Smartwings, Czech Airlines Now Require Negative Covid-19 Test From Passengers

Smartwings and Czech Airlines now require all passengers to have a negative Covid-19 test result that is performed within 72 hours of departure.

“The result of the antigen test must not be older than 24 hours and the result of the PCR test must not be older than 72 hours before boarding,” said spokeswoman Vladimíra Dufková.

From Friday, March 5, new conditions apply for travel by Smartwings and Czech Airlines. “It will be possible to board to or from the Czech Republic only with the written confirmation of a negative result of an antigen or PCR test,” Dufková added.

There is an exception for children under 5 years of age and passengers who present a written certificate in English or Czech from a physician residing in the EU confirming that the passenger has no Covid-19 symptoms, demonstrably recovered from it, and was in isolation as required upon a positive PCR test.

Smartwings now fly from Prague to Malaga, to the Canary Islands of Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, to Mallorca, Madeira, or to the Egyptian resorts of Hurghada and Marsa Alam.

Czech Airlines currently flies to Paris, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Kyiv, and Moscow.

Boarding aircraft with mandatory nose and mouth cover

In accordance with measures of the Czech Ministry of Health in effect from 25 February 2021, all passengers over the age of 15 must wear a respirator without an exhalation valve and with at least 95% filtration efficiency under the current standards (e.g. FFP2/KN 95). No other respiratory protective equipment is permitted.

Outside the above respiratory protective equipment, children between the ages of 2 and 15 may travel with only one surgical face mask.

The obligation to wear respiratory protective equipment does not apply to children under 2 years old and other persons listed in the exceptions to the emergency measure (e.g. persons traveling in public transport for the time strictly necessary to eat meals or drink beverages).


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