprus to our country, unvaccinated tourists from orange countries will be able to cross for the day provided that they present a negative PCR/antigen test conducted within the last 72 hours.

1. ADAPASS (ISLAND PASS)

The Adapass is a system that will electronically check the test and vaccination status of people entering businesses specified by the Communicable Diseases High Committee.
The criteria determined by the Communicable Diseases High Committee will be incorporated into the relevant system. A person’s Ada code that they will obtain from the Adapass system will be checked before entering the specified venues/activities/sectors/events. If a person’s required vaccination certificate and PCR tests are sufficient for the venues/activities/sectors according to the rule determined and loaded on to the Adapass system then entry approval is given.

The Adapass check for people who will enter venues / activities / sectors / events will be used in all districts.

After registering at adapass.gov.ct.tr/company/register, the application will be opened with the business’s email address and a password that will be forwarded to them by SMS.

Those venues/activities/sectors/events specified below who have not registered are required to register at the adapass.gov.ct.tr/company/register website.

Sectors: Bars and clubs, taverns, cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, internet cafes, betting shops, night clubs, barber shops, hairdressers, beauty parlours, massage parlours, tattoo shops, sectors that will hold collective events, stores-boutiques, cinema-theatre halls, concerts-exhibitions, indoor sports halls, indoor swimming pools, hotels, casinos, youth camps, wedding-engagement-circumcision ceremonies, bingo, indoor children’s play areas, places of worship

Note: Sectors not mentioned above can opt in by registering at the adapass.gov.ct.tr
address.

The Adapass check will be mandatory for those aged 18 and above

THE VACCINE AND PCR CRITERIA OF PEOPLE WHO WILL ENTER VENUES/SECTORS/ACTIVITIES/EVENTS THAT WILL BE CHECKED WITH THE ADAPASS SYSTEM ARE STATED IN THE TABLE BELOW.

• The Adapass check will be mandatory for those aged 18 and above.

1. People working in the sectors operating in our country and listed below will repeat their antigen tests once every 14 days if they are vaccinated and once every 7 days if they are not vaccinated.

1. TABLE: TESTS THAT SECTOR WORKERS MUST HAVE

1. It is mandatory to comply with the mask and social distance rule in all indoor and outdoor areas. People will be received so that there is one person per 2m2 in outdoor areas and one person per 3m2 in indoor areas.

1. All businesses will make arrangements so that the total number of customers and employees will be a maximum of 1 person per 3m2. In order to ensure social distancing, these businesses must place signs at the entrances of their businesses stating the m2 area and the total number of people, including employees, who can be in the business at any one time, and place markings on the floor accordingly. In addition, hygiene and disinfection conditions must be applied both inside the workplace and at entrances and exits, and it is the responsibility of the workplace to take and implement these measures.

1. People who are required to enter quarantine based on the above criteria will be able to spend their quarantine periods with their wristbands, depending on the country of origin, at their specified address of residence, provided that they show their address of residence in our country and download the “Stay Safe Application”. They will go to the address of residence they have committed to spending their quarantine in, either alone or in the company of a driver, or by public transport, taxi, touristic minibus authorised vehicles determined by the Ministry of Finance.

People over the age of 65 and those who go abroad for health reasons with the approval of the Health Committee will be able to download the “Stay Safe Application” after they return to the country. Wristbands will not be fitted to children aged under 12.

People who do not comply with the aforementioned rules and who do not provide an address of residence in our country will stay in central quarantine in designated central quarantine hotels for 5 to 14 days, depending on the colour code of the country they came from.

People who do not comply with the home quarantine rules will be sent to central quarantine and will pay for their own quarantine fees.

1. People who have had contact with a Covid-19 positive person who require quarantine, will be subject to quarantine. If the PCR test result to be obtained from the contacts are negative, the isolation period will be ended at the end of 10 days for unvaccinated people, and at the end of 7 days for double vaccinated people. The wristband quarantine process of contacts will be determined by the contact team according to the conditions stated in Annex-3. People who are not recorded as a contact in the Contact Tracing Team database will not be legally accepted as a contact and thus an official document stating that they are a contact will not issued to such people.

1. Covid-19 positive people will be able to spend their quarantine period at their home with a wristband according to the conditions set out in Annex 4, if it is deemed appropriate.

1. It has been deemed necessary to accept passengers on sea journeys to our country with a maximum of 4 journeys per day and 350 people (excluding soldiers) per journey.

EDUCATION
1. When the studies and guides are examined, it is deemed appropriate to open the special education, pre-school, primary and secondary education 2021-2022 Academic Year on a full-time basis within the scope of the measures listed below.

Each school is responsible for setting up a “School Pandemic Committee”. This committee will work in coordination with the Ministry of Health and will consist of at least 2 people. (2 people for up to 250 students, and +1 person for every 250-plus students.) The contact details of the responsible person of the committee formed should be forwarded to the Ministry of Health.
The Communicable Diseases High Committee will hold meetings with Pandemic Committee representatives determined by the National Education and Culture Ministry to assess the situation at least once a month.

A) Transportation

– Students, drivers and supervisors will wear masks on school buses.
– Hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance to school buses.
– Supervisors on school buses will ask students about symptoms. Students with symptoms such as a fever, sore throat, cough, etc., will not be allowed on the bus.
– School pandemic committees will be responsible for the disinfection of transport vehicles and the follow-up and inspection of other transport-related measures.
– Students who are taken to school buses will be seated in the same seat every day.
– Transportation companies and pandemic committees will be responsible for implementing these rules

B) Mask
– It is mandatory for all school staff (including transport staff) to wear masks.
– Students aged 6 and over will be required to wear masks. It is recommended that students aged 2-6 wear masks in the classroom and in indoor areas.
– Training on the use of masks will be provided by the School Pandemic Committees.
– Students who wear fabric masks are required to wash their masks every day.

C) Entry-Exit
– Attendants will be determined by the school management or the School Pandemic Committees to avoid congestion at school entrances and exits. Entry and exit will be provided by observing social distance.

D) The classroom
–Those who work in the classroom and students aged 6 and over are required to wear a mask. It is recommended that pupils aged between 2-6 wear a mask.
– Social distancing must be maintained as much as possible in the classroom (particularly in classes for pupils aged between 2-6).
– Classrooms must be ventilated and disinfection rules must be followed.
– Classroom teachers will ask students about symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, etc. at the classroom entrance. Students with symptoms will be sent home.

E) Disinfection
– Training on hand disinfection will be provided by School Pandemic Committees.
– Hand sanitiser should be placed in areas deemed appropriate by the school administration (canteen, dining hall, etc.).
– The disinfection procedures specified in the booklet prepared by the Ministry of National Education and Culture must be followed.
– Disinfection within the school will be inspected by the School Pandemic Committees.

F) Break times
– Classes should take turns for breaks in order to prevent crowding during break times.
– The necessary arrangements should be made by the school administration in order to prevent crowding in the canteens.
– Classes should rotate their meal times in order to prevent crowding in the dining halls.

G) Common Use Areas
– Toilets in the school will be disinfected frequently.
– Masks will always be worn in the teachers’ room, which is used as a common use area, and the social distance rule will be observed.
– The teachers’ room, which is used as a common area, needs to be ventilated and disinfected frequently.
– School Pandemic Committees will be responsible for the supervision of common areas within the school.

H) Events
– If there is any collective activity in a school, mask and social distance rules will be observed. These activities will be carried out by minimising the interaction between classes.

I) Illness
-.Parents should be warned not to send children with symptoms such as a cough, loss of taste and smell, sore throat, etc., to school.

J) Covid-19 Positive Patient and Contact

– The follow-up of Covid-19 positive patients and contacts will be managed in consultation with the School Pandemic Committees established in each school and the Ministry of Health contact team.

K) Tests

– People working at schools will repeat their antigen tests once every 14 days if they are vaccinated (for screening purposes), and once every 7 days if they are unvaccinated.
– Screening tests are not mandatory for primary and pre-school students. However, an antigen test will be requested from a parent who lives in the same home as these students once every 14 days if they are vaccinated, and once every 7 days if they are not vaccinated.
– Students from the 6th grade onwards (6th grade classes included) will repeat their antigen tests once every 7 days.
– Random tests will be conducted by the Ministry of Health on school staff and students.

Apprentices will be also be subject to the rules applied in the workplace where they will receive their education.

K) Tests
– People working at schools will repeat their antigen tests once every 14 days if they are vaccinated (for screening purposes), and once every 7 days if they are unvaccinated.
– Screening tests are not mandatory for primary and pre-school students. However, an antigen test will be requested from a parent who lives in the same home as these students once every 14 days if they are vaccinated, and once every 7 days if they are not vaccinated.
– Students from the 6th grade onwards (6th grade classes included) will repeat their antigen tests once every 7 days.
– Random tests will be conducted by the Ministry of Health on school staff and students.

Apprentices will be also be subject to the rules applied in the workplace where they will receive their education.

1. Higher Education Institutions will be opened within the framework of the plan and programme to be made by the Ministry of National Education and Culture. Each university will establish its own School Pandemic Committee. Students coming from abroad will be able to enter based on the specified country entry criteria.

Higher Education Institutions will set up Pandemic Commissions. These commissions, provided that they take into account the mask, distance and hygiene rules, will create and implement pandemic action plans within the framework of the criteria determined by the National Education and Culture Ministry.

People who will come from Dark Red Countries with a student certificate to be notified by the National Education and Culture Ministry or to register as a new student will be able to enter the country on the condition they spend 14 days in quarantine.

1. It has been deemed appropriate to conduct national/international exams to be held in our country under the conditions stated below:

– Examinees and invigilators must have negative antigen tests from within the last 72 hours.

– Doors and windows must be kept open at all times in order to ventilate the exam area,

– Those entering the exam area must use personal protective equipment during the exam,

– Desks in the exam area must be arranged to comply with social distancing rules

– Disinfectant must be placed at the entrance to the exam area.

