Andorra will now be in the dark red category based on the risk of contagion, Denmark and France will be red

The Ministry of Health has updated the list of countries ranked by the risk of contagion on the basis of available data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), which will take effect on Monday, 2 August. The traffic light system regulates the categories of countries to which respective anti-epidemic measures apply when returning to the Czech Republic. Andorra will be in the dark red category. Denmark and France will be added to the red category. Iceland, Italy and Switzerland will be orange. On the contrary, Lichtenstein will be added to the green category.

The category of countries with a low risk of contagion (green category) currently includes Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Lichtenstein, Hungary, Germany, Norway, Poland, Austria, San Marino, North Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Sweden and Vatican City. From among the non-European countries or parts thereof, it includes Australia, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Lebanon, Macau, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan and the USA.

The next category contains countries which have a moderate risk of contagion (orange category). This category of countries includes Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Switzerland and the island of Madeira.

When returning from green and orange countries, it is necessary to complete an arrival form. Before entering the Czech Republic or at latest 5 days after entry, it is necessary to take an antigen or RT-PCR test.

The traffic light system also includes the category of countries with high risk (red category). This category currently includes Denmark, Ireland, France, Malta, Monaco, Greece, Luxembourg, the Canary Islands and Portugal, incl. the Azores. As of 1 July, the same rules as for returning from dark red countries apply to returning from countries in the red category.

Other countries belong to the category of countries with very high risk (dark red category). Persons returning from red and dark red countries must complete an arrival form and take an antigen or PCR test even before returning, if they are using public transport to travel. These persons are also obliged to undergo a PCR test no sooner than 5 days and no later than 14 days after arrival in the Czech Republic. Until then, they must remain in self-isolation. When travelling to the Czech Republic using individual transport, a test is not required before commencing travel, but a RT-PCR test must be taken no sooner than 5 days and no later than 14 days after arriving in the Czech Republic. Until then, self-isolation is required.

The conditions of testing and self-isolation when returning do not apply to persons fully vaccinated at least 14 days earlier (14 days after the second dose in the case of a two-dose vaccination scheme, or 14 days after the one dose in the case of a one-dose vaccination scheme) or those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days. The obligation to complete an Arrival form remains in effect. The complete conditions for returning to the Czech Republic from abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic are available here (only in the Czech language).

As of Saturday 31 July, the conditions for the return of children aged 6 to 12 from countries with a high and very high risk of infection (red and dark red countries) are being changed.  Upon arrival, these children will only need to undergo a PCR test within 5 days. If the result is negative, they do not have to undergo self-isolation afterwards.  They also do not have to take the test before arriving in the Czech Republic when travelling by public transport.  However, please note that the carrier may impose stricter rules, so all families are advised to carefully check the conditions of the carrier they are travelling with before travelling.

The Ministry of Health strongly discourages, unless absolutely necessary, travel to countries with an extremely high risk of the spread of these mutations (the black category) due to the possible spread of new variants of the virus. This specifically concerns Botswana, Brazil, India, South Africa, Colombia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Paraguay, Peru, Russia, Swaziland/Eswatini, Tanzania (including the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba), Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. However, even when returning from these countries, persons who were fully vaccinated at least 14 days earlier or those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days are only obliged to complete an arrival form and need not undergo testing or self-isolation. Others must undergo a PCR test before travelling to the Czech Republic, and remain in self-isolation for 10 days concluded with a negative PCR test.A list of countries according to risk of infection is available here.