On Wednesday, the health ministry expanded the list of countries included in category A with the least restrictions for entering Cyprus.
Meanwhile, Israel, which until Wednesday was in category A, has been moved into category B where stricter conditions apply. Both groups were allowed entry into Cyprus from Tuesday.
The ministry also listed countries in category C, which are still considered high-risk and are not allowed entry. The UK falls into category C.
The three lists were prepared based on the leading epidemiological indicators of the countries such as the actual reproduction number R (t) for Sars-CoV-2, the number of new diagnoses, of laboratory tests, the mortality rate per 100,000 inhabitants, the estimated level of the virus prevalence and the impact and classification by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Category A, which concerns low-risk countries, now include Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland.
Category B now includes Israel, Poland, and Romania.
Category C includes Belgium, Ireland, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. These countries, according to the health ministry, present more increased risk compared to the other two groups.
The health ministry pointed out that the current categorization of countries, based on the epidemiological risk assessment, can vary at any time, as the pandemic evolves and the epidemiological data change.
To this end, the list of countries will be updated regularly, it said.