The Czech government approved a list of safe countries to which Czechs can travel to in Europe, but Sweden and the United Kingdom are not on it.
Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch stated that from June 15 it will be possible to travel around Europe without having to submit a negative COVID-19 test with exception of the UK and Sweden because these two countries are considered too risky.
“The colors on the map indicate the severity of Covid-19 development in a given country. Green countries are safe countries, orange countries represent a medium risk of infection. These are, for example, Spain, Italy, and France. Groups of red countries, which includes the UK and Sweden, represent a high risk of infection,“ said Vojtěch on Twitter.
Od 15.6. můžeme začít cestovat po Evropě. Na vládě jsme schválili systém označující bezpečné země pro cestování. Barvy na mapě označují závažnost vývoje covid v dané zemi. Zeleně jsou bezpečné země, oranžově země se středním rizikem nákazy a červeně země s vysokým rizikem nákazy. pic.twitter.com/hSphgepOei
— Adam Vojtěch (@adamvojtechano) June 1, 2020
According to Vojtěch, it will be possible to travel to the countries marked green and orange from mid-June without any restrictions when returning.
“However, the test will be required when traveling from countries marked in red. Foreigners coming to the Czech Republic will prove themselves by a test on their way from orange and red countries,”Vojtěch stated.
At the moment, Czech citizens can visit Slovakia, Austria, and Hungary without the obligation to submit a negative test for the coronavirus, but they must return within 48 hours.
However, it is important to realize that the map only indicates the states from which Czechs can return without subsequent restrictions. For example, it is still not possible to go to France for tourism. The country will have closed borders at least until July 10. Neighboring Poland has also closed borders for tourists and the negotiations are still underway.
Title image: Czech Republic’s Health Minister Adam Vojtech speaks with the media as he arrives for an extraordinary meeting of EU health ministers in Brussels to discuss the Covid-19 virus outbreak, Friday, March 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)