Greece and Turkey will have exploratory talks on the eastern Mediterranean

AGI – Turkey and Greece will start “exploratory talks” on the differences in the eastern Mediterranean, the first since 2016 between the two NATO allies: the announcement came from the Turkish presidency after a video conference between the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the German chancellor , Angela Merkel, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel. Participants stated that “Turkey and Greece are ready to start exploratory talks” on the eastern Mediterranean where the two countries duel over areas potentially rich in natural gas. The confirmation came from the Hellenic Foreign Ministry: “Greece and Turkey have decided to hold exploratory talks in Istanbul soon”, reads a statement.

Erdogan and “sincere dialogue”

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has called for a “sincere dialogue” to resolve the dispute between Turkey, Greece and the European Union in the Mediterranean, and has rejected any “aggression” against his country. “Our priority is to resolve conflicts through sincere dialogue, based on international law and on an equitable basis,” said the Turkish head of state in his speech to the UN General Assembly via videoconference. “However, I want to make it clear that we will never tolerate any diktat, aggression or attack,” he added.

Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean

Erdogan’s statements come as Athens and Ankara collide over areas of the eastern Mediterranean potentially rich in natural gas. Tension intensified in late August, when the two countries carried out rival military maneuvers. But the recent return to port of a Turkish research ship deployed in the eastern Mediterranean has fueled hopes for peace.
The two countries have therefore agreed to start exploratory talks on their differences, according to the Turkish presidency. French President Emmanuel Macron, Greece’s main ally in the crisis, and Erdogan are scheduled to have a telephone conversation to discuss the tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.

The idea of ​​a regional conference

The Turkish president also proposed organizing a regional conference to discuss “the rights and interests” of the countries bordering the eastern Mediterranean, including the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. For the Turkish head of state, “the unilateral initiatives of Greece and Greek Cypriots” are at the origin of the crisis in the area.
In his speech, Erdogan also criticized, without naming them, the countries that announced “their intention to open embassies in Jerusalem, in violation of United Nations resolutions and international law”. For the Turkish president, only the creation of an “independent and sovereign Palestinian state” with East Jerusalem as its capital can resolve the conflict. “Seeking solutions other than this will be pointless, one-sided and unfair,” he said. French President Emmanuel Macron, Greece’s main ally in the crisis, and Erdogan are scheduled to have a telephone conversation to discuss tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.

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Traveling abroad: Where can you go? (INFOGRAPHY)

Germany has newly included all regions of the Czech Republic except the Ústí nad Labem and Moravian-Silesian regions in the list of risk areas. Exceptions were given to commuters, international transport and people who need to get home via Germany. The measure shall take effect immediately

From Monday, September 28, Czech passengers will probably only be allowed to fly to Greece with a negative test for COVID-19, which will not be older than 72 hours. But the final decision has not yet been made. At the land borders, Greece allows entry into the country only with a negative test for passengers from all countries since 15 July

The Netherlands has also introduced stricter conditions. “Persons arriving in the Netherlands from the Czech Republic, not only from Prague, should be immediately quarantined for ten days. Even if they have no symptoms of COVID-19 or if they have had a negative test for covid-19, “the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced. The Dutch authorities then recommend that people from the Netherlands now travel to the Czech Republic only when necessary.

Germany already considers Prague and the Central Bohemian Region to be epidemiologically risky areas. Find out the travel regime at the borders of all countries of the world via interactive infographics.

“Given the epidemiological situation and the fact that the number of new cases is significantly higher in our country than in neighboring Germany, it can be assumed that this decision can actually be made tomorrow (Wednesday),” said Petříček. On Monday, he discussed the situation on the sidelines of the current Brussels meeting of foreign ministers of the European Union with his German counterpart Heik Maas.

Labeling a country as risky does not mean that Germans cannot travel to it, but the federal government as well as the individual German Länder recommend that people avoid these regions if possible. Travel from high-risk areas to Germany is also not banned, but people have to reckon with restrictions.

Czech government traffic light

The Czech Republic applies the so – called traffic lightswhen evaluating countries according to the degree of risk of coronavirus infection. Only in high-risk countries do Czechs have to prove a negative test on their return or go to a 14-day quarantine.

