The Czech Republic’s Ministry of Health has announced that starting from today, December 7, persons who reach Czechia by using individual land transport will no longer be required to fill in the arrival form.
However, the same has revealed that since the new COVID-19 Omicron variant has already been detected and is circulating within the European Union, the completion of the entry form will remain mandatory for everyone else, even for those travelling from green-listed countries, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
“The Ministry responds to the court’s decision and changes the conditions for filling in the arrival form from December 7. It will no longer be required of persons who enter the territory of the Czech Republic and travel only by individual land transport at all times. In connection with the omicron variant, an entry form from green countries is still required when entering the Czech Republic,” the statement of the Ministry reads.
In addition, the changes by the Czech Republic’s authorities also concern exceptions that apply to non-EU citizens. Based on the new rules, third-country nationals who must travel to Czechia for absolutely necessary purposes should provide valid proof for their trip by presenting a document issued by the central state administration.
“Newly, the mere general indication of the need for physical presence does not fulfil the condition of a proper justification,” the authorities emphasised.
Moreover, the document that allows a third country traveller to reach Czechia for essential purposes can’t be issued for accompanying family members of a person that falls under the exemption list.
Except for the changes mentioned above, the Czech authorities have explained that non-EU travellers under the age of 12 also fall under the exemption list provided that they are travelling together with their legal guardian or another accompanying person who holds a vaccination or recovery certificate.
This means that all children under the age of 12 are not required to fill in the entry form.
Lastly, through the same update, it has been revealed that Czechia now recognises vaccination certificates of third-country travellers.
Nonetheless, it has been highlighted that a vaccination certificate should indicate that the holder has been fully immunised against the COVID-19 disease with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency in order to be considered valid.
Regarding the validity of vaccination certificates, all travellers who plan on reaching Czechia should note that the latter will soon shorten the validity of vaccination certificates from 12 to nine months.
This means that only those who have been vaccinated in the last nine months, as well as those who have received a booster shot, will be considered fully vaccinated when entering Czechia.