Czech Ministry of Health has banned trips to Russia and Tunisia

The Ministry of Health has banned travelling from the Czech Republic to Russia from July 1 due to the spread of coronavirus delta mutations. From July 5, it will also be impossible to travel to Tunisia, which is one of the most popular Czech destinations for the summer holidays.

A decree passed by the Ministry of Health prohibits all citizens of the Czech Republic and foreigners living in the Czech Republic from entering countries with an extremely high risk of COVID-19 infection. Today this list consists of 14 countries, including, for example, India or several countries in Africa and South America. From July 1, Russia, Paraguay and Namibia will be added to the list. The new measure is valid until July 31. The ban does not refer to citizens of these countries as well as on trips that cannot be postponed and that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been notified of in advance.

The Ministry of Health writes that the ban is aimed at preventing further import of coronavirus mutations into the Czech Republic and their spread in the country. A significant increase in the number of infected people was noted in Russia in June, mainly due to the spread of more contagious delta mutations of the coronavirus. In Tunisia, the number of new cases of covid-19 infection has been steadily rising since May, and in recent weeks the proportion of positive tests has remained above 30%. “The safe border set by the EU is about 4%,” the ministry claimed in a written statement.

Tourists are obliged to present a test before entering the Czech Republic when coming back from the dark-red or black zone countries, and then two more PCR tests within two weeks. By the end of this period, they must be self-isolated and wear a respirator.


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