The Ministry of Health has simplified protective measures and has cancelled the obligation to undergo self-isolation upon return from abroad

With effect from Wednesday 27 October, the Ministry of Health is issuing a new protective measure regulating the conditions for returning from abroad. Returns from red and dark red countries will no longer require self-isolation. However, you are still required to fill out an arrival form, take a test and wear a respirator when you return.

The new measure is a response to the court decision, which the Ministry of Health respects as much as possible. As of Wednesday, travelers from red and dark red category countries will have to fill in an arrival form before returning to the Czech Republic and also undergo an antigen or PCR test if they use public transport to return.

The return testing policy does not apply to persons who are at least 14 days post-full vaccination (14 days after the second dose in the case of a two-dose schedule, 14 days post-vaccination in the case of a single-dose schedule) or to those who have had The Covid-19 disease in the past 180 days. The obligation to complete an Arrival form remains in effect. The form has had 633,820 completions in the last month, making it an important tool in the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic

The new safeguard no longer includes conditions for returning from countries at extreme risk of infection (black category), as no country is included in this category.

“We wanted to reflect the court’s decision as much as possible. We have therefore issued a new protective measure that is simplified and more comprehensible and takes the court decision into account,” explains Health Minister Adam Vojtěch.

Also new are revised conditions for short-term travel of up to 12 or 24 hours or the removal of the accompanying obligation to report travel to schools and employers – consequently removing the employer’s obligation not to allow a person who is to be self-isolated to work.