13th April 2021

Government Restrictions for Crossing the Border of the Czech Republic

The initial state of emergency ended on May 17. 2020. Conditions for entry to the territory of the Czech Republic and quarantine measures are defined by the Ministry of Health. State of emergency was declared again from October 5, 2020 for 30 days, with further extensions. The state of emergency terminated on April 11, 2021 and the Government has not asked the Chamber of Deputies for further extension

 

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

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE ON SUFFERING COVID-19 DISEASE IN THE PAST WHEN TRAVELLING TO THE CZECH REPUBLIC - exceptions from rules for entering the Czech Republic.

 

RULES FOR FOREIGNERS AND NON-RESIDENTS OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC

 

Countries indicated as dark red on the map

Foreigners/non-residents arriving in the Czech Republic from dark red countries rare obliged to fill in an online arrival form prior to entering the territory of the Czech Republic and provide a confirmation of a negative PCR test result upon crssing the border; the test must be performed max. 72 hours before the start of the trip.

Another PCR test is performed in the Czech territory, min. 5 days (max. 14 days) after arrival. Until the second negative test result is available, self-isolation is required.

Arriving travellers are obliged to wear a respirator without an exhalation valve classified at least as FFP2, KN95, N95, P2, DS  anywhere outside their home for a period of 14 days after arrival.

Third countries, including the USA, are considered as dark red. (Some exceptions are indicated as black, see below.)

 

Countries indicated as red on the map

Foreigners/non-residents are obliged to fill in an online arrival form prior to entering the territory of the Czech Republic and provide a confirmation of a negative antigen or PCR test result upon crssing the border; the antigen test must be performed max. 24 hours and the PCR test max. 72 hours before the start of the trip.

PCR test is performed in the Czech territory, within 5 days after arrival. Until the second negative test result is available, self-isolation is required.

Arriving travellers are obliged to wear a respirator without an exhalation valve classified as FFP2, KN95, N95, P2, DS anywhere outside their home for a period of 14 days after arrival.

 

Countries indicated as orange on the map

Foreigners/non-residents are obliged to fill in an online arrival form before entering the territory of the Czech Republic and provide a confirmation of a negative antigen or PCR test result upon crssing the border; the antigen test must be performed max. 24 hours and the PCR test max. 72 hours before the start of the trip.

Arriving travellers are obliged to wear a respirator without an exhalation valve classified as FFP2, KN95, N95, P2, DS anywhere outside their home for a period of 14 days after arrival.

 

Countries indicated as green on the map

Travellers from green zone countries may arrive in the Czech Republic without any restrictions.

 

 

 

RULES FOR CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Countries indicated as dark red on the map

Czech citizens and residents arriving in the Czech Republic from dark red countries rare obliged to fill in an online arrival form prior to entering the territory of the Czech Republic and provide a confirmation of a negative antigen or PCR test result upon crssing the border; the test must be performed max. 72 hours before the start of the trip.

PCR test is performed in the Czech territory, min. 5 days (max. 14 days) after arrival. Until the second negative test result is available, self-isolation is required.

Arriving travellers are obliged to wear a respirator without an exhalation valve classified at least as FFP2, KN95, N95, P2, DS  anywhere outside their home for a period of 14 days after arrival.

 

Countries indicated as red on the map

Czech citizens and residents are obliged to fill in an online arrival form prior to entering the territory of the Czech Republic and provide a confirmation of a negative antigen or PCR test result upon crossing the border; the antigen test must be performed max. 24 hours and the PCR test max. 72 hours before the start of the trip.

In the case of individual transport, no testing prior to the start of the trip is required.

A PCR test is obligatory in the Czech territory, within 5 days after arrival, including arrivals using individual transport. Until a negative PCR test result is available, self-isolation is required.

Arriving travellers are obliged to wear a respirator without an exhalation valve classified as FFP2, KN95, N95, P2, DS anywhere outside their home for a period of 14 days after arrival.

 

Countries indicated as orange on the map

Czech citizens and residents are obliged to fill in an online arrival form before entering the territory of the Czech Republic and provide a confirmation of a negative antigen or PCR test result upon crssing the border; the antigen test must be performed max. 24 hours and the PCR test max. 72 hours before the start of the trip. 

