Given the global COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring the health, wellbeing and safety of our diaspora is our primary concern. At the same time, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude and thanks to the healthcare professionals at the frontline of combatting this pandemic, as well as the other key workers (e.g. in Emergency Services, public services, Government, food/medical supplies etc.) who are working to ensure the continued wellbeing of all people. We have worked with UK and Cypriot Government to compile the key information for our UK Cypriot community (both UK and Cypriot nationals). Please visit the links and websites throughout this email for the most recent and accurate information.
In this email you can find:
- Information for UK nationals (UK Government advice on staying safe and travel advice)
- Information for Cypriot nationals (consular services, travel to Cyprus)
- Local information, initiatives and support
Updated on 1 April 2020
Information for UK nationals
- Stay at home and only go outside to shop for: basic necessities (as infrequently as possible); one form of exercise per day (alone or only with members of your household); any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; or, travelling to and from work, but only where it is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home
- Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
- When you return home, wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water. Also wash your hands after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.
- The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature. If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
- To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
- Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide. This advice takes effect immediately (17 March) and applies initially for a period of 30 days.
In addition, the FCO now advises all British nationals to return to the UK if they are travelling abroad. This advice takes effect immediately (23 March)
More information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
UK nationals who are stranded abroad
If you’re a UK national and have been stranded abroad given recent travel restrictions:
🌐 Follow the guidance and instructions instructions here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
☎️ Call the Foreign & Commonwealth Office helpline on (+44) 207 008 1500 for assistance and advice.
- General guidance
- COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people
- How to protect extremely vulnerable people (shielding)
- COVID-19: stay at home guidance
- Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19)
- NHS information: coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers
- COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses
- Government announces further measures on social distancing
Information for Cypriot nationals
In view of the extraordinary health and safety situation, normal consular service and access to the High Commission, including the Consulate, is suspended until further notice. If you are stranded in the UK as a result of COVID-19, you can use the following dedicated numbers/emails:
Cyprus Crisis Center: 00357 22801000 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Officer: +357 99660129
High Commission Duty Officers: +44 7444 362325 OR +44 7899 755851
More information on this announcement by the High Commission:
Entry into the Republic of Cyprus
On 30 March 2020, the Minister of Health of the Republic of Cyprus announced that two categories of individuals will have the right of entry into the Republic without the presentation of a medical examination certificate for coronavirus. These categories are:
- Those who have travelled abroad for medical reasons, as well as the persons who accompanied them at their departure or hospitalization.
- These individuals should hold a certificate from the local Diplomatic Missions of the Republic of Cyprus rather than the medical certificate
- Students who belong to “vulnerable groups” in relation to the coronavirus, in accordance with the Press release issued by the Ministry of Health, dated 16 March 2020.
- These individuals should hold a special certificate which will be issued only after an evaluation of the prerequired medical certificates by a three-member Medical Council. Applications will be submitted to the e-mail address of the Pancyprian Medical Association at email@example.com
If necessary, the Republic of Cyprus will charter special flights from Athens and London in order to facilitate the return of passengers, who fall under the above categories, to the Republic of Cyprus.
All those in the above categories entering the territory of the Republic of Cyprus will remain in quarantine for 14 days after their arrival, in areas designated by the State, except for persons who were abroad for medical reasons and fall under category 1 mentioned above. These persons will remain in self-isolation in order to continue, unhindered, their medical treatment.
It is understood that upon entering the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, they will undergo a mandatory examination for the COVID-19 disease, after which the provisions of the relevant medical protocol will be followed
Registration of Cypriot nationals abroad
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus has announced that Cypriot nationals that are abroad should register on their new online platform: www.connect2cy.gov.cy
This platform will help the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide Cypriot nationals abroad with the latest important information and help them ensure that services are provided to those in need.
More information and technical support is available through the National Crisis Management Center: +357 22 801000.
🎓 Students who opt to stay in their places of study, will be granted a €750 allowance.
Cypriots needing somewhere to stay
The High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus has identified the following hotels for Cypriots that need somewhere to stay in the UK:
🛏 St David’s Hotel
14-20 Norfolk Square, London, W1 1RS
020 7723 3856
🛏 Shakespeare Hotel
22-28 Norfolk Square, London, W2 1RS
🛏 The Nayland Hotel
132/134 Sussex Gardens
020 7723 4615
🛏 Tune Hotel
324 Grays Inn Rd, London, WC1X 8BU
020 7713 2050
- The Press and Information Office of Cyprus (PIO) has the latest announcements: www.pio.gov.cy
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs website has the latest travel advice www.mfa.gov.cy.
- Statement by the President of the Republic of Cyprus on 15 March following the extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers
Local information, initiatives and support
If you cannot find the appropriate contact details above, get in touch with us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Local initiatives and support
“The decisions we all make on a daily basis over the coming weeks will change the course of this pandemic and save lives. Be vigilant, be considerate and be responsible.” Article from NEPOMAK: www.nepomak.org/covid19
Please visit the following websites for more information on local initiatives, charities, volunteering opportunities and support:
Updated on 1 April 2020