1. Schools’ Positive Case and Contact Protocol

• Symptoms must be checked before leaving home, boarding a bus and entering school. Those who show symptoms (teachers, workers or students) will be not be allowed into schools. They will be directed to take a test.
• If a student in the class shows symptoms, the student will be directed to take a test. If their test result is negative, they will return to school.
• If the student’s test result is positive; all students in the class and teachers who have entered that class are sent home on the same day if possible, or on the next day, to have PCR test screening, and are sent home to be isolated at home until their test result comes out. Meanwhile, the school pandemic board will forward the class list to its contact team via TSHD.
• If the PCR tests of 3 or more people from the same class are positive as a result of the screening in the classroom, the rest of the class will be considered close contacts and will be isolated at home for 7 days if vaccinated, 10 days if not vaccinated. Students will continue with their education in the form of distance education for the period they are close contacts.
• Students and teachers will be able to return to school with a negative PCR test result at the end of the 7-10 day isolation period. During this process, people cannot individually decide whether they are close or distant contacts. The Ministry of Health’s CONTACT TRACKING UNIT will decide on close contact or contact, and this decision will be reported to the class through the school administration.
• If at the end of the screening fewer than 3 people in the class have a positive PCR, this class will be considered as a contact only and will continue their education at school by wearing masks and not coming into contact with other classes.
• If the teacher’s PCR test is positive, the students in all classes where the teacher has taught (especially in the last 2 days) have a PCR test and are sent home to be isolated until their result comes out. In the meantime, the School Pandemic Board will forward the class list to its contact team via TSHD. If PCR positivity is detected in 3 or more people in any of these classes, that class will be considered a close contact and they will be isolated at home for 7-10 days. (The contact team will inform the school about the isolation period and when PCR tests will be performed during this period.) Students will attend distance education during this period.
• If PCR positivity occurs in fewer than three people, this class will come to school and attend lessons by wearing masks and without mixing with other classes. Teachers who enter the classroom will monitor symptoms every day for 14 days and in case of any symptoms, they will send the student home to do a PCR test.
• Other teachers and staff that the teacher has been in contact with at school will also do their PCR tests on the same day, if possible, or the next day if not.
• Contacts showing symptoms of Covid-19 during isolation will report the situation to 1102.

ARTS

1. The theatre/concert/exhibition works/rehearsals of professional artists will be held with a maximum of one third of the halls’ capacity. People working in these sectors must wear masks. Social distancing and mask rules will be observed in the hall.

1. The number of people that can be accepted at any one time to group dances, ceremonies, music, concerts, bingo and similar shows in outdoor areas will be determined based on the size of the area in such a way that there is one person per 2m2. However a maximum of 250 people will be admitted regardless of the size of the area. The indoor areas will not be used.

People will be allowed into cinemas on the basis that a maximum of one third of the auditorium is used and that there is no eating and drinking in the auditoriums.People working in these sectors must wear masks.

SPORT

1. It has been deemed appropriate for non-contact, individual and outdoor sports activities and training and competitions with spectators (athletics, horse riding, archery, tennis, golf, triathlon, cycling, outdoor swimming, sailing, sports activities for all (bocce and orienteering), shooting, hunting (sportive events), air sports, motor and car races) to be held within the scope of social distancing rules.

1. Swimming pools can be used by performance swimmers of sports clubs, training of licenced swimmers, competitions and by disabled individuals for rehabilitation purposes. People working in swimming pools must wear masks. It has been deemed appropriate for outdoor swimming pools to operate within the scope of the rules specified in Annex-1.

1. It has been deemed appropriate for beaches to operate within the scope of the rules specified in Annex-2.

1. It has been deemed appropriate that training for boxing, wrestling and close combat sports should take place in outdoor areas or, if possible, in well-ventilated environments. Competitions for the stated sports branches will take place in outdoor areas.

1. For competitions to be held in outdoor areas, spectators will be accepted within the scope of social distancing rules, and for competitions to be held in indoor areas, spectators will be accepted by observing the social distancing rule and in such a way that a maximum of one-third of the area is used.

1. Indoor sports halls (fitness, individual) can continue their activities by being regularly ventilated and observing the social distancing and hygiene rules. Staff are required to wear masks at all times.

1. It has been deemed appropriate that youth camps can be organised at half capacity by observing social distancing, mask and hygiene rules.

TRANSPORTATION

1. Passengers will not be allowed to sit next to the drivers of buses, minibuses, taxis with “T permits”, touristic minibuses and permitted similar public transport vehicles. In buses, shared taxis and minibuses, passengers will be transported with a seating arrangement that leaves the seat behind the driver’s seat empty.

Vehicles must be ventilated during and after journeys. The driver and passengers in the vehicle will wear masks. Vehicles will be disinfected after each journey.

1. Truck drivers entering the country from our ports (Girne and Gazimağusa) for the shipment of goods can enter daily, provided that they submit a PCR test they have performed in the last 72 hours. If the test period of the lorry drivers exceeds the last 72 hours, then they will be able to enter with a negative antigen test to be conducted at the ports of entry. In addition, passengers can enter via both ports according to the overseas entry criteria in Decision 1.
2. If the test period of double-vaccinated flight crew members on duty on planes who come to our country by air exceeds 72 hours, then they will be able to enter on the condition that their antigen tests to be performed at the airport are negative.

TOURISM

1. People who will enter to stay in a hotel and/or benefit from a hotel’s activities must have a negative PCR or antigen test conducted within the last 72 hours if they are unvaccinated. It has been deemed appropriate to provide service in hotel restaurants with a distance of 2 metres between tables and to serve at the table, and for staff to provide food and beverage (including tea and coffee machines, dispensers) service when an open buffet is required and for disposable plastic materials to be used during the provision of services.

1. People who will come to our country on charter flights will be processed according to the specified country category criteria.

1. People entering casinos are required to be vaccinated. Unvaccinated customers will not be accepted. Masks will be worn and social distancing rules observed during the time spent in the hall.

SECTORS

1. A maximum of one third of the indoor areas of restaurants, patisseries, cafes, taverns coffee shops, coffee houses, cafeterias and clubhouses will be used. Tables must be placed 2 metres apart.

1. The indoor areas of bars and clubs will not be used. Bistro tables should be placed 2 metres apart. The number of people allowed in the outdoor areas at any one time will be determined so that there is one person per 2m2. However no more than 250 people will be allowed in the area regardless of its size.

1. Worker accommodation must be places that are socially distanced and well-ventilated within the scope of pandemic rules. Maximum attention must be paid to social distancing and hygiene rules in communal areas.

1. People who will enter our country for IVF treatment will be dealt with according the entry criteria stated in Point 1 and Point 2. People who are planning to go from quarantine hotels to IVF centres for treatment will be taken from the quarantine hotel for 3-4 hours with negative PCR or antigen test results from the last 72 hours, and then taken back to the quarantine hotel after treatment. The responsibility for the person taken from the quarantine hotel will belong entirely to the Responsible Manager of the IVF Centre. The letter of undertaking prepared for each person to be taken from the quarantine hotels to the IVF centre will be signed by the Responsible Manager and these forms will be submitted to the Ministry of Health Coordination Board when applying for a treatment permit.

1. People who enter internet cafes will be registered and will only be able to use the computers for a maximum of 2 hours.

1. One third of the indoor areas of betting shops will be able to be operated. Food will not be served at betting shops.

1. People who will work in night clubs will be evaluated upon entry according to the criteria of the country they have arrived from.

ENTERTAINMENT/EVENTS

1. Engagements, weddings, wedding ceremonies, circumcision ceremonies, and pre-wedding parties will not be held in indoor areas.

• The bride, bridegroom, and first degree relatives will have PCR tests within 48 hours before the date of the wedding.

• Masks will be worn at the ceremonies and parties, seating will be arranged by observing the social distancing rule, there will be no congratulations, and jewellery – money will be deposited into a chest.

• The number of guests allowed at any one time will be determined according to the size of the wedding area so that there is one person per 2m2. No more than 250 people will be admitted to the area at any one time regardless of the size of the area.

• Close-distance games, dances and halay dances that would breach social distancing will not be performed at weddings.

OTHER

1. It is not appropriate to hold demonstrations, rallies and ceremonies in indoor areas; and is appropriate to hold demonstrations, rallies and ceremonies in outdoor areas in compliance with the social distancing and mask rule.

1. Mass worshipping will be held in accordance with social distancing, mask and hygiene rules and using a maximum of one-third of the indoor area to be worshipped in.

    Additional Precautionary Decisions taken by the Ministry of Health in respect of the decisions taken by the Communicable Diseases High Committee under the Law on Communicable Diseases no.45/2018Decisions taken by the Communicable Diseases High Committee meeting under the Communicable Diseases Law 45/2018

    • Criminal proceedings will be launched in accordance with Article 43 (6) of the Communicable Diseases Law 45/2018 in the case of non-compliance with the rules decided by the Communicable Diseases High Committee and listed below.
    • The rules to be implemented will be overseen by the District Police Boards, municipalities and the Police General Directorate.

    WEEKLY COVID-19 DATA TABLES (22.09.2021)

    22 September 2021 TRNC Weekly Covid-19 Data Table

    22 September 2021 TRNC Weekly Covid-19 Data Table – Comparison Table and Average Number of Daily Cases Per 100000 by District

    DECISIONS

    1. People who will enter our country via air-sea routes and from outside the island using the land border crossings, taking into account the country entry criteria (pre-departure negative PCR test result from the last 72 hours), can fill in the passenger form at the address adapass.gov.ct.tr/company/register, the application will be opened with the business’s email address and a password that will be forwarded to them by SMS.

    Those venues/activities/sectors/events specified below who have not registered are required to register at the adapass.gov.ct.tr/company/register website.

    Sectors: Bars and clubs, taverns, cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, internet cafes, betting shops, night clubs, barber shops, hairdressers, beauty parlours, massage parlours, tattoo shops, sectors that will hold collective events, stores-boutiques, cinema-theatre halls, concerts-exhibitions, indoor sports halls, indoor swimming pools, hotels, casinos, youth camps, wedding-engagement-circumcision ceremonies, bingo, indoor children’s play areas, places of worship

    Note: Sectors not mentioned above can opt in by registering at the adapass.gov.ct.tr
    address.

    • The Adapass check will be mandatory for those aged 18 and above.

    • THE VACCINE AND PCR CRITERIA OF PEOPLE WHO WILL ENTER VENUES/SECTORS/ACTIVITIES/EVENTS THAT WILL BE CHECKED WITH THE ADAPASS SYSTEM ARE STATED IN THE TABLE BELOW.