In the case of individual transport, no testing prior to the start of the trip is required. An antigen or PCR test is obligatory in the Czech territory, within 5 days after arrival, including arrivals using individual transport. Until a negative test result is available, self-isolation is required.

Arriving travellers are obliged to wear a respirator without an exhalation valve classified as FFP2, KN95, N95, P2, DS anywhere outside their home for a period of 14 days after arrival.

 

Countries indicated as green on the map

Travellers from green zone countries may arrive in the Czech Republic without any restrictions.

 

Countries indicated as black = travel ban

Protective measure in place from February 26 bans traveling of Czech citizens and foreigners with residence in the Czech Republic to the following countries due to extremely high risk of contagion with covid-19 mutations: Botswana, Brazil, Swaziland, South Africa, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania (Zanzibar, Pemba), Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Czech protective measure has been extended from April 12 until May 31, and Columbia and Peru were added to the list of countries banned for travel.

 

  • Exceptions include transit for EU citizens and foreign nationals with permitted long-term or permanent residence in the European Union for up to 12 hours or necessary stays in the Czech Republic for medical, family, work or business purposes not exceeding 12 hours.
  • The Czech Ministry of Health issues regularly an updated map of countries.
  • Country lists based on color indication on the Czech Semafor as of April 5.

 

As of January 30, 2021 traveling to the Czech Republic for other than essential reasons is banned. This restriction does not apply to Czech citizens.

The state of emergency terminated and the ban on movement between districts (okresy) and night curfew (9 pm - 5 am) were lifted. With the exception of family members, no more than two people (not sharing the same household) can meet in public places or group outside as well as inside.

Wearing respirators or surgery masks is obligatory in shops, outpatient health care facilities, social services facilities, public transport, international airports, platforms and waiting rooms of public transport. Home-made face masks, shawls over the mouth and nose (and similar protection equipment} are no longer allowed. 

Hotels are generally not in operation for tourists. Provision of accommodation services is restricted and limited to listed exceptions (business travellers with documents issued by the employer confirming the purpose of the trip, foreigners stranded in the country, etc), and hotel restaurants can only serve food to hotel guests between 5 am and 9 pm, or operate via take-away windows. Restaurants are allowed to sell food over take-away windows until 9 pm. Food delivery services are allowed.

Rules on employment of foreigners and issues related to their residence during the state of emergency can be found here. (Source: Ministry of the Interior). Government decree on crossing borders as of April 5, 2021.

From November 9, EU+ citizens, residents and third country citizens with residence permit issued by the Czech Republic who are employees, teachers and students arriving from the low-risk countries on the list marked with asterisk (i.e. orange zone countries) are obliged to submit a negative PCR test result prior to entering workplace or educational institution

On September 21, the Ministry of Health in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior launched an online registration form for travellers arriving in the country after spending more than 12 hours in the past 14 days in a country that is not on the list of low-risk countries.

Citizens of third countries, meaning of countries outside of the EU+, continue to be banned from entry to the territory of the Czech Republic, apart from the listed exceptions, in accordance with the EU coordinated approach. 

This means than ban on entry applies to Citizens of red third countries without residence permit issued by the Czech Republic or without a long-term or permanent residence permit issued by an EU Member State, Third country citizens with temporary (incl. long-term visa) and long-term residence in a red third country.

CAUTION: The Crisis Measure restricting free movement of persons in the territory of the Czech Republic is in force and therefore besides the abovementioned conditions it is possible to travel to the Czech Republic only in necessary cases. This applies likewise to arrivals from green countries. All persons entering the Czech Republic must observe the rules of free movement restrictions. There is an obligation to wear respiratory protective equipment.

 

 

Find more details below.

 

 

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

As of September 1, 2020, Hungary closed borders for foreigners until February 1, 2021. Citizens of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland who have booked at least a one-day stay in Hungary before October 6 with a date not exceeding October 31, and proved this together with a negative PCR test in English or Hungarian not older than 5 days, were allowed to enter the country. State of emergency was declared in Hungary on November 1 and entry of foreigners has been restricted. More details.

