Coronavirus in Czechia: Third-Country Vaccination Certificates, Stricter Airport Checks, Booster Shots, and More

Let us help you stay on top of the most recent COVID-19 news! While fully vaccinated citizens of selected countries will be allowed to enter Czechia for any reason without restrictions, international airports are coming up with stricter checks. Additionally, the Ministry of Health announces the option to get a booster shot after 8 months and the black category has been eliminated from the traveler’s map.

 

Fully-vaccinated Americans can now enter Czechia for any purpose.

Fully-vaccinated Americans can now enter Czechia for any purpose.

 

Some third-country vaccination certificates accepted

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced a list of additional countries whose vaccination certificates are now accepted by the Czech Republic. Holders of these certificates may travel to the Czech Republic for any purpose (and apply for visa) with no additional requirements (regardless of the country’s current color on the traffic-light map).

Keep in mind that you have to be fully vaccinated (both shots + 14 days) by one of the European Medicines Agency (EMA)-approved vaccines. These are:

  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzervria)
  • Moderna (Spikevax)
  • Pfizer BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
  • Covishield 

This exception is valid for all EU member states as well as: Armenia, Bhutan, Brazil, Chile, Iceland, India, Iraq – Kurdish Autonomous Region, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, North Macedonia, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, USA, and the Vatican. The full list along with pictures of certificates is available at the ministry’s website. 

Again, citizens of these countries can arrive in Czechia for any purpose without needing to observe additional restrictions. The only thing they need to do is fill out the passenger locator form

!Make sure you bring your vaccination certificate! 

 

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Stricter airport checks 

Public international airports in Czechia will administer stricter checks of passengers coming into Czechia. They will be double-checking whether all persons adhere to conditions in accordance with the most recent Czech measure. According to the Ministry of Health, it is crucial we adhere to these conditions as the situation west of Czechia has been getting worse.

Those arriving from green and orange countries must fill out the locator form and get tested before entry or within 5 days after arrival (antigen or PCR).

Those arriving from red or dark red countries must get tested (PCR) on the 5th day earliest and 14th day latest after arrival. Before that, they have to self-isolate. They also have to fill out the locator form. 

NOTE: Again, these conditions (aside from the locator form) do not apply to fully vaccinated citizens from the above-mentioned countries vaccinated with the above-mentioned vaccines and persons with a certificate of being COVID-19 positive in the last 180 days.

 

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Black category eliminated from traveler’s map

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of CZ also announced the elimination of the black (extreme risk) country-category from the traffic-light traveler’s map. Countries originally listed in the black category will be automatically moved to the dark red category.

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Booster shots available after 8 months

According to the Czech minister of health, all Czech citizens should be able to get a booster shot (third dose of their COVID-19 vaccine) 8 months after finishing their original vaccination. Booster shots are recommended to people over 60 years of age and risk groups, including health care workers, social workers, and chronically ill people

If you can, consult getting a booster shot with your general practitioner – they are the ones who will likely be administering these shots, given that big vaccination centers are closing down.  

 

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Source article: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ct24, Ministry of Health Twitter
Source photo: ​​JoshuaWoroniecki, pixabay.com

Tereza Walsbergerova

Howdy! I'm Tereza and I'm a wordsmith and literature nerd from Brno. Although I was born and raised in the Czech Republic, I know all too well from my time in Texas what it's like to be a "stranger in a strange land." I am excited to share all kinds of information with y'all!

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