VIRUS TEST ON ENTRY TO CYPRUS

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VIRUS TEST ON ENTRY TO CYPRUS

Post by TandC » Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:34 pm

Does anyone know if my MEU1 gives me the right to a 60Euro virus test on entry to Cyprus?

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Re: VIRUS TEST ON ENTRY TO CYPRUS

Post by DavidatLWH » Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:08 pm

No it doesn't. I checked with the Cyprus Consular in London. Permanent residents - i.e. MEU3 holders - only. Got the same answer from the Covid19 team in the Cyprus govt.

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Post by Kili01 » Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:21 pm

Thanks for that useful information, as that hasn't been spelt out in any of the emails which have come from the BHC or from Gov.UK to date.

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Re: VIRUS TEST ON ENTRY TO CYPRUS

Post by WHL » Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:41 pm

DavidatLWH wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:08 pm
No it doesn't. I checked with the Cyprus Consular in London. Permanent residents - i.e. MEU3 holders - only. Got the same answer from the Covid19 team in the Cyprus govt.
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Post by trevnhil » Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:43 pm

That seems a strange decision.. MEU 1 holders are permanent residents and CANNOT get an MEU3 until they have been here 5 years
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Re: VIRUS TEST ON ENTRY TO CYPRUS

Post by PolemIan » Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:12 pm

That does seem a little odd on the face of it. Point 2 of the Flightpass requirement states to get the test on arrival states “ Persons legally residing in the Republic of Cyprus”. As I understand it MUE1 is technically temporary residence until you can apply for permanent residency and get MEU3. Surely both are legally residing in Cyprus?

You’d hope that the authorities here would look favourably on a request for special permission under point 4 for those in MEU1 / MEU3 ‘limbo’.
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Re: VIRUS TEST ON ENTRY TO CYPRUS

Post by TandC » Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:18 pm

It does seem odd. Is there any way to get a "written"ruling? Its not worth the risk of a fine!

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Re: VIRUS TEST ON ENTRY TO CYPRUS

Post by DavidatLWH » Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:54 pm

An MEU1 merely allows you to stay in Cyprus for a spell of more than 3 months (but less than 6 months in total over a year). Residency doesn't really come in to it. People having an MEU1 aren't necessarily intending to get an MEU3.

When I queried the situation with the CY Consular they made it clear that only permanent residents (and they highlighted this!) with an MEU3 are classified as "Legally resident in Cyprus". I've also checked this with the CyprusFlightPass team and got the same answer.

BTW, don't bother asking the British High Commission. Complete waste of time.

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Post by Wensbry » Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:13 pm

We have two different friends with MEU1 who recently returned and were tested at Paphos airport €60 no problems or questions asked.
Furthermore every communication I've seen refers to legal residents not permanent resident and those with MEU1 are legal

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Re: VIRUS TEST ON ENTRY TO CYPRUS

Post by Wensbry » Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:20 pm

DavidatLWH wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:54 pm
An MEU1 merely allows you to stay in Cyprus for a spell of more than 3 months (but less than 6 months in total over a year). Residency doesn't really come in to it. People having an MEU1 aren't necessarily intending to get an MEU3.



That's not correct. MEU1 allows you to live full time in Cyprus not up to 6 months in a year.
Once you have been here for five years it is then recommended that you apply for MEU3, people with MEU1 are living here legally.

As an aside it is estimated that there are 30,000 Brits in Cyprus without the correct paperwork.
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Re: VIRUS TEST ON ENTRY TO CYPRUS

Post by PolemIan » Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:21 pm

David, and yet I’ve just been chatting online to a lady on Facebook who’s just shared details of her flying back from Manchester yesterday, had the test on Arrival and only holds an MEU1 and triple checked this was ok before travelling.

Ian

PS Out of curiosity, where did you get the info about less than 6 months in one year info from? I’ve not seen that anywhere previously , only the requirement to apply for MEU1 within 4 months of arriving, it would make getting an MEU3 impossible as you’d be never be here for 5 years to qualify for one. Are you thinking of the bit about an MEU1 allows you to be out of Cyprus for up to 6 months per year whereas, the MEU3 residency status allows up to 5 years out of the country.

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Re: VIRUS TEST ON ENTRY TO CYPRUS

Post by Lofos-Jan » Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:05 pm

There are 5 groups of people who are entitled to a test on arrival. The following is from the Cypriot Flight Pass info page which details each category. No. 2 says ‘Persons legally residing in the Republic of Cyprus’ which includes MEU1 holders: https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/pas ... for-a-test

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Post by sunspot » Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:13 am

I have an MEU1 and got tested on arrival at Larnaca on 20 July.

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