    TRNC-Vaccine and PCR Criteria

    TRNC-Vaccine and PCR Criteria

    • The Adapass check will be mandatory for those aged 18 and above.

    People working in the sectors operating in our country and listed below will repeat their antigen tests once every 14 days if they are vaccinated and once every 7 days if they are not vaccinated.

    Tests Taht Sector Workers Must Have

    1. It is mandatory to comply with the mask and social distance rule in all indoor and outdoor areas. People will be received so that there is one person per 2m2 in outdoor areas and one person per 3m2 in indoor areas.

    1. All businesses will make arrangements so that the total number of customers and employees will be a maximum of 1 person per 3m2. In order to ensure social distancing, these businesses must place signs at the entrances of their businesses stating the m2 area and the total number of people, including employees, who can be in the business at any one time, and place markings on the floor accordingly. In addition, hygiene and disinfection conditions must be applied both inside the workplace and at entrances and exits, and it is the responsibility of the workplace to take and implement these measures.

    1. People who are required to enter quarantine based on the above criteria will be able to spend their quarantine periods with their wristbands, depending on the country of origin, at their specified address of residence, provided that they show their address of residence in our country and download the “Stay Safe Application”. They will go to the address of residence they have committed to spending their quarantine in, either alone or in the company of a driver, or by public transport, taxi, touristic minibus authorised vehicles determined by the Ministry of Finance.

    People over the age of 65 and those who go abroad for health reasons with the approval of the Health Committee will be able to download the “Stay Safe Application” after they return to the country. Wristbands will not be fitted to children aged under 12.

    People who do not comply with the aforementioned rules and who do not provide an address of residence in our country will stay in central quarantine in designated central quarantine hotels for 5 to 14 days, depending on the colour code of the country they came from.

    People who do not comply with the home quarantine rules will be sent to central quarantine and will pay for their own quarantine fees.

    1. People who have had contact with a Covid-19 positive person who require quarantine, will be subject to quarantine. If the PCR test result to be obtained from the contacts are negative, the isolation period will be ended at the end of 10 days for unvaccinated people, and at the end of 7 days for double vaccinated people. The wristband quarantine process of contacts will be determined by the contact team according to the conditions stated in Annex-3. People who are not recorded as a contact in the Contact Tracing Team database will not be legally accepted as a contact and thus an official document stating that they are a contact will not issued to such people.

    1. Covid-19 positive people will be able to spend their quarantine period at their home with a wristband according to the conditions set out in Annex 4, if it is deemed appropriate.

    1. It has been deemed necessary to accept passengers on sea journeys to our country with a maximum of 4 journeys per day and 350 people (excluding soldiers) per journey.

    EDUCATION
    1. When the studies and guides are examined, it is deemed appropriate to open the special education, pre-school, primary and secondary education 2021-2022 Academic Year on a full-time basis within the scope of the measures listed below.

    Each school is responsible for setting up a “School Pandemic Committee”. This committee will work in coordination with the Ministry of Health and will consist of at least 2 people. (2 people for up to 250 students, and +1 person for every 250-plus students.) The contact details of the responsible person of the committee formed should be forwarded to the Ministry of Health.
    The Communicable Diseases High Committee will hold meetings with Pandemic Committee representatives determined by the National Education and Culture Ministry to assess the situation at least once a month.

    A) Transportation
    – Students, drivers and supervisors will wear masks on school buses.
    – Hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance to school buses.
    – Supervisors on school buses will ask students about symptoms. Students with symptoms such as a fever, sore throat, cough, etc., will not be allowed on the bus.
    – School pandemic committees will be responsible for the disinfection of transport vehicles and the follow-up and inspection of other transport-related measures.
    – Students who are taken to school buses will be seated in the same seat every day.

    B) Mask
    – It is mandatory for all school staff (including transport staff) to wear masks.
    – Students aged 6 and over will be required to wear masks. It is recommended that students aged 2-6 wear masks in the classroom and in indoor areas.
    – Training on the use of masks will be provided by the School Pandemic Committees.
    – Students who wear fabric masks are required to wash their masks every day.

    C) Entry-Exit
    – Attendants will be determined by the school management or the School Pandemic Committees to avoid congestion at school entrances and exits. Entry and exit will be provided by observing social distance.

    D) The classroom
    –Those who work in the classroom and students aged 6 and over are required to wear a mask. It is recommended that pupils aged between 2-6 wear a mask.
    – Social distancing must be maintained as much as possible in the classroom (particularly in classes for pupils aged between 2-6).
    – Classrooms must be ventilated and disinfection rules must be followed.
    – Classroom teachers will ask students about symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, etc. at the classroom entrance. Students with symptoms will be sent home.

    E) Disinfection
    – Training on hand disinfection will be provided by School Pandemic Committees.
    – Hand sanitiser should be placed in areas deemed appropriate by the school administration (canteen, dining hall, etc.).
    – The disinfection procedures specified in the booklet prepared by the Ministry of National Education and Culture must be followed.
    – Disinfection within the school will be inspected by the School Pandemic Committees.

    F) Break times
    – Classes should take turns for breaks in order to prevent crowding during break times.
    – The necessary arrangements should be made by the school administration in order to prevent crowding in the canteens.
    – Classes should rotate their meal times in order to prevent crowding in the dining halls.

    G) Common Use Areas
    – Toilets in the school will be disinfected frequently.
    – Masks will always be worn in the teachers’ room, which is used as a common use area, and the social distance rule will be observed.
    – The teachers’ room, which is used as a common area, needs to be ventilated and disinfected frequently.
    – School Pandemic Committees will be responsible for the supervision of common areas within the school.

    H) Events
    – If there is any collective activity in a school, mask and social distance rules will be observed. These activities will be carried out by minimising the interaction between classes.

    I) Illness
    -.Parents should be warned not to send children with symptoms such as a cough, loss of taste and smell, sore throat, etc., to school.

    J) Covid-19 Positive Patient and Contact
    – The follow-up of Covid-19 positive patients and contacts will be managed in consultation with the School Pandemic Committees established in each school and the Ministry of Health contact team.

    K) Tests
    – People working at schools will repeat their antigen tests once every 14 days if they are vaccinated, and once every 7 days if they are unvaccinated.
    – Students from the 6th grade onwards (6th grade classes included) will repeat their antigen tests once every 7 days.
    – Random tests will be conducted by the Ministry of Health on school staff and students.

    It has been deemed appropriate for apprentice students to start their education in the workplace depending on the sectors opened. The rules applied in the specified sectors will also apply to apprentices.

    1. Higher Education Institutions will be opened within the framework of the plan and programme to be made by the Ministry of National Education and Culture. Each university will establish its own School Pandemic Committee. Students coming from abroad will be able to enter based on the specified country entry criteria.

    Higher Education Institutions will set up Pandemic Commissions. These commissions, provided that they take into account the mask, distance and hygiene rules, will create and implement pandemic action plans within the framework of the criteria determined by the National Education and Culture Ministry.

    People who will come from Dark Red Countries with a student certificate to be notified by the National Education and Culture Ministry or to register as a new student will be able to enter the country on the condition they spend 14 days in quarantine.

    1. It has been deemed appropriate to conduct national/international exams to be held in our country under the conditions stated below:

    – Examinees and invigilators must have negative antigen tests from within the last 72 hours.

    – Doors and windows must be kept open at all times in order to ventilate the exam area,

    – Those entering the exam area must use personal protective equipment during the exam,

    – Desks in the exam area must be arranged to comply with social distancing rules

    – Disinfectant must be placed at the entrance to the exam area.

    1. Schools’ Positive Case and Contact Protocol

    • Symptoms must be checked before leaving home, boarding a bus and entering school. Those who show symptoms (teachers, workers or students) will be not be allowed into schools. They will be directed to take a test.
    • If a student in the class shows symptoms, the student will be directed to take a test. If their test result is negative, they will return to school.
    • If the student’s test result is positive; all students in the class and teachers who have entered that class are sent home on the same day if possible, or on the next day, to have PCR test screening, and are sent home to be isolated at home until their test result comes out. Meanwhile, the school pandemic board will forward the class list to its contact team via TSHD.
    • If the PCR tests of 3 or more people from the same class are positive as a result of the screening in the classroom, the rest of the class will be considered close contacts and will be isolated at home for 7 days if vaccinated, 10 days if not vaccinated. Students will continue with their education in the form of distance education for the period they are close contacts.
    • Students and teachers will be able to return to school with a negative PCR test result at the end of the 7-10 day isolation period. During this process, people cannot individually decide whether they are close or distant contacts. The Ministry of Health’s CONTACT TRACKING UNIT will decide on close contact or contact, and this decision will be reported to the class through the school administration.
    • If at the end of the screening fewer than 3 people in the class have a positive PCR, this class will be considered as a contact only and will continue their education at school by wearing masks and not coming into contact with other classes.
    • If the teacher’s PCR test is positive, the students in all classes where the teacher has taught (especially in the last 2 days) have a PCR test and are sent home to be isolated until their result comes out. In the meantime, the School Pandemic Board will forward the class list to its contact team via TSHD. If PCR positivity is detected in 3 or more people in any of these classes, that class will be considered a close contact and they will be isolated at home for 7-10 days. (The contact team will inform the school about the isolation period and when PCR tests will be performed during this period.) Students will attend distance education during this period.
    • If PCR positivity occurs in fewer than three people, this class will come to school and attend lessons by wearing masks and without mixing with other classes. Teachers who enter the classroom will monitor symptoms every day for 14 days and in case of any symptoms, they will send the student home to do a PCR test.
    • Other teachers and staff that the teacher has been in contact with at school will also do their PCR tests on the same day, if possible, or the next day if not.
    • Contacts showing symptoms of Covid-19 during isolation will report the situation to 1102.

    ARTS

    1. The theatre/concert/exhibition works/rehearsals of professional artists will be held with a maximum of one third of the halls’ capacity. People working in these sectors must wear masks. Social distancing and mask rules will be observed in the hall.

    1. The number of people that can be accepted at any one time to group dances, ceremonies, music, concerts, bingo and similar shows in outdoor areas will be determined based on the size of the area in such a way that there is one person per 2m2. However a maximum of 250 people will be admitted regardless of the size of the area. The indoor areas will not be used.

