The Czech authorities decided to tighten entry restrictions for travelers from Germany, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Andorra, Romania, Spain, the Canary Islands and Madeira, after the number of cases rose in these seven countries and two islands in recent weeks.
According to the decision announced by the Czech Ministry of Health, from Monday, November 22, Germany, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Andorra will be added to the dark red color category, TheSchengen.com reports.
Romania, the Canary Islands and Madeira will be moved to the red category. The orange category will expand to include Spain,” the ministry notes in a press release announcing the changes to the lists, adding that the changes were made based on available data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
The decision means that travelers from Germany, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Andorra, who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and have not recovered from the virus in the past 180 days, apart from having to fill out the previous form, will also need to undergo an antigen or PCR test before arriving at the airport. State if they are traveling by public transport. This test is not required for those arriving in the Czech Republic by private transport.
However, arrivals from dark red areas, regardless of type of transport, must take a second PCR test between the 5th and 14th day of their arrival in the Czech Republic, during which time they must remain isolated.
Currently, other dark red countries are subject to these restrictions, which, besides the five countries listed above, are also Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Croatia, Latvia, Hungary, the Netherlands, Ireland, Austria, Greece, Estonia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Third countries not listed in green are also part of this list.
At the same time, starting from November 22, the same restrictions will apply to arrivals from Romania, the Canary Islands, Madeira and the rest of the countries in the red category.
The red category also consists of Finland, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland and the Balearic Islands.
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Travel from the green and orange categories
Furthermore in the press release, the Czech Ministry of Health clarified that the Vatican State remains the only European country on the Green List, along with the following three countries: Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Chile, Hong Kong, Jordan, Colombia, Korea, Canada, Qatar, Kuwait and Macau Namibia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Peru, United Arab Emirates, Rwanda, Uruguay and Taiwan.
According to the orange category, apart from Spain, which was added this week, the category also includes Malta, France, Italy, Monaco and Portugal.
Travelers of these two categories need to fill out an arrival form as well as a COVID-19 test either before arriving in the country or within five days upon arrival.
Travelers who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered from COVID-19 are exempt from this measure.
Who is recognized as fully vaccinated?
Passengers who have been fully vaccinated are exempt from entry restrictions upon arrival in the Czech Republic, regardless of which category the country of departure is placed in.
Holders of an EU vaccination certificate are recognized as fully vaccinated, as well as those issued in third countries, which can be verified and recognized by the Ministry of Health. Travelers with these certificates must be vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the World Health Organization (WHO).
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