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Rules for entering the Czech Republic

All persons entering the Czech Republic are subject to protective measures adopted by the government of the Czech Republic with regards to COVID-19 epidemic.

As of  July 1st, 2020, the below stated rules are applied for the entry to the territory of the Czech Republic. When planning to travel to Czechia, it is highly advisable to consider the entry rules of other states, especially the neighbouring countries, that may impact the transit to the Czech territory.

Division of world countries as per the COVID-19 contagion risk level

Conditions for entry in the Czech territory vary, depending whether the country from which a person is arriving is listed among the countries with low level of contagion risk as stated in the Notification of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic no. 20599/2020-12/MIN/KAN (PDF, 18 KB) and referred to as "green zone", or whether a person arrives from a country  within a "red zone", which is not included in the above stated list. In case of green zone countries, a distinction is further made between countries with or without reciprocical treatment towards the citizens of the Czech Republic. Green zone countries without a reciprocical treatment towards Czech citizens are marked in the above stated list with an *).

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam  is not included in the list of COVID-19 low contagion risk level countries due to its absence in the list of low-risk countries consolidated at the EU level. Therefore, for the arrival in the Czech Republic from the Vietnamese territory red-zone countries rules apply.


Distinction of entry conditions as per nationality

1) Czech and EU citizens (including citizens of Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican) :

- citizens of the Czech Republic and EU countries arriving from a red-zone country, or who have stayed in a red-zone country for more than 12 hours within the last 14 days, must upon their arrival in the Czech territory comply with the conditions of the Protective Measure of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic (see table  ), as described below ​​​Rules for entry in the Czech territory​ (PDF, 130 KB).

- citizens of the Czech Republic and EU countries arriving from a green-zone country, who have not stayed in a red-zone country for more than 12 hours within the last 14 days, are not subject to any further requirements.

2) Citizens of third countries:

- citizens of third countries arriving in the Czech territory from a country listed among the coutries with COVID-19 low contagion risk (green-zone) and with a reciprocical treatment towards the Czech citizens, who have not stayed in a red-zone country for more than 12 hours within the last 14 days, are allowed entry and not subject to any further conditions.

- citizens of third countries arriving in the Czech territory from a red-zone country or a green-zone country without a reciprocical treatment towards the Czech citizens, are banned entry in the Czech Republic with the exception of the below stated:

  • - holders of valid long-term visa, long-term, termporary or permanent residence permit issued by the Czech Republic, 
  • - holders of short-term visa issued after May 11th, 2020,
  • - family members (as defined §15a article 1) Law no. č. 326/1999 Coll., on the stay of foreigners, of Czech citizens or EU citizens who reside in the Czech territory,
  • - those, whose entry is in the interest of the Czech Republic,
  • - workers in international transport,
  • - diplomats and officials of international organizations registered at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
  • - urgent and exceptional situations.

For more information kindly see the test of the Bližší informace viz Protective Measure of the Ministry of Health  and the table ​​Rules for entry in the Czech territory (PDF, 205 KB).
 

Citizens of the Czech Republic, EU and third countries arriving in the Czech Republic from a red-zone country (such as Vietnam), or who have spent more than 12 hours in a red-zone country in the last 14 days, need to comply upon entry in the Czech territory with the following conditions:

- obligation to report immediately after entry to the regional hygienic station by phone or email, obligation to undergo an RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS CoV-2 virus in the Czech territory (at their own expense) and to present the test result to the respective regional hygienic station within 72 hours from the entry to the territory  - list of test facilities for undergoing the RT-PCR test,

- in case the RT-PCR test result is not presented to the regional hygienic station in time, or until it is presented, an obligatory quarantine will be applied,   

- in the period since arrival in the Czech Republic until the RT-PCR test results are presented to the regional hygienic station, or during the ordered quarantine, restriction of free movement in the Czech territory is applied, including the obligation to cover the mouth and nose with protective measure (face mask). 


All persons entering the Czech territory since July 1st, 2020, are obliged to comply with the following requirementc:

a) in case of occurrence of any symptoms of a starting infectious disease (such as fever, cough, breathing problems, digestion problems, loss of smell, general weakness, etc.) to report without any unnecessary delay by phone or email to their registered general practitioner,  and in case they are not registered, to any provider of medical general practice,

b) upon the entry at the country border, to stand a health check of symptoms of infectious disease, and in case symptoms are noticed, to cooperate with a respective medical staff to provide a biological sample for COVID-19 test verification.

 

For more information kindly visit the na website of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic.

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​​Pravidla pro vstup na území 204 KB PDF (Adobe Acrobat document) Jul 1, 2020