    People will be allowed into cinemas on the basis that a maximum of one third of the auditorium is used and that there is no eating and drinking in the auditoriums.People working in these sectors must wear masks.

    SPORT

    1. It has been deemed appropriate for non-contact, individual and outdoor sports activities and training and competitions with spectators (athletics, horse riding, archery, tennis, golf, triathlon, cycling, outdoor swimming, sailing, sports activities for all (bocce and orienteering), shooting, hunting (sportive events), air sports, motor and car races) to be held within the scope of social distancing rules.

    1. Swimming pools can be used by performance swimmers of sports clubs, training of licenced swimmers, competitions and by disabled individuals for rehabilitation purposes. People working in swimming pools must wear masks. It has been deemed appropriate for outdoor swimming pools to operate within the scope of the rules specified in Annex-1.

    1. It has been deemed appropriate for beaches to operate within the scope of the rules specified in Annex-2.

    1. It has been deemed appropriate that training for boxing, wrestling and close combat sports should take place in outdoor areas or, if possible, in well-ventilated environments. Competitions for the stated sports branches will take place in outdoor areas.

    1. For competitions to be held in outdoor areas, spectators will be accepted within the scope of social distancing rules, and for competitions to be held in indoor areas, spectators will be accepted by observing the social distancing rule and in such a way that a maximum of one-third of the area is used.

    1. Indoor sports halls (fitness, individual) can continue their activities by being regularly ventilated and observing the social distancing and hygiene rules. Staff are required to wear masks at all times.

    1. It has been deemed appropriate that youth camps can be organised at half capacity by observing social distancing, mask and hygiene rules.

    TRANSPORTATION

    1. Passengers will not be allowed to sit next to the drivers of buses, minibuses, taxis with “T permits”, touristic minibuses and permitted similar public transport vehicles. In buses, shared taxis and minibuses, passengers will be transported with a seating arrangement that leaves the seat behind the driver’s seat empty.

    Vehicles must be ventilated during and after journeys. The driver and passengers in the vehicle will wear masks. Vehicles will be disinfected after each journey.

    1. Truck drivers entering the country from our ports (Girne and Gazimağusa) for the shipment of goods can enter daily, provided that they submit a PCR test they have performed in the last 72 hours. If the test period of the lorry drivers exceeds the last 72 hours, then they will be able to enter with a negative antigen test to be conducted at the ports of entry. In addition, passengers can enter via both ports according to the overseas entry criteria in Decision 1.

    TOURISM

    1. People who will enter to stay in a hotel and/or benefit from a hotel’s activities must have a negative PCR or antigen test conducted within the last 72 hours if they are unvaccinated. It has been deemed appropriate to provide service in hotel restaurants with a distance of 2 metres between tables and to serve at the table, and for staff to provide food and beverage (including tea and coffee machines, dispensers) service when an open buffet is required and for disposable plastic materials to be used during the provision of services.

    1. People who will come to our country on charter flights will be processed according to the specified country category criteria. However, if these people request to enter indoor hotel tourism hotels, they can go to hotels providing indoor tourism with a wristband regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated. Vaccinated/unvaccinated people who will come for indoor hotel tourism can come on scheduled or charter flights.

    Unvaccinated people who will enter closed hotel tourism should repeat their tests on the 5th day if they stay more than 5 days.

    It is forbidden for TRNC citizens to come to hotels in in indoor hotel tourism. (However, dual nationals can enter with by submitting a residence address in another country. In the event these people do not comply with the specified rules, they will be placed in central quarantine.)

    Hotels that want to continue with indoor tourism must not accept any customers from outside (locals or tourists) for accommodation or for the purpose of using the areas located within the hotel such as restaurants, cafes, beaches, etc. The indoor tourism practice will end on 30/09/2021.

    1. People entering casinos are required to be vaccinated. Unvaccinated customers will not be accepted. Masks will be worn and social distancing rules observed during the time spent in the hall.

    SECTORS

    1. A maximum of one third of the indoor areas of restaurants, patisseries, cafes, taverns coffee shops, coffee houses, cafeterias and clubhouses will be used. Tables must be placed 2 metres apart.

    1. The indoor areas of bars and clubs will not be used. Bistro tables should be placed 2 metres apart. The number of people allowed in the outdoor areas at any one time will be determined so that there is one person per 2m2. However no more than 250 people will be allowed in the area regardless of its size.

    1. Worker accommodation must be places that are socially distanced and well-ventilated within the scope of pandemic rules. Maximum attention must be paid to social distancing and hygiene rules in communal areas.

    1. People who will enter our country for IVF treatment will be dealt with according the entry criteria stated in Point 1 and Point 2. People who are planning to go from quarantine hotels to IVF centres for treatment will be taken from the quarantine hotel for 3-4 hours with negative PCR or antigen test results from the last 72 hours, and then taken back to the quarantine hotel after treatment. The responsibility for the person taken from the quarantine hotel will belong entirely to the Responsible Manager of the IVF Centre. The letter of undertaking prepared for each person to be taken from the quarantine hotels to the IVF centre will be signed by the Responsible Manager and these forms will be submitted to the Ministry of Health Coordination Board when applying for a treatment permit.

    1. People who enter internet cafes will be registered and will only be able to use the computers for a maximum of 2 hours.

    1. One third of the indoor areas of betting shops will be able to be operated. Food will not be served at betting shops.

    1. People who will work in night clubs will be evaluated upon entry according to the criteria of the country they have arrived from.

    ENTERTAINMENT/EVENTS

    1. Engagements, weddings, wedding ceremonies, circumcision ceremonies, and pre-wedding parties will not be held in indoor areas.

    • The bride, bridegroom, and first degree relatives will have PCR tests within 48 hours before the date of the wedding.

    • Masks will be worn at the ceremonies and parties, seating will be arranged by observing the social distancing rule, there will be no congratulations, and jewellery – money will be deposited into a chest.

    • The number of guests allowed at any one time will be determined according to the size of the wedding area so that there is one person per 2m2. No more than 250 people will be admitted to the area at any one time regardless of the size of the area.

    • Close-distance games, dances and halay dances that would breach social distancing will not be performed at weddings.

    OTHER

    1. It is not appropriate to hold demonstrations, rallies and ceremonies in indoor areas; and is appropriate to hold demonstrations, rallies and ceremonies in outdoor areas in compliance with the social distancing and mask rule.

    1. Mass worshipping will be held in accordance with social distancing, mask and hygiene rules and using a maximum of one-third of the indoor area to be worshipped in.

    Additional Precautionary Decisions taken by the Ministry of Health in respect of the decisions taken by the Communicable Diseases High Committee under the Law on Communicable Diseases no.45/2018

    • Criminal proceedings will be launched in accordance with Article 43 (6) of the Communicable Diseases Law 45/2018 in the case of non-compliance with the rules decided by the Communicable Diseases High Committee and listed below.
    • The rules to be implemented will be overseen by the District Police Boards, municipalities and the Police General Directorate.

    DECISIONS

    Persons who will come to our country by air and sea way and from outside the island using land border gates will be able to enter into the country with their negative PCR test result for the last 72 hours before travel, will fill up the passenger form at adapass.gov.ct.tr before the trip and they will enter the island with their QR code to be taken. People who do not perform this process will be able to enter with the required documents up until 27/09/2021. People who will enter the country by obtaining a QR code will benefit from the opportunity for fast-track passage.

    People who enter the web site;

    TRNC citizens “ADAPASS”
    Turkish citizens “HEALTH PASS”
    EU citizens “GREENPASS”
    UK citizens “NHS QR Code Document”

    As the added documents will be checked upon entry to the country, people should carry them with them.

    Other country citizens should add their valid vaccination cards and/or PCR test results to the determined section in the application.

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

    2- RULES TO BE APPLIED ACCORDING TO COUNTRY CODES

    1. A) COUNTRY COLOURS
    The entry criteria to the country from overseas will be as stated below. The country colours stated in the criteria will be updated every week.

    The latest table regarding country colour codes and entry criteria will take effect from the first Monday after they have been published by our committee.

    Covid-19 Country Colours

    2- RULES TO BE APPLIED ACCORDING TO COUNTRY CODES

    DARK RED;
    People who have travelled to these countries in the last 14 days are forbidden from entering the country.
    TRNC citizens will be able to enter the country on the condition of a negative PCR test result from within the last 72 hours and upon entry to the island, and 14 days of quarantine.
    People who will come from Dark Red Countries with a student certificate to be notified by the National Education and Culture Ministry or to register as a new student will be able to enter the country on the condition that they spend 14 days in central quarantine.
    Workers who already have a work permit (their spouse and children included) and who request to come to our country will be able enter the country on the condition that they spend 14 days in quarantine.

    RED;
    VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;
    Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
    7 days quarantine

    UNVACCINATED;
    Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
    10 days quarantine.
    Covid-19 tests will be performed at all entry gates to people coming from these countries regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.

    ORANGE;
    VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;
    Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
    Quarantine-free entry
    UNVACCINATED;
    Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
    5 days quarantine.
    Covid-19 tests will be performed at all entry gates only to unvaccinated people coming from these countries.

    GREEN;
    VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;
    No restrictions.
    UNVACCINATED;
    Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours. Quarantine-free entry.
    Covid-19 tests will not be performed at the gates on people coming from these countries.

    1. 1 C) GENERAL RULES;
    VACCINATED PEOPLE: Who have completed the vaccination programme. From 14 days after the last dose.
    SINOVAC: 2 DOSES
    BIONTECH: 2 DOSES
    SINOPHARM: 2 DOSES
    COMIRNATY (Pfizer/Biontech): 2 DOSES
    VAXZEVRIA (Astrazeneca/Oxford): 2 DOSES
    COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen / Johnson and Johnson: 1 DOSE
    SPUTNIK V: 2 DOSES
    MODERNA: 2 DOSES
    2. People who have had two doses of a vaccine different from the vaccines mentioned above will be considered as vaccinated.
    People who have had the Covid-19 disease and six months have passed will be considered as vaccinated if they have 1 dose of vaccine.
    People who have had the disease: Submit a positive PCR test result taken between 30-180 days prior to travel. These people will be evaluated as vaccinated people.
    Children under the age of 18 will be able to enter the country with parents who are vaccinated or who have had the disease as stated above based on the category of the country they have travelled from and in accordance with the PCR test rules (children who are 6 years old and over).
    Passengers will be evaluated based on the country that is in the highest risk group among the countries they have set foot in/ been in, in the last 10 days.

