From Monday, the Czech Republic will add the United States, Taiwan, Albania, Hong Kong, Lebanon, and Northern Macedonia among its list of safe countries in terms of coronavirus infection risk.
Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhánek (CSSD) confirmed at today’s press conference that these countries will be designated “green” on the so-called travel risk map.
However, tourists will still have to produce a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination at hotels and other establishments.
The aforementioned countries will thus join other states, such as Israel, Australia, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, and Thailand.
From Monday, people who will be vaccinated 14 days after the second dose with a substance approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be able to return to the Czech Republic from the dark red countries and no longer go into quarantine.
Dark red countries with a very high risk of infection include Great Britain. People will be able to take the PCR test right after their return, so far it has been mandatory to take it between the fifth and 14th day after their return.
Coronavirus in the Czech Republic
The National Health Institute (SZU) has confirmed 27 cases of the Indian coronavirus variant, 59 cases of the 59 South African variants and newly seven cases of the Brazilian variant.
About 4,200 Czech samples of coronavirus have been sequenced in order to identify possible new virus variants, including 800 in June.
SZU National Reference Laboratory head Helena Jirincova said apart from the British variant B117, there were other variants of concern – 27 cases of Delta (Indian variant), 59 cases of Beta (South African variant), and seven cases of Gama (Brazilian variant).