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No travel itinerary through Europe is complete without a stop in the Czech Republic, to pay homage to gorgeous sites like the Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, and Old Town Square. The country has started easing its lockdown restrictions and is looking to welcome international travellers from June 15 onwards. By Manya Saini

The Czech Republic or Czechia, a gorgeous European nation has announced that it will welcome international tourists back from June 15 onwards. In a bid to ensure its continued success over the Coronavirus pandemic, the country plans on using a unique method to classify the risk factor of allowing a particular traveller depending on where they arrive from.

 

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The government of the Czech Republic is looking to classify different countries on the basis of their COVID-19 case count, health, and travel policies. It will categorise countries in three tiers from the lowest to highest risk as green, orange, and red. The system is also applicable for Czech citizens looking to travel internationally from the country for both business and pleasure.

Nineteen European countries located in the central, eastern, and southeast region will be designated as green zones, allowing them to travel freely. Citizens of the countries in the green zone, like Germany, Austria, Poland, and Greece among others will not be required to present a COVID-19 negative certificate.

Citizens arriving from orange zones like France, Portugal, and Italy will need to present recent test results confirming that they don’t have the virus. It has put Britain and Sweden in the high-risk red zone, effectively closing its borders for tourists from there.

 

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The tourism industry in all of Europe has been among the worst-affected by the pandemic, endangering the livelihood of millions. Even as the continent was hit hard, it is now on the path of revival with lockdown restrictions being eased. The Czech government has lifted most lockdown measures, allowing restaurants and hotels to open completely on May 25.

The Czech Republic through most of last month had reported less than 100 cases a day of the Coronavirus.

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