COVID-19: What You Should Know before You Come

COVID-19: What You Should Know before You Come

Conditions for entry to the territory of the Czech Republic:

All persons travelling from countries that are not on the list of the countries with a low risk of contagion have the obligation to contact the regional hygienic station according to the place of stay before their arrival. Electronic form is available here: Health Passanger Locator Form. This form has to be submitted also during the border control or the controls during the stay in the territory. Arriving persons are obliged to undergo a PCR test in the Czech Republic within 5 days from the arrival. If the persons do not submit a PCR test result to the respective hygienic station within 7 days from the arrival, a necessary quarantine measure shall be ordered. It will also be possible to submit a PCR test result that was issued by other EU member country. His rule applies to the Czech citizens, EU citizens and third-country nationals with a long-term or permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic or other EU country.

Restrictions

Mandatory wearing of mouth and nose protection applies to outdoor areas in municipalities if one is closer than two meters to another. Exceptions are members of one household or people playing sports. Veils in the car are also mandatory, unless you drive in it alone or only with household members.
-Inside all buildings, except for residential housing or places of accommodation (for example, a hotel room), in public transport.
 

The following is recommended when entering shops, restaurants, cafés and bars:
 - Disinfect your hands upon entry
- Maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from the staff and other customers
- Only remove your face mask when eating or drinking
- Pay by card, preferably contactless, whenever possible

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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  • The rules for entering the territory of the Czech Republic and quarantine measures are defined by the Ministry of Health is
    here

     
  • Important information regarded COVID-19 measures for people coming to the Czech Republic is
    here
Status Quo

Status Quo

The Government of the Czech Republic has extended the COVID-19 measures

From Wednesday, October 28, there is a curfew from 21:00 to 04:59 throughout the Czech Republic. Exceptions apply to trips to work/practising the profession, urgent trips to protect life, health and property, but also to walk the dog at a distance of up to 500 meters from the place of residence.
 
Retail sales are now banned on Sundays. On weekdays and Saturdays they are prohibited from 20.00 to 04.59. Exceptions are petrol stations, pharmacies, shops in busy places, such as airports or railway stations, shops in medical facilities and restaurants, which operate in the form of delivery service. Detailed information can be found here.

Hotels
Until November 3, there are also changes in the operation of hotels and hostels, which can only accommodate:
- persons with an ordered work duty according to the Crisis Act (on business trips)
- foreigners until leaving the territory of the Czech Republic and foreigners with a work permit in the territory of the Czech Republic
- persons in isolation or quarantine

Shops
Other restrictions apply to shops and malls. Shops with a basic assortment (groceries, drugstores, pharmacies, home, newsagents and gardening) are open. Also, the operation of gas stations, garages and spare parts stores is uninterrupted. In shops, groups of a maximum of 2 people may be observed and must keep a spacing of 2 meters. This restriction does not apply to persons under the age of 15 accompanying an adult from a common household. Other shops such as barbershops, hairdressers or pedicures are closed. Only basic goods such as food or medicine can be bought in shopping malls, other shops are closed.

Authorities
The government has also ordered limited traffic in government offices. When contacting the public, written communication should be preferred, and we therefore recommend that you first contact a specific authority to verify that it operates without restriction.

The Government of the Czech Republic has extended the COVID-19 measures

From Wednesday, October 28, there is a curfew from 21:00 to 04:59 throughout the Czech Republic. Exceptions apply to trips to work/practising the profession, urgent trips to protect life, health and property, but also to walk the dog at a distance of up to 500 meters from the place of residence.
 
Retail sales are now banned on Sundays. On weekdays and Saturdays they are prohibited from 20.00 to 04.59. Exceptions are petrol stations, pharmacies, shops in busy places, such as airports or railway stations, shops in medical facilities and restaurants, which operate in the form of delivery service.


Transport
Bus and train transport and taxi service in the Czech Republic works without restrictions. However, in connection with the closure of primary, secondary and higher education institutions, some carriers are considering the cancellation of selected bus or train connections. Up-to-date information on changes in transport can be found on the websites of individual carriers, for example here:

Czech Railways https://www.cd.cz/en/default.htm
Bus station Prague - Florenc http://florenc.cz/index.php?lan=en
Transport in Prague https://www.dpp.cz/en

By November 3, cultural events and cultural institutions throughout the Czech Republic have been canceled, ie. museums, galleries, theaters, cinemas, castles, chateaux and zoos. Also closed are music, dance, games and other social clubs and discos as well as gyms, fitness centers, indoor pools and swimming pools. During this period, many cultural institutions offer online presentations of current exhibitions, permanent exhibitions or virtual tours of buildings. Other restrictions apply to congresses, educational events and trade fairs. All these events are canceled by November 3.

See current information on the website of the National Heritage Institute.

Museum of the City of Prague: here
National Technical Museum in Prague: here
Villa Tugendhat: here
Moravian Gallery: here
Jewish Museum in Prague: here
Further online presentations of museums and galleries from all over the Czech Republic can be found here

Air traffic is gradually being restored. See current information on the website of Václav Havel Airport in Prague or Brno Airport

Disinfectants are available everywhere. The number of visitors in the individual monuments and facilities might be limited. 

If you believe you are suffering from any symptoms of COVID-19 (shortness of breath, cough, temperature over 37 degrees Celsius, pain in muscles, headache, tiredness) call line 112 and consult the situation with medical staff, who speak English, German and French.

COVID-19 testing requires payment, the maximum price of which is CZK 1,756 (EUR 65). Foreigners can have the test done at the following medical facilities:

or contact international info line 112.

eRouska app

The Ministry of Health recommends that everyone in the Czech Republic download the free eRouška application to their mobile phones. eRouška 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 here.
The application can be downloaded here.