As of Monday, Sweden will be among the countries with a low risk of infection
The Ministry of Health has updated the list of EU countries on the basis of evaluation of the epidemiological situation using available data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Effective from Monday 27 July, Sweden will be classified as a country with a low risk of infection by covid-19. Citizens arriving in the Czech Republic from this country no longer have to submit a negative test for covid-19. However, new rules will apply to foreign workers from Sweden and Luxembourg.
As of Monday, employers will newly be obliged to require a negative test for covid-19 from foreign workers from Sweden and Luxembourg. This same applies to workers from Bulgaria, Romania and Portugal. The test result must be from the Czech Republic and must be no more than 4 days old.
This rule also applies to countries that are not given on the list of countries with a low risk of covid-19 (most countries outside the EU). It also applies to the citizens of these countries who spent more than 12 hours in the territory of the given countries in the past 14 days. If these persons do not submit a test, they cannot be allowed to enter the given employer’s facilities and workplaces. The exception applies to persons who are merely transiting via the Czech Republic and do not stay for more than 12 hours.
The need for foreign workers from some countries to have a negative test for covid is a response to the increased number of cases of infection occurring among foreign workers. The epidemiological situation will be reviewed again in one week.
There is currently a low risk of infection (green traffic light) in all EU and EU+ countries, though the countries, as well as the Czech Republic, do register local epicentres. No restrictions apply to Czech nationals when returning from these countries. However, these local epicentres do pose an increased epidemiological risk, which is why citizens should take this fact into consideration when planning their journeys. If the worsening epidemiological trend continues, particularly in Romania, Bulgaria and Portugal, these states may be quickly removed from the list of countries with a low risk of infection. You can fid the list of local epicentres in the EU below.
A map of the EU showing the epidemiological situation is available on the website here. Additional information on travel to and from countries outside the EU can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic (only in the Czech language).
Current epidemiological high risk regions in European states
- Upper Austria
- Västra Götaland
- Split – Dalmatia
- País Vasco