Three countries have decided to tighten measures for Czech citizens due to the epidemiological situation in the Czech Republic as the daily increase in coronavirus cases in recent weeks is about 200, much more than at the beginning of July.
During Thursday night, Slovenia became the latest country to change the rules for Czechs and, suddenly, put the Czech Republic on the list of medium-risk countries.
Upon entering the country, a two-week quarantine is mandatory for Czech citizens. If they only need to pass through the country, this restriction does not apply to them, but the transit must not exceed 12 hours, the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated on its website.
On Thursday, Norway also imposed restrictions on the Czechs – they have to spend ten days in quarantine after entering the Scandinavian country. Oslo placed Czechia on the traffic-light system “red” list together with France, Switzerland, and Monaco. Norwegians are also advised to travel to these four countries only when necessary.
Currently, Norway allows free travel to people from countries that have registered less than 20 coronavirus cases per 100,000 population in the last two weeks, which is not the case for the Czech Republic.
This week, Ukraine also decided to include Czechia among countries with an unfavorable epidemiological situation. Thus, upon their arrival in Ukraine, Czechs have to submit a negative coronavirus test or stay in quarantine.
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RegioJet has announced it will stop selling train tickets to Ljubljana due to a change in travel conditions to Slovenia.
The train connections from the Czech Republic to Croatia will not be affected by the new restriction. The carrier allows all the passengers to request the ticket cancellation and refunds, said RegioJet spokesman Aleš Ondrůj.
Passengers will receive further information via SMS.
One-way fares tickets to Croatia cost CZK 590 per person, with the compartments available for groups. Berths in couchette coaches for individuals or groups start at CZK 790 per person.
All fares include seat reservation, free coffee, and breakfast, WiFi, and access to free entertainment services.
The service will operate three times a week between the Croatian coastal town of Rijeka and Prague, Pardubice, Brno, and Břeclav in the Czech Republic, Bratislava in Slovakia, and Csorna in Hungary.
The service will run between June 30 and September 26, and the fact that as many as 30 thousand tickets were sold in the first two weeks speaks clearly about the great interest for this offer.
The service also includes bus connections to 30 locations on the Croatian coast, which will be available for an additional fee of CZK 200 or 300 depending on the distance.
RegioJet a.s. is a private Czech provider of rail and bus passenger transport and a leading long-distance railway company in Central Europe. They have 20 million passengers a year, 11 million in rail and 9 million in bus transport.
Due to a rising number of COVID-19 cases over the past few days, Slovenia has decided to remove the Czech Republic from its “green list” of epidemiologically safe countries and put it on the “yellow list” of less safe countries, the government’s spokesman Jelko Kacin said in Ljubljana.
He explained to a press conference that the government had made the decision on Thursday and that it would enter into force as of midnight Saturday.
Czechs can freely come to Slovenia only if they own property in that country or have booked some tourist accommodation.
In addition to the Czech Republic, Croatia and France have also been demoted to the yellow list while Belgium and the Netherlands have been promoted to the “green list”.
A few days ago, Kacin explained what it means to be on the “yellow list”. “If the country is placed on the yellow list, then a Slovenian citizen or foreigner with permanent or temporary residence in Slovenia – if they come from the EU or the Schengen area – enters Slovenia without quarantine. For other persons, a 14-day quarantine is mandatory,” he said, but also stated that there are 15 exceptions to that decision.
You can find the list of exceptions here
According to Gantar, a new government decision and the tightening of epidemiological measures are needed as part of the deteriorating situation in the region, but also in Slovenia, where more and more new local infections are being transmitted after the virus was imported, especially from “red list” countries such as Serbia, North Macedonia, BiH and Kosovo.
There were 132 new COVID-19 cases reported in the Czech Republic on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 12,046.
7,797 of them have been recovered, 349 people died. There are currently 3,900 infected in the country.
For more info, check out the Slovenian Ministry of Interior website