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State of Emergency in the Czech Republic

State of emergency has been declared in the Czech Republic on 12 March 2020 and remains in place until 17 May 2020. A series of measures in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic has been adopted subsequently, including restrictions of the free movement and entry to the country, suspension of the issuing of visa, closure of shops, restaurants, schools, and other facilities.

Currently, foreigners are banned from entering the Czech Republic with the exception of foreigners staying temporarily over 90 days, persons with permanent residence in the Czech Republic and other specific cases.

Czech embassies and consulates stopped receiving applications for short-term visa, temporary and permanent residence. All proceedings in the case of short-term visa applications which have not been decided yet and all proceedings on applications for residence permits over 90 days lodged at the embassies and consulates have been stopped.

Free movement of people is restricted in the Czech Republic to groups not exceeding ten persons in public places. Eating and drinking in public places of sale is permitted in necessary cases only. People are obliged to wear a respiratory protective device that covers mouth and nose, e.g. a respirator, mask, scarf or other piece, preventing the spread of droplets when being outside of the place of their residence.

Controls at the borders with Germany and Austria and the air border were reintroduced. Borders with Slovakia and Poland have been closed by the decision of their respective governments. Crossing borders is possible only at eleven designated border crossings with Austria and Germany and Prague Airport.

Presence of public at restaurants is forbidden. Takeaway sales are permitted. Food courts at shopping malls are closed.

Presence of students at schools and other educational institutions of all types and levels and collective forms of education and tests are forbidden.

All providers of international road transport by vehicles of capacity above 9 persons are prohibited from transporting passengers across the borders of the Czech Republic. The same restriction apples to international rail and water transport.

Václav Havel International Airport of Prague is the only airport permitted to be used for international passenger air transport.