Travel update: Poland, Romania go very high-risk dark red on latest Czech map

All EU countries are now dark red on the Czech Republic's travel map; Austria, France, and Italy have also implemented new regulations as of this weekend. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 29.01.2022 09:49:00 (updated on 29.01.2022) Reading time: 3 minutes

Poland and Romania will move from high-risk red to very high-risk dark red on the latest Czech Covid-19 travel map as of Monday, the Health Ministry stated in a press release this weekend.

Requirements for Czech residents coming from these countries to the Czech Republic will remain unchanged. Stricter conditions for foreigners entering the Czech Republic from all countries remain in effect.

The Czech Health Ministry updates its travel map every week based on data provided by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

The Vatican remains the only European state to be listed as low-risk green on the Czech map. Non-European states including Bahrain, Chile, Indonesia, Colombia, South Korea, Qatar, Kuwait, Macao, New Zealand, Peru, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Taiwan and Uruguay are also listed as low-risk green.

All other countries in Europe and across the world are now considered very high-risk dark red. No countries are listed as medium-risk orange or high-risk red in the new Czech map.

Czech residents without proof of vaccination or recovery coming to the Czech Republic from green and orange states must take a Covid-19 test within five days following their arrival.

Czech residents without proof of vaccination or recovery coming to the Czech Republic from red or dark-red countries must take a PCR test between 5-14 days after their return, and wear a respirator outside their home pending the test result. Those using public transport (such as airlines) must also provide a test before entering the Czech Republic.

Czech residents with complete vaccination or proof of recovery from Covid-19 within the past six months are exempt from the above entry conditions.

Upon entering the Czech Republic from all countries, all travelers (including those with proof of vaccination or recovery) must submit a passenger locator form unless coming by personal transport, such as a car.

Foreign nationals who do not have a Czech residence permit must produce a negative PCR test upon arrival in the Czech Republic, even from green and orange countries. Foreigners with complete vaccination and a booster dose, and children aged 12-18 with complete vaccination (no booster needed), are exempt from this requirement.

Foreign nationals who have not been vaccinated must take another PCR test 5-7 days after their arrival in the Czech Republic, and wear a respirator when outside their residence until the result is known.

The Health Ministry continues to recommend that people avoid non-necessary travel amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Complete details on entry requirements when traveling to the Czech Republic can be found at the website of the Czech Ministry of the Interior.

Foreign Travel

While restrictions in the Czech Republic remain unchanged, other countries in Europe are implementing updates to their travel conditions and other coronavirus-related measures this weekend.

  • Austria: From February 1, the validity of vaccine certificates for access to services within Austria has been reduced to 180 days for people aged 18 and over, and 210 days for people younger than 18. For entry into the country, the validity remains unchanged at 270 days. More info from the Czech Embassy in Vienna.

  • Italy: As of February 1, travelers with a valid EU vaccination certificate will no longer need to submit a PCR or antigen test when entering Italy. More info from the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Rome.

  • France: Earlier this week, stricter regulations went into effect requiring valid proof of vaccination or recovery for access to most services within France. A negative test is no longer accepted, and France also requires a booster dose within seven months of initial vaccination. More infor from the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Paris.

  • Ukraine: Due to rising tensions, unrelated to the pandemic, the Czech Foreign Ministry advises against traveling to areas near Ukraine's northern and eastern borders, and recommends caution be exercised when traveling to other areas of the country. Czech residents are advised to register within the DROZD system if traveling to Ukraine.

Further information regarding foreign travel can be found at the website of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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