Although the borders between the EU and the Czech Republic seem to be opening more and more before the summer, entry conditions are tightening for arrivals from countries on the red (high risk), dark red (very high risk) and black (extreme risk) lists.

From 1 July 2021, Russia is also included in the list of countries at extreme risk, and from 5 July 2021 also Tunisia.

Foreigners who have stayed in Russia, India or other countries on the list of countries at extreme risk for more than 12 hours during the last 14 days are prohibited from entering the Czech Republic. Return to the Czech Republic is allowed, i.a. only to foreigners who have a permanent residence in the Czech Republic or are EU citizens or family members of an EU citizen with a temporary residence in the Czech Republic. If entry is allowed, strict rules apply, in particular undergoing an RT-PCR test before arrival, within 24 hours after arrival and 10 days after arrival, when it is necessary to complete 10 days of self-isolation.

At the same time, all proceedings on visa applications or residence permits submitted at embassies of the Czech Republic in countries with extreme risk are suspended. The Czech embassies in these countries have closed themselves to foreigners. Admission of applications for visa or residence permits have therefore been discontinued until further notice.

From 1 July 2021, the regime for entry or return from countries with a high risk of infection (red) will also be tightened. Popular tourist destination, the Canary Islands was listed as the red zone country. Similarly to arrival from a very high risk country, it will be necessary to undergo an RT-PCR test after entering the Czech Republic, no earlier than the 5th day after arrival. Self-insulation is required until the test result is received. Czech citizens and EU citizens with temporary or permanent residence in the Czech Republic who are fully vaccinated or have undergone covid-19 in the last 180 days can then undergo an RT-PCR test immediately upon arrival.
 
 
Jana Zelová, Daniela Murad 
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