Balearic and Canary Islands to be added to the list of countries with low risk of COVID-19 contagion from Monday

The Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic has updated its list of countries with a low risk of COVID-19 contagion based on available data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and an evaluation of the epidemiological situation. The Balearic and Canary Islands will be added to this list on Monday. It will not be necessary to take a test for COVID-19 when returning from these regions.

As of Monday, 5 October, only the remainder of Spain will stay red. Upon returning from this country, all persons will be obliged to undergo a test for COVID-19 or go into quarantine.

“Additionally, persons returning from Spain who spent more than 12 hours in the country will have to complete an electronic Arrival Form. They must do so before entering the Czech Republic,” says Chief Hygienist of the Czech Republic Jarmila Rážová.

Thanks to the form, the public health authorities will receive the necessary data to conduct potential epidemiological investigations among the persons arriving from countries with an increased risk of the COVID-19 disease. “The measure has a preventive character, which will help us to reduce the risk of bringing in the disease from abroad and limit its further spreading within the country,” adds Rážová. This measure also applies to persons returning from countries not specified in the list of countries with a low risk of COVID-19 contagion – most non-European countries.

Furthermore, persons with symptoms of an incipient infectious disease (elevated temperature, cough, difficulty breathing…) are still obliged to report this fact to their general practitioner. Specifically via telephone or by another means of remote access.

The obligation to undergo a test for COVID-19 disease within 5 days from entering the Czech Republic at one’s own expense also applies. This obligation applies to persons returning from Spain (except for the Balearic and Canary Islands) and countries which are not specified on the list of countries with a low risk of COVID-19 contagion.

The result of the test must now be reported to the public health authority within 7 days of arrival in the Czech Republic. Until notified of the result of the test, travellers from these regions should in particular limit their movements outside of the home, an exception to this being constituted by travel to work, to educational institutions, travel necessary for performance of commercial activity or trips necessary to secure the basic necessities of life, also including 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.

A second test 14 days later will no longer be required of foreign employees. The ban on entry into the territory of the Czech Republic will also no longer apply to foreigners who have a demonstrable relationship with a citizen of the Czech Republic or with a citizen of the European Union with temporary residence in excess of 90 days or permanent residence in the Czech Republic and demonstrably live in a common household with them,
and such a foreigner was issued confirmation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs allowing entry into the Czech Republic.

With regards to testing in other EU countries, PCR tests will now also be recognised from these countries, but they must be no more than 72 hours old. The result of the test must be presented immediately on entry to the territory of the Czech Republic to the regional public health authority with regional jurisdiction. For the purpose of this extraordinary measure, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Swiss Confederation, the Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of San Marino and the Vatican City State will also be classified as member states of the European Union.

The Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic has launched an arrival form. This will have to be filled in before arrival in the Czech Republic by all people who have spent more than 12 hours in the last 14 days within the territory of any countries that are not on the list of countries with a low risk of COVID-19 contagion, with the exception of international transport workers, citizens of the EU and foreigners with long-term or permanent residency in the EU who are in transit via the Czech Republic for no more than 12 hours, as well as diplomats and officials from international organisations registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, if their stay in the country does not exceed 14 days.

Travellers can find the form on the website. 

The form can be printed out or displayed on a mobile device and shown on arrival in the Czech Republic. The form also includes a section about fellow travellers, which only needs to be filled in for family members under the age of 18. They do not fill in their own form, but are part of the form filled in by the adult.

After having been filled in and sent, the user will be sent confirmation of the form having been filled in to the e-mail address specified in the form. The e-mail contains a QR code and link to display the whole of the confirmation, including all of the details which were filled in. After being scanned using any mobile phone, the QR code displays an online version of the given confirmation for authentication purposes. The displayed authentication contains all of the details which were filled in.