Slovakia has joined the list of European countries that have implemented stricter entry requirements for those coming from high-risk areas in an effort to stem the further spread of the COVID-19 variant Omicron.
From today, December 1, all people who have visited any of the following regions will be subject to mandatory quarantine requirements upon arrival in the Central European country, regardless of their vaccination status:
Botswana South Africa Lesotho Namibia Mozambique Eswatini Zimbabwe Hong Kong Israel Seychelles
This decision was confirmed by a statement published by the Slovak Interior Ministry and comes in an effort to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, TheSchengen.com reports.
The same ministry confirmed that there are no exemptions from quarantine for those coming from the above-mentioned regions. Those coming from high-risk areas can complete the quarantine requirements at home or in the accommodation facility.
According to the ministry’s announcement, in the case of asymptomatic cases, the quarantine can be ended without succumbing to COVID-19 if the arrivals follow the mandatory two-week quarantine requirement upon their arrival on Slovak territory.
The requirement for self-isolation can also be terminated if a person receives two negative RT-PCR results, the first being taken on arrival and the second on the eighth day after their arrival. Children under the age of 12 are not required to follow the test requirements; The quarantine period ends at the same time as other people in the same household.
“These periods only apply if you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. Otherwise the doctor decides to end the quarantine. Quarantine is also mandatory for other family members, regardless of whether they have been fully vaccinated or have overcome COVID-19,” it stated. in the statement.
Based on figures published by the World Health Organization (WHO), Slovakia has recorded a total of 680,084 cases of COVID-19 and 14,418 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
The same source shows that Slovakia has reported 58,661 new cases of COVID-19 in the past seven days and 433 deaths.
According to figures provided by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), a total of 66.2 percent of the population in the Central European country is vaccinated.
Due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus, the Slovak authorities previously declared a 90-day state of emergency while also ordering a two-week national lockdown in an effort to contain the spread of the virus.
The Slovak government has made it clear that during the lockdown, Slovaks will be eligible to leave their homes only for essential purposes such as getting medicines or groceries, going to work or school or completing a vaccination.
People who have not completed their vaccination process will have to submit a negative coronavirus test result or prove that they have previously had coronavirus to get to work.