The Czech Republic’s authorities have announced that the country will continue to impose entry rules on foreigners based on their country of origin.
This means that the traffic light system will remain in place until a further update, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
“With effect from 7 March, the Ministry of Health issued a new protective measure updating the so-called traffic light. The traffic light is now only relevant for the entry of foreigners. The classification of countries into individual categories does not change,” the statement of the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Health reads.
Currently, all European Union and Schengen Area countries, with the exception of the Vatican City State and Malta, are part of Czechia’s dark red list. Vatican City City is placed on the green list whereas Malta is placed on the red list.
All travellers who reach Czechia from one of the EU/Schengen Area countries need to fill in an arrival form.
Moreover, they are also required to present one of the certificates that is part of the EU Digital COVID Pass – a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate.
Czechia accepts all vaccination certificates that prove that the holder has completed primary vaccination with one of the approved vaccine doses in the last 270 days. Vaccination passes indicating immunisation with a booster shot are also accepted, and they remain valid for an indefinite period.
“Persons who have a maximum of 270 days from the completed vaccination are considered vaccinated. After a booster dose and in the case of people under 18, the vaccination certificate is valid indefinitely. Vaccines outside the European Union and people who have had covid-19 abroad must check that their certificate is recognised,” the Ministry noted.
Recovery certificates are also accepted as valid proof for entry if the document proves that the holder has tested positive with the virus not more than 180 days ago.
As for negative COVID-19 tests, the authorities have explained that Czechia accepts both rapid antigen and PCR tests. In order for the tests to be recognised upon entry, the rapid antigen test must be taken within 24 hours before entry, and the PCR test must be taken within 72 hours before entry.
Travellers from third countries reaching Czechia from highly-affected areas must also meet entry rules in order to be permitted entry to Czechia. They need to fill in the entry form too, as well as present one of the above-mentioned certificates.
Nonetheless, unvaccinated and unrecovered third-country travellers who plan on entering Czechia by presenting a negative test result should note that they need to undergo a second PCR test after arrival between the fifth and the seventh day.
The authorities have emphasised that the current COVID-19 entry rules do not apply to nationals of Ukraine due to the ongoing war.