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EU citizens can enter Czech Republic for 72 hours to work and meet family

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EU citizens and foreigners with the status of a long-term EU resident can enter the Czech Republic for a maximum of 72 hours for work or family purposes as of Tuesday if they produce a negative test for COVID-19 and the address they will stay at, the cabinet decided today.

If arriving for family reasons, only the foreigners with evident family ties in the Czech Republic, including a long-standing partner, will be let into the country, Health Minister Adam Vojtech (for ANO) told media after the cabinet meeting.

Further exemption from the ban on foreigners’ entry will be the EU citizens arriving to study at a university, if they produce a negative test for COVID-19, and also food industry workers with Czech visa valid since May 11.

The entry of foreigners without a permanent stay permit in the Czech Republic has been banned since mid-March over the coronavirus outbreak.

The foreigners who arrived in Czechia before the ban could stay in the country even if their visa or visa-free stay period expired in the meantime.

Since May 11, Czechia can also be entered by non-EU foreigners with a negative COVID-19 test to do seasonal jobs or work in selected branches of the economy.

PM Andrej Babis (ANO) today also said that from Wednesday on, Czechs and Slovaks will cross the common border without having to show a negative test or going to quarantine if they return home in 48 hours.

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