Beginning Friday, July 9, fully vaccinated Czechs will not have to pass a coronavirus test or stay in quarantine, regardless of the country from which they arrive. A completed arrival form will suffice. This will also apply to countries with an extreme risk of Covid-19.
Last week, after a government meeting, Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch announced that the rules for returning to the country would change as of July 9 and that people from all countries would have to be tested on arrival. Travelers from countries marked green and orange on the Covid-19 travel map will have to fill in an arrival form and be tested, at minimum, with an antigen test not older than 48 hours, or a PCR test not older than 72 hours.
For red and dark red countries, a mandatory PCR test in the Czechis performed no earlier than the fifth but no later than the fourteenth day after arrival, will be requested. Until then, the person must self-isolate.
However, the rules will not apply to individuals who have been fully vaccinated or have had Covid-19 in the last 180 days. Travelers from all countries remain obliged to fill in an arrival form before returning, though.
Nevertheless, Czechia still does not recommend traveling to countries with an extreme risk of contracting new coronavirus variants. The list includes Tunisia, Russia, Paraguay, Namibia, Peru, Colombia, Botswana, Brazil, Swaziland, South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and India.
Only citizens and residents of the Czechis and accredited members of diplomatic missions will be allowed to arrive from red countries in Czechia without vaccination. Before their return, they will have to pass a Covid-19 test, followed by a PCR test within 24 hours, along with another one no earlier than the tenth day after arrival. Self-isolation will be mandatory.
Title image: In this file photo dated March 22, 2016, police officers patrol the Vaclav Havel Airport in Prague, Czechia. On Wednesday Nov. 13, 2019, Prague’s Vaclav Havel Airport declared plans to expand its Terminal 2 serving flights to Europe’s visa-free Schengen zone with a new runway by 2028, according to an announcement by Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek/File)