The member states of the EU have mostly reopened their borders for the other EU member states which makes traveling across Europe much easier. Many people are therefore using the opportunity to travel as much as they can. This is despite the fact that the numbers of newly infected people are rising again in many of these European countries. Lots of people are now wondering whether there will be a second wave of COVID-19, or it will be just the continuation of the first one.
Submitting a new application for a visa or residence permit or their extension might be still problematic even though the restrictions on traveling in regards to coronavirus are being gradually lifted. Some embassies have, however, resumed normal operation. Citizens of the “safe” countries can also arrive in the Czech Republic with no restrictions which means that they don’t have to prove the purpose of their stay.
The epidemiologic situation in some countries is constantly worsening and because of that, the European Parliament has recently decided that citizens of these countries won’t be allowed to enter the European Union. This affects particularly countries like the USA, Russia, and Brazil where the situation seems to be especially bleak. The final decision is, however, up to the individual member states. So who can enter the EU and who can arrive in the Czech Republic now that we are still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic?
Even though the Czech Republic has seen a significant spike in new cases of people infected with COVID-19 in the last couple of days, some new changes have been recently announced by the Czech government and media. They are related mainly to the so-called “coronavirus traffic light system”, wearing face masks and traveling from and to non-EU countries.
Are you a student from a non-EU country and not sure if you will be allowed to enter the country for next semester starting in September 2020? Can you leave the Czech Republic for the summer holidays and come back? And what about those who are already back in their homeland? Once the COVID-19 pandemic spread into the Czech Republic, everything came to a halt and borders were closed so no one could get in or out without a good reason. And even then travelling was essentially impossible for a couple of weeks. Now there are updates regarding the arrivals of foreigners from non-EU countries and extensions of long-term residence permits.
While the coronavirus has not yet fully disappeared, European governments are already releasing most of the restrictions previously put in place to stop the disease from spreading rapidly and minimize the pandemic impact. Life in the Czech Republic has mostly returned to normal, however, there are still some changes that have to be made for the situation to be the same as it was before the pandemic.
While the Czech government keeps relaxing the previously introduced restrictions and countermeasures that were put in place to stop the coronavirus from spreading, it is important to remember that the disease might return and it might return soon. After all, it’s still not even gone in the first place. So what can you expect to happen in the foreseeable future?
In the last couple of weeks, we have released articles about changes regarding the coronavirus pandemic. As changes are constantly being made to the gradual lifting of the previously introduced restrictions, it is difficult to stay up to date with the most recent news, which is why we made this summary in which you’ll find all the important information plus some other news.