The Czech authorities have announced that all persons who have not been vaccinated or recovered from the COVID-19 disease arriving from Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Lithuania, Andorra, and San Marino will be subject to stricter entry rules, as the countries have been placed in the red category.
Such a decision to place the above-mentioned countries in the red category has been taken in line with the latest data provided by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and will start being effective from tomorrow, August 16, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Except for the newly added countries, the red category already includes Ireland, Estonia, Iceland, France, the Netherlands, Malta, Greece, the Canary Islands, and Portugal.
As such, according to a press release issued by the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Health, all persons arriving from a country placed on Czechia’s red category must fill in the arrival form and undergo COVID-19 testing before entry if they used public transport to reach the country.
In addition, everyone is required to go in quarantine as soon as they enter Czechia and undergo a second test after the fifth day of isolation.
However, it has been noted that testing and self-isolation requirements apply only to those who have not been vaccinated and to the ones who haven’t recovered from the COVID-19.
“Testing conditions and self-isolation on return do not apply to persons who have at least 14 days after full vaccination (14 days after the second dose in the case of a two-dose schedule, 14 days after vaccination in the case of a single-dose vaccine) or those who have experienced covid- 19. All they have to do is fill in the Arrival Form,” the Ministry emphasised.
The same Ministry has announced that starting from tomorrow, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Austria, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Madeira will be part of the orange category, which already includes Italy, Finland, and Switzerland.
This means that all persons who have not been vaccinated or recovered from the virus must fill in the arrival form and undergo COVID-19 testing within five days of entry.
“When returning from green and orange countries, it is necessary to fill in the arrival form. Before entering the territory of the Czech Republic or no later than five days after entry, it is mandatory to undergo an antigen or RT-PCR test,” the Ministry added.