Cyprus, the Netherlands, Norway, San Marino and Slovenia to now be included in the red category of countries ranked according to risk of contagion. Ireland to be dark 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, 6 September. Cyprus, the Netherlands, Norway, San Marino and Slovenia will move to the red category. The orange category will newly include Romania and the Azores. On the contrary, Ireland will move to the dark red category. The black category, including countries with an extreme risk of contagion, will be abolished – countries in this category will be moved to the dark red category.

The category of countries with a low risk of contagion (the green category) includes Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Vatican City State. From among the non-European countries or parts thereof, it includes Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Macau, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Taiwan. On Monday, 6 September, Albania, Serbia and Brunei  will be removed from the green category.

The next category contains countries which have a moderate risk of contagion (orange category). This category of countries includes Croatia, Luxembourg, Latvia, Austria, Romania, Italy, Finland, Malta and the Azores.

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 Andorra, Bulgaria, Belgium, Denmark, Iceland, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Norway, Lithuania, Lichtenstein, Monaco, Germany, Estonia, France, Greece, San Marino, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain incl. the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands, and Portugal incl. Madeira. 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 to the Czech Republic, 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 vaccination of third-country citizens who have completed vaccination from a non-EU country with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency or its equivalent vaccine approved by the World Health Organisation for emergency use is also recognised. These persons must also have been issued a verifiable certificate, which is published in the list of certificates on the website of the Ministry of Health. This may also include vaccinations from countries for which an implementing act has been concluded and they issue a certificate under the EU COVID regulation. The complete conditions for returning to the Czech Republic from abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic are available here (only in the Czech language).

Family members of citizens of the Czech Republic or other EU Member States are newly allowed to come to the country and apply for a visa.

A list of countries according to risk of infection can be found here.