In line with the data provided by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the Czech Republic’s authorities have announced that all European Union and Schengen Area countries, with the exception of the Vatican City State, will continue to remain part of the dark red list.
According to the latest update published by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, all EU/Schengen Area travellers will be required to present a COVID-19 pre-entry test for another week.
The pre-entry testing requirement applies to everyone, including fully vaccinated and recovered travellers.
Nonetheless, the Ministry has explained that EU travellers reaching the Czech Republic from a dark-red listed country are not required to present a test result upon their entry if they have already received a booster dose.
“Only foreigners vaccinated with a booster dose have an exception if they are vaccinated in a country whose certificate the Czech Republic recognises,” the statement of the Ministry of Health reads.
Children under the age of 12 are also exempt from the pre-entry testing requirement regardless of their country of origin.
In contrast, stricter rules apply to unvaccinated and unrecovered travellers from the EU/Schengen Area. Except for having to present a pre-entry test, unrecovered and unvaccinated EU travellers must also undergo another test while in the Czech Republic.
The second test has to be taken after the fifth day of arrival.
“Unvaccinated persons or persons who have not developed COVID-19 must subsequently undergo an RT-PCR test between the fifth and seventh day after entering the territory of the Czech Republic,” the Ministry added.
In addition to the measures mentioned above, all persons who plan on travelling to Czechia must fill out an Arrival Form. The requirement to complete the form applies to all incoming travellers, without exceptions.
Even though the Czech Republic plans to keep in place entry rules for travellers from highly affected areas, the authorities have announced that the country will now apply less stringent domestic rules.