    INLAND BORDER CROSSING RULES

    Level 1 : No tests, no restrictions (A total of 0-74/100,000 people in 14 days)
    Level 2 : Negative Antigen or PCR test once every 7 days (A total of 75-499/100,000 people in 14 days)
    Level 3 : Double vaccinated people with EMA-approved vaccines, as well as the Sinovac, Sinopharm or Sputnik vaccines, can cross with a 7-day negative rapid antigen test or PCR test, 14 days after their final dose (1st dose if Johnson& Johnson).
    Unvaccinated people (including unvaccinated workers and people who will cross for health reasons) can cross with a 72-hour negative rapid antigen test or PCR test.
    However, unvaccinated high school students and people residing in Kato Pyrgos will be able to cross with a 7-day negative rapid antigen test or PCR test. (A total of 500/100,000 people in 14 days)
    *People requesting to come to our country from Orange-Green Colour Category Countries via South Cyprus will be processed according to the country entry criteria stated above in “1 B”. However, people coming from Orange-Green Colour Category countries and staying in South Cyprus for more than 10 days will be processed within the scope of the Inland Border Crossing rules if they wish to cross into our country.

    The inland border crossing rule will apply to people who have come to South Cyprus, expect for those who have come from dark red and grey countries, once they have stayed in South Cyprus for a period of 10 days.

    * On touristic coach tours to be arranged from South Cyprus to our country, unvaccinated tourists from orange countries will be able to cross for the day provided that they present a negative PCR/antigen test conducted within the last 72 hours.

    ADA (ISLAND) PASS
    The Adapass is a system that will electronically check the test and vaccination status of people entering businesses specified by the Communicable Diseases High Committee.
    The criteria determined by the Communicable Diseases High Committee will be incorporated into the relevant system. A person’s Ada code that they will obtain from the Adapass system will be checked before entering the specified venues / activities / sectors / events. If a person’s required vaccination certificate and PCR tests are sufficient for the venues/activities/sectors according to the rule determined and loaded on to the Adapass system then entry approval is given.

    The Adapass check for people who will enter venues/activities/sectors/events will be used in all districts.

    After registering at adapass.gov.ct.tr/company/register, the application will be opened with the business’s email address and a password that will be forwarded to them by SMS.

    Those venues/activities/sectors/events specified below who have not registered are required to register at the adapass.gov.ct.tr/company/register website.

    Sectors: Bars and clubs, taverns, cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, internet cafes, betting shops, night clubs, barber shops, hairdressers, beauty parlours, massage parlours, tattoo shops, sectors that will hold collective events, stores-boutiques, cinema-theatre halls, concerts-exhibitions, indoor sports halls, indoor swimming pools, hotels, casinos, youth camps, wedding-engagement-circumcision ceremonies, bingo, indoor children’s play areas, places of worship
    Note: Sectors not mentioned above can opt in by registering at the adapass.gov.ct.tr address.

    The Adapass check will be mandatory for those aged 18 and above.

    1. People working in the sectors operating in our country and listed below will repeat their antigen tests once every 14 days if they are vaccinated and once every 7 days if they are not vaccinated.

    TABLE: TESTS THAT SECTOR WORKERS MUST HAVE

    It is mandatory to comply with the mask and social distance rule in all indoor and outdoor areas. People will be received so that there is one person per 2m2 in outdoor areas and one person per 3m2 in indoor areas.
    All businesses will make arrangements so that the total number of customers and employees will be a maximum of 1 person per 3m2. In order to ensure social distancing, these businesses must place signs at the entrances of their businesses stating the m2 area and the total number of people, including employees, who can be in the business at any one time, and place markings on the floor accordingly. In addition, hygiene and disinfection conditions must be applied both inside the workplace and at entrances and exits, and it is the responsibility of the workplace to take and implement these measures.

    People who are required to enter quarantine based on the above criteria will be able to spend their quarantine periods with their wristbands, depending on the country of origin, at their specified address of residence, provided that they show their address of residence in our country and download the “Stay Safe Application”. They will go to the address of residence they have committed to spending their quarantine in, either alone or in the company of a driver, or by public transport, taxi, touristic minibus authorised vehicles determined by the Ministry of Finance.

    People over the age of 65 and those who go abroad for health reasons with the approval of the Health Committee will be able to download the “Stay Safe Application” after they return to the country. Wristbands will not be fitted to children aged under 12.

    People who do not comply with the aforementioned rules and who do not provide an address of residence in our country will stay in central quarantine in designated central quarantine hotels for 5 to 14 days, depending on the colour code of the country they came from.

    People who do not comply with the home quarantine rules will be sent to central quarantine and will pay for their own quarantine fees.

    People who have had contact with a Covid-19 positive person who require quarantine, will be subject to quarantine If the PCR test result to be obtained from the contacts are negative, the isolation period will be ended at the end of 10 days for unvaccinated people, and at the end of 7 days for double vaccinated people. The wristband quarantine process of contacts will be determined by the contact team according to the conditions stated in Annex-3. People who are not recorded as a contact in the Contact Tracing Team database will not be legally accepted as a contact and thus an official document stating that they are a contact will not be issued to such people.

    Covid-19 positive people will be able to spend their quarantine period at their home with a wristband according to the conditions set out in Annex 4, if it is deemed appropriate.

    It has been deemed necessary to accept passengers on sea journeys to our country with a maximum of 4 journeys per day and 275 people (excluding soldiers) per journey

    EDUCATION

    Schools and children are an important part of society and their continuity is of great importance. The closure of schools can only be considered in situations where community transmission cannot be brought under control. When national publications and guides on education in the world are examined, it has been observed that schools do not act as a centre for community transmission and do not increase the risk of infection in the country. When the studies and guides are examined, it is deemed appropriate to open the special education, pre-school, primary and secondary education 2021-2022 Academic Year on a full-time basis within the scope of the measures listed below.
    Each school is responsible for setting up a School Pandemic Committee. This committee will work in coordination with the Ministry of Health and will consist of at least 2 people. (2 people for up to 250 students, and +1 person for every 250-plus students.) The contact details of the responsible person of the committee formed should be forwarded to the Ministry of Health.
    The Communicable Diseases High Committee will hold meetings with Pandemic Committee representatives determined by the National Education and Culture Ministry to assess the situation at least once a month.

    A) Transportation
    – Students, drivers and supervisors will wear masks on school buses.
    – Hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance to school buses.
    – Supervisors on school buses will ask students about symptoms. Students with symptoms such as a fever, sore throat, cough, etc., will not be allowed on the bus.
    – School pandemic committees will be responsible for the disinfection of transport vehicles and the follow-up and inspection of other transport-related measures.
    – Students who are taken to school buses will be seated in the same seat every day.

    B) Mask

    – It is mandatory for all school staff (including transport staff) to wear masks.
    – Students aged 6 and over will be required to wear masks. It is recommended that students aged 2-6 wear masks in the classroom and in indoor areas.
    – Training on the use of masks will be provided by the School Pandemic Committees.
    – Students who wear fabric masks are required to wash their masks every day.

    C) Entry-Exit

    – Attendants will be determined by the school management or the School Pandemic Committees to avoid congestion at school entrances and exits. Entry and exit will be provided by observing social distance.

    D) The classroom

    –Those who work in the classroom and students aged 6 and over are required to wear a mask. It is recommended that pupils aged between 2-6 wear a mask.
    – Social distancing must be maintained as much as possible in the classroom (particularly in classes for pupils aged between 2-6).
    – Classrooms must be ventilated and disinfection rules must be followed.
    – Classroom teachers will ask students about symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, etc. at the classroom entrance. Students with symptoms will be sent home.

    E) Disinfection

    – Training on hand disinfection will be provided by School Pandemic Committees.
    – Hand sanitiser should be placed in areas deemed appropriate by the school administration (canteen, dining hall, etc.).
    – The disinfection procedures specified in the booklet prepared by the Ministry of National Education and Culture must be followed.
    – Disinfection within the school will be inspected by the School Pandemic Committees.

    F) Break times

    – Classes should take turns for breaks in order to prevent crowding during break times.
    – The necessary arrangements should be made by the school administration in order to prevent crowding in the canteens.
    – Classes should rotate their meal times in order to prevent crowding in the dining halls.

    G) Common Use Areas
    – Toilets in the school will be disinfected frequently.
    – Masks will always be worn in the teachers’ room, which is used as a common use area, and the social distance rule will be observed.
    – The teachers’ room, which is used as a common area, needs to be ventilated and disinfected frequently.
    – School Pandemic Committees will be responsible for the supervision of common areas within the school.

    H) Events
    – If there is any collective activity in a school, mask and social distance rules will be observed. These activities will be carried out by minimising the interaction between classes.

    I) Illness
    -.Parents should be warned not to send children with symptoms such as a cough, loss of taste and smell, sore throat, etc., to school.

    J) Covid-19 Positive Patient and Contact
    – The follow-up of Covid-19 positive patients and contacts will be managed in consultation with the School Pandemic Committees established in each school and the Ministry of Health contact team.

    • K) Tests
    People working at schools will repeat their antigen tests once every 14 days if they are vaccinated, and once every 7 days if they are unvaccinated.

    • – Students from the 6th grade onwards will repeat their antigen tests once every 7 days.

    – Random tests will be conducted by the Ministry of Health on school staff and students.
    It has been deemed appropriate for apprentice students to start their education in the workplace depending on the sectors opened. The rules applied in the specified sectors will also apply to apprentices.

    Higher Education Institutions can be opened within the scope of plans to be made by the Ministry of National Education and Culture. Each university will establish its own School Pandemic Committee. Students coming from abroad will be able to enter based on the specified country entry criteria.

    Higher Education Institutions will set up Pandemic Commissions. These commissions, provided that they take into account the mask, distance and hygiene rules, will create and implement pandemic action plans within the framework of the criteria determined by the National Education and Culture Ministry.

