ZAGREB, June 2 (Hina) – The Czech authorities said on Monday the country would open up foreign travel from June 15 after introducing a system to classify other countries according to their coronavirus risk, Reuters reported.
Prague will place 19 European states, mostly central, eastern and southeastern nations, in the least-risky category under its new colour-coded system, and one of those 19 countries is Croatia.
According to this classification, travel to and from Britain and Sweden is in its riskiest category.
“Czechs have undone most restrictions, with restaurants and hotels fully reopened on May 25. But tourism suffered as lockdown measures hit the economy, and only short-term business travellers from the European Union, people in transit or students were allowed into the country,” Reuters recalls.
“Czechs will be able to travel without restrictions to immediate neighbours Germany, Austria, Poland and Slovakia, along with Hungary, Romania or Bulgaria as part of its green tier. Other safe countries include Croatia, Greece, Cyprus, Switzerland, the Baltic states, and Finland, Norway and Iceland.
Citizens from those countries will be allowed in without having to present a negative COVID-19 test, Health Minister Adam Vojtech said on Twitter.
The government placed France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, as well as Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands and Belgium in its orange tier, allowing Czechs to travel to those countries without restrictions. However, those countries’ citizens will need to present a COVID-19 test.
Direct trains to connect Prague and Croatia’s Adriatic this summer
The Czech transport company RegioJet plans to introduce a rail service connecting Prague and the northern Adriatic port of Rijeka directly, the dpa news agency has reported.
Negotiations are nearing the end, spokesman for RegioJet Ales Ondruj was quoted by the dpa as saying on Monday, adding that the sale of tickets could start in the next few days.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many Czech nationals will be spending summer vacation in their homeland, but they still consider Croatia an attractive tourist destination due to a relatively low number of those infected with COVID 19.