Czech Republic ready to “normalize” travel with twenty European countries
The government on Monday unveiled a map of “safe” versus “high-risk” destinations eagerly awaited by travel agencies and holiday makers. As of mid-June Czechs should be able to travel to the vast majority of European states without restrictions in what is a bid to boost the tourist industry at home and abroad.
The red-yellow-green distinction, based on the principle of traffic lights, was compiled on the basis of data provided by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and will be updated every fortnight depending on how the pandemic develops. Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček stressed that travel restrictions could still come from other countries.
“The loosening of travel restrictions as of June 15 is the first step on the road to normalizing travel with the twenty European countries that we have identified as “low-risk”, in other words “safe” destinations, and all our immediate neighbours are among them. Naturally they will need to have their say, not all of the negotiations have been concluded and if they decide to maintain some restrictions on travel, then their conditions will be valid. However this classification is a key step towards reaching agreements and coordinating our decisions.”
Foreign visitors arriving from the “safe” destinations will be able to enter the Czech Republic without any restrictions, those coming from medium and high-risk countries will need to produce a COVID negative test in order to be granted entry to the Czech Republic.
Czech citizens travelling abroad are also advised to register with the Foreign Ministry’s travel data base DROZD which will facilitate assistance in the event of problems.