From 15 June, EU citizens returning from countries with a low to medium risk of coronavirus contagion can travel to the Czech Republic without a test

From 15 June 2020, citizens of the European Union with confirmation of temporary residence or permanent residence from countries with a low risk of COVID-19 contagion and foreigners with granted long-term residency in a European Union member state with a low risk of COVID-19 contagion will be permitted to enter the Czech Republic. Czech citizens returning from countries with a low and medium risk of COVID-19 contagion will not have to report this fact to the regional public health authority after entering the Czech Republic. Today the government approved the system for identifying safe countries for travel.

“The favourable epidemiological situation allows us to continue easing the adopted measures. The parameters and criteria of the traffic light system, meaning the system of identifying safe countries for travel, is based on the evaluation of epidemiological criteria in each country. Experts from the Health, Interior and Foreign Affairs Ministries and public health experts cooperated on it. Czechs can travel to and from green and amber countries without restrictions when returning. However, a test for COVID-19 will be required when travelling from red countries. Foreigners arriving to the Czech Republic will have to present a test when travelling from amber and red countries,” said Adam Vojtěch, Minister of Health. The system is called a traffic light according to the colours which should be assigned to individual countries depending on the severity of the COVID-19 contagion in the given country. Green is given to safe countries, amber to countries with a medium risk of contagion, and red to countries with a high risk of contagion.

Member states of the European Union and other states within the Schengen Treaty with a low risk of COVID-19 contagion are currently: Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Croatia, Iceland, Cyprus, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Hungary, Germany, Norway, Poland, Austria, Romania, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland.

Member states of the European Union with a medium risk of COVID-19 contagion are: Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain.

The system will evolve according to the epidemiological situation in the world. The list of countries will be updated at weekly intervals.

At its meeting today, the government also approved another wave of easing measures from 8 June. From this date, the outdoor areas of dining facilities can be open even between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. It will be permitted to try on clothing at farmer’s and other outdoor markets and marketplaces.

The number of visitors at zoos, botanical gardens, arbors and similar facilities, which can be accessed only with a ticket, will newly be restricted so that it does not exceed 250 persons per hectare of the area of the facility in one day. At museums, galleries, exhibition halls and other similar facilities, there may be no more than 500 people at one time, and simultaneously there must be no more than one visitor per 10 m2 of the premises accessible to visitors. There may be at most 500 viewers in the audience at theatres, cinemas, concert halls, circuses and similar venues.

As for the outdoor premises of castles, chateaux and other similar cultural monuments, the number of visitors in one day will be restricted as of so as not to exceed 250 people per hectare of space of the facility. No more than 500 people may be on the indoor premises of the monument at the same time, and simultaneously there must be no more than one visitor per 10 m2 of the premises accessible to visitors.

There may be no more than 500 people at natural and artificial swimming facilities at the same time, and simultaneously there must be no more than one visitor per 10 m2 of the premises accessible to visitors. Visitors are not obliged to wear protective respiratory equipment if they are at least 2 meters from other people. This does not apply to household members and close persons. The restriction of at least 4 m3 per customer is cancelled at saunas.

As of 8 June, the extraordinary measures which ordered, effective from 9 April 2020, all providers of social services providing services in facilities for handicapped persons, seniors’ homes and homes with a special regime, and social service providers providing alleviating services in inpatient form, the regular examination of all employees for the presence of specific antibodies against the COVID-19 disease, is repealed.

Theatre, music, film, and other artistic performances, sports, cultural, religious, association, dance, traditional, and other similar events and other gatherings, exhibitions, festivals, funfairs, shows, tastings, markets, and fairs, educational events, celebrations, both public and private, will be permitted with up to 500 people at one time. This limit does not apply to meetings, congresses and similar events held by constitutional bodies, public authorities, courts and other public entities, which are held by law. In the case of theatres, cinemas, concert halls, circuses and other similar facilities, it is no longer necessary for operators to require the seating of viewers in every second row and maximally two viewers next to each other, with at least one empty seat separating them from others.

At organised training or matches of athletes on outdoor and indoor sports grounds, at most 500 people at one time are permitted. The limit of 500 people will apply also to weddings and church services.