Tunisia, Egypt and Zanzibar are just three of the most popular locations for Czech residents booking their trips through travel agencies, “as soon as their COVID-19 test is negative.
More and more Czech residents are escaping the country during the pandemic and heading to warmer places, taking advantage of their negative tests and cheap last-minute travel deals.
The Czech Republic has seen a steady decrease in new COVID-19 cases over the past week, but pandemic restrictions remain in place.
Czech residents have a curfew in place as well as limitations on free movement and store closures.
Czech travel agencies have begun to notice a trend. Because more and more residents have been taking COVID-19 tests, some will turn around and pack their bags once the test comes back negative and head to a vacation spot.
Egypt, Tunisia and Zanzibar are just three of the most popular locations for Czech residents booking their trips through travel agencies, according to iDnes.
More than 1,500 Czech travelers are in Egypt and Tunisia combined right now – many of which will be in the country for multiple weeks.
“In the last two weeks alone, there are hundreds of people who have decided to go this way,” Petr Čipera, manager of the dovolena.cz website, told iDnes.
Many of these destinations require a negative COVID-19 test to enter — and some travel agencies will cover the cost of these tests for their clients.
Airlines have started to respond to Czech residents’ interest in flying out to sunny spots for the winter lockdown.
One airline extended their seasonal flight from Prague to the Tunisian island of Djerba until the end of November.