    People who will come from Dark Red Countries with a student certificate to be notified by the National Education and Culture Ministry or to register as a new student will be able to enter the country on the condition they spend 14 days in central quarantine.

    It has been deemed appropriate to conduct national/international exams to be held in our country under the conditions stated below:
    – Examinees and invigilators must have negative antigen tests from within the last 72 hours.
    – Doors and windows must be kept open at all times in order to ventilate the exam area,
    – Those entering the exam area must use personal protective equipment during the exam,
    – Desks in the exam area must be arranged to comply with social distancing rules
    – Disinfectant must be placed at the entrance to the exam area.

    Schools’ Positive Case and Contact Protocol

    • Symptoms must be checked before leaving home, boarding a bus and entering school. Those who show symptoms (teachers, workers or students) will be not be allowed into schools. They will be directed to take a test.

    • If a student in the class shows symptoms, the student will be directed to take a test. If their test result is negative, they will return to school.

    • If the student’s test result is positive; all students in the class and teachers who have entered that class are sent home on the same day if possible, or on the next day, to have PCR test screening, and are sent home to be isolated at home until their test result comes out. Meanwhile, the school pandemic board will forward the class list to its contact team via TSHD.

    • If the PCR tests of 3 or more people from the same class are positive as a result of the screening in the classroom, the rest of the class will be considered close contacts and will be isolated at home for 7 days if vaccinated, 10 days if not vaccinated. Students will continue with their education in the form of distance education for the period they are close contacts.

    • Students and teachers will be able to return to school with a negative PCR test result at the end of the 7-10 day isolation period. During this process, people cannot individually decide whether they are close or distant contacts. The Ministry of Health’s CONTACT TRACKING UNIT will decide on close contact or contact, and this decision will be reported to the class through the school administration.

    • If at the end of the screening fewer than 3 people in the class have a positive PCR, this class will be considered as a contact only and will continue their education at school by wearing masks and not coming into contact with other classes.

    If the teacher’s PCR test is positive, the students in all classes where the teacher has taught (especially in the last 2 days) have a PCR test and are sent home to be isolated until their result comes out. In the meantime, the School Pandemic Board will forward the class list to its contact team via TSHD. If PCR positivity is detected in 3 or more people in any of these classes, that class will be considered a close contact and they will be isolated at home for 7-10 days. (The contact team will inform the school about the isolation period and when PCR tests will be performed during this period.) Students will attend distance education during this period.

    • If PCR positivity occurs in fewer than three people, this class will come to school and attend lessons by wearing masks and without mixing with other classes. Teachers who enter the classroom will monitor symptoms every day for 14 days and in case of any symptoms, they will send the student home to do a PCR test.

    • Other teachers and staff that the teacher has been in contact with at school will also do their PCR tests on the same day, if possible, or the next day if not.

    • Contacts showing symptoms of Covid-19 during isolation will report the situation to 1102.

    1. ARTS
    The theatre/concert/exhibition works/rehearsals of professional artists will be held with a maximum of one third of the halls’ capacity. People working in these sectors must wear masks. Social distancing and mask rules will be observed in the hall.
    The number of people that can be accepted at any one time to group dances, ceremonies, music, concerts, bingo and similar shows in outdoor areas will be determined based on the size of the area in such a way that there is one person per 2m2. However a maximum of 250 people will be admitted regardless of the size of the area. The indoor areas will not be used.
    People will be allowed into cinemas on the basis that a maximum of one third of the auditorium is used and that there is no eating and drinking in the auditoriums.People working in these sectors must wear masks.

    2. SPORT
    It has been deemed appropriate for non-contact, individual and outdoor sports activities and training and competitions with spectators (athletics, horse riding, archery, tennis, golf, triathlon, cycling, outdoor swimming, sailing, sports activities for all (bocce and orienteering), shooting, hunting (sportive events), air sports, motor and car races) to be held within the scope of social distancing rules.
    Swimming pools can be used by performance swimmers of sports clubs, training of licenced swimmers, competitions and by disabled individuals for rehabilitation purposes. People working in swimming pools must wear masks. It has been deemed appropriate for outdoor swimming pools to operate within the scope of the rules specified in Annex-1.
    It has been deemed appropriate for beaches to operate within the scope of the rules specified in Annex-2.
    3. It has been deemed appropriate that training for boxing, wrestling and close combat sports should take place in outdoor areas or, if possible, in well-ventilated environments. Competitions for the stated sports branches will take place in outdoor areas.
    For competitions to be held in outdoor areas, spectators will be accepted within the scope of social distancing rules, and for competitions to be held in indoor areas, spectators will be accepted by observing the social distancing rule and in such a way that a maximum of one-third of the area is used.
    Indoor sports halls (fitness, individual) can continue their activities by being regularly ventilated and observing the social distancing and hygiene rules. Staff are required to wear masks at all times.
    It has been deemed appropriate that youth camps can be organised at half capacity by observing social distancing, mask and hygiene rules.

    4. TRANSPORTATION
    Inter-district and local public transportation can be provided. Passengers will not be allowed next to sit next to the drivers of buses, minibuses, taxis and similar public transport vehicles. In buses, shared taxis and minibuses, passengers will be transported with a seating arrangement that leaves the seat behind the driver’s seat empty, and the operating capacity will be 50% with every other seat empty.
    Windows will be open during journeys, air conditioning will not be used and everyone in the vehicle will wear a mask. Vehicles will be disinfected after each journey.
    Truck drivers entering the country from our ports (Girne and Gazimağusa) for the shipment of goods can enter daily, provided that they submit a PCR test they have performed in the last 72 hours. If the test period of the lorry drivers exceeds the last 72 hours, then they will be able to enter with a negative antigen test to be conducted at the ports of entry. In addition, passengers can enter via both ports according to the overseas entry criteria in decision 1.

    5. TOURISM
    People who will enter to stay in a hotel and/or benefit from a hotel’s activities must have a negative PCR or antigen test conducted within the last 72 hours if they are unvaccinated. It has been deemed appropriate to provide service in hotel restaurants with a distance of 2 metres between tables and to serve at the table, and for staff to provide food and beverage (including tea and coffee machines, dispensers) service when an open buffet is required and for disposable plastic materials to be used during the provision of services.
    People who will come to our country on charter flights will be processed according to the specified country category criteria. However, if these people request to enter indoor hotel tourism hotels, they can go to hotels providing indoor tourism with a wristband regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated. Vaccinated/unvaccinated people who will come for indoor hotel tourism can come on scheduled or charter flights.
    Unvaccinated people who will enter closed hotel tourism should repeat their tests on the 5th day if they stay more than 5 days.
    It is forbidden for TRNC citizens to come to hotels for indoor hotel tourism. (However, dual nationals can enter with by submitting a residence address in another country. In the event these people do not comply with the specified rules, they will be placed in central quarantine.)
    Hotels that want to continue with indoor tourism must not accept any customers from outside (locals or tourists) for accommodation or for the purpose of using the areas located within the hotel such as restaurants, cafes, beaches, etc. The indoor tourism practice will end on 30/09/2021.
    People entering casinos are required to be vaccinated. Unvaccinated customers will not be accepted. Masks will be worn and social distancing rules observed during the time spent in the hall.
    Sea tour boats will continue to serve at half of their passenger capacity. Marinas will be open.

    6. SECTORS
    A maximum of one third of the indoor areas of restaurants, patisseries, cafes, taverns coffee shops, coffee houses, cafeterias and clubhouses will be used. Tables must be placed 2 metres apart.
    The indoor areas of bars and clubs will not be used. Bistro tables should be placed 2 metres apart. The number of people allowed in the outdoor areas at any one time will be determined so that there is one person per 2m2. However no more than 250 people will be allowed in the area regardless of its size.
    Worker accommodation must be places that are socially distanced and well-ventilated within the scope of pandemic rules. Maximum attention must be paid to social distancing and hygiene rules in communal areas.
    People who will enter our country for IVF treatment will be dealt with according the entry criteria stated in Point 1 and Point 2. People who are planning to go from quarantine hotels to IVF centres for treatment will be taken from the quarantine hotel for 3-4 hours with negative PCR or antigen test results from the last 72 hours, and then taken back to the quarantine hotel after treatment. The responsibility for the person taken from the quarantine hotel will belong entirely to the Responsible Manager of the IVF Centre. The letter of undertaking prepared for each person to be taken from the quarantine hotels to the IVF centre will be signed by the Responsible Manager and these forms will be submitted to the Ministry of Health Coordination Board when applying for a treatment permit.
    People who enter internet cafes will be registered and will only be able to use the computers for a maximum of 2 hours.
    One third of the indoor areas of betting shops will be able to be operated. Food will not be served at betting shops.

    7. People who will work in night clubs will be evaluated upon entry according to the criteria of the country they have arrived from.

    8. ENTERTAINMENT/EVENTS
    Engagements, weddings, wedding ceremonies, circumcision ceremonies, and pre-wedding parties will not be held in indoor areas.
    The bride, bridegroom, and first degree relatives will have PCR tests within 48 hours before the date of the wedding.
    Masks will be worn at the ceremonies and parties, seating will be arranged by observing the social distancing rule, there will be no congratulations, and jewellery – money will be deposited into a chest.
    The number of guests allowed at any one time will be determined according to the size of the wedding area so that there is one person per 2m2. No more than 250 people will be admitted to the area at any one time regardless of the size of the area.
    Close-distance games, dances and halay dances that would breach social distancing will not be performed at weddings.

    Additional Precautionary Decisions taken by the Ministry of Health in respect of the decisions taken by the Communicable Diseases High Committee under the Law on Communicable Diseases no.45/2018

    DECISIONS
    Persons who will come to our country by air and sea way and from outside the island using land border gates will be able to enter into the country with their negative PCR test result for the last 72 hours before travel, will fill up the passenger form at adapass.gov.ct.tr before the trip and they will enter the island with their QR code to be taken. People who do not perform this process will be able to enter with the required documents up until 27/09/2021. People who will enter the country by obtaining a QR code will benefit from the opportunity for fast-track passage.

