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Czechia Announces New Entry Rules Amid COVID-19

The Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic has announced that from today, December 7, people arriving in the Czech Republic using individual road transport will not be required to fill out an arrival form.

However, the same has revealed that because the new COVID-19 Omicron variant has already been detected and is circulating within the European Union, completion of the entry form will remain mandatory for anyone else, even for those traveling from green-listed countries, SchengenVisaInfo reports .com.

“The Ministry responds to the court’s decision and changes the conditions for filling out the arrival form from December 7. It will no longer be required of persons entering the territory of the Czech Republic and traveling only by individual road transport at all times. With regard to the omicron variant, an entry form is still required of green countries when entering the Czech Republic,” the ministry statement said.

In addition, the changes made by the authorities of the Czech Republic also relate to exceptions that apply to non-EU citizens. Based on the new rules, third-country nationals who have to travel to the Czech Republic for strictly necessary purposes must provide valid proof of their trip by presenting a document issued by the central state administration.

The authorities asserted, “Recently, a mere general reference to the need for physical existence does not meet the requirement of proper justification.”

Moreover, the document that allows a traveler from a third country to arrive in the Czech Republic for essential purposes of accompanying family members of a person who falls under the exemption list cannot be issued.

Except for the above changes, the Czech authorities have clarified that non-EU travelers under 12 years of age also fall under the exemption list provided they travel with a legal guardian or other accompanying person holding a vaccination or recovery certificate.

This means that not all children under the age of 12 are required to fill out an enrollment form.

Finally, through the same update, it was revealed that the Czech Republic now recognizes vaccination certificates for travelers from third countries.

However, it has been emphasized that the vaccination certificate must indicate that the holder has been fully immunized against COVID-19 with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency in order to be considered valid.

Regarding the validity of vaccination certificates, all travelers planning to arrive in the Czech Republic should note that the latter will soon shorten the validity of vaccination certificates from 12 to nine months.

This means that only those who have been vaccinated in the past nine months, as well as those who have received a booster dose, will be considered fully vaccinated upon entering the Czech Republic.

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