North Cyprus entered a new phase today as it opened its ports to arrivals from abroad.
Two scheduled flights landed at Ercan Airport this morning for the first time in three months.
A Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul carrying 180 passengers landed at a around 2:20am followed by a Pegasus Airline flight carrying 233 passengers at 8am.
Health Minister Ali Pilli, Tourism and Environment Minister Kutlu Evren and Finance Minister Olgun Amcaoğlu were at the airport to greet the arrivals.
All arrivals to the TRNC have been divided into three categories depending on their country of arrival.
People from group A countries must provide a negative coronavirus test valid for 72 hours upon entering the TRNC.
Travellers from Group B countries are required to have a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to boarding, will be retested upon arrival and required to self-isolate at their destination until a negative test result is confirmed.
Those testing positive will be taken to a hospital.
People from group C countries must present a negative coronavirus test, also carried out in the last 72 hours, but they will be taken to quarantine centres where they will stay for 14 days at their own expense until an additional negative result is confirmed.
Speaking on the isssue, Health Minister Ali Pilli reassured the public that all necassary safety and health measures have been taken.
He reminded that arrivals would be in limited numbers and determined according to the TRNC’s testing capacity.
Pilli announced that Turkey will be setting up a 3000 testing capacity DNA lab at Ercan Airport to carry out PCR testing on arriving passengers.