The government’s “traffic light” is list of “countries safe for travel” divided into three categories (low, medium and high risk of infection). The “traffic light” falls under the administration of the Ministry of Health and is regular updated according to developments in individual states.

In the event that states restrict entry into their territory, travel will be governed by the conditions of the other party. You are so for vacation planning The interactive map below provides an overview of such conditions.

What about traveling in practice

Number of countries where you can travel without any problems, may therefore be smaller than indicated by a “traffic light” published by the government. This in itself does not show how strict the regime is at the borders of other countries in the world. From the point of view of travel, however, just such information is crucial.

The world travel map below shows which countries in the world Czechs can go to so far. The source of information is Foreign Ministry signpost. In case of uncertainty about the current situation, the institution recommends following the statement of the relevant embassies of the Czech Republic in the given country.

The infographics show the conditions under which you can travel to the countries shown. Green indicates no restrictions, orange warns of additional obstacles. For example, the need to undergo tests for COVID-19. To pan the map, select ✥ from the tool menu on the left. Infographics can also be zoomed out or zoomed in.

Selection of non-European destinations

Argentina

The borders were supposed to open on September 1, but it is already clear that there will be at least a two-month delay.

Brazil

President Bolsonaro has repeatedly stated that he does not consider COVID-19 to be a major problem, and the country’s approach to tourism corresponds to this. The borders are open and tourists should not expect any significant restrictions on arrival.

Egypt

From September 1, anyone who comes to Egypt will have to submit a negative test for coronavirus. This was announced by the Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbúlí. The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends Czechs to travel to the country only when necessary.

Ecuador

Entry into the country is possible with a negative test for COVID-19, additional preventive weekly isolation is mandatory.

United Arab Emirates

The possibility of arrival of tourists only for the emirate of Dubai. It is necessary to apply for a visa, have travel insurance and fill in the data in the tracing application COVID-19 DXB app.

Maldives

Must be filled out on the websites of the local authorities medical card. Obligation to have a confirmed reservation on arrival at a registered hotel. However, the local epidemiological situation is deteriorating sharply.

Tunisia

Czechs who go to the country with travel agencies will not have to prove themselves with a negative test for coronavirus.

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Where can we (not) travel in Europe?

Belgium

With effect from 11 September, it placed Prague in the red category at its coronavirus traffic light. Since 16 September, the Central Bohemian, South Bohemian, Plzeň, Liberec, Hradec Králové, Pardubice and South Moravian regions and the Vysočina Region have also fall into the red category. On the way from these regions, people in Belgium have to be quarantined for a fortnight and a COVID-19 test is mandatory. All passengers must continue to fill in the contact form before traveling to Belgium.

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Britain

Since August 29, the country has included the Czechia together with other countries on its quarantine list. People arriving in Britain from the Czech Republic must undergo quarantine for 14 days. With a few exceptions, all passengers must complete a so-called contact form before traveling to the UK.

Denmark

Denmark has included the whole of the Czech Republic in the list of risky countries. From midnight on September 11, only those who have a good reason to travel are admitted to Denmark from the Czech Republic. Not tourists.

Estonia

The country last removed the Czech Republic from the list of safe states on July 24. Estonia updates the list every week, now the Czechs have to quarantine for a fortnight when traveling to this country in the week from 21 to 27 September. From September 1, it can be shortened to seven days by two negative tests. Latvia and Lithuania have introduced similar measures against Czech citizens.

Finland

Since August, the Czech Republic has been in a group of countries from which it is not possible to travel freely to Finland. For passengers from the Czech Republic, they can only come to Finland in justified cases (work, family, school). These reasons must be documented by the Czech citizen. A 14-day quarantine is recommended upon arrival.

Ireland

Before traveling, people from the Czech Republic must fill in an online form stating the reason for their trip to the country and after sending it, they will receive an e-mail, which they will submit at the Irish border. Czech citizens then have to undergo quarantine, which can last up to 14 days, depending on the length of their stay in Ireland.

Cyprus

As of September 18, people who have stayed in the Czech Republic in the previous 14 days cannot go to Cyprus. Exceptions are, for example, Cypriot citizens and their family members or permanent residents. However, they must take the COVID-19 test upon arrival and enter the two-week quarantine, regardless of how the test turned out.

