A PCR test or quarantine will newly be required when returning from Greece

The Ministry of Health has updated the list of countries with a low risk of contagion on the basis of available data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Greece has been newly added to the red category, meaning that from Monday, 23 November, a PCR test or quarantine will be mandatory upon returning from this country, as well as completing an arrival form.

Greece has thus joined most European countries, which are in the red category. Travelers who have spent more than 12 hours in the country in the past 14 days are obliged to complete an arrival form before returning to the Czech Republic. They must also submit the result of a PCR test to the competent regional public health authority within 7 days from arrival. After returning, they may also submit the result of a PCR test from any other EU country which is no more than 72 hours old. This obligation does not apply to persons under 5 years of age. 

“Until travelers from these countries receive the test results, they should behave in a particularly cautious manner. In particular, they should limit social contacts, especially with vulnerable population groups such as seniors,” Minister of Health Jan Blatný advises those returning from red countries.

Latvia will be added to the orange category from 23 November, joining Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Norway, the Canary Islands and the Portuguese Azores Islands and Madeira. When returning from these countries, foreigners who work or study in the Czech Republic must submit the results of a PCR test, even before accessing their workplace or the educational institution where they are studying.

The traffic light system also regulates the category of green countries, where none of these obligations apply. Given the current epidemiological situation across Europe, there is no country in this category at present.

The parameters and criteria of the “traffic light” system are based on the evaluation of epidemiological criteria in each country.

A list of countries according to risk of infection is available here.