COVID-19: What You Should Know before You Come

COVID-19: What You Should Know before You Come

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As of 30 January 2021, all non-essential travel to the Czech Republic is banned, regardless of which country (green, orange or red) you are travelling from. Exceptions are travel to work, school, health and social care facilities, necessary trips to family, travel to marriages and funerals.

The state of emergency in the Czech Republic ended on April 11. The government has therefore approved a series of anti-epidemic measures on the basis of a pandemic law.


Conditions for entry into the Czech Republic

When planning a visit to the Czech Republic, it is important where you come from. The individual countries of the European Union are divided by color 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.

Detailed information can be found here.

Foreigners can come to the Czech Republic only on the grounds of essential reasons, not for tourism or visiting friends. The new protective measure is valid until further notice. Exceptions continue to apply to commuters, international transport, and transit through the Czech Republic. Necessary trips abroad without subsequent testing obligations will now be allowed only if they do not exceed 12 hours. You can find all the exceptions in the protective measure of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.  
 

eRouska app

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

  • Of the government of the Czech Republic as regards fighting the infection:

  • Current information on entry to the territory of the Czech Republic is available on the website of  the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic
    here
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  • Important information regarded COVID-19 measures for people coming to the Czech Republic is
    here

Digital green certificates

  • On 17 March 2021, the European Commission presented a proposal to create a Digital Green Certificate to facilitate the safe free movement of citizens within the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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  • Digital Green Certificates will be valid in all EU Member States. More information
    here
    .
Status Quo

Status Quo

In accordance with government anti-epidemic measures, some heritage sites, museums and galleries are open to the public. Zoological and botanical gardens are open. Open-air events are permitted. Outdoor seating at restaurants may open under strict hygienic conditions. Interiors of restaurants remain closed to the public, a takeaway sale is permitted. Accommodation facilities may accommodate guests solely for the purpose of business travel. Retail stores are open.

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).

Children between 2 and 15 have to wear at least a surgical face mask.

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. 

SHOPS AND SERVICES
Shops are open. The capacity of shopping centers and retail stores is limited to 1 person per 15 square meters, while maintaining a spacing of 2 meters. Closing time is set at 10 pm.
Holding of farmers' markets is allowed.

RESTAURANTS AND OTHER GASTRONOMIC FACILITIES
Outdoor seating at restaurants may open under strict hygienic conditions from 6 am to 10 pm. Guests have to show either a negative test for coronavirus, a vaccination certificate stating its holder was vaccinated 14 days ago at the earliest, or a declaration that the guest was infected with Covid-19, but has already recovered within the past 90 days.

Interiors of restaurants remain closed to the public.

Takeaway sale, with the exception of alcoholic beverages for immediate consumption, is permitted, closing time is set at 10 pm. Persons who consume purchased meals and beverages in the immediate vicinity of the facility, are obliged to keep a distance of at least 2 meters from other persons, unless they are household members.

HOTELS AND OTHER ACCOMMODATION FACILITIES
Hotels, pensions and other facilities may accommodate domestic and foreign guests solely for the purpose of business travel.

MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, MONUMENTS
Museums, galleries, heritage sites, exhibition spaces, fairs, castles and chateaux may open under strict sanitary conditions. Group tours are banned. The capacity is limited to 1 person per 15 square meters, while maintaining a spacing of 2 meters.

Outdoor spaces of zoological and botanical gardens are open.

CULTURAL EVENTS
Open-air events are allowed to host up to 700 people. The capacity of venues is reduced to 20 percent. The spectators have to wear respirators, show either a negative test for coronavirus, a vaccination certificate stating its holder was vaccinated 14 days ago at the earliest, or a declaration that the spectator was infected with Covid-19, but has already recovered within the past 90 days.

AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL SPORTS ACTIVITIES
Operation of indoor sports grounds is allowed under a special regime. In indoor sports grounds, a limit of one visitor per 15 square meters of indoor sports ground applies, with a maximum of 2 people in groups and a maximum of 10 people in total. It is necessary to keep the spacing of at least 2 meters (if they are not members of one household). Visitors have to show either a negative test for coronavirus, a vaccination certificate stating its holder was vaccinated 14 days ago at the earliest, or a declaration that the visitor was infected with Covid-19, but has already recovered within the past 90 days.
Visitors to sports facilities are not allowed to use changing rooms or showers.

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 1 athlete per 15 m2 of sports ground is met.

Swimming pools, spas, saunas and salt caves remain closed to the public.