The Czech Republic will reopen its borders to EU and Serbian citizens on June 21, the government announced Monday as the country recovers after being hit hard by the Covid pandemic.
Those arriving will have to show proof of vaccination or of past coronavirus infection (in the last six months) or provide a negative coronavirus test result.
Those who have received just one vaccine shot will be considered vaccinated for entry purposes starting 22 days after the jab is received.
A similar regime is already in place for citizens of EU members Austria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia on a bilateral basis.
“Moreover, we expect that from 1 July only European Union certificates, the so-called green passes, will be recognized,” added Vojtěch.
The Czech government also raised the limit on audiences at cultural events to 1,000 people indoors and 2,000 people outdoors.
In schools, children and teachers will be allowed to stop wearing face masks in the classroom in most regions.
The tourism industry in the Czech Republic has suffered greatly from the coronavirus pandemic. The number of foreign hotel guests in 2020 fell by almost 75% compared to the previous year.
Czech shops, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, and concert halls have been open for weeks, although face masks must still be worn.
The health ministry recorded 386 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, down from 512 on the same day a week ago and 696 two weeks ago.
The official death toll has risen to 30,193, increasing by 29 on the day, which includes revisions to previous days, according to ministry data.
Daily deaths have fallen from peaks of over 200 in March. Hospitalizations have dropped to below 300, the lowest since mid-September last year when infections had started to surge.
The daily infection numbers have been falling steadily, with fewer than 500 new cases per day over the past week.