The Czech Republic imposes stricter entry requirements for citizens from Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria and Germany

Unvaccinated and unrecovered citizens of Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria and Germany are subject to testing requirements if they plan to travel to the Czech Republic, as the latter’s government has placed those areas in the dark red category after confirming they have high levels recorded rates of COVID. 19 infections in the last two weeks.

The new changes, introduced by the Czech Ministry of Health taking into account data provided by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), will come into force on Monday 17 January.

In addition, the same ministry has confirmed that Romania will now be part of the Red List, which consists of countries severely affected by the spread of the coronavirus, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

Data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that over 2,573,900 cases of COVID-19 infection have been registered in the Czech Republic since the start of the pandemic. In addition, more than 36,700 people have died from the virus in the same period.

These numbers and the rapid spread of the Omicron variant prompted authorities in the Czech Republic to introduce stricter entry requirements for arrivals from other countries.

In addition, the Czech government continues to classify other areas green, orange, red, and Dark red Groups, taking into account the epidemiological situation in them.

Currently the green The list, made up of countries that have low rates of COVID-19 infection and are therefore considered safe, includes only Vatican City State, as confirmed by the Ministry of Health.

As for the non-EU countries, the following areas belong to the Czech Republic’s safe list, which means that travelers from these countries are exempt from testing and quarantine requirements upon entry:

Bahrain, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, Korea, Kuwait, Macau, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Peru, United Arab Emirates, Rwanda, the Oriental Republic of Uruguay and Taiwan.

the Medium risk list, which consists of areas that pose a medium risk in terms of the coronavirus situation, is currently empty as none of the countries fall into this group.

Poland and Romania are on the Red List, which means that travelers from these areas are subject to a testing procedure when entering the Czech Republic.

Besides, the following countries are also part of the Czech Republic Red perform:

Andorra, Bulgaria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Croatia, Germany, Finland, Hungary, Malta, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Netherlands, Norway, Hungary, Germany, Monaco, Ireland, Iceland, Austria, Estonia, Greece , Lithuania, Portugal including Madeira and Azores, San Marino, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, Spain including Balearic and Canary Islands, and Switzerland and other non-EU countries.

Authorities in the Czech Republic have previously confirmed that arrivals from countries in the red and red are included Dark red List are obliged to comply with the same entry requirements. In addition, they must fill out the arrival form before returning to that country.

However, the Health Ministry has stressed that anyone who has been vaccinated against the virus is not subject to entry requirements.

“The conditions for testing when returning from abroad do not apply to Czech citizens and foreigners with residence permits who have completed vaccinations or who have contracted Covid-19 in the last 180 days. All you have to do is fill out the arrival form. Regardless of the category of the country”, the statement confirmed.

Earlier this month, the Czech Ministry of Health announced that stricter entry requirements would apply to those arriving from Latvia, Finland and the Azores.

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