The Ministry of Health has updated the worldwide traffic light system, most European countries now belong to the green category

The Ministry of Health has updated the list of countries ranked by risk of contagion on the basis of available data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The traffic light system regulates the categories of countries to which respective anti-epidemic measures apply when returning to the Czech Republic. As of today, the green category will newly include Bulgaria, Italy, Lichtenstein, Hungary, Norway, Austria, Slovakia, Germany, the Balearic Islands and Madeira. The orange category with a moderate risk of contagion includes Denmark, Latvia and Monaco.

Travel to the Czech Republic without restrictions is possible from countries with a low risk of contagion (green category).This category includes Albania, Bulgaria, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Lichtenstein, Hungary, Malta, Norway, Poland, Austria, San Marina, North Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia, Germany, Serbia, Vatican City and the Balearic Islands and Madeira. Of non-European countries or parts thereof, it includes Australia, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Macau, New Zealand, Singapore, USA, Thailand and Taiwan.

The next category contains countries with have a moderate risk of contagion (yellow category). Before returning from these countries, it is necessary to complete an Arrival form and if the passenger uses public transport to return (in particular by air, train or bus), they must also take an antigen or PCR test even before returning to the Czech Republic. When travelling to the Czech Republic using individual transport, a test is not required before commencing travel, but an antigen or RT-PCR test must be taken at latest by the fifth day after arriving in the Czech Republic. This category of countries currently includes Andorra, Belgium, Denmark, France, Croatia, Ireland, Cyprus, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxemburg, Monaco, Portugal (now including the Azores), Greece, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the Canary Islands.

The traffic light system also includes the category of countries with high risk (red category).This category currently includes the Netherlands and Spain. Persons returning from these countries must complete an Arrival form before arrival. They are also obliged to take an antigen or PCR test before returning to the Czech Republic, if they are arriving via public transport. After arriving in the Czech Republic, they must undergo a PCR test within 5 days. Until the results of the PCR, the given person must remain in self-isolation. When travelling to the Czech Republic using individual transport, a test is not required before commencing travel, but a RT-PCR test must be taken within 5 days after arriving in the Czech Republic and self-isolation is required until the result is known.

Other countries belong to the category of countries with very high risk (dark red category). Persons returning from these countries must complete an Arrival Form and take an antigen or PCR test even before returning, if they are using public transport to travel. These persons are obliged to undergo a PCR test no sooner than 5 days and no later than 14 days after arrival in the Czech Republic. Until then, they must remain in self-isolation. When travelling to the Czech Republic using individual transport, a test is not required before commencing travel, but a RT-PCR test must be taken no sooner than 5 days and no later than 14 days after arriving in the Czech Republic. Until then, self-isolation is required.

The conditions of return do not apply to persons who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days. The obligation to complete an Arrival form remains in effect. The complete conditions for returning to the Czech Republic from abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic are available here.

Due to the possible spread of new variants of the virus, the Ministry of Health has prohibited travel to countries with an extremely high risk of the spread of these mutations (black category), unless absolutely necessary. This specifically concerns Botswana, Brazil, India, South Africa, Colombia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Peru, Swaziland/Eswatini, Tanzania (including the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba), Zambia and Zimbabwe.

A list of countries based on the risk of contagion is available here.