France and Greece to move to the orange category of countries with a low risk of contagion
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). France and Greece will move to the orange category from Monday, 14 December. Czechs will thus be able to return from these countries without restrictions. A test when returning from orange countries must be presented by foreigners who work or study in the Czech Republic.
France and Greece will thus joint Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Malta, the Canary and Balearic Islands and the Portuguese Azores and Madeira in the orange category. 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.
Most European countries are still 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.
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 country classified in this category at present is Vatican City.
The parameters and criteria of the “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.