Unvaccinated visitors from several EU countries will now be mandatory undergo a pre-departure test, a post-arrival PCR test, and undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine, according to the Czech Ministry of Health.
Nine European countries were affected but to a different degree. Germany, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Andorra were added to the dark red list (very high risk countries).
This means that unvaccinated tourists from these countries will be subject to all of the limitations listed above.
Other countries that suffer the same fate are Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Croatia, Latvia, Hungary, Netherlands, Ireland, Austria, Greece, Estonia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
All third countries that are not listed in green belong to the dark red list.
The Canary Islands and Madeira, as well as Romania, were added to the -red list- (an high-risk country.) In practice, visitors to these areas must meet the same requirements for the “dark red” classification.
The adjustments were based on data retrieved from the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the minister (ECDC).
The last affected was Spain, which was transferred to the -orange list- “country with medium risk”.
Visitors from “orange” countries have the option of submitting a negative COVID-19 test prior to departure or at the airport.
This category also includes Malta, France, Italy, Monaco and Portugal.
Vaccinated travelers and those who recovered from COVID-19 within the past 180 days are exempt from testing and quarantine.
The situation in Czech is very worrying. Chief Hygienist Pavla Svrinová warned today, calling on medical students to help out in hospitals, as well as a statewide blockade and mandatory vaccinations, are all on the table.
“Of course these possibilities are being considered. We are starting to run out of staff, especially in hospitals, retirement homes and welfare facilities,” she said on a radio show.
For now, Vatican City is the only European country on Czech’s green list.
As of September 22, the country had an average of 487 daily infections. Eight weeks later, it had surpassed 14,442, an increase of 2.965%.
Inspired by the “Bavarian” approach, visitors who do not present a valid vaccination certificate or proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the past six months will not be able to visit various public and private locations.