Random coronavirus tests will be carried out on a proportion of travelers arriving at Cyprus’ airports as an added layer of protection against the virus’ spread, government officials said.
"The measure was announced a day before the expiration of a requirement that foreign nationals permitted to travel to Cyprus from 22 countries obtain a health certificate declaring them coronavirus-free. The 22 countries include Austria, Greece, Finland, Australia, Germany, Norway, Bulgaria and Hungary," says an AP News report.
According to AP News, Cyprus’ deputy government spokesman Panayiotis Sentonas said the measure was taken on the recommendation of an advisory body of medical experts “so as not to risk the positive epidemiological picture” the country has built over the last few months.
Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said health officials at the airports are aiming to randomly test 10-15% of 1,500 passengers who are estimated to arrive daily over the next few weeks, says AP News. In addition, Ioannou said random virus tests will also be conducted on passengers arriving from 12 countries including France, Italy, Spain and Israel, who will still need a health certificate declaring them virus-free.