Monday, May 24, 2021

Czechia Doubles Validity Period of Recovery Certificates & Sets Rules for the EU COVID-19 Certificate

The authorities of the Czech Republic have decided to extend the validity of COVID-19 recovery certificates from 90 to 180 days for travellers using such certificates to be exempted from the COVID-19 entry restrictions.

However, the validity of certificates will still continue to depend on scientific evidence and will be established by the verifiers following the national rules.

The authorities have also revealed that due to a requirement from the Ministry of Health, the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine when using one that requires two doses in order to be fully efficient, will now be recognised if at least 21 days have passed since the first dose was taken.

The newly made changes on the COVID-19 measures were approved by the Government of Czechia in an extraordinary meeting held on May 21 and will be effective from today, May 24, reports.

In addition, the government also scrutinised a draft amendment regarding the laws on public health protection and emergency measures. The amendment is anticipated to introduce rules regarding the issuance of certificates to persons who prove that they have been vaccinated against the COVID-19, those who have recovered from the infection, as well as those who have previously tested positive, using a PCR or antigen test.

“The amendment is to introduce into Czech legislation rules for issuing certificates to persons certifying the fact that their holders have been vaccinated against covid-19, underwent covid-19 or have been tested for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus” the press release of the Ministry of Health reads.

The Ministry further pointed out that the establishment of a legal framework concerning the Coronavirus certificate should be based on the regulations set by the European Union.

In order for the Czech Republic to be able to issue a certificate, the Ministry considers that the latter needs to have access to the residents’ data, which then can be used to create basic registers and information systems when carrying out tasks that are aimed to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

The draft specifically requires the Ministry to determine the epidemiological situation and decide on the measures that need to be imposed or lifted when the certificate is fully established and functional.

Previously, the Czech Republic’s Government revealed that in order to permit vaccinated Czech citizens to travel freely in Europe, the country is negotiating mutual travel agreements with the other EU Member States.

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