    People who enter the web site;
    TRNC citizens “ADAPASS”
    Turkish citizens “HEALTH PASS”
    EU citizens “GREENPASS”
    UK citizens “NHS QR Code Document”
    As the added documents will be checked upon entry to the country, people should carry them with them.
    Other country citizens should add their valid vaccination cards and/or PCR test results to the determined section in the application.
    This practice will be mandatory for those aged 18 and over.

    2- RULES TO BE APPLIED ACCORDING TO COUNTRY CODES

    13-19 Eylül 2021 KKTC Covid-19 Ulke Kıstlama Renk Kodları

    13-19 Eylül 2021 KKTC Covid-19 Ulke Kıstlama Renk Kodları

    DARK RED;
    People who have travelled to these countries in the last 14 days are forbidden from entering the country.
    TRNC citizens will be able to enter the country on the condition of a negative PCR test result from within the last 72 hours and upon entry to the island, and 14 days of quarantine.
    People who will come from Dark Red Countries with a student certificate to be notified by the National Education and Culture Ministry or to register as a new student will be able to enter the country on the condition that they spend 14 days in central quarantine.
    Workers who already have a work permit (their spouse and children included) and who request to come to our country will be able enter the country on the condition that they spend 14 days in quarantine.

    RED;
    VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;
    Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
    5 days quarantine
    UNVACCINATED;
    Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
    7 days quarantine.

    Covid-19 tests will be performed at all entry gates to people coming from these countries regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.

    ORANGE;
    VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;
    Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
    Quarantine-free entry
    UNVACCINATED;
    Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours.
    5 days quarantine.
    Covid-19 tests will be performed at all entry gates only to unvaccinated people coming from these countries.

    GREEN;
    VACCINATED or HAVE HAD THE DISEASE;
    No restrictions.
    UNVACCINATED;
    Pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours. Quarantine-free entry.
    Covid-19 tests will not be performed at the gates on people coming from these countries.

    GREY;
    Whether vaccinated or not, entry to the country will be on condition of a pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours and 14 days of quarantine.

    1 C) GENERAL RULES;
    VACCINATED PEOPLE: Who have completed the vaccination programme. From 14 days after the last dose.
    SINOVAC: 2 DOSES
    BIONTECH: 2 DOSES
    SINOPHARM: 2 DOSES
    COMIRNATY (Pfizer/Biontech): 2 DOSES
    VAXZEVRIA (Astrazeneca/Oxford): 2 DOSES
    COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen / Johnson and Johnson: 1 DOSE
    SPUTNIK V: 2 DOSES
    MODERNA: 2 DOSES

    People who have had two doses of a vaccine different from the vaccines mentioned above will be considered as vaccinated.
    People who have had the Covid-19 disease and six months have passed will be considered as vaccinated if they have 1 dose of vaccine.
    People who have had the disease: Submit a positive PCR test result taken between 30-180 days prior to travel. These people will be evaluated as vaccinated people.
    Children under the age of 18 will be able to enter the country with parents who are vaccinated or who have had the disease as stated above based on the category of the country they have travelled from and in accordance with the PCR test rules (children who are 6 years old and over).
    Passengers will be evaluated based on the country that is in the highest risk group among the countries they have set foot in/ been in, in the last 10 days.

    INLAND BORDER CROSSING RULES
    Level 1 : No tests, no restrictions (A total of 0-74/100,000 people in 14 days)
    Level 2 : Negative Antigen or PCR test once every 7 days (A total of 75-499/100,000 people in 14 days)
    Level 3 : Double vaccinated people with EMA-approved vaccines, as well as the Sinovac, Sinopharm or Sputnik vaccines, can cross with a 7-day negative rapid antigen test or PCR test, 14 days after their final dose (1st dose if Johnson& Johnson).
    Unvaccinated people (including unvaccinated workers and people who will cross for health reasons) can cross with a 72-hour negative rapid antigen test or PCR test.
    However, unvaccinated high school students and people residing in Kato Pyrgos will be able to cross with a 7-day negative rapid antigen test or PCR test. (A total of 500/100,000 people in 14 days)
    *People requesting to come to our country from Orange-Green Colour Category Countries via South Cyprus will be processed according to the country entry criteria stated above in “1 B”. However, people coming from Orange-Green Colour Category countries and staying in South Cyprus for more than 10 days will be processed within the scope of the Inland Border Crossing rules if they wish to cross into our country.
    * The inland border crossing rule will apply to people who have come to South Cyprus, expect for those who have come from dark red and grey countries, once they have stayed in South Cyprus for a period of 10 days.
    * On touristic coach tours to be arranged from South Cyprus to our country, unvaccinated tourists from yellow and orange countries will be able to cross for the day provided that they present a negative antigen test conducted within the last 24 hours or a negative PCR test conducted within the last 72 hours.

    ADA (ISLAND) PASS
    The Adapass is a system that will electronically check the test and vaccination status of people entering businesses specified by the Communicable Diseases High Committee.
    The criteria determined by the Communicable Diseases High Committee will be incorporated into the relevant system. A person’s Ada code that they will obtain from the Adapass system will be checked before entering the specified venues/activities/sectors/events. If a person’s required vaccination certificate and PCR tests are sufficient for the venues/activities/sectors according to the rule determined and loaded on to the Adapass system then entry approval is given.
    The Adapass pilot scheme that was launched within the Lefkoşa district boundaries in order to check people who will enter venues/activities/sectors/events will begin to be used in all districts from 06.09.2021 onwards.

    The Adapass check for people who will enter venues/activities/sectors/events will be used in all districts.

    After registering at adapass.gov.ct.tr/company/register, the application will be opened with the business’s email address and a password that will be forwarded to them by SMS.
    Those venues/activities/sectors/events specified below who have not registered are required to register at the adapass.gov.ct.tr/company/register website.
    Sectors: Bars and clubs, taverns, cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, internet cafes, betting shops, night clubs, barber shops, hairdressers, beauty parlours, massage parlours, tattoo shops, sectors that will hold collective events, stores-boutiques, cinema-theatre halls, concerts-exhibitions, indoor sports halls, indoor swimming pools, hotels, casinos, youth camps, wedding-engagement-circumcision ceremonies, bingo, indoor children’s play areas, places of worship
    Note: Sectors not mentioned above can opt in by registering at the adapass.gov.ct.tr
    address.
    The Adapass check will be mandatory for those aged 18 and above.

    THE VACCINE AND PCR CRITERIA OF PEOPLE WHO WILL ENTER VENUES/SECTORS/ACTIVITIES/EVENTS THAT WILL BE CHECKED WITH THE ADAPASS SYSTEM ARE STATED IN THE TABLE BELOW.

    NOTE: “AdaPass TIER III” specified in the table above will come into effect from 13.09.2021 onwards. People who will enter the specified sectors/venues/activities/events in this category will enter according to the criteria of “AdaPass TIER III” from 13.09.2021 onwards.

    People working in the sectors operating in our country and listed below will repeat their antigen tests once every 14 days if they are vaccinated and once every 7 days if they are not vaccinated.

    TABLE: TESTS THAT SECTOR WORKERS MUST HAVE

    It is mandatory to comply with the mask and social distance rule in all indoor and outdoor areas. People will be received so that there is one person per 2m2 in outdoor areas and one person per 3m2 in indoor areas.
    All businesses will make arrangements so that the total number of customers and employees will be a maximum of 1 person per 3m2. In order to ensure social distancing, these businesses must place signs at the entrances of their businesses stating the m2 area and the total number of people, including employees, who can be in the business at any one time, and place markings on the floor accordingly. In addition, hygiene and disinfection conditions must be applied both inside the workplace and at entrances and exits, and it is the responsibility of the workplace to take and implement these measures.
    People who are required to enter quarantine based on the above criteria will be able to spend their quarantine periods with their wristbands, depending on the country of origin, at their specified address of residence, provided that they show their address of residence in our country and download the “Stay Safe Application”. They will go to the address of residence they have committed to spending their quarantine in, either alone or in the company of a driver, or by public transport, taxi, touristic minibus authorised vehicles determined by the Ministry of Finance.
    People over the age of 65 and those who go abroad for health reasons with the approval of the Health Committee will be able to download the “Stay Safe Application” after they return to the country. Wristbands will not be fitted to children aged under 12.
    People who do not comply with the aforementioned rules and who do not provide an address of residence in our country will stay in central quarantine in designated central quarantine hotels for 5 to 14 days, depending on the colour code of the country they came from.
    People who do not comply with the home quarantine rules will be sent to central quarantine and will pay for their own quarantine fees.
    People who have had contact with a Covid-19 positive person who require quarantine, will be subject to quarantine. If the PCR test result to be obtained from the contacts are negative, the isolation period will be ended at the end of 10 days for unvaccinated people, and at the end of 7 days for double vaccinated people. The wristband quarantine process of contacts will be determined by the contact team according to the conditions stated in Annex-3.
    Covid-19 positive people will be able to spend their quarantine period at their home with a wristband according to the conditions set out in Annex 4, if it is deemed appropriate.
    It has been deemed necessary to accept passengers on sea journeys to our country with a maximum of 4 journeys per day and 275 people (excluding soldiers) per journey.

    EDUCATION
    Schools and children are an important part of society and their continuity is of great importance. The closure of schools can only be considered in situations where community transmission cannot be brought under control. When national publications and guides on education in the world are examined, it has been observed that schools do not act as a centre for community transmission and do not increase the risk of infection in the country. When the studies and guides are examined, it is deemed appropriate to open the special education, pre-school, primary and secondary education 2021-2022 Academic Year on a full-time basis within the scope of the measures listed below.
    Each school is responsible for setting up a School Pandemic Committee. This committee will work in coordination with the Ministry of Health and will consist of at least 2 people. (2 people for up to 250 students, and +1 person for every 250-plus students.) The contact details of the responsible person of the committee formed should be forwarded to the Ministry of Health.
    The Communicable Diseases High Committee will hold meetings with Pandemic Committee representatives determined by the National Education and Culture Ministry to assess the situation at least once a month.

