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:

The application in the English version can be downloaded here.



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

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. 
  • Digital Green Certificates will be valid in all EU Member States. More information
Status Quo

Status Quo

In accordance with government anti-epidemic measures, some heritage sites (outdoor spaces), museums and galleries are open to the public. Outdoor spaces of zoological and botanical gardens are open. All indoor sports grounds are closed. All gastronomic facilities are closed as well, takeaway sale remains permitted. Accommodation facilities may accommodate guests solely for the purpose of business travel. Retail stores selling groceries, drugstore goods, medical supplies, children's clothes and shoes, stationery remain 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).

Medical masks or respirators are mandatory in the built-up area of cities.
Children between 2 and 15 have to wear at least a surgical face mask.

Everyone is encouraged to wash hands frequently, avoid crowded spaces and large gatherings, and generally behave in a responsible manner to minimize risks. 

Only necessary trips, such as shopping, walks and sports are allowed.
Visits to relatives are allowed only to secure necessary needs or care.
A maximum number of people who may meet in public places is set at 2, with the exception of household members.
Consumption of alcoholic beverages in public places is prohibited.

Shops and services are generally required to be closed. An exception is made for the following essential services: supermarkets and food and drink shops, pharmacies, drugstores, shops with children's clothes and shoes, stationery stores, newspaper and tobacco shops, gas stations, pet supplies stores, opticians, towing services, florists, shipping services, pick-up points for packages, dry cleaners, laundries, locksmiths, appliance repair shops, and shops selling car spare parts and machinery.
The closing time is set at 10 pm.
The capacity of shopping centers and retail stores is limited to 1 person per 15 square meters, while maintaining a spacing of 2 meters.

Gastronomic facilities are closed. Takeaway sale, with the exception of alcoholic beverages for immediate consumption, is permitted, the 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, pensions and other facilities may accommodate domestic and foreign guests solely for the purpose of business travel.

As of 3 May, museums, galleries, and outdoor spaces of heritage sites in the Karlovy Vary, Hradec Králové, Liberec, Pardubice, Plzeň, and Central Bohemia regions, as well as in Prague, can open under strict sanitary conditions. Group tours are banned.
Outdoor spaces of zoological and botanical gardens are open.

Cultural events continue to take place without the presence of spectators. Concerts and other musical, theatrical, film and artistic performances, including circuses and variety shows with the presence of spectators, are prohibited.

Indoor sports grounds are closed. Groups of a maximum of 2 persons are allowed to train at outdoor sports grounds. Pools, fitness centers and wellness centers are closed.
As of 3 May, amateur athletes under the age of 18, organized by sports associations, can train at outdoor sports grounds, provided that there are no more than 20 of them and the limit of 1 athlete per 15 m2 of sports ground is met.
Pools, fitness centers and wellness centers are closed.