COVID-19: What You Should Know before You Come

COVID-19: What You Should Know before You Come

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The Czech Republic is ready to host tourists! Non-essential travel is now allowed from green countries and persons from Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia. All other non-essential travel is still temporarily forbidden. The Government has approved the release of anti-epidemic measures, which will significantly simplify the planning of a trip to the Czech Republic.

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 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.

Foreigners (except for travelers from green countries) can come to the Czech Republic only on the grounds of essential reasons, not for tourism or visiting friends.

Detailed information can be found here.


List of countries, or their parts, with a low, medium and high risk of COVID-19 transmission


What are the conditions for traveling from neighbouring countries?

Persons from Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Poland, Slovakia,  Austria and Croatia who possess the vaccination certificate regarding their vaccination may - after the expiration of the period of 22 days from a first dose of vaccine -  can enter the Czech Republic without the need of testing or the restriction on the free movement after their arrival in the territory of the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic allows travel to its territory from neighbouring countries for a period not exceeding 24 hours also without any other requirements.
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.
 

Information

  • COVID PORTÁL - Important information regarded COVID-19 measures in daily life is

  • 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
    or the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic
    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. 
  •  
  • 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, heritage sites, museums and galleries, exhibition spaces, fairs, castles, chateaux are open to the public under a special regime. Concerts, theater performances and film screenings are permitted. Interiors of restaurants may open under strict hygienic conditions. Accommodation facilities may accommodate guests who show either a negative test for coronavirus, a vaccination certificate, or a document on having undergone Covid-19. The same conditions apply when entering restaurants, theaters, sports grounds, swimming pools and some other places with a large number of visitors.

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.

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 vaccinated (at least 14 days after the 1st dose, but no more than 90 - in the case of a single dose schedule, or prove that you have in the last 180 days underwent covid-19)

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
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 15 square meters, while maintaining a spacing of 2 meters.
Guided tours for up to 10 people are allowed. Up to 30 people may join the tour when showing either a negative test for coronavirus, a vaccination certificate, or a document on having undergone Covid-19.

CULTURAL EVENTS
Open-air events are allowed to host up to 1000 people, while indoor events can't exceed more than 500 people. The capacity of venues is reduced to 50 percent.
Music, game, dance, social clubs and discotheques may open, but dancing is not allowed.
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. In pools and swimming pools, a limit of one person per 15 square meters of water and relaxation area in its immediate vicinity applies. The capacity of saunas, wellness and salt caves may be filled to a maximum of 30 percent.
The visitors to all the facilities mentioned above are required to wear respirators when entering, show either a negative test for coronavirus, a vaccination certificate, or a document on having undergone Covid-19.
 

Health services

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 
 

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.