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Czechia Adds Malta to Red List – Continues to Apply Colour-Coded System for Other EU Countries

Following the recent update of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the authorities of the Czech Republic announced that Malta will now be placed on its red list.

At the same time, it was also noted that the color coding scheme that currently applies to foreign travelers will remain in place until further notice, reports.

Aside from Malta, which was recently added to the Czech Red List, all other EU and Schengen area countries, with the exception of the Vatican City state, are also categorized as severely affected by the coronavirus.

This means that all travelers from the EU/Schengen area who wish to travel to the Czech Republic need to meet its entry rules in order to be allowed entry.

In line with the current entry procedures applied by the Czech Republic, all travelers from the EU/Schengen area must fill out an arrival form prior to their arrival.

In addition, each person is required to present a valid certificate that falls under the EU Digital COVID-19 Pass.

Passengers who present a valid vaccination certificate are allowed to enter the Czech Republic without restrictions even if they are traveling from the countries listed in dark red.

The vaccination permit is valid upon arrival in the Czech Republic as long as the document proves that the initial vaccination has been completed within the last nine months or that a booster dose has been received.

It has been clarified that travelers who have already received a booster injection have a certificate of vaccination valid for an indefinite period.

“People who have had a maximum of 270 days of full vaccination are considered immune. After a booster dose and in the case of people under 18 years of age, the vaccination certificate is valid indefinitely,” the Czech Ministry of Health states.

In addition, travelers from EU countries that are currently considered severely affected by the virus can enter Czechia by presenting a refund certificate issued in the last 180 days or the result of a rapid antigen test or a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

Czechs accept rapid antigen tests issued within the last 24 hours and PCR tests issued in the last 72 hours.

The authorities have clarified that when traveling from an EU/Schengen area country, the requirement to submit one of the above documents does not apply to children under 12 years old.

Although the Czech Republic continues to maintain entry rules for foreign travelers, the country has already relaxed some of its domestic restrictions related to the coronavirus.

The Czech Republic no longer requires citizens of the country as well as visiting travelers to present a certificate of vaccination upon arrival at restaurants, bars and other events.

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