The Czech Ministry of Health will tighten the conditions for entering the country. The measure is aimed at combating the new omicron coronavirus strain.
From Monday, December 27, tourists and foreigners without a permanent residence permit coming from countries with a low and medium (green and orange) risk of infection will have to undergo a PCR test, regardless of their vaccination or overcoming COVID-19.
The unvaccinated will have to pass the PCR test even after returning to the Czech Republic, between the fifth and seventh day.
However, authorities in the Czech Republic have stressed that exemptions will be applied for children vaccinated under the age of 18 as well as for persons who have taken the booster dose.
The conditions for returning to the Czech Republic will not change for Czech citizens, EU citizens and citizens of third countries with temporary or permanent residence.
Pro Čechy se při návratu do ČR nic nemění
Pro občany ČR, občany EU a občany třetích zemí s přechodným či trvalým pobytem na území ČR zůstanou podmínky návratu do země stejné jako doposud.
— Ministerstvo zdravotnictví (@ZdravkoOnline) December 23, 2021
“The Ministry of Health adopted a new protective measure, which changes the rules of travel to the Czech Republic for foreigners. The new rules will apply from December 27, 2021. For citizens of the Czech Republic, citizens of the EU and third countries with temporary or permanent residence in the Czech Republic, the conditions for returning to the country will remain the same as before,” the statement published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reads.
Laboratories in the Czech Republic registered 7,682 new cases on Wednesday, which is some 4,000 less than on the same day a week ago and the lowest daily increase since November 1.
The number of people hospitalized with Covid is also dropping. On Wednesday there were 4,453 people requiring hospital care with Covid, of whom 800 are in a serious condition.
The number of people hospitalized with Covid has dropped by 1,400 in the course of the past week.