Hungary

Hungary banned the entry of foreigners from 1 September to 1 October, with a few exceptions, due to the growing number of coronavirus infections. Hungary has granted an exemption to citizens of the Visegrad Four countries (V4), who can enter Hungary if they have booked at least one day’s stay before 1 September, together with a negative test of no more than five days. Exceptions are, for example, persons who can prove that they have overcome the infection in the last six months.

Germany

From September 10, Germany included Prague and later the Central Bohemian Region in the list of risk areas. According to Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček, Germany will probably classify practically the entire Czech Republic among the risk areas on Wednesday and will require a coronavirus or quarantine test to enter its territory. According to him, the Czechia is negotiating exceptions for cross-border workers, for example.

The Netherlands

The Netherlands first included Prague among the risk regions on 15 September with immediate effect. People who have stayed there are to be quarantined for 10 days after arriving in the country. This does not apply, inter alia, to transit through the Netherlands, including transfers at airports, or to certain professions if people do not have symptoms of COVID-19. On Tuesday, September 22, the Netherlands ranked the entire Czech Republic among the countries at risk due to coronavirus. People have to be quarantined after arriving from the Czech Republic, even with a negative test for COVID-19.

Norway

People coming to the country from the Czech Republic must spend ten days in quarantine with effect from 8 August. During the quarantine period, it is necessary to stay at one fixed address, accommodation in camps, under a tent or hiking by motorhome do not meet the conditions for a quarantine stay. A negative test for COVID-19 is not required and cannot replace quarantine upon arrival in the country.

Slovakia

Since 18 September, the country has ranked the Czech Republic among the high-risk countries. When traveling to Slovakia, people must, with some exceptions, submit a negative test for coronavirus not older than 72 hours or enter quarantine and then undergo the test. Exceptions to the restrictions will be, among others, commuters, students, teachers, health professionals or athletes.

Slovenia

Since 6 August, the Czech Republic has been on the Slovenian list of countries for which citizens are required to enter a two-week quarantine when entering the country, with a few exceptions. From 13 September, the duration of the quarantine was reduced from 14 to ten days and the validity of the test certificate for the new coronavirus was extended from 36 hours to 48 hours after the certificate was issued, provided that the test was not taken in Slovenia.

Switzerland

The country has included the Czech Republic in the list of risky countries. From September 14, people will have to quarantine for ten days after arriving from the Czech Republic. Transit is allowed.

Austria

Czechs can travel to Austria without restrictions. As of Friday, July 24, Austria is reintroducing the obligation to wear veils and restrict entry into the territory of the country.

Poland

From June 29 without restrictions.

Greece

Original tightening of travel rules, which also affected the citizens of the Czech Republic, has now eased in Greece. Prime Minister Babiš said that the country would exclude the Czechia from the list of countries whose citizens are obliged to submit a test for coronavirus when entering Greece. The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also reportedly working on a plan to return to free travel to Greece from September 1.

Croatia

Upon arrival, all you have to do is fill in a form that provides personal information and answers a few questions about COVID-19. No test is needed. Czechs can get to Croatia comfortably by car, bus or plane. RegioJet has prepared i direct train connection.

Bulgaria

It is not necessary to prove a negative test for COVID-19 or to undergo quarantine. Tourism is allowed, at the airport passengers are checked using thermal cameras.

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Spain

From August 24, Czech citizens are obliged to take a test or quarantine when returning to the Czech Republic. From 14 September, this will also apply to the Canary Islands.

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Turkey: today Erdogan videoconference with Merkel and Michel – Ultima Ora

(ANSA) – ISTANBUL, 22 SEP – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will have a videoconference this afternoon with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Council President Charles Michel. This was announced by the presidency of Ankara. The confrontation comes 48 hours before the European Council which will have to face the crisis in the eastern Mediterranean and discuss the requests of Cyprus and Greece on possible sanctions against Turkey. Some of Erdogan’s closest collaborators will participate in the talks with Merkel and Michel, including Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Head of Intelligence Hakan Fidan. (HANDLE).

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