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Czechia Extends Entry Rules as All EU/Schengen Area Countries Continue to Be Affected by COVID-19

After the latest update from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic announced that all EU/Schengen area countries, except the Vatican State, will remain part of the dark red list.

ECDC announced yesterday that all EU/Schengen area countries have reported increasing infection rates over the past two weeks. For this reason, it is colored dark red.

In line with the current entry rules applied by the Czech Republic, all travelers from EU dark red list countries are required to take a pre-entry test and fill out an arrival form. The test requirement applies to everyone, even those who have completed the basic vaccination as well as those who have recovered from the virus.

On the other hand, the ministry clarified that travelers from EU/Schengen area countries listed in dark red who have already received an extra dose of vaccine, also known as a booster vaccine, are exempt from the testing requirement.

The ministry states that “only foreigners who have been vaccinated with a booster dose have an exception if they were vaccinated in a country whose certificate the Czech Republic recognizes.”

Children under 12 years of age, regardless of their country of origin, are also exempt from the pre-entry test requirement.

While more flexible rules apply to travelers from the EU/Schengen area who have been vaccinated or have recovered from the virus, the situation is not the same for unvaccinated and non-recovered people.

Aside from having to present the result of the test taken prior to arrival, non-vaccinated and non-exempt EU travelers must also undergo another test upon arrival in the Czech Republic.

Non-vaccinated and non-exempt EU travelers must take the second test between the fifth and seventh day after their entry.

The ministry indicated that “unvaccinated people or people who have not been infected with the Covid-19 virus should subsequently undergo a RT-PCR test between the fifth and seventh day.”

Although the Czech Republic will continue to maintain entry rules for people who wish to travel to the country, the authorities have announced that the requirement to obtain a valid certificate while in the country is no longer valid.

The Department of Health said earlier this week that vaccination and recovery certificates will no longer be required when arriving at bars, restaurants and other outdoor events.

In addition, the same announced the easing of other national COVID-19 restrictions on February 19.

With the exception of the Czech Republic, many other countries have also relaxed some COVID-19 restrictions in addition to their travel rules.

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