COVID-19: What You Should Know before You Come

COVID-19: What You Should Know before You Come

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UPDATE 9. 7. 2021! From July 9, the rules for arrivals in the Czech Republic will change. Newly, it will be necessary to submit a negative test after arrival from all countries and fill out the arrival form. Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland are in the low-risk green category since July 5 and Tunisia has been newly added to the extreme high-risk countries.

Conditions of 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 colour 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 travellers from green countries, member states of EU) can come to the Czech Republic only on the grounds of essential reasons, not for tourism or visiting friends.
 
From July 9, 2021, there is an obligation for persons arriving from all countries (including the low-risk green category) to provide a completely filled arrival form and at the same time to undergo an antigen or RT-PCR test.
In the case of green and orange countries, the test can be taken no later than the 5th day after arriving to the Czech Republic.
In the case of other countries, the existing measures are still in force, i.e. to undergo the test before entering the territory of the Czech Republic and then, according to the valid measures, to undergo the RP-PCR test (not only antigen test) also in the Czech Republic.
Exceptions for testing (but not filling in the arrival form) apply to people who have been fully vaccinated (14 days after the last dose) or who have already had COVID-19 in the last 180 days.

From 1st July, the EU Digital COVID certificate for vaccination, testing or covering from COVID-19 will be used exclusively when traveling within the EU. Fully vaccinated citizens of the Czech Republic will have their rules relaxed when traveling throughout the EU.

Detailed information can be found here.

For Czech citizens there is an application čTečka (E-reader), where they can save their vaccination certificate, tests or certificate of covering from COVID-19.

 
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
  •  
  • Recommended security guidelines
    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).

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 fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after the 2st dose) or
  • Prove that you have in the last 180 days underwent covid-19

GATHERINGS
It is allowed to meet at events under the following conditions: a PCR test (not older than 7 days), an antigen test (not older than 72 hours), having undergone Covid-19, or being vaccinated.
 
From September 1, for example, there is an increased capacity at mass events for the unvaccinated. Until 3,000 people are full, it will not matter if people have a valid coronavirus test, will be vaccinated or if they have had the disease in the last 180 days.
At higher capacity, at least half of the capacity must now be occupied by those who are fully vaccinated or have undergone covid-19. The remaining part of the capacity can also be occupied by test persons.
 
No nose and mouth protection is required outdoors.
 
An exception is cultural events such as concerts, theater and film performances, etc. There remains an obligation to wear a respirator or other protective device without an exhalation valve with a filtration efficiency of at least 94 % (class FFP2 / KN 95).

SHOPS AND SERVICES
The capacity of shopping centers and retail stores is limited to 1 person per 10 square meters, while maintaining a spacing of 1,5 meters.
Holding of farmers' markets is allowed.

RESTAURANTS AND OTHER GASTRONOMIC FACILITIES
Interiors of restaurants may open under strict hygienic conditions. At each table, only 6 guests can be seated, with the exception of people from the common household.
If it is a table with 10 or more seats, more people can be seated, so that there is a distance of at least 1.5 meters between groups of up to 6 people, with the exception of people from the common household. 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 10 square meters, while maintaining a spacing of 1,5 meters, with full capacity.
Guided tours for up to 20 people are allowed.

CULTURAL EVENTS
From September 1, 100 percent of the capacity can be filled at cultural and sports events.
Half of people over three thousand people will have to have a test, half will be either after vaccination or after covid-19.

Music, game, dance, social clubs and discotheques may open.
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

Amateur sport
Currently, amateur athletes can play sports outdoors in organized associations with a maximum of 50 people in a group. These athletes do not have to meet any other conditions (O-N-T).
 
The organizer of the amateur sports training must keep the contact details of the participant (ideally the telephone number) for 30 days (in the event of an infection and the participants would have to be traced).
 
Professional sports
Professional athletes are exempted from the ban. A professional athlete is a person who performs sport as his or her job or as a business or other similar activity. Professional athletes are allowed to play sports in order to prepare for future events at indoor and outdoor sports grounds in unlimited numbers.
 
However, they are subject to a strict obligation to observe all applicable hygienic conditions – spacing and hand disinfection. Athletes do not have to wear a veil during the sport itself, but after training, it is necessary to put on the veil again in accordance with the regulations. Professional athletes must also be tested regularly.

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.