The Czech Republic’s authorities have announced that unvaccinated and unrecovered travellers from France and Madeira will now need to follow additional entry rules upon their arrival.
Based on the epidemiological risk assessment published by the Ministry of Health, the new changes that will enter into force on December 13 will affect the citizens of France and Madeira since the two territories will be moved to the dark red list, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Based on the current entry rules that Czechia has, all unvaccinated and unrecovered travellers from France and Madeira must fill in an arrival form and submit the completion confirmation at border control upon request.
Nonetheless, the requirement to present the arrival form applies only to those who don’t use individual transport.
“The arrival form does not have to be filled in by persons travelling by individual transport throughout the journey, i.e. travel by a means of transport in which only members of one household are transported,” the Czech Republic’s authorities explained.
Moreover, travellers from France and Madeira who haven’t been vaccinated or recovered from the COVID-19 are required to take a PCR or rapid antigen test before entry.
In addition, they are also required to undergo a second test upon their entry into Czechia. The test must be taken after the fifth day of arrival but not later than the 14th day.
“After entering the territory of the Czech Republic, the obligation to undergo the RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus between the 5th and 7th day applies,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated.
Except for France and Madeira, Czech Republic’s dark red list also includes Andorra, Belgium, Denmark, Croatia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Latvia, Hungary, Germany, the Netherlands, Cyprus, Norway, Monaco, Ireland, Iceland, Austria, Greece, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and other third countries.
Additionally, through the same update, it has been revealed that the Azores and the Canary Islands will now be moved to the orange category.
Travellers who reach Czechia from one of the two archipelagos by using other forms rather than individual transport must fill in the entry form.
Moreover, unvaccinated and unrecovered travellers from the Azores and the Canary Islands must take a PCR or rapid antigen tests before or five days after entering Czechia. The PCR test must be taken within 72 hours, whereas the rapid antigen test must be taken within 48 hours.
Previously, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that Czechia would soon shorten the validity of vaccination certificates. Starting from January 2022, vaccination certificates will be valid for nine months only.