Conditions of entry into the Czech RepublicWhen planning a visit to the Czech Republic, it is important where you come from. The individual countries are divided by colour according to the degree of risk of infection ("traffic lights" system). If you are traveling from a country that is not part of the European Union, then contact your embassy in the Czech Republic and check whether you are authorized to enter the country.
Foreigners (except for travellers from green countries, member states of EU) can come to the Czech Republic only on the grounds of essential reasons, not for tourism or visiting friends.
From July 9, 2021, there is an obligation for persons arriving from all countries (including the low-risk green category) to provide a completely filled arrival form and at the same time to undergo an antigen or RT-PCR test.
In the case of green and orange countries, the test can be taken no later than the 5th day after arriving to the Czech Republic.
In the case of other countries, the existing measures are still in force, i.e. to undergo the test before entering the territory of the Czech Republic and then, according to the valid measures, to undergo the RP-PCR test (not only antigen test) also in the Czech Republic.
Exceptions for testing (but not filling in the arrival form) apply to people who have been fully vaccinated (14 days after the last dose) or who have already had COVID-19 in the last 180 days.
From 1st July, the EU Digital COVID certificate for vaccination, testing or covering from COVID-19 will be used exclusively when traveling within the EU. Fully vaccinated citizens of the Czech Republic will have their rules relaxed when traveling throughout the EU.
Detailed information can be found here.
For Czech citizens there is an application čTečka (E-reader), where they can save their vaccination certificate, tests or certificate of covering from COVID-19.
- A common list of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests, including those of which their test results are mutually recognised, and a common standardised set of data to be included in COVID-19 test result certificates.
- National Certificates Types
- Step-by-step guide on quarantine measures
In case you need to contact an embassy or a consulate of your country while in the Czech Republic, please see the List of Foreign Missions to the Czech Repulic.
Measures and restrictions
Respirators (FFP2/KN 95) are mandatory in shops and shopping centers, services, on all forms of public transport, at public transport stops, on platforms and in waiting rooms, at airports, in health and social service facilities, inside official buildings, at post offices, in pharmacies, cars (members of more than one household), and in a workplace (unless being alone in a room).
Face masks are obligatory outdoors only if two and more people meet with shorter than a two-meter distance, unless they are from the same household.
Everyone is encouraged to wash hands frequently, avoid crowded spaces and large gatherings, and generally behave in a responsible manner to minimize risks.
Conditions for entering service establishments including accommodation facilities, participation in public events:
- You can either take 7 days before the PCR test or
- 72 hours before the antigen test or
- Be fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after the 2st dose) or
- Prove that you have in the last 180 days underwent covid-19
A maximum of 20 people may meet indoors without any restrictions. Up to 75 people indoors and up to 150 people outdoors are allowed to meet under the following conditions: a PCR test (not older than 7 days), an antigen test (not older than 72 hours), having undergone Covid-19, or being vaccinated.
Consumption of alcoholic beverages in public places is prohibited.
SHOPS AND SERVICES
The capacity of shopping centers and retail stores is limited to 1 person per 10 square meters, while maintaining a spacing of 1,5 meters.
Holding of farmers' markets is allowed.
RESTAURANTS AND OTHER GASTRONOMIC FACILITIES
Interiors of restaurants may open under strict hygienic conditions. At each table, only four guests can be seated. More guests are allowed to be seated at a table with 10 or more seats. Spacing of 1.5 meters between groups is mandatory. Wearing of respirators is required when not eating. Guests have to show either a negative test for coronavirus, a vaccination certificate, or a document on having undergone Covid-19.
HOTELS AND OTHER ACCOMMODATION FACILITIES
Accommodation facilities may accommodate guests who show either a negative test for coronavirus, a vaccination certificate, or a document on having undergone Covid-19.
Guests are allowed to be served in the hotel's restaurants from 6 am until 10 pm.
MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, MONUMENTS
Museums, galleries, heritage sites, exhibition spaces, fairs, castles, chateaux, zoological and botanical gardens may open under strict sanitary conditions. The capacity is limited to 1 person per 10 square meters, while maintaining a spacing of 1,5 meters, max. 75% of the capacity.
Guided tours for up to 20 people are allowed.
Open-air events are allowed to host up to 7000 people, while indoor events can't exceed more than 3000 people.
Music, game, dance, social clubs and discotheques may open.
Up to 250 persons may take part in congresses and conferences, provided that maximally half of the capacity of the indoor space is used.
The visitors to all the events and venues mentioned above are required to wear respirators, show either a negative test for coronavirus, a vaccination certificate, or a document on having undergone Covid-19.
AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL SPORTS ACTIVITIES
Operation of indoor sports grounds is allowed under a special regime. A limit of one visitor per 15 square meters of indoor sports ground applies.
Amateur athletes under the age of 18, organized by sports associations, can train at outdoor sports grounds, provided that there are no more than 30 of them and the limit of one athlete per 15 m2 of sports ground is met.
Artificial swimming pools, saunas, salt caves, and wellness are open to the public.
The visitors to all the facilities mentioned above are required to show either a negative test for coronavirus, a vaccination certificate, or a document on having undergone Covid-19.
If you have reason to suspect you might be ill with the coronavirus and have flu-like symptoms (dry cough, fever, joint pain), call the coronavirus hotlines:
National Institute of Public Health:
+ 420 724 810 106 or + 420 725 191 367.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic:
+ 420 224 181 111 or + 420 224 182 425
The Ministry of Health recommends that everyone in the Czech Republic download the free eRouska application to their mobile phones. eRouska uses Bluetooth technology and is compatible with Android and iOS operating systems. The application completely anonymously detects which other users of the application you have come into closer contact with and can notify you if you have encountered an infected person and considered voluntary quarantine or if you feel symptoms seek professional help. More information about the application: https://erouska.cz/en.
The application in the English version can be downloaded here.
Information at Embassies
Details on the conditions of tourist entry are available on the website of the embassy of the country from which you are planning to arrive: