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Rules of entry to the Czech Republic for citizens of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka

Protective Measure of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic imposes rules of entry for foreign nationals according to risk of COVID-19 in the foreign countries.

 

India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka are currently listed as a countries with very high risk of COVD-19. Citizens of these countries are prohibited to enter the Czech Republic. This shall not apply:

● to foreign nationals who prove that they have stayed in states listed as countries with a low risk of COVID-19 at least for 14 days immediately before entering the territory of the Czech Republic and who have not stayed in the territory of countries with other than a low risk of COVID-19 longer than 12 hours in the last 14 days

● to holders of a valid long-stay visa or a long-term, temporary or permanent residence permit for residence in the Czech Republic issued by the Czech Republic;

● to foreign nationals granted a short-stay visa by the Czech Republic after 11 May 2020, or after 1 August 2021, by a member state of European Union which acts on behalf of the Czech Republic according to a bilateral agreement

● to foreign nationals granted long-term or permanent residence in the European Union

● to family members within the meaning of Act No 326/1999 on the residence of foreign nationals in the Czech Republic and amending certain acts, as amended, of citizens of the Czech Republic or citizens of the European Union resident in the Czech Republic

● to a foreign national in a demonstrable permanent relationship, based in particular on cohabitation, with a citizen of the Czech Republic or with a citizen of the European Union who has temporary residence of more than 90 days or permanent residence in the Czech Republic and who has accepted the obligations referred to in point I.17 (see the Protective Measure of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic) in the solemn declaration of the partnership, provided that this foreign national has been issued with confirmation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic for the purpose of being allowed to enter the Czech Republic under this point (more information regarding unmarried partners of EU / CZ citizens)

● if foreign nationals’ entry into the Czech Republic is in the country’s interest, provided that the reason for their entry into the country is supported by the corresponding documentation

● in urgent emergency situations (see the Protective Measure of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic point II.2i)

● to cross-border cooperation within the framework of emergency responses by integrated rescue system services; provided that the foreign national is authorized to enter into the territory of the Czech Republic

● to international transport workers, provided that the reason for their entry into the country is supported by the corresponding documentation

● to accredited members of diplomatic missions in the Czech Republic, including private servants, holders of diplomatic passports travelling to the Czech Republic for official purposes, and officials of international organisations registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

●   to persons who have been issued a national vaccination certificate or a national full vaccination certificate; under the condition that they meet the requirements of this protective measure regarding the entry into the territory of the Czech Republic and are authorized to enter into the territory of the Czech Republic --> Currently only vaccination certificates issued by India, Bhutan and Sri Lanka are recognized by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic. Following criteria must be met:  1. person was vaccinated by medical product containing the vaccine against COVID-19 approved in accordance with the Regulation (EC) No. 726/2004 or is approved by World Health Organization for emergency use (list of recognized vaccines: https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en/recognition-of-vaccination-certificates-from-other-countries/); 2. at least 14 days have passed since the completion of the vaccination course.

 

All third-country nationals who have stayed more than 12 hours in the last 14 days in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives or Sri Lanka are obliged prior entering the Czech Republic:

  1. to submit a completed Passenger Locator Form
  2. to be in possession of a negative test result for establishing the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus not older than 72 hours
  3. to provide proof, if so requested during a border or residence check, of completion of the Passenger Locator Form (notification) and negative test result for establishing the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus
  4. to undergo an RT-PCR test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus within 24 hours of entering the Czech Republic
  5. to undergo an RT-PCR test for establishing the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus no earlier than on the 5th day and no later than on the 14th day after entering the Czech Republic, unless, entirely exceptionally in individual cases, a public health protection authority decides on other quarantine measures
  6. to undergo self-isolation in accordance with point III.10 (see the Protective Measure of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic) pending the result of the RT-PCR test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus

All passengers are required after arrival to present documentation proving the fulfillment of above mentioned obligations. Documents will be inspected by international airport operator in cooperation with police and customs administration.

Exceptions from above mentioned obligations are stated in point I.6b and I.7 of the Protective Measure of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.

Protective Measure of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic

 

More information regarding rules of entry: https://www.mvcr.cz/docDetail.aspx?docid=22239079&doctype=ART&#Cestovani

 

It is advised prior to travel to check the latest COVID-19 protocol from the concerned airline.

The visa itself does not automatically guarantee entry to the Czech Republic.