In recent days, European countries have been responding to the deteriorating epidemiological situation in the Czech Republic. Some countries have classified the Czech Republic or part of it among the risk areas and have tightened the conditions for entry into their territory for people who have stayed here, while others prohibit it altogether.
Which countries have recently included the Czech Republic in the list of high-risk countries and where is it necessary to count on restrictions at the borders?
With effect from September 11, 2020, Belgium placed the Prague region in the red category at its coronavirus traffic light. On the way from Prague, people arriving in Belgium have to quarantine for 14 days and provide a negative COVID-19 test.
UPDATE: As of September 16, 2020 (with real effect from September 18, 2020, from 16:00), the Central Bohemia, South Bohemian and Pilsen region, Liberec, Hradec Králové and Pardubice regions, and Vysočina and South Moravian Region will also be considered as red zones from the Belgian point of view.
Apart from above-mentioned regions, the rest of the Czech Republic remains in the orange category. Before travelling to Belgium, all passengers must fill in the form used to contact the traveller if an infection is detected and to trace their contacts if necessary.
Estonia has removed the Czech Republic from the list of safe states on July 24, 2020. The country updates the list every week, now the residents from the Czech Republic must quarantine for 14 days when travelling to Estonia in the week from 14 to 20 September. From September 1, 2020, the quarantine can be shortened to seven days by providing two negative tests. Latvia and Lithuania have introduced similar measures for Czech citizens.
Cyprus announced the addition of the Czech Republic among high-risk countries on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. People who have been in the Czech Republic for the past 14 days are not allowed on the island from September 18. Exceptions to the border crossing will be exempted, for example, by the citizens of Cyprus and their family members or permanent residents. However, they must pass the COVID-19 test upon arrival and enter the two-week quarantine, regardless of whether they tested positive or negative.
Denmark has included the Czech Republic in the list of high-risk countries due to the high increase in coronavirus infections. From midnight on September 11, 2020, only those who have an adequate reason to travel are admitted to Denmark from the Czech Republic. Tourists from the Czech Republic are not allowed to enter the country.
Since August, the Czech Republic has been among the countries from which it is not possible to travel freely to Finland. Passengers from the Czech Republic can only arrive in Finland in justified cases (work, family, school). These reasons must be documented by the Czech citizen. A 14-day quarantine is recommended upon arrival.
Since September 10, 2020, Germany has included the Prague region in the list of risk areas. For travellers coming to Germany from Prague, a negative test for coronavirus not older than 48 hours will be required. Those who do not have it must, according to the current rules, go into quarantine and get tested in Germany.
UPDATE: On September 16, Germany will update the list of high-risk countries. Given the current unfavourable epidemic situation in the Czech Republic, it is possible that other Czech regions will be added to the high risk areas.
Hungary banned the entry of foreigners from September 1 to October 1, 2020, with a few exceptions, due to the growing number of coronavirus infections. Budapest has granted an exemption to citizens of the Visegrad Four countries who can enter Hungary if they have booked at least one day stay before September 1. 2020, together with a negative test of no more than five days.
Before travelling, the residents from the Czech Republic must fill in an online form stating the reason for their travel to the country and after sending it, they will receive an e-mail, which must be submitted at the Irish border. Czech citizens then have to undergo quarantine, which can be up to 14 days, depending on the length of their stay in Ireland.
The Netherlands has ranked Prague among the risk regions since September 15, 2020, due to a rising number of coronavirus cases. People who have stayed in the Czech Republic are required to undergo a ten-day quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands. This does not apply to transit through the Netherlands, including transfers at airports or for certain professions, if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19.
UPDATE: As of September 22, 2020, the Netherlands has placed the whole Czech Republic among high-risk countries. When travelling to the Netherlands, the residents of the Czech Republic must both provide a negative COVID-19 test result and undergo a quarantine.
People arriving from the Czech Republic must undergo a ten-day quarantine with effect from August 8, 2020. During the quarantine period, it is required to stay at one address – accommodation in camps, under a tent or motorhome tourism does not meet the conditions for a quarantine stay. A negative test for COVID-19 is not required and cannot replace quarantine upon arrival in the country.
From Friday, September 18, Slovakia will add the Czech Republic among the risk countries. When travelling to Slovakia, with few exceptions, the residents of the Czech Republic will have to submit a negative COVID-19 test result or undergo a quarantine and then get tested. Exceptions to the restrictions will include commuters, students, teachers, health professionals or athletes.
Since August 6, 2020, the Czech Republic has been on the Slovenian list of countries whose citizens are required to enter a two-week quarantine after entering. From September 13, the duration of the quarantine was reduced from 14 to 10 days and the validity of the COVID-19 test results was extended from 36 hours to 48 hours after the test was taken while adding that the test must not be taken in Slovenia.
The Czech Republic is also included in the high-risk countries of Switzerland. From September 14, Czechs will have to quarantine for ten days upon the arrival.
Since August 29, 2020, the country has included the Czech Republic together with other countries on its quarantine list. People arriving in the United Kingdom from the Czech Republic must undergo a quarantine period of 14 days. With a few exceptions, all passengers must complete a contact form before travelling to UK.