The authorities of the Czech Republic announced that due to the increase in cases of Omicron, the country will continue to maintain strict entry rules.
The Czechs classify countries in different lists based on their epidemiological situation. However, since the COVID-19 situation has not improved in any of the countries, the list has remained unchanged, TheSchengen.com reports.
“Due to the spread of the coronavirus Omicron variant, stricter rules have been established for the entry of foreigners into the Czech Republic. The classification of countries into individual categories has not changed,” reads the statement of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.
Currently, all EU and Schengen countries, with the exception of the Vatican City state, are classified as red or dark red areas.
This means that all travelers, especially those who have not been vaccinated or recovered from the virus, are subject to strict entry rules upon arrival in the Czech Republic.
In line with the current entry rules in force in the Czech Republic, all travelers who enter its territory after staying in a high-risk area are required to fill out an arrival form.
In addition, everyone is required to undergo a pre-entry PCR test before entering the Czech Republic. The test requirement applies to all travelers from severely affected countries, including those who have been vaccinated and have fully recovered.
For non-immunized subjects who have not previously been infected with the virus, it has been observed that they should perform a second PCR or rapid antigen test between the fifth and seventh day after admission. Until the results come out, everyone should stay inside their place of residence.
However, it has been clarified that foreigners who have already received a booster dose are not required to submit to any of the test requirements because they are exempt from this entry rule.
Children under the age of 12 are also excluded from this rule.
The same rules also apply to third-country nationals, provided that their diplomas are recognized by the authorities of the Czech Republic. This means that if they plan to present a vaccination card, the use of the vaccine must be approved by the EMA or the World Health Organization in order for the document to be considered valid in the Czech Republic.
For Czech citizens, it has been made clear that they do not need to follow the entry rules as long as they hold a vaccination or recovery certificate.
“The conditions for testing upon return from abroad do not apply to Czech citizens and foreigners with a residence permit who have completed vaccinations or have suffered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days. All they have to do is fill out the arrival form. And regardless of the country category.”