    A) Transportation
    – Students, drivers and supervisors will wear masks on school buses.
    – Hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance to school buses.
    – Supervisors on school buses will ask students about symptoms. Students with symptoms such as a fever, sore throat, cough, etc., will not be allowed on the bus.
    – School pandemic committees will be responsible for the disinfection of transport vehicles and the follow-up and inspection of other transport-related measures.
    – Students who are taken to school buses will be seated in the same seat every day.
    B) Mask
    – It is mandatory for all school staff (including transport staff) to wear masks.
    – Students aged 6 and over will be required to wear masks. It is recommended that students aged 2-6 wear masks in the classroom and in indoor areas.
    – Training on the use of masks will be provided by the School Pandemic Committees.
    – Students who wear fabric masks are required to wash their masks every day.
    C) Entry-Exit
    – Attendants will be determined by the school management or the School Pandemic Committees to avoid congestion at school entrances and exits. Entry and exit will be provided by observing social distance.
    D) The classroom
    –Those who work in the classroom and students aged 6 and over are required to wear a mask. It is recommended that pupils aged between 2-6 wear a mask.
    – Social distancing must be maintained as much as possible in the classroom (particularly in classes for pupils aged between 2-6).
    – Classrooms must be ventilated and disinfection rules must be followed.
    – Classroom teachers will ask students about symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, etc. at the classroom entrance. Students with symptoms will be sent home.
    E) Disinfection
    – Training on hand disinfection will be provided by School Pandemic Committees.
    – Hand sanitiser should be placed in areas deemed appropriate by the school administration (canteen, dining hall, etc.).
    – The disinfection procedures specified in the booklet prepared by the Ministry of National Education and Culture must be followed.
    – Disinfection within the school will be inspected by the School Pandemic Committees.
    F) Break times
    – Classes should take turns for breaks in order to prevent crowding during break times.
    – The necessary arrangements should be made by the school administration in order to prevent crowding in the canteens.
    – Classes should rotate their meal times in order to prevent crowding in the dining halls.
    G) Common Use Areas
    – Toilets in the school will be disinfected frequently.
    – Masks will always be worn in the teachers’ room, which is used as a common use area, and the social distance rule will be observed.
    – The teachers’ room, which is used as a common area, needs to be ventilated and disinfected frequently.
    – School Pandemic Committees will be responsible for the supervision of common areas within the school.
    H) Events
    – If there is any collective activity in a school, mask and social distance rules will be observed. These activities will be carried out by minimising the interaction between classes.
    I) Illness
    -.Parents should be warned not to send children with symptoms such as a cough, loss of taste and smell, sore throat, etc., to school.
    J) Covid-19 Positive Patient and Contact
    – The follow-up of Covid-19 positive patients and contacts will be managed in consultation with the School Pandemic Committees established in each school and the Ministry of Health contact team.
    K) Tests
    People working at schools will repeat their antigen tests once every 14 days if they are vaccinated, and once every 7 days if they are unvaccinated.
    – Children who have reached 12 years of age will have antigen tests once every 7 days.
    – Random tests will be conducted by the Ministry of Health on school staff and students.
    It has been deemed appropriate for apprentice students to start their education in the workplace depending on the sectors opened. The rules applied in the specified sectors will also apply to apprentices.
    Higher Education Institutions can be opened within the scope of plans to be made by the Ministry of National Education and Culture. Each university will establish its own School Pandemic Committee. Students coming from abroad will be able to enter based on the specified country entry criteria.
    People who will come from Dark Red Countries with a student certificate to be notified by the National Education and Culture Ministry or to register as a new student will be able to enter the country on the condition they spend 14 days in central quarantine.
    It has been deemed appropriate to conduct national/international exams to be held in our country under the conditions stated below:
    – Examinees and invigilators must have negative antigen tests from within the last 72 hours.
    – Doors and windows must be kept open at all times in order to ventilate the exam area,
    – Those entering the exam area must use personal protective equipment during the exam,
    – Desks in the exam area must be arranged to comply with social distancing rules
    – Disinfectant must be placed at the entrance to the exam area.

    ARTS
    The theatre/concert/exhibition works/rehearsals of professional artists will be held with a maximum of one third of the halls’ capacity. People working in these sectors must wear masks. Social distancing and mask rules will be observed in the hall.
    The number of people that can be accepted at any one time to group dances, ceremonies, music, concerts, bingo and similar shows in outdoor areas will be determined based on the size of the area in such a way that there is one person per 2m2. However a maximum of 250 people will be admitted regardless of the size of the area. The indoor areas will not be used.
    People will be allowed into cinemas on the basis that a maximum of one third of the auditorium is used and that there is no eating and drinking in the auditoriums.People working in these sectors must wear masks.

    SPORT
    It has been deemed appropriate for non-contact, individual and outdoor sports activities and training and competitions with spectators (athletics, horse riding, archery, tennis, golf, triathlon, cycling, outdoor swimming, sailing, sports activities for all (bocce and orienteering), shooting, hunting (sportive events), air sports, motor and car races) to be held within the scope of social distancing rules.
    Swimming pools can be used by performance swimmers of sports clubs, training of licenced swimmers, competitions and by disabled individuals for rehabilitation purposes. People working in swimming pools must wear masks. It has been deemed appropriate for outdoor swimming pools to operate within the scope of the rules specified in Annex-1.
    It has been deemed appropriate for beaches to operate within the scope of the rules specified in Annex-2.

    It has been deemed appropriate that training for boxing, wrestling and close combat sports should take place in outdoor areas or, if possible, in well-ventilated environments. Competitions for the stated sports branches will take place in outdoor areas.
    For competitions to be held in outdoor areas, spectators will be accepted within the scope of social distancing rules, and for competitions to be held in indoor areas, spectators will be accepted by observing the social distancing rule and in such a way that a maximum of one-third of the area is used.
    Indoor sports halls (fitness, individual) can continue their activities by being regularly ventilated and observing the social distancing and hygiene rules. Staff are required to wear masks at all times.
    It has been deemed appropriate that youth camps can be organised at half capacity by observing social distancing, mask and hygiene rules.

    TRANSPORTATION
    Inter-district and local public transportation can be provided. Passengers will not be allowed next to sit next to the drivers of buses, minibuses, taxis and similar public transport vehicles. In buses, shared taxis and minibuses, passengers will be transported with a seating arrangement that leaves the seat behind the driver’s seat empty, and the operating capacity will be 50% with every other seat empty.
    Windows will be open during journeys, air conditioning will not be used and everyone in the vehicle will wear a mask. Vehicles will be disinfected after each journey.
    Truck drivers entering the country from our ports (Girne and Gazimağusa) for the shipment of goods can enter daily, provided that they submit a PCR test they have performed in the last 72 hours. If the test period of the lorry drivers exceeds the last 72 hours, then they will be able to enter with a negative antigen test to be conducted at the ports of entry. In addition, passengers can enter via both ports according to the overseas entry criteria in decision 1.

    TOURISM
    People who will enter to stay in a hotel and/or benefit from a hotel’s activities must have a negative PCR or antigen test conducted within the last 72 hours if they are unvaccinated. It has been deemed appropriate to provide service in hotel restaurants with a distance of 2 metres between tables and to serve at the table, and for staff to provide food and beverage (including tea and coffee machines, dispensers) service when an open buffet is required and for disposable plastic materials to be used during the provision of services.
    People who will come to our country on charter flights will be processed according to the specified country category criteria. However, if these people request to enter indoor hotel tourism hotels, they can go to hotels providing indoor tourism with a wristband regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated. Vaccinated/unvaccinated people who will come for indoor hotel tourism can come on scheduled or charter flights.
    Unvaccinated people who will enter closed hotel tourism should repeat their tests on the 5th day if they stay more than 5 days.
    It is forbidden for TRNC citizens to come to hotels for indoor hotel tourism. (However, dual nationals can enter with by submitting a residence address in another country. In the event these people do not comply with the specified rules, they will be placed in central quarantine.)
    Hotels that want to continue with indoor tourism must not accept any customers from outside (locals or tourists) for accommodation or for the purpose of using the areas located within the hotel such as restaurants, cafes, beaches, etc. The indoor tourism practice will end on 30/09/2021.
    People entering casinos are required to be vaccinated. Unvaccinated customers will not be accepted. Masks will be worn and social distancing rules observed during the time spent in the hall.
    Sea tour boats will continue to serve at half of their passenger capacity. Marinas will be open.

    SECTORS
    A maximum of one third of the indoor areas of restaurants, patisseries, cafes, taverns coffee shops, coffee houses, cafeterias and clubhouses will be used. Tables must be placed 2 metres apart.
    The indoor areas of bars and clubs will not be used. Bistro tables should be placed 2 metres apart. The number of people allowed in the outdoor areas at any one time will be determined so that there is one person per 2m2. However no more than 250 people will be allowed in the area regardless of its size.
    Worker accommodation must be places that are socially distanced and well-ventilated within the scope of pandemic rules. Maximum attention must be paid to social distancing and hygiene rules in communal areas.
    People who will enter our country for IVF treatment will be dealt with according the entry criteria stated in Point 1 and Point 2. People who are planning to go from quarantine hotels to IVF centres for treatment will be taken from the quarantine hotel for 3-4 hours with negative PCR or antigen test results from the last 72 hours, and then taken back to the quarantine hotel after treatment. The responsibility for the person taken from the quarantine hotel will belong entirely to the Responsible Manager of the IVF Centre. The letter of undertaking prepared for each person to be taken from the quarantine hotels to the IVF centre will be signed by the Responsible Manager and these forms will be submitted to the Ministry of Health Coordination Board when applying for a treatment permit.
    People who enter internet cafes will be registered and will only be able to use the computers for a maximum of 2 hours.
    One third of the indoor areas of betting shops will be able to be operated. Food will not be served at betting shops.

    People who will work in night clubs will be evaluated upon entry according to the criteria of the country they have arrived from.

    ENTERTAINMENT/EVENTS
    Engagements, weddings, wedding ceremonies, circumcision ceremonies, and pre-wedding parties will not be held in indoor areas.
    The bride, bridegroom, and first degree relatives will have PCR tests within 48 hours before the date of the wedding.
    Masks will be worn at the ceremonies and parties, seating will be arranged by observing the social distancing rule, there will be no congratulations, and jewellery – money will be deposited into a chest.
    The number of guests allowed at any one time will be determined according to the size of the wedding area so that there is one person per 2m2. No more than 250 people will be admitted to the area at any one time regardless of the size of the area.
    Close-distance games, dances and halay dances that would breach social distancing will not be performed at weddings.