COVID-19: What You Should Know before You Come

COVID-19: What You Should Know before You Come

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In the Czech Republic, the state of emergency applies until 28th February.

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. Details can be found here. 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.

Dark red countries - Passengers from these countries (both foreigners and Czech citizens) must fill in an arrival form before entering the Czech Republic. At the same time, undergo the first PCR test before entering the territory of the Czech Republic, the execution of which is not older than 48 hours. Subsequently, submit the second PCR test performed in the Czech Republic no earlier than the 5th day after entry. Self-isolation is required until a second negative test is submitted.

Red countries - foreigners from these countries must fill in the arrival form and submit to the regional hygiene station the result of the PCR test within 7 days of arrival for the test performed in the Czech Republic or submit the test result, which was performed in EU countries

The PCR test and arrival form MUST NOT be submitted by foreigners who:
- have been in the Red Country for less than 12 hours in the last 14 days
- cross-border workers, pupils and students from neighboring countries of the Czech Republic
- they come to the Czech Republic for urgent medical, family, work or business reasons that do not last longer than 24 hours
- they pass through the territory of the Czech Republic and the transit does not exceed 12 hours

Orange countries - passengers from these countries can arrive without having to fill in an arrival form. Foreigners will have to submit a negative PCR test before entering a workplace or educational institution in the Czech Republic.

Green countries - you can enter the Czech Republic without restrictions.

General regulations

Nose and mouth protection (masks, respirators, etc.) must be worn in all interior spaces.

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

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

Status Quo

Due to government anti-epidemic measures, monuments, cultural facilities and 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 and medical supplies remain open, the capacity is limited to 1 person per 15 m2. The curfew applies from 9 pm to 5 am.

Measures and restrictions valid from 27 December 2020

A state of emergency applies in the Czech Republic.

Face masks are compulsory on all forms of public transport, as well as inside official buildings, post offices, pharmacies, and all medical facilities (doctors' offices and waiting rooms, hospitals, etc.), shops and shopping centres. Wearing of face masks is obligatory at public transport stops, on platforms and in waiting rooms.

Face masks are mandatory at outdoor locations, too, with the exception of remote areas outside of cities, towns and villages. The exception also applies to athletes participating in sport activities. Face masks are mandatory for drivers and passengers in cars with the exception of household members travelling together.

Everyone is encouraged to wash hands frequently, avoid crowded spaces and large gatherings, and generally behave in a responsible manner to minimize risks. 
The nighttime curfew applies from 9 pm to 5 am.
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.
The capacity of churches is reduced to 10 percent.

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, newspaper and tobacco shops, gas stations, pet shops, opticians, laundromats and dry cleaners, car service stations and washes, hardware stores, sewing supply stores, towing services, florists, locksmiths, shipping services, funeral services, building supply stores, home appliance shops, shops selling remembrance goods (wreaths, candles), plumbing services, pick-up points for packages, etc.
The closing time is set at 9 pm. Sunday sale is permitted. The capacity of shopping centers and retail stores is limited to 1 person per 15 square meters, while maintaining a spacing of 2 meters.
Farmers' markets are allowed, a maximum of 2 persons can go to the market together, with the exception of household members.

Gastronomic facilities are closed. Takeaway sale, with the exception of alcoholic beverages for immediate consumption, is permitted, the closing time is set at 9 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.

Museums, galleries, monuments, exhibition spaces, fairs, castles, chateaux, observatories, planetariums, zoological and botanical gardens are closed.

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.