Employers will be obliged to require a negative COVID-19 test from selected foreign workers

Upon evaluation of the epidemiological situation from the available data of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the Ministry of Health has updated the list of EU countries, of which only Sweden still remains in the red. Newly, a COVID-19 test will be required for workers from Bulgaria, Romania, Portugal and most non-EU countries

Bulgaria, Romania and Portugal remain in the category of green countries, but will also be marked with an asterisk. Nothing changes for Czech citizens travelling to and from these countries. However, from the 20th of July employers will be obliged to request a negative COVID-19 test from foreign workers who travel to the Czech Republic from these countries. The test result must be from the Czech Republic and must be no more than 4 days old.

The measure also includes workers from countries in the red category (Sweden) and countries which are not on the list with a low risk of COVID-19 infection (most non-EU countries). 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.

An exception applies to persons who are merely transiting via the Czech Republic and do not stay for more than 12 hours.

This is a reaction to the increasing number of cases of infection occurring among foreign workers. The epidemiological situation will be reviewed again in one week.

A high risk of infection remains in Sweden, where the epidemiological situation remains unfavorable and which is still in the red category. After returning from EU countries in the red category, it is necessary to present a negative test for COVID-19 or undergo 14-day quarantine. This protective measure applies both to Czech citizens and to citizens of those EU countries who can also travel to the Czech Republic as tourists.

There are no restrictions when travelling from green countries with a low risk of infection. The parameters and criteria are based on the evaluation of epidemiological criteria in each country.

From the 20th of July 2020, for foreigners of all non-EU countries who have a provable relationship with a citizen of the Czech Republic and can prove that they live in a common household together with them, are allowed to travel to the Czech Republic, if such a foreigner was issued confirmation by the Ministry of Foreign affairs allowing entry into the Czech Republic. If the given person is travelling to the Czech Republic from a country in the red category, they must take a COVID-19 test in the Czech Republic immediately.

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).

Public Relations Department
Ing. Gabriela Štěpanyová, Spokesperson, phone: 224 972 167, e-mail: tisk@mzcr.cz