Spain will be removed from the list of countries with low risk of contagion

The Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic has confirmed its list of countries with a low risk of COVID-19 contagion announced last week based on available data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and an evaluation of the epidemiological situation. Spain will be removed from the list effective from Monday, 24 August. People returning from Spain after 24 August will have to be tested for COVID-19 or go into quarantine. New rules will also apply to the employers of workers from high-risk countries.

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From Monday, 24 August, there will be changes applicable to Czech citizens and foreigners arriving in the Czech Republic from Spain. The country will be removed from the list of countries with low risk of COVID-19 contagion. Immediately after returning to the Czech Republic, travelers will be obliged to contact the respective regional public health authority (based on their permanent residence) via telephone or other remote means, and immediately undergo a RT-PCR test for SARS CoV-2 at their own expense. The result must be reported to the given public health authority within 72 hours from their entry to the Czech Republic.

Until then, these people must wear protective respiratory equipment. Their free movement will also be restricted, but they may travel to work and move around at their place of work, travel to educational institutions and move around as part of the performance of this activity, travel for business or similar activities, travel for essential purposes, to ensure child care, to ensure pet care, to use the necessary financial and postal services, to purchase fuel, travel to healthcare facilities and social service facilities, travel to handle urgent official matters, travel back to their place of residence, and travel to attend funerals. However, people returning from Spain may still use public transit and taxi services. If a person does not take a test, they must undergo 14 days of quarantine.

People who travel to the Czech Republic from the autonomous community of the Canary Islands are however exempt from this measure. People who have spent less than 12 hours in Spain and children under five years of age are also not required to take a test.

Based on frequent cases of COVID-19 contagion among the participants of mass events during vacations in Croatia, who subsequently have dozens of positive contacts, the Ministry of Health recommends that these travelers behave prudently upon returning to the Czech Republic, monitor their health condition and in the case of symptoms, contact their general practitioner (or on-call physician) immediately via telephone.

Upon returning from Croatia, we recommend that travelers:

  • Monitor their medical condition
  • In the case of symptoms, remain at home and contact the general practitioner via telephone
  • Wash their hands frequently with soap and water and use disinfectant
  • Sneeze into disposable tissues or their sleeve
  • Avoid mass events and maintain a safe distance from others

From 24 August 2020, the filing of applications for short-term visas for the purpose of employment will be eased for Ukrainian nationals. At the same time, restrictions on free movement in the Czech Republic, 14 days after returning from abroad, continue to apply to both foreigners and Czech citizens returning from high-risk countries. Every person who enters the territory of the Czech Republic by crossing a border and who is not ordered into quarantine must observe the rules of restricted free movement of persons. The rules for workers from high-risk countries are being tightened, with the obligation of a second test after 14 days from entering the Czech Republic, due to the relatively high spreading of the disease among these communities. If a test with a negative result is not submitted, workers from countries which are not on the list of countries with a low risk of COVID-19 contagion, who have stayed for more than 12 hours in the last 14 days in the territory of these countries, will be prohibited from entering all of the employer’s facilities and workplaces. The same obligation applies for educational institutions with respect to students and teachers.