As of 14 September, the Ministry of Health will again be including Romania on the list of countries with a low risk of infection

Based on the available data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and an evaluation of the epidemiological situation, the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic is updating the list of countries with a low risk of COVID-19 infection. As announced last week, the Canary Islands will be removed from the list effective from Monday, 14 September. Romania will be returning to the list with a low risk of infection.

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With the update of the list, the autonomous region of the Canary Islands will be classified together with the rest of Spain, which has for a long time exceeded incidence of 100 cases per 100,000 people. This means that Czech nationals returning from these regions to the Czech Republic will still be required to take a test or go into quarantineRomania will, on the contrary, be returning to the list of countries which pose a low risk of infection as the incidence of the disease in Romania is stably below 100, specifically 83-85 cases per 100,000 people. Croatia also remains below 100 cases per 100,000 people. The situation has, on the contrary, worsened in France. The Ministry of Health recommends considering whether or not to travel to the French Republic.

“In view of the current situation regarding the increased occurrence of the disease in certain European countries, we recommend that all Czech nationals seriously reconsider travelling to high-risk areas with a higher incidence of the disease. When travelling, you must protect yourself and your surroundings and thoroughly follow the rules in the given country,”  said Jarmila Rážová, Chief Public Health Officer of the Czech Republic.

“When returning from a high-risk area, every traveller must immediately inform the respective Regional Public Health Authority by telephone or other remote means and immediately take an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 at their own expense. The Public Health Authority must then be informed of the result within 72 hours of arrival in the Czech Republic,” said the Chief Public Health Officer, reminding us of the procedure to be followed, with an emphasis on responsible behaviour by travellers until the result of the test is known.

Until notified of the result of the test, travellers from these regions should particularly limit their movements outside the home, an exception to this being constituted by travel to work, to educational institutions, travel necessary for the performance of commercial activities or trips necessary to secure the basic necessities of life, also including the provision of childcare, care for animals, use of essential financial and postal services, travel to medical facilities and social care facilities or travel in order to deal with urgent official business, etc. If a person does not take a test, they must remain in quarantine for a period of 14 days.

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

Recommendations for travellers

  • Avoid places where there are large numbers of people congregating indoors (bars, restaurants, nightclubs, etc.) and try instead to stay outside in the fresh air.
  • Keep a safe distance of at least 2 meters from people you do not know, both indoors and outdoors (restaurant gardens and beaches).
  • When travelling by public transport or in other places where large numbers of people congregate, use a mask or other means of protecting your mouth and nose if possible.
  • Observe the principles of hand hygiene. If you do not have any disinfectant with you, wash your hands carefully with soap and hot water, in particular before eating or after travelling by public transport.
  • If different or stricter conditions are imposed in the given country, we strongly recommend that you observe them!

Recommendations for travellers upon returning

  • Monitor your state of health for a period of 14 days.
  • If you exhibit any symptoms, stay home and contact your general practitioner by telephone.
  • Avoid public events and keep a safe distance of at least 2 meters from others.
  • Carefully consider whether or not to visit retirement homes and other vulnerable population groups. If you do decide to visit, do not forget to use a covering for your mouth and nose.
  • When travelling by public transport or in other places where large numbers of people congregate, use a mask or other means of protecting your mouth and nose if possible.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and use disinfectant
  • Sneeze into a disposable tissue or your sleeve