Increasing coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic are likely to result in Norway applying travel restrictions to the country this week.
The move was signalled on Monday by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), which published similar notifications in July before restrictions were applied to travellers from Spain and Belgium.
Norway’s health authorities designated EEA and Schengen countries as ‘green’ or ‘red’ depending on current infection rates. To remain ‘green’, the figure must be under 20 infections per 100,000 residents in total over the past two weeks.
Once a country is ‘red’, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against travel that is not strictly necessary to that country, and self-quarantine is required for travellers returning or arriving from it. This also means people cannot travel from ‘red’ countries to Norway for tourism.
NIPH said on Monday that it would recommend travel advisories for the Czech Republic to be changed to ‘red’ at the next update scheduled for later this week, unless any change in the situation occurs in the meantime.
The final decision on travel advice is taken by the government based on NIPH assessments.
The Czech Republic has exceeded the 20 per 100,000 resident infections threshold, resulting in the Norwegian public health authority’s forthcoming recommendation.
“New figures show that the Czech Republic is at 26.8 new Covid-19 infections per 100,000 residents for the last 14 days, and the trend is increasing. We are therefore now notifying that, unless the situation changes, NIPH will recommend that the Czech Republic become ‘red’ country and thereby encompassed by quarantine rules,” NIPH head of department Line Vold said in the statement.
Updated quarantine rules and travel advice normally comes into effect at midnight on Friday.
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Ryanair have announced two new routes to/from Prague Airport, starting from August, as part of its extended Summer 2020 schedule.
Following its announcement earlier this week, Ryanair will now operate 23 routes from Prague, including new connections to Košice & Paphos (both with 2 weekly services).
Situated along the island’s southwest coast, Paphos it’s a great base for exploring the rest of Cyprus thanks to its international airport and well-connected roadways, and it just so happens that the entire city has been declared a UNESCO Heritage Site which means there’s no shortage of ancient sites to explore.
The Archaeological Site of Kato Pafos is within walking distance of the central tourist area of the city, and next to the Medieval Castle and the harbour.
Pafos is a year-round destination, but temperatures vary significantly with the seasons. During the height of the summer, the average temperature during the day is about 33°C, while in winter it is about 15°C (60°F).
Tickets for the route can already be purchased on the carrier’s website
Qatar Airways plans to resume Prague-Doha flight from 1 July 2020.
The national carrier of the State of Qatar should fly to Doha three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The carrier will use the modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Qatar Airways has further enhanced its onboard safety measures for passengers and cabin crew. The airline has introduced the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits for cabin crew while onboard, as well as a modified service that reduces interactions between the passengers and the crew inflight.
Passengers will also be required to wear face coverings inflight, with the carrier recommending travelers bring their own for fit and comfort purposes.
Hamad International Airport (HIA) has implemented stringent cleaning procedures and applied social distancing measures throughout its terminals. All passenger touchpoints are sanitized every 10-15 minutes and every boarding gate and bus gate counter is cleaned after each flight.
Prague Airport has recently confirmed that a total of 17 airlines have announced their intention to resume direct flights from Prague. Specifically, 55 destinations have been listed, ten of which are already in operation.