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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.

Due to the critical epidemiological situation, Government Resolution no. 1334, on adoption of a crisis measure, restricted free movement of persons in the whole Czech territory.

Foreigners can enter the Czech Republic only in urgent cases, for purposes allowed by the respective Crisis Measure.

Persons who will arrive in the Czech Republic in urgent cases need to comply fully with the arrival conditions and quarantine measures, detailed below.


As of 05/02/2021, the below stated rules for entry in the Czech territory apply for travellers from Vietnam. 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.

For general entry conditions when arriving in Czechia from other countries kindly see the website of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic.
 

​​​​Simplified rules for entry in Czechia - Czech citizens and foreigners (PNG, 367 KB) - notice: Vietnam belongs among dark-red countries


All persons entering the Czech territory are obliged to comply with the following requirements:

a) in case of exhibiting any signs 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 a COVID-19 test verification.


All persons, who arrive in the Czech Republic from Vietnam or have stayed in Vietnam for more than 12 hours within 14 days before the entry in Czechia need to further comply with the following requirements:

  1. to fill in and submit an electronic Arrival form (information about Arrival form (PDF, 172 KB)) before the arrival in the Czech territory,
  2. to undergo an RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, 72 hours before the trip, and present the test negative result certificate issued by an accredited laboratory at the border/to the regional hygienic station (Until February 14th, 2021, citizens of the Czech Republic, EU citizens and foreigners who hold long-term visa, or temporary/long-term/permanent residence permit issued by the Czech Republic can meet the above stated obligation of an RT-PCR test by undertaking an antigen test 24 hours before the trip, or by undertaking the RT-PCR test immediately after the arrival in the Czech territory.),
  3. to present a confirmation receipt of submitting the Arrival form to the border of foreign police authorities,
  4. no sooner than 5 days from the entry in the Czech territory, to undergo an RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS CoV-2 virus, at their own expense, and to present the test result to the respective regional hygienic station,
  5. to restrict their free movement during the stay in the territory, or for the period of 10 days from the entry, or until the end of the quarantine measures applied to essential trips as stated in the Protective Measure (15/02/2021) (PDF, 105 KB)of the Ministry of Health, part II.

    The above stated obligations under items 1. – 5. do not apply to
    1. children under 5 years old
    2. EU citizens and third-country citizens with a long-term or permanent residence permit in an EU country who transit through the Czech territory for up to 12 hours
    3. for workers in international transport
    4. other categories in compliance with the Protective Measure (15/02/2021) (PDF, 105 KB), Part I.5.
       
  6. to cover the mouth and nose with protective measure (face mask) during the first 10 days from the entry in the Czech territory by a FFP2 respirator or a surgical mask.


The list of accredited laboratories in Vietnam can be found at the website of the Ministry of Health of Vietnam.

The list of RT-PCR test facilities in Czechia may be found at the website of Ministry of Interior.  


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 citizens who have stayed in Vietnam more than 12 hours in the last 14 days preceding their arrival in the Czech territory must comply with the conditions of the Protective Measure of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, as described above.


2) Citizens of third countries:

Citizens of third countries who have stayed in Vietnam more than 12 hours in the last 14 days are banned entry in the Czech Republic with the exception of the below stated categories (foreigners who are allowed to enter the Czech territory must comply with the conditions of the Protective Measure of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, as described above):

  • - 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,
  • - holders of long-term or permanent residence in some EU country,
  • - family members (as defined §15a article 1 or article 2, letter b) of 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, their private service staff, and holders of diplomatic passports travelling to the Czech Republic for an official purpose for a period of maximum 14 days
  • - urgent and exceptional situations.

For more information kindly see the Protective Measure (15/02/2021) (PDF, 105 KB) of the Ministry of Health of of the Czech Republic and the websites of the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.


Important notice on COVID-19 related travel restrictions within the Schengen area

As part of the measures to contain the spreading of COVID-19, individual Schengen States have introduced travel restrictions, including at certain borders between those states. Depending on the development of the epidemiological situation both within and outside the EU, travel restrictions may be eased or reintroduced. All travelers are responsible for verifying the travel restrictions in place before departure. Holders of Schengen visas are not automatically entitled to enter the Schengen area but must respect the travel restrictions in place.