As of September 9, Germany has added the city of Prague to the list of high-risk countries, cities. Travellers who stayed in Prague during the last 14 days arriving to Germany were obliged to undergo 14-day quarantine or provide a negative PCR test (less than 48 hours prior to entering Germany). As of September 16, the Central Bohemian region and as of September 23, all Czech regions with the exception of the Moravian-Silesian and Ústecky regions were added to the high-risk list. From September 25, 2020 whole Czech Republic is on German high-risk list, endorsed from January 24, 2021. From February 14, entering German territory from the Czech Republic, including transit/transfer is limited. Following the decision of German authorities to remove the Czech Republic from the national list of "areas of COVID-19 variant of concern", the obligation for transport personnel transiting the Czech Republic to Germany to have a negative test result was lifted from March 28, provided that the reason for their entry into the country is supported by an adequate document.

From September 12, Denmark added the Czech Republic to the list of high-risk countries. Tourists arriving from the Czech Republic are banned to enter the country. Travellers arriving to the Danish territory for relevant purposes (such as business/work/employment activity, study or for family reasons) are allowed to enter the country.

From September 14, travellers from the Czech Republic to Switzerland and Liechtenstein (with the exception of transit within 24 hours after the entry, critical infrastructure workers and commuters) are obliged to undergo a 10-day-long quarantine even in the case of a negative PCR test result. From February 8, entering the country is possible only with a negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours, quarantine follows in any case + another PCR test.

As of September 15, the Netherlands added the city of Prague (its residents and other travellers arriving from Prague) to their high-risk list. Travellers arriving from Prague were obliged to undergo quarantine, regardless of a negative PCR test result. As of September 22, the whole Czech Republic was added to the list. Regardless of a Covid-test result, persons arriving in the country must undergo quarantine and/or testing in the Dutch territory. From December 2020 and January 2021, stricter rules apply, including PCR testing before entering the country, followed by quarantine, and newly an obligation to provide a negative antigen test result not older than 4 hours prior to entering board of a ferry or airplane heading to the Netherlands. More details.

From September 18, eight Czech regions and from September 23, whole Czech Republic was added to the Belgian high-risk list (with Prague on the list since September 11). Travellers are obliged to fill-in an online registration form prior to the arrival and undergo quarantine after entering the country, with exceptions. Arrivals for the purpose of tourism are currently banned. More details

From September 18, 2020, the Czech Republic was added to the Slovak list of "red" countries. From February 17, 2021, anyone returning from the Czech Republic has to undergo quarantine, a PCR test and is allowed to enter Slovakia only after registering via an e-border form. Transit is possible. Cross-border workers need to submit a negative Covid-test result every 7 days. More details.

From September 18, citizens and residents of the Czech Republic as well as other travellers arriving from the country (after staying there within the previous 14 days) are banned to enter Cyprus, with exceptions. More details.

Czechs arriving in Finland are obliged to provide a solid reason to enter the country (employment, study, family) and undergo quarantine. After November 23, two negative test results are required. The entry is also allowed if the traveller submits a negative test result not older than 72 hours and his/her stay in the territory of Finland does not exceed 72 hours. More details.

From September 28, Greece requires a negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours from the actual performance of the test for Czech travellers crossing the country's border. Filling-in an online registration form prior to the arrival to the country is obligatory. More details.

From September 28, Austria placed Prague to the high-risk countries list and travellers have been obliged to provide a negative PCR test result. From October 30, whole of the Czech Republic was added to the high-risk list. From January 14, border controls with the Czech Republic and Slovakia were re-introduced. Online registration prior to the arrival in the country and a quarantine regardless of a negative test result prior to the arrival have been obligatory. From mid-February 2021, some Austrian border crossings are closed. 

From October 8, Italy requires a negative test result not older than 72 hours from Czech citizens and residents crossing the country's border. From December 10, a test result not older than 48 hours or a quarantine is required. Regional measures apply. More details.

Poland currently requires a negative Covid-test result for arrivals in the country. More.

Details on all countries by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including current measures issued by other countriesMeasures related to the UK.

