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Czechia to Keep in Place Traffic Light System for Foreign Travellers

While the Czech Republic has already relaxed entry rules for returning travelers, the country’s authorities have announced that they will continue to maintain the traffic light system that currently applies to foreign travelers.

Updating the list of countries severely affected by the COVID-19 disease, the authorities of the Czech Republic announced that all EU/Schengen area countries, with the exception of the Vatican City state, will be part of another country’s dark red list for a week.

The decision was made to extend entry rules, which are now less stringent, as all countries have recorded increasing infection rates, reports.

“From February 21, the Ministry of Health has issued a new preventive measure for the modernization of the so-called traffic light. The traffic light is now only relevant for the entry of foreigners. The classification of countries by color categories will continue, but – from the point of view of Czech citizens – it will have significance,” the Czech Ministry of Health said. Informational only.

Such a statement indicates that only travelers from other countries must comply with the rules based on the color-coding system when arriving in the Czech Republic.

In line with the current measures implemented by the Czech Republic, all travelers from the EU/Schengen area are required to fill out an arrival form as well as present a valid vaccination certificate.

Passengers with a valid vaccination permit can enter the Czech Republic without restrictions even if they are traveling from a country listed in dark red.

The vaccination certificate is valid in the Czech Republic as long as the document proves that the holder has completed the initial vaccination within the last 270 days (nine months).

In turn, it was made clear that the validity of the vaccination permit is extended indefinitely in cases where a person receives a booster injection.

“People who have had a maximum of 270 days of complete 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 ministry statement said.

Furthermore, it was clarified that travelers from EU dark red list countries can also enter Czechia by presenting a refund certificate issued within the last 180 days, a negative PCR test result or a rapid antigen test result.

The Czech Republic accepts negative PCR tests as long as they have been performed within the past 72 hours. On the other hand, the duration of rapid antigen tests should not be more than 24 hours at the time of arrival.

The obligation to meet the above requirements does not apply to children under 12 years of age.

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