Canary Islands to be removed from the list of countries with a low risk of contagion from 14 September

The Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic has updated its list of countries with a low risk of COVID-19 contagion announced last week based on available data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and an evaluation of the epidemiological situation. The Canary Islands will be removed from the list effective from Monday, 14 September. The autonomous region of the Canary Islands will thus be added to the rest of Spain and Romania, and Czech citizens will have to take a test or go into quarantine upon returning from these countries to the Czech Republic.

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Immediately after returning to the Czech Republic from these countries, travellers will be obliged to contact the respective regional public health authority (based on their permanent residence) via telephone or other remote means, and immediately undergo a RT-PCR test for SARS CoV-2 at their own expense. The result must be reported to the given public health authority within 72 hours from their entry to the Czech Republic.

Until then, these people must wear protective respiratory equipment. Their free movement will also be restricted, but they may travel to work and move around at their place of work, travel to educational institutions and move around as part of the performance of this activity, travel for business or similar activities, travel for essential purposes, to ensure child care, to ensure pet care, to use the necessary financial and postal services, to purchase fuel, travel to healthcare facilities and social service facilities, travel to handle urgent official matters, travel back to their place of residence, and travel to attend funerals. If a person does not take a test, they must undergo 14 days of quarantine.

“We recommend that all Czech citizens thoroughly consider whether or not to travel to high-risk countries which have a higher number of cases on the risk map, which we publish regularly. If travel abroad cannot be postponed, it is advisable to follow the principles of safe travel, so as to protect ourselves and others,” said Jarmila Rážová, Chief Hygienist of the Czech Republic.

The Canary Islands currently have a fourteen-day incidence of almost 168 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. All other Spanish autonomous regions, except for Asturias, have an incidence of over 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. For comparison, Spain as a whole has 231 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and the Balearic Islands have 221 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

In France, the fourteen-day incidence also exceeded 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The Ministry of Health hereby emphatically recommends that all travellers reconsider travelling to the Republic of France.

The list of countries based on the risk of contagion is available here.

Recommendations for travellers

  • Avoid places where there are large numbers of people congregating indoors (bars, restaurants, nightclubs, etc.) and try rather 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 warm 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 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.