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Travelling to the Czech Republic - rules valid since 14. June2021

Due to the development of the pandemic and concerns about the spread of new coronavirus mutations, new rules for travel to the Czech Republic and for the return of Czech nationals will come into force on Monday, 14.  June 2021.
 

OVERVIEW: Travel rules valid from 14 June 2021

 

What categories have foreign countries newly been divided into based on the risk of infection?

The protective measure of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic distinguishes between five categories of countries:

  • low-risk countries (green)
  • medium-risk countries (orange)
  • high-risk countries (red)
  • very-high-risk countries (dark red)
  • extreme-risk countries (black)

The so-called traffic light system for travel has fixed criteria and is therefore automatic and predictable. The Czech Republic is proceeding in accordance with EU recommendations. At the same time, the division of countries into individual categories will continue to be regularly updated.

What are the conditions for returning to the Czech Republic from individual categories of countries?

  • LOW RISK (green): Travellers can come to the Czech Republic from these countries without any restrictions.
  • MEDIUM RISK (orange): Before traveling to the Czech Republic, foreigners traveling from these countries must fill in an arrival form and undergo an antigen or PCR test, administered no more than 24 hours (antigen) or 72 hours (PCR) before the beginning of the trip and have a written confirmation of the result. It is also mandatory to wear an FFP2 (KN95, N95, P2, DS) respirator everywhere outside the home for 14 days after arrival. / Persons returning to the country who have been vaccinated in the Czech Republic are exempt from quarantine and testing 22 days after receiving the first shot. / Czech citizens, their family members, EU citizens with a certificate of temporary residence and foreigners with a permanent residence permit must fill in an arrival form before entering the Czech Republic and, if arriving by public transport, undergo an antigen or PCR test, administered no more than 24 hours (antigen) or 72 hours (PCR) before the beginning of the trip and have a written confirmation of the result. It is also mandatory to wear an FFP2 (KN95, N95, P2, DS) respirator everywhere outside the home for 14 days after arrival. / Czech citizens, their family members, EU citizens with a certificate of temporary residence and foreigners with a permanent residence permit entering the Czech Republic by private transport must undergo an antigen or PCR test no later than 5 days after arrival. Before entering the Czech Republic, they must fill in an arrival form. Self-isolation is required until confirmation of a negative test result. It is also mandatory to wear an FFP2 (KN95, N95, P2, DS) respirator everywhere outside the home for 14 days after arrival. / Exceptions for vaccinees in the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Austria, Slovakia and Slovenia.
  • HIGH RISK (red): Before traveling to the Czech Republic, foreigners traveling from these countries must fill in an arrival form and undergo an antigen or PCR test, administered no more than 24 hours (antigen) or 72 hours (PCR) before the beginning of the trip and have a written confirmation of the result. Subsequently, they must undergo a second PCR test (antigen is not sufficient) administered in the Czech Republic, no later than 5 days after arrival. Self-isolation is required until confirmation of a negative test result. It is also mandatory to wear an FFP2 (KN95, N95, P2, DS) respirator everywhere outside the home for 14 days after arrival. / Persons returning to the country who have been vaccinated in the Czech Republic are exempt from quarantine and testing 22 days after receiving the first shot. / Czech citizens, their family members, EU citizens with a certificate of temporary residence and foreigners with a permanent residence permit must fill in an arrival form before entering the Czech Republic and, if arriving by public transport, undergo an antigen or PCR test, administered no more than 24 hours (antigen) or 72 hours (PCR) before the beginning of the trip and have a written confirmation of the result. Subsequently, they must undergo a second PCR test (antigen is not sufficient) administered in the Czech Republic, no later than 5 days after arrival. Self-isolation is required until confirmation of a negative test result. It is also mandatory to wear an FFP2 (KN95, N95, P2, DS) respirator everywhere outside the home for 14 days after arrival. / Czech citizens, their family members, EU citizens with a certificate of temporary residence and foreigners with a permanent residence permit entering the Czech Republic by private transport must undergo a PCR test (antigen is not sufficient) administered in the Czech Republic, no later than 5 days after arrival. Before entering the Czech Republic, they must fill in an arrival form. Self-isolation is required until confirmation of a negative test result. It is also mandatory to wear an FFP2 (KN95, N95, P2, DS) respirator everywhere outside the home for 14 days after arrival. / Exceptions for vaccinees in the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Austria, Slovakia and Slovenia.
  • VERY HIGH RISK (dark red): Before traveling to the Czech Republic, foreigners traveling from these countries must fill in an arrival form and undergo a PCR test (antigen is not sufficient), administered no more than 72 hours before the beginning of the trip and have a written confirmation of the result. Subsequently, they must submit a second PCR test (antigen is not sufficient) administered in the Czech Republic, which can be administered no earlier than the 5th day and no later than the 14th day after entry. Self-isolation is required until confirmation of a negative test result. It is also mandatory to wear an FFP2 (KN95, N95, P2, DS) respirator everywhere outside the home for 14 days after arrival. / Czech citizens, their family members, EU citizens with a certificate of temporary residence and foreigners with a permanent residence permit must fill in an arrival form before entering the Czech Republic and undergo an antigen or PCR test, administered no more than 24 hours (antigen) or 72 hours (PCR) before the beginning of the trip and have a written confirmation of the result. Subsequently, they must submit a second PCR test (antigen is not sufficient) administered in the Czech Republic, which can be administered no earlier than the 5th day and no later than the 14th day after entry. Self-isolation is required until confirmation of a negative test result. It is also mandatory to wear an FFP2 (KN95, N95, P2, DS) respirator everywhere outside the home for 14 days after arrival.
  • EXTREME RISK (black): All citizens of the Czech Republic and foreigners residing in the Czech Republic are prohibited from entering countries with an extreme risk of contracting COVID-19 caused by new mutations of the virus. This does not apply to citizens of these countries and to journeys which, due to their nature, cannot be postponed and which have been notified in advance to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Those who violate the prohibition risk being fined under the Public Health Protection Act.

