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New restrictions of travelling to the Czech Republic

For travels from Finland to the Czech Republic the travellers are from February 5 required to present a negative antigen or RT-PCR test result and to fill in and submit the electronic Passenger Arrival Form. Due to persisting critical epidemiological situation in the Czech Republic, the free movement of persons in the whole territory of the Czech Republic remains to be restricted. Therefore foreigners are allowed to travel to the Czech Republic only for essential and urgent reasons - work and business, necessary travels to help relatives and close persons, necessary travels to healthcare facilities and social service facilities, arranging of urgent administrative matters, participating in funerals, participating in education. It is not possible to travel to Czechia for the purpose of tourism or visiting friends. 

Following the change of the categorization of countries with reference to the level of COVID19 risk Finland was included in the category of COVID19 medium-risk countries (orange colour), effective from 5 February 2021.

Therefore for travels from Finland to the Czech Republic travellers (both Czech and foreign) are obliged:

- before entering the territory of the Czech Republic to obtain a written confirmation of an accredited laboratory proving a negative result of the antigen (not taken more than 24 hrs before the departure) or RT-PCR test (not taken more than 72 hrs before the departure);

- before the travel to fill in the electronic Passenger Arrival Form and during the border check to be able to present a confirmation of its electronic submission.

Residents of HUS area are now allowed to get a test certificate in English if the test has been taken in a public facility within HUS. The certificate can be obtained on this address. For the certificate to be issued, it is necessary to have a registered right of residence in Finland, to have a social security number (henkilötunnus) and have a banking credentials or other means of online identification.

These obligations do not apply to:

  • - children under 5 years of age,
  • - persons working in international transport,
  • - citizens of EU Member States and foreigners holding a long-term residence permit in EU who transit through the Czech Republic (max. 12 hours) or travel to the Czech Republic for a period not exceeding 12 hours,
  • - accredited members of diplomatic missions in the Czech Republic, holders of diplomatic passports traveling on business travels and officials of international organizations, if their stay in or out of Czechia does not exceed 72 hours.
  • - professional sportsmen and members of national teams of the Czech Republic and other countries
  • - people working in critical infrastructure services that are essential for the Czech Republic

Until March 21 free movement between districts (“okresy”) is restricted only to traveling for the purpose of work and entrepreneurship, necessary travels to help relatives and close persons, necessary travels to healthcare facilities and social service facilities, arranging of urgent administrative matters, participation in funerals, travels to participate in education and exams. More information here.

If you are travel to the Czech Republic by air via the Netherlands, please note that from 29 December 2020 all passengers from the age of 13 arriving in the Netherlands from COVID high-risk countries are required to submit a negative PCR test. The Netherlands currently considers both the Czech Republic and Finland to be COVID high-risk countries. The PCR test result must not be older than 72 hours on arrival in the Netherlands. This obligation also applies to transiting passengers! Check the current conditions with your airline, more information also available here.

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Rules_for_entry_and_return_to_the_Czechia_as_of_February... 113 KB PDF (Adobe Acrobat document) Feb 4, 2021