Czech Republic upgrades UK to low-risk status, Portugal to medium-risk for post-COVID-19 travel

Poland's Silesia region has also been upgraded to low-risk status, granting restriction-free travel to the Czech Republic

Jason Pirodsky

Written by Jason Pirodsky
Published on 30.06.2020 10:17 (updated on 30.06.2020)

Restrictions on travelling to the Czech Republic from the United Kingdom have now been removed as the Czech Health Ministry has upgraded the UK to low-risk status on their traffic-light map of European travel destinations.

Tourists from the UK, in addition to Czech residents returning from the country, will no longer need to provide a negative COVID-19 test when travelling to the Czech Republic.

Restrictions may still remain in place from the other side, however, for Czech residents looking to travel to the UK.

Until recently, the United Kingdom has required a mandatory 14-day-quarantine for all incoming travelers. Officials have confirmed, however, that this requirement will be removed for low-risk countries, of which the Czech Republic should be a part of, in the near future.

Poland’s Silesia region, which was previously listed as a medium-risk region, has also been upgraded to low-risk status granting restriction-free travel.

Additionally, Portugal has been upgraded from a high-risk to medium-risk country. This means that Czech residents returning to the Czech Republic from Portugal will no longer need to provide a negative COVID-19 test, though restrictions remain in place for Portuguese residents traveling to the Czech Republic.

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Yesterday, the Czech Health Ministry updated their traffic-light map of Europe:

Traffic light travel map via Czech Health Ministry, valid as of June 30
Traffic light travel map via Czech Health Ministry, valid as of June 30

Currently, only Sweden is listed as a high-risk region according to the Czech Health Ministry’s map, with restrictions in place for all travelers coming to the Czech Republic from Sweden.

Until now, Swedish residents have been able to travel to the Czech Republic only for certain reasons (family, work); according to Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Smolek, Swedish residents will no longer have to give a reason for travel from July 1, but they will still need to provide a negative COVID-19 test.

Portugal is now the only country listed as a medium-risk area in the Czech Health Ministry’s updated map.

All other European destinations are now listed as low-risk, meaning travel to the Czech Republic from these regions is possible without any restrictions.

The EU was slated to decide on around 15 non-EU countries that they will open their borders to from July 1 yesterday, but as of this morning talks are still underway. Following that announcement, which should happen today, the Czech Republic will announce about 10 countries from that list that they will open their borders to.

The Czech Republic has reported more than 200 new COVID-19 cases daily over the past three days, though the vast majority of new cases have been contained within localized outbreaks.