Coordination Center “Zenon” checks aircrafts and passengers arriving in Cyprus for coronavirus medical certificate

Coordination Center “Zenon” in Larnaca proceeds with checks, from Tuesday morning, for the aircrafts and passengers arriving at Larnaca and Pafos airports, in order to prevent people who do not have the necessary medical certificate for coronavirus examination, to enter the Republic of Cyprus.

Representatives of the Deputy Ministry of Tourism, the Department of Civil Aviation, Hermes Airports, the Port Authority and port management companies, the Police, the Aliens and Immigrations Service and the Department of Public Works are among others involved in monitoring and coordinating the actions.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works Stavros Michael, said that today`s actions, initiated by Minister Yiannis Karousos, aimed to confirm that people who might carry coronavirus will not enter Cyprus’ airports and ports. He also said that they were monitoring flights arriving at Cyprus airports, ensuring that passengers on board have the necessary medical certificate.

On Tuesday 25 aircraft arrivals, 17 at Larnaca Airport and 8 at Paphos Airport are expected. Some of them have connections, some are carrying students and workers, while other flights are arriving without passengers to transfer foreign nationals to their home countries.

Saying that last night there were problems with arriving students from UK who did not have the necessary medical certificate, he noted that “today we will try not to have a repetition of yesterday night’s events so as to provide more protection to the Cypriot people”.

He reminded that the decree issued by the Ministry of Health clearly demands that anyone wishing to enter the Republic of Cyprus, must have a relevant health certificate to present to the airline prior embarkation.

He added that according to a notice to airmen (NOTAM) issued by the Civil Aviation Department, airlines will not allow the boarding of anyone without such a certificate. As he said, some airlines, did not follow the directives, allowing people without a medical certificate to board to the aircraft, resulting in disruption at airports upon their arrival in Cyprus.

Concerning the fact that some countries do not issue medical certificates for coronavirus, as is the case in UK, he said that this is one of the issues that the competent Ministers will consider in a meeting today, in order to find ways to help those abroad.

Source: Cyprus News Agency