The Ministry of Health hereby issues recommendations for Czech citizens travelling to Croatia and France

On the basis of the available data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and on the basis of the evaluation of the epidemiological situation, the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic will not change its list of countries with a low risk of COVID-19 infection for the next week. It does, however, issue strong recommendations for all Czech citizens travelling to Croatia and France where the epidemiological situation is deteriorating.

Spain and Romania remain red. On returning from these countries, a test for COVID-19 must be taken in the Czech Republic within 72 hours of your return. This rule also applies to foreign workers from these countries and also from all countries marked with an asterisk in the list, as well as all countries not included in the list from outside the EU. From Monday on, Luxembourg and Malta will be the only countries in the list with an asterisk. In view of the improving situation, workers from Belgium and Bulgaria employed in the Czech Republic will no longer be obliged to undergo testing when entering the Czech Republic.

The Ministry of Health is paying increased attention to and evaluating the situation in Croatia and France on a daily basis. This is due to the fact that the numbers of infected people increased there last week. In Croatia, the Split-Dalmatia county poses an increased epidemiological risk. In France, an increased risk is posed by the Île-de-France and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur regions. The Ministry of Health strongly recommends that Czech citizens travelling to these countries observe basic hygiene rules.

“Czech citizens should take our recommendations very seriously and certainly not underestimate the situation. It is necessary to keep a safe distance from others, to wear a mask and regularly wash or disinfect your hands in places where larger numbers of people are present. Czech citizens should also carefully consider whether to attend large events in these locations. Unfortunately, is it precisely such parties on the coast which are a source of infection, the result of this being dozens of positive contacts across the whole of the Czech Republic,” said Jarmila Rážová, Chief Public Health Officer of the Czech Republic, explaining the situation.

Recommendations of the Chief Public Health Officer of the Czech Republic for travel to Croatia and France

  • Avoid places where there are large numbers of people congregating indoors (bars, restaurants, nightclubs, etc.) and try rather to stay outside in the fresh air.
  • Keep a safe distance of at least 2 metres from people you do not know, both indoors and outdoors (restaurant gardens and beaches, etc.).
  • When travelling by public transport or in other places where large numbers of people congregate, use a mask or other means of protecting your mouth and nose if possible.
  • Observe the principles of hand hygiene. If you do not have any disinfectant with you, wash your hands carefully with soap and hot water, in particular before eating or after travelling by public transport.
  • If different or stricter conditions are imposed in the given country, we strongly recommend that you observe them!

Recommendations of the Chief Public Health Officer of the Czech Republic after returning from Croatia and France

  • Monitor your state of health for a period of 14 days.
  • If you exhibit any symptoms, stay home and contact your general practitioner by telephone.
  • Avoid public events and keep a safe distance of at least 2 metres from others.
  • Carefully consider visiting retirement homes and other vulnerable population groups. If you do decide to visit, do not forget to use a covering for your mouth and nose.
  • When travelling by public transport or in other places where large numbers of people congregate, use a mask or other means of protecting your mouth and nose if possible.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and use disinfectant
  • Sneeze into a disposable tissue or your sleeve