Ireland and Lithuania have moved to the red category of countries, Madeira will now be dark red

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). From Monday, 15 February, Ireland and Lithuania will be moved to the red category. The Portuguese island of Madeira will become dark red. On the contrary, Iceland will become green and Denmark will be added to the yellow category.

Given the incidence of new mutations of the COVID-19 disease and the community transmission across Europe, the ECDC recommends that all persons postpone their travels unless absolutely essential.

When returning from countries in the dark red category, it will be mandatory to complete an arrival form and submit a PCR test result before entering the Czech Republic. Antigen tests may be at most 24 hours old. PCR tests may be at most 72 hours old. It will then be obligatory to take a second PCR test in the Czech Republic, no sooner than 5 days after arrival. Until the second negative test is submitted, self-isolation is required. This concerns categories of countries with a very high risk of COVID-19 incidence. In addition to the Portuguese island of Madeira, this category includes all the member states of the European Union and third countries which are not specified in this notice.

The red category of countries currently includes Belgium, Bulgaria, France (except overseas territories), Italy, Cyprus, Lithuania, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Croatia, Netherlands (except overseas territories), Poland, Austria, Romania, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, the Azores and the Canary Islands. When returning from these countries, it is mandatory to submit the result of an antigen or PCR test and complete an arrival form. Once again, the antigen tests may be at most 24 hours old and the PCR tests 72 hours old. At the latest 5 days after their arrival, every traveler is also obliged to undertake a PCR test. Until then, they must remain in self-isolation. 

Travelers returning to the Czech Republic from countries in the yellow category must complete an arrival form before returning and also submit the result of an antigen test (no more than 24 hours old) or PCR test (no more than 72 hours old). This category of countries currently includes Finland, Greece, Denmark and Norway.

For dark red, red and yellow categories of countries, it also applies that employees and students are obliged to submit the test results to their employer or school where they study.

Persons returning from countries in the yellow, red and dark red categories are obliged to wear a surgical mask, ideally a respirator, for a period of ten days everywhere outside their homes.

The traffic light system also includes the category of green countries where none of these obligations apply. This category currently includes Iceland, the Vatican City and certain non-union countries.

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