Notes:

Foreigners (except for travelers from green countries) can come to the Czech Republic only on the grounds of essential reasons, not for tourism or visiting friends. The new protective measure is valid until further notice.

Czech citizens, their family members, EU citizens with a certificate of temporary residence and foreigners with a permanent residence permit, whose test showed the presence of coronavirus less than 14 days before the planned entry into the Czech Republic, must travel to and then within the Czech Republic by private transport, if possible. In case of travel by public transport, the carrier must be informed about a possible persistent COVID-19 infection prior to the start of the journey and, regardless of the mode of transport, the traveller must inform the healthcare professionals who administer the coronavirus test and the locally competent regional hygiene station after entering the Czech Republic. Travellers are also obliged to observe the rules of isolation after entering the Czech Republic, for a period of 3 days after symptoms have dissipated, but for at least 14 days from the first positive coronavirus test, unless the regional hygiene station decides otherwise.

Which countries are in which categories?

  • LOW RISK (green): Australia, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Poland, Republic of Korea, Republic of Singapore, Romania, San Marino, Thailand, Vatican
  • MEDIUM RISK (orange): Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores), Slovakia, Switzerland, Balearic and Canary Islands (Spain)
  • HIGH RISK (red): Andorra, Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden
  • VERY HIGH RISK (dark red): Dark red countries include all countries not listed in the previous categories.  ALBANIA
  • EXTREME RISK (black): Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Eswatini (Swaziland), India, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania (including Zanzibar and Pemba), Zambia and Zimbabwe

In which category are countries that are not members of the EU or the Schengen area?

Countries that are not members of the EU or the Schengen area and are not explicitly listed in another category are classified as "dark red".

In which category are the Portuguese and Spanish islands?

Island areas – the Azores (Portugal), Madeira (Portugal) and the Canary Islands (Spain) – are assesed separately based on epidemiological data from the region. You can find current classification above.

Are there any exceptions to the new travel rules?

Exceptions continue to apply to commuters, international transport, and transit through the Czech Republic. Necessary trips abroad without subsequent testing obligations will now be allowed only if they do not exceed 12 hours. You can find all the exceptions in the protective measure of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.

Who can I contact if I haven't found the answer to my questions here?

If you have specific questions, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs information centre for travel abroad at +420 222 264 222. The staff are ready to answer questions from the public on weekdays from 8:00 – 16:00. If you or a loved one is in an emergency abroad, contact the emergency line of the relevant embassy, which is open 24 hours a day.

Additional information for entry and stay:

2. ENTRY AND STAY IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Travel to the Czech Republic continues to be limited, particularly for the short-term travel, due to the pandemic. Only essential travel to the Czech Republic is allowed.

It is not possible to travel for the purpose of tourism or visit of friends.  Current measures include the following: Hotels and accommodation facilities have been closed (for tourism), stay at public places is limited, etc.

The rules for entering the territory of the Czech Republic and quarantine measures are  defined at the Protective Measure aiming to provide protection from introduction of the disease COVID-19, caused by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (further referred to as "Protective Measure")  which can be found on the website of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.  

Foreign nationals without a residence permit in EU cannot currently travel to the Czech Republic, eg. for tourism or other purposes. Visa-free foreigners can travel to the Czech Republic only in extraordinary urgent cases as defined at the Protective Measure, in other cases it is necessary to apply for long-term visa/stay for the particular purpose (eg. study). Information on visa applications.

 Information on entry of foreign nationals to the territory of the Czech Republic to be found on the website of Ministry of Interior or Step-by-step guide on quarantine measures

Conditions for entry of persons to the territory of the Czech Republic in accordance with the Ministry of Health Protective Measure (pdf, 839 kB)
(valid from May 15th, 2020, 0:00; updated May 18th, 2021) 

Epidemiological_measures_for_cross-border_travelling_as_of_the_June_1st_2021_-_20210602.jpg3. TRANSIT THROUGH THE CZECH REPUBLIC

As stated by the Protective Measure (see above) EU citizens and foreign nationals with permitted long-term or permanent residence in the European Union can transit by air across the Czech Republic for up to 12 hours without the need of a PCR test or any qurantine measures. In case of land transit there is an obligation before the entry to the territory of the Czech Republic to have a written confirmation by an accredited laboratory of a negative result of antigen or RT-PCR test; antigen test must be done maximum 24 hours and RT-PCR test maximum 72 hours before the start of the journey. 

 

4. ENTRY OF PARTNERS OF CZECH/EU CITIZENS

Foreign nationals who are in a partnership with a citizen of the Czech Republic or with a citizen of the EU with temporary residence in the Czech Republic and who do not need a visa for a short-term stay of up to 90 days, can arrive in the Czech Republic on a visa-free basis based on a confirmation for entry issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. More details to be found here

 

5. USEFUL LINKS and CONTACTS

Email hotline for inquiries related to the entry into the territory of the Czech Republic: cestovani.covid19@mvcr.cz  or you can call +420 974 801 801 (Mo- Thu 8:00 - 16:00 and Fri 8:00 - 12:00) or you can contact the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Albania: tel. +355 4 223 4004, email: tirana@embassy.mzv.cz

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Information Centre for Travel Abroad at +420 222 264 222 (Mo - Fri 8:00 - 16:00).

Information on entry of foreign nationals to the territory of the Czech Republic to be found on the website of Ministry of Interior 

Current situation of COVID-19 epidemic in the Czech Republic - Ministry of Health

Statewide information line on COVID-19 in the Czech Republic - 1221