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Entry into the territory of the Czech Republic

The Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic removed South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mosambique, Lesotho and Eswatini from the list of countries with an extreme risk of COVID-19 transmission. This significantly expands the categories of people who are allowed to travel to the Czech Republic. The regulation below is valid also for Madagascar and Angola and particularly for Mauritius.
 

All this countries are now subject to the rules for travel from countries with a very high risk of COVID-19 (dark red category). The text of the valid Protective Measure determining the restriction of crossing the state border of the Czech Republic can be found here. The following information is only a brief summary of the conditions for travel, please always consult the detailed rules with the staff Consular department of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Pretoria or acquaint yourself with the text of the valid Protective Measure of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.

Traveling from the Czech Republic

The general recommendation to consider all trips to countries with a high risk of COVID-19 transmission still remains.

Traveling to the Czech Republic

The following categories are newly allowed to travel to the Czech Republic from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini  Holders of long-term visas and long-term, temporary or permanent residence permits in the Czech Republic; holders of Schengen visas issued after 11 May 2021; foreigners with a long-term or permanent residence permit in the EU; family members of Czech and EU citizens; foreigners living with a Czech or EU citizen in a common household in an unmarried long-term relationship and also all fully vaccinated persons (see conditions below). The complete list of categories of persons who are allowed to enter the Czech Republic is determined by Article II.2 of the Protective Measure.

Travelers entering the Czech Republic must submit a completed Public Health Passenger Locator Form before entering the Czech Republic. All travelers must also provide a negative RT-PCR test not older than 72 hours upon arrival. Between 5th and 14th day after entry in the Czech Republic travelers have to take another RT-PCR test to assess the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus. Until the result of the second PCR test, passengers have to self-isolate (free movement is limited to journeys necessary to provide basic necessities and childcare, journeys strictly necessary to procure and care for animals, use of necessary financial and postal services, refueling; acute trips to medical facilities, trips to social services facilities; travel for urgent official matters and funerals).

These rules do not apply to fully vaccinated persons (they only have to fill in the Public Health Passenger Locator Form, please pay attention to the conditions, see below), children under six years of age (children under 12 years of age do not have to take a PCR test before traveling to the Czech Republic, but they must take the test within 5 days from entering the Czech Republic and until the test result is obtained they have to self-isolate - please plan well, parents may take the test in the Czech Republic no earlier than the fifth day, children 6-12 years must take the test within five days!), professional artists and athletes, etc.

According to the valid rules, only a person who holds an EU COVID digital certificate, a country certificate that is bilaterally recognized by the Czech Republic or that is recognized in accordance with EU regulations, is considered a vaccinated person. Vaccination must also be carried out with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency or the WHO. Lists of recognized vaccines and certificates can be found on the website of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic. Currently, certificates issued in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini, Mosambique, are not recognized for traveling to the Czech Republic, people vaccinated in these countries travel to the Czech Republic as unvaccinated people!

 

Entry of foreigners into the Czech Republic

The range of services offered by the Visa section of the Embassy of the Czech Republic is significantly expanding, details can be found in Article I.14 of the Protection Measure. It is now possible to apply for:

Short-stay visas

  • for the purpose of seasonal employment or for the purpose of employment in food production, health care or social services;
  • short-stay visas for scientific, key and highly qualified staff and critical infrastructure service staff,
  • short-term visas for family members of Czech citizens, from the foreign policy interest of the Czech Republic, for international transport workers, accredited members of diplomatic missions, for partners of Czech citizens from unmarried couples and in extraordinary and urgent situations;

 

Long-term visas and stays

  • long-term visas for seasonal employment,
  • extraordinary work visas,
  • temporary residence, if they are submitted by foreigners included in government programs in order to achieve economic or other significant benefit for the Czech Republic,
  • permanent residence, if they are submitted by foreigners included in the government program according to Government Resolution No. 1014 of 8 December 2014,
  • a blue card, a long-term residence permit for the purpose of scientific research and applications for a residence permit for more than 90 days of spouses or registered partners and minor children of researchers or blue card applicants,
  • long-term visas and long-term residence permits for the purpose of study pursuant to § 64 of Act No. 326/1999 Coll., On the residence of foreigners in the Czech Republic and amending certain Acts, as amended;
  • long-term or permanent residence permit for the purpose of family cohabitation in the territory and applications for a long-term visa for the purpose of family, if it is a spouse or registered partner and minor children of a foreigner with a long-term or permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic,
  • long-term visas for cultural and sports purposes,
  • Residence permit, if the entry of these foreigners is in the interest of the Czech Republic, if the interest of the Czech Republic is documented by an appropriate document.

 

Therefore, it is still not possible to apply, for example, for Schengen visas for the purpose of tourism, business trips, visits of friends and family (outside defined family members) or employment cards!

 

Furthermore, it is still true that in order to submit an application to the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Pretoria, it is first necessary to make an appointment by sending a request to the e-mail address consulate_pretoria@mzv.cz. Unordered applicants are not accepted by the visa section.

 

These restrictions do not apply to fully vaccinated persons who may apply to the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Pretoria for any residence permit or visa without restriction (again, see the definition of vaccinated person). Applicant have to present an original COVID-19 vaccination certificate while applying for a visa.

For long time visas can apply also non vaccinated applicant.