Belgium adds Prague to list of red COVID-19 risk areas, requiring quarantine on arrival

The rest of the Czech Republic remains in Belgium's yellow category, which carries a recommendation but not requirement for quarantine

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Published on 09.09.2020 13:06 (updated on 09.09.2020)

Brussels/Prague, Sept 9 (CTK) – Belgium has decided to add Prague to the red zone on its COVID-19 traffic light map, requiring a mandatory two-week quarantine for those returning from the Czech capital, the Czech embassy in Brussels said today.

The rest of the Czech Republic remains in the yellow category, where quarantine and a coronavirus test are recommended but not required for travelers, the Embassy said, referring to the decision made by Belgian epidemiologists on Tuesday.

Belgium’s traffic light system for travelers, along with the criteria of defining individual zones, has been currently updated on the Belgian Foreign Ministry’s website. The planned addition of Prague to the red category has not appeared on the map as of yet.

The Czech embassy noted that the Belgian traffic lights map mainly applies to journeys that can be postponed, such as tourist, but not to travels for urgent personal or business reasons.

With the exception of Prague, the rest of the Czech Republic remains in the yellow category. Before travelling to Belgium, however, people are still required to fill in a form with contact details that would allow authorities to trace their contacts in case COVID-19 infection was confirmed.

Unlike Belgium, Austria said today it would change nothing in its approach to the Czech Republic despite the country’s increasing epidemiological situation.

The Austrian Foreign Ministry is not considering either a travel warning nor a border closure, its spokesperson told the APA press agency.