Latvia, Romania turn red in new Czech Covid-19 travel map

Iceland and Portugal will turn orange, and Slovenia and Japan dark red in the new Czech map, valid from September 20.


Written by ČTK Published on 18.09.2021 09:23:00 (updated on 18.09.2021) Reading time: 2 minutes

Latvia, Romania, and San Marino will go from medium-risk orange to high-risk red in the latest Czech travel map, Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Smolek has announced. The new map, which governs travel restrictions for unvaccinated travelers, goes into effect from Monday.

Moving in the opposite direction, Iceland, Portugal, and the Balearic islands will move from red to the orange in the new map, making travel from these countries to the Czech Republic easier for those who have not been vaccinated.

The Health Ministry updates its travel map once a week based on the data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

As of Monday, green countries with low risk for Covid-19 in Europe will include Hungary, Poland, and the Vatican. Outside of Europe, these countries will include Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Jordan, Macao, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan. Japan will move from green to dark red (very high risk) due to its increase in Covid-19 cases from Monday.

Orange countries with medium risk will include Andorra, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Sweden, and the Balearic islands.

Travelers without proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 coming from green and orange countries must fill in an arrival form and take an antigen or PCR test within five days of their arrival in the Czech Republic, but they do not have to quarantine.

The red group of high-risk countries will include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Lithuania, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, San Marino, Spain and Switzerland.

All other countries are dark-red, indicating a very high risk of Covid-19. Slovenia will join this group from Monday.

Those arriving from red or dark-red countries without proof of vaccination or recovery must take a PCR test between 5-14 days of their arrival, and quarantine until the result. Those using public transport (including airlines) must get tested in advance of their arrival, as well. All travelers must also submit an arrival form.

The testing and quarantine restrictions do not apply to those who have completed their Covid-19 vaccination, or those with a certificate proving that they have recovered from Covid-19 within the past six months. However, they must also fill in the arrival form.

The Czech Republic accepts the vaccination of those from non-EU countries who were given vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency, or corresponding vaccines approved by the World Health Organisation for emergency use.

To enter the Czech Republic, these travelers must have a certificate that can be verified and is included in the list of certificates on the Health Ministry website.

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