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Coronavirus: Czech Republic bans travellers from the UK (plus 14 other countries) from Saturday

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Reuters is reporting that the Czech Republic will close its land borders to travellers crossing from Germany and Austria as it struggles to deal with coronavirus.

Of more relevance, the country will ban travel to and from 15 countries seen as posing a high risk of infection. 

The list includes the UK, Italy, Sweden, Norway, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, China, Korea and Iran.

The only exceptions will be for foreigners with residency in the Czech Republic and to cross-border workers.

The ban will start at midnight on Saturday (ie 00.00 Saturday).

Czech Republic bans travellers from the UK

You won’t be missing much by not going.  As part of the state of emergency, which will last for at least 30 days, sports centres, spas and galleries will be closed.  Restaurants will be forced to close at 8pm and catering outlets in shopping centres will be closed entirely.

At the time of writing (4.45pm) British Airways flights to Prague are still showing as operating on Friday.

You can find out more at Reuters here.

Comments (40)

  • Shoestring says:

    France will close all its schools and universities from Monday amid the Covid-19 outbreak, the country’s President Emmanuel Macron has announced.

    People over the age of 70 and with health conditions have been urged to stay home to stave off the virus, which has killed 48 people as of Thursday evening.

    • Shoestring says:

      UK will close down schools & universities from Wednesday next week – IMV – you heard it here first 🙂

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Depending on numbers Of infections I think they’ll hold out for as close as half term as possible.

        • Shoestring says:

          surprised that the South Ken lot up Raffles’ way haven’t already forced the issue 🙂

        • Anna says:

          The Easter holidays vary from one school to another covering the period from March 28th to April 26th.

          • TGLoyalty says:

            I know so as close to March 28th as possible. Likely they will be closed for the whole of April.

            Lucky sods.

      • Anna says:

        Interesting – do you think because of public pressure or because of spiralling infection?

        • Shoestring says:

          yep there is both a big political consideration and the real health issue

      • Heathrow Flyer says:

        I’ll hold you to that…

      • Waribai says:

        If it’s next Wednesday, when would they announce it…?

      • Charlieface says:

        What you need to remember is that if you have little kids out of school, you’re not going to work. And you won’t be able to take them to any form of childcare.

        • Rob says:

          If your kids are in private school they are at home 18 weeks per year anyway, in state schools 12 weeks per year. Another couple won’t make much difference!

  • Steve says:

    After 7 hours trying to get through to BA today, just been told my 3rd April flight to Prague isn’t eligible for a refund yet as BA haven’t officially cancelled the flights even thou he didn’t despite that it would be due to the 30 day ban…
    Very rude and unhelpful. More outstanding service by BA……….