The ministry said no one would be denied the trip. This means that if someone wants to go to these countries on holiday, for example, no one will stop them. But people have to reckon with the fact that they can be sanctioned when they return under the Public Health Act.
This provides, for example, for a fine, which can then be imposed by a sanitary station.
However, lawyers point out that the measure is illegal, because the Public Health Protection Act only allows measures to be implemented on the territory of the Czech Republic. The state must not prevent people from traveling either.
The ministry has published a four-page document on the regulation, explaining that it prohibits travel to countries where a South African coronavirus mutation occurs and which, at the same time, do not have any protective measures in place to prevent the spread of the virus.
Already now, people returning from most countries outside the EU must report their arrival via the arrival form, have a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours when entering the Czech Republic, be self-insulated upon arrival and undergo another PCR test after five days at the earliest. The result must then be communicated to the regional hygiene station. People also have to wear a respirator everywhere except their home for 10 days.
At the same time, however, people point out that, as most destinations fly to these destinations, the regulation can easily be circumvented by traveling to another European country, for example, and from there, for example, to Brazil.
The measure will mainly affect tourists who are going to go on holiday, often to Zanzibar. Only CK Čedok stated that the restriction will affect about 300 clients and the damage is 10 million crowns. Travel agents are upset that the government is not talking about compensation for this damage.
From Friday, people can only go to Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini (Swaziland), South Africa, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania (including Zanzibar and Pemba), Zambia and Zimbabwe in urgent cases, in which case they must report the trip to the Ministry. abroad.