The list of countries with low risk of contagion remains unchanged; Ministry of Health issues recommendations on how to behave at seaside locations

Following the periodical evaluation of data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the list of countries with a low risk of COVID-19 contagion remains unchanged. The list of European countries still excludes Romania, which remains red. The Ministry of Health has also prepared a list of recommendations that Czech citizens should observe at seaside locations.

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Czech citizens returning from Romania must still report to the regional public health authority and take a COVID-19 test. If they do not, they must go into quarantine.

This measure also applies to people returning from all the countries not specified in the list of countries with a low risk of contagion – this means most non-European countries.

Employers must continue to require a negative COVID-19 test from employees from Bulgaria, Portugal, Luxembourg, Sweden, Romania and Spain. The test result must be from the Czech Republic and be no more than 4 days old.

This rule also applies to countries not on the list of countries with a low risk of COVID-19 (most countries outside the EU). It also applies to citizens of those countries who spent more than 12 hours in the given countries in the preceding 14 days. If these persons do not submit a test, they cannot be allowed to enter the given employer’s facilities and workplaces. There is an exception for people only transiting via the Czech Republic who do not stay for over 12 hours.

The need for foreign workers from some countries to have a negative COVID-19 test is a response to the increased number of cases of infection occurring among foreign workers. The epidemiological situation will be reviewed again in one week.

In all EU+ countries except Romania, the risk of contagion is currently low (green traffic light). However, just as in the Czech Republic, they are seeing local outbreaks. No restrictions apply to Czech nationals when returning from these countries. However, these local epicentres do pose an increased epidemiological risk, which is why citizens should take this fact into consideration when planning their journeys.

The Ministry of Health has also compiled a list of recommendations which should be observed when visiting seaside locations.

All citizens should:

  • avoid places where there are large numbers of people congregating indoors (bars, restaurants, night clubs, etc.),
  • maintain social distancing of at least 2 metres – indoors and outdoors,
  • use a face mask when travelling via public transport,
  • observe proper hand hygiene – especially before meals and after travelling via public transport,
  • if there are different or stricter conditions in the given country, we strongly recommend observing them.

If the epidemiological situation worsens, particularly in Spain, Sweden, Bulgaria, Belgium and Portugal, these states may quickly be removed from the list of countries with a low risk of contagion. A list of countries according to the risk of contagion is available here, and a list of local outbreaks within the EU is provided below. Additional information on travel to and from countries outside the EU can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (only in the Czech language).

High-risk regions in European countries

Under the current COVID-19 epidemiological situation, we consider the following regions in individual countries to be risky:

Austria

  • Upper Austria
  • Vienna

Switzerland

  • Geneva

Sweden

  • Västerbotten
  • Västra Götaland
  • Gävleborg

Bulgaria

  • Sofia
  • Varna
  • Plovdiv

Croatia

  • Vukovar-Syrmia County
  • Zagreb County
  • Osijek-Baranja County
  • Split-Dalmatia County

Spain

  • Catalunya
  • Aragon
  • Navarra
  • Basque Country

Portugal

  • Lisbon