10th August 2020

Government Restrictions for Crossing the Border of the Czech Republic

The state of emergency ended on May 17. Conditions for entry to the territory of the Czech Republic and quarantine measures are defined by the Ministry of Health. 

  • In Moravian-Silesian region, cross-border workers are obliged to submit a negative PCR test result (not older than 4 days) when entering the Czech Republic and then submit a negative test result every 14 days, or undergo quarantine.
  • From 15 June 2020, Czech citizens and residents returning from countries with a low and medium risk of COVID-19 contagion (green and orange in the traffic lights system) do not have to report this fact to the regional public health authority after entering the Czech Republic, no PCR test or quarantine is required.
  • The system of traffic lights for entering the Czech Republic is applicable from June 15 and shows the level of risk - red meaning requirement of a negative PCR test result for returning Czech residents or foreigners entering the territory of the Czech Republic when returning from a red country, or a mandatory quarantine. Orange meaning requirement of a negative PCR test result for foreigners entering the territory of the Czech Republic. Green meaning no PCR testing, no quarantine for returning Czech residents and foreigners with issued residence permit by the Czech Republic.
  • Overview of recommendations for traveling to other countries (COVID-19) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

 

ENTERING THE CZECH REPUBLIC is based on the TRAFFIC LIGHTS SYSTEM (green, orange, red indication for countries)

As of August 10, persons arriving from Romania need to submit a PCR test result, or undergo quarantine. Employees from Spain, Sweden, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Romania and Portugal are obliged to undergo testing after arrival in the territory of the Czech Republic. The test result cannot be older than 4 days. More.

List of green zone countries as of August 10, 2020

1. Czech citizens, EU+ citizens, third country nationals with residence permit issued by the Czech Republic:

If the entering person stayed in the last 14 days for more than 12 hours in a red zone country, a negative PCR test result at a respective Czech hygienic station within 72 hours, or a 14-day quarantine is obligatory upon entering the Czech Republic. If the entering person stayed less than 12 hours in the red zone country or stayed in a green zone country for more than 12 hours, no PCR testing, quarantine applies upon entry. This also includes transit. Entering the Czech Republic is allowed to tourists (citizens and residents) from green zone countries.

 

2. Citizens of third countries in red zone without residence permit issued by the Czech Republic, Citizens of third countries in green zone without reciprocity towards the Czech Republic and without residence permit issued by the Czech Republic, Third country citizens with temporary (incl. long-term visa) and long-term residence in a red zone third country or in a green zone country without reciprocity towards the Czech Republic:

Are banned from entering the Czech Republic. Attention: citizens of red zone third countries are not allowed to enter the Czech territory based on visa-free travel or short-term visa issued by another EU country. Exceptions.

Citizens or residents of green zone third countries, which apply reciprocity towards the Czech Republic, who stayed in the last 14 days in their territory, can enter the Czech Republic without the need to prove the purpose of entry or to limit the duration of stay in the Czech Republic. For citizens and residents of green zone third countries without reciprocity towards the Czech Republic, the purpose of entry and stay in the territory of the Czech Republic has to be proved.

 

All persons, including citizens of the Czech Republic, who enter the Czech Republic from a country that is not listed (from the so-called red country), are obliged to wear respiratory protective equipment (nose/mouth cover) for a limited period of time. 

 

 

TRAVELING TO OTHER COUNTRIES - conditions have been regularly updated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

 

 

FOREIGNERS employed in the Czech Republic

 

  • Visa agenda at Czech embassies has resumed, depending on the epidemiological status in the respective countries, i.e. where the government measures in respective countries have enabled it (the situation must allow opening of visa centers with higher concentration of people, or restrictions on free movement were lifted, etc.). Updated list of embassies with visa service in operation is available here.

  • Effective from July 13, short-term schengen visas, long-term visas and long-term stay applications must include certificate of non-infectiousness (official form to be prepared by the Ministry of the Interior).
  • Generally, employee cards are issued primarily within Government programs of economic migration.
  • After the end of the state of emergency, foreign nationals were not sanctioned for staying in the Czech Republic without a valid residence permit for another 60 days (starting from May 17, 2020). At this time, they do not even have to deal with the expired validity of the stay at the offices of the Ministry of the Interior or the Police of the Czech Republic. This means foreigners without valid visas will be able to stay in the Czech Republic until July 16, the deadline was prolonged to September 16 for short-term visas granted for the purpose of employment or seasonal work.
  • In order to ensure a smooth return of foreign nationals to the country of origin, the legality of their stay is certified during border control by a special stamp in the travel document at the time of departure from the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic informed all states about this procedure.
  • To facilitate smooth return this certificate of legality of stay in the form of the stamp in the travel document was introduced from May 4, 2020. The stamp does not ensure entry into the territory of other states. The possibilities of transit are always determined by their own measures.
  • The validity of this measure is limited in time and applies only to persons who were legally residing in the Czech Republic at the time of the declaration of the state of emergency! Foreign nationals who want to continue their legal stay in the Czech Republic and their long-term visa or long-term residence permit expires must apply for its extension - you can find more information here.
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the Stay of Foreign Nationals after the End of State of Emergency.

 

 

See also information by the Ministry of the Interior. More.

 

See also a summary on the Government official website. 

 

Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic can receive up-to-date summary of border measures by emailing kbendikova@amcham.cz.

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