Travellers from China planning to enter the Czech Republic will not be subject to mandatory Coronavirus test for the time being, the Czech Health Ministry announced.
Its spokesman said this was not considered necessary for the time being since there is no direct air link from China, but the decision could be reviewed in the future.
On January 4th, the European Union countries agreed to recommend that EU countries introduce a pre-departure testing for all those arriving from China and random testing on-arrival as a preventive measure, following the surge in the number of COVID-19 infections in China.
EU countries are also advised to recommend travellers on flights to China and vice versa to wear face masks and also issue advice regarding health measures and personal hygiene.
The current epidemiological situation in China has sparked controversies among European countries, while some European countries have decided to introduce travel measures, others do not consider such a decision necessary.
Recently authorities in Greece and Switzerland confirmed that they would not impose restrictions for citizens of China despite the surge in the number of COVID-19 infections.
On the other hand, authorities in France, Spain and Italy, announced that all arrivals from China are subject to compulsory COVID test upon their arrival.
The United Kingdom’s government also joined the list of the European countries that introduced mandatory COVID-19 test requirements when planning to reach this territory.
Recently, the Director-General of World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus criticised authorities in China for not providing enough data regarding the current situation. In addition, he called on authorities in China to provide regular data in terms of hospitalisation and deaths.