Cyprus to be removed from the list of countries with a low risk of contagion. Malta will move to the yellow category

The Ministry of Health has updated the list of countries with a low risk of contagion on the basis of available data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Cyprus has now been moved to the red category. From Monday, 7 December, a PCR test or quarantine will be mandatory upon returning from this country, as well as the completion of an arrival form. On the contrary, Malta has moved to the yellow category.

Cyprus has thus joined most European countries, which are in the red category. Travelers who have spent more than 12 hours in these countries in the past 14 days are obliged to complete an arrival form before returning to the Czech Republic. Within 5 days from entering the Czech Republic, the given individual must undergo a PCR test and the result must be submitted to the respective regional public health authority within 7 days from arrival. After returning, they may also submit the result of a PCR test from any other EU country which is no more than 72 hours old. This obligation does not apply to persons under 5 years of age. 

Until the result of the test is known, those persons concerned should act with caution and restrict their contact with vulnerable population groups, in particular with senior citizens. They should also consider working from home if the nature of their job allows.

Malta will be classified in the yellow category starting on Monday. This category also includes Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Norway, the Canary and Balearic Islands and the Portuguese Azores and Madeira. When returning from these countries, foreigners who work or study in the Czech Republic must submit the results of a PCR test, even before entering their workplace or the educational institution where they are studying.

The traffic light system also regulates the category of green countries where none of these obligations apply. Given the current epidemiological situation across Europe, the only European countrz classified in this category at present is Vatican City.

The parameters and criteria of the so-called traffic light system are based on evaluation of the epidemiological criteria and indicators in each country.

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