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COVID-19: TRAVELING TO THE CZECH REPUBLIC DURING THE PANDEMIC


Under the current circumstances, it is not possible for US passport holders to travel to the Czech Republic without having a specific reason mentioned in the Protective measure of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic. Travel for the purpose of tourism or visit of friends is not allowed.

 

The conditions for entry of persons to the Czech Republic change with effect from Monday, April 5, 2021.

USA is considered as a high-risk country (dark red zone).

There is an obligation to submit the first RT-PCR test done 72 hours or less prior to the departure, followed by a second RT-PCR test undergone in the Czech Republic no sooner than 5 days, however no later than the 14th day, after entering the territory of the Czech Republic.

The self-isolation is obligatory until the second negative test result is submitted.

Accredited laboratories in the USA: naccho.org, cdc.gov, cms.gov.

COVID-19 testing centers in the Czech Republic (in Czech only)

In addition, all passengers travelling to Czechia from the countries that are not on the list of the countries with a low risk of COVID-19 contagion have to fill the Public Health Passenger Locator Form before entering the country.

On-line form is available on the website: http://www.prijezdovyformular.cz

Please note that the on-line form (Passenger Card) does not replace documents proving the purpose of your stay in Czechia. In other words, it is not a permission to travel to Czechia.
 

Please consult the following article on the web site of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic and pay special attention to the Chapter 2. Entry into the territory of the Czech Republic.

There are two relevant links:

  • to the current Protective Measure of the Ministry of Health
  • to the table prepared by the Ministry of Interior called Conditions for entry of persons to the territory of the Czech Republic in accordance with the Ministry of Health Protective Measure (valid from 5 APRIL 2021)


CORONAVIRUS - INFORMATION OF THE MINISTRY OF INTERIOR

As the situation develops, please consult the content of the article regularly.


US passport holders without residency permit in the Czech Republic or EU currently fall within the category D of the table prepared by the Ministry of Interior  (Citizens of Third Country Non-Residing in the EU+) and can travel to the Czech Republic only in exceptional cases specified in the table.

The same rule applies for third country citizens with temporary (incl. long-term visa) and long-term residence in the USA.


Relevant categories mentioned in the table and the Protective Measure
 

 

TABLE
CONDITONS OF ENTRY

PROTECTIVE MEASURE

 

Ministry of Interior

Ministry of Health

Family members of Czech citizens

D.1

I.7-e)

Diplomats

D.c

I.7-h)

Urgent emergency situations

D.3

I.7-i)

Partners (unmarried couples)

D.4

I.7-j)

 

Information for Czech citizens and their family mambers: POVINNOSTI PŘI NÁVRATU DO ČR!

 


 

In spite of the travel restrictions, US passport holders who fulfil the conditions of the Protective measure are not required to obtain visas to enter the Czech Republic for a short-term non-profit stay (up to 90 days in any 180-day period).

 


 

Please note, that there is no direct flight between the US and the Czech Republic. Please check first with the airline company and all transit countries whether you will be allowed to travel to the Czech Republic AND back to the USA. 

LUFTHANSA flight information


It is the responsibility of the traveler to prove that he/she fulfils the requirements set out in the Protective measure of the Czech Ministry of Health and in the respective table published on the web site of the Czech Ministry of Interior.


Neither the Czech Ministry of Interior nor our Embassy do not grant any individual exemptions for entry into the territory of the Czech Republic. 

 



 

To read more about the Government's decision please visit the web site of the Czech Government.

Consult also the following article on the web site of the European Commission „Travel to and from the EU during the pandemic“.

If you have any question concerning the conditions for the entry to the territory of the Czech Republic do not hesitate to write at cestovani.covid19@mvcr.cz.

 



 

VISAS

 

The Embassy accepts visa applications only in cases explicitly mentioned in article I.7 of the Protective measure of the Czech Ministry of Health (see above).


Therefore, we accept especially following types of visas:


A/ Short term visas:

● Family members of EU / Czech Republic citizens (if a visa is necessary)

● Diplomats and officials of international organizations

 

B/ Long-term Visas and Residence Permits:

● Visas / residence permits for for the purpose of study

● Residence permits within the Key and Scientific Personnel Program

● Residence permits within the Highly Qualified and Qualified Employees Program in case of health and social services employees

Blue cards

● Long-term residence permits for the purpose of scientific research

 


C/ Acceptance of applications for long-term visas for the purpose of collecting residence permits (the so-called D/VR type visa), which the Embassy issues ex officio to holders of already approved permits – only for certain categories stated above.

 



 

Important notice on COVID-19 related travel restrictions


As part of the measures to contain the spreading of COVID-19, individual Schengen States have introduced travel restrictions, including at certain borders between those states.

Depending on the development of the epidemiological situation both within and outside the EU, travel restrictions may be eased or reintroduced.

All travelers are responsible for verifying the travel restrictions in place before departure. Holders of Schengen visas are not automatically entitled to enter the Schengen area but must respect the travel restrictions in place.

 



 

Student visas
 

As of May 18, 2020, it is possible to continue processing of long-term visa / residence permit applications for the purpose of study that have been filed before March 14, 2020. Once the decision on the application is available, the applicant will be notified by the Embassy to pick up the visa / decision. We kindly request applicants to await the Embassy´s notification.

Acceptance of new long-term visa / residence permit applications for the purpose of study is again possible as of May 26, 2020.

 



 

For more detailed information please visit the article Submitting Visa and Residence Permit Applications on the web site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
 




As a principle, visas will be processed by mail. Only in certain specific cases applicants will be asked to appear in person. All visitors to the Embassy will need to have an appointment to enter the building.

However, we would appreciate not sending us any visa application without previous consultation with the visa officer.
 

For the visa requirements, please consult the chapter Visa & Consular on our website.  

 



 

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