 

 

FOREIGNERS employed in the Czech Republic

  • Updated list of embassies with visa service in operation is available here

  • As of August 24, 2020 issuing of the Schengen Visas for the purpose of employment for the citizens of Ukraine was re-activated (in Lvov, Kyjev).​ More.
  • Employee cards are generally issued within Government programs of economic migration (key and scientific personnel, highly qualified personnel in all qualifications, and qualified personnel). 
  • Effective from July 13, short-term schengen visas, long-term visas and long-term stay applications must include certificate of non-infectiousness.
  • For holders of employee and blue cards entering the country after January 1, 2021, the obligation to undergo an integration course within one year apply (not for employees under the key and scientific personnel government program).
  • 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). Foreigners without valid visas were able to stay in the Czech Republic until July 16, the deadline was later extended to September 16 for short-term visas granted for the purpose of employment or seasonal work. On August 24, the Government approved extension of the short-term visas of foreign workers who can stay and work in the Czech Republic until November 16. This applies to the employment contracts which should expire between March 12 and November 16, 2020.
  • In order to ensure a smooth return of foreign nationals to the country of origin, the legality of their stay (after expiration of their permits) 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.
  • This measure 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.

 

A modified document (Čestné prohlášení -see attachments below) is required from the start of 2021 for applications within the Government Qualified Employee Program.

On December 3, 2020, a new application form for the Key and Scientific Personnel Program and the Highly Qualified Personnel Program was introduced (but NOT for the Qualified Employee Program). The form was modified due to frequent mistakes in the selection of the relevant embassy for submission of an application. In the part of the form on applicant’s data, it is necessary to newly state the address of the applicant's permanent residence (or the address of residence if the applicant has been living abroad for a longer period of time outside the territory of his or her origin). The information on residence is determining the relevant embassy of the Czech Republic.

The place of submitting an application for a residence permit is the place abroad where the relevant embassy of the Czech Republic is located (eg Kiev, Moscow, Delhi). In this context, Czech authorities advise that when applying for a long-term visa or long-term and permanent residence permit, the rule of the so-called local consular catchment area applies. This means that the applicant can only submit an application in the state: 1) of which he or she is a citizen, 2) that issued his or her travel document, 3) in which he or she has a long-term or permanent residence permit. More.

 

Full version of obligations applicable to employment of foreigners issued by the Ministry of the Interior:


All migrant workers who have stayed for more than 12 hours in the last 14 days in countries or regions not on the list of countries with low risk of COVID-19 contagion are required to:

  • Before entering the territory of the Czech Republic, fill in the electronic arrival form.
  • EU citizens can also submit the result of a test performed in another EU Member State, if the result is not older than 72 hours. Third-country nationals must undergo the test and obtain result of the test in the Czech Republic (a test result from another EU Member State is acceptable only if they have a long-term residence permit or permanent residence issued by this EU Member State).

Foreign workers are not allowed to start their work in the Czech Republic without submitting a negative test result! Unfortunately, this rule is very often violated in practice. We reiterate that the state of emergency has been declared and violations of counter-epidemic rules can lead to more drastic restrictions.

Even in the case of a negative test result, it is required to restrict any free movement within the territory of the Czech Republic for 10 days from arrival - only trips to and from work and trips necessary to meet basic needs for living, urgent official matters or medical treatment are possible.

Please note that even a visit to the site of the Department of Asylum and Migration Policy at the Ministry of the Interior is not an urgent official matter unless the law stipulates it as an obligation.

Even if the test result is negative, it is required to wear respiratory protective equipment for 10 days after arrival (and then continue to wear it in all areas subject to the obligation to use such protective equipment).
 
Employers of all foreign workers are further instructed to ensure (ie make sure that foreign workers have):

  • Accommodation for the entire period of their stay in the Czech Republic, including the place where the quarantine measure will be carried out,
  • Medical care if needed or a registering health care provider.

In addition, employers of all foreign workers who do not hold a long-term residence permit (ie EU and third-country nationals holding a visa) are required to ensure for migrant workers:

  • Pay for medical care (if medical care is needed),
  • Return to the country of origin in case of loss of the purpose of stay in the Czech Republic, ie employment.

Proof of the provision of these guarantees is a condition for third-country nationals to have a visa label sticked into their passport!
 
In the event of a proper change of employer, all the obligations listed above towards the foreign worker pass on to the new employer.

In case of non-compliance with the obligations, the employer may be sanctioned for the committed violation (according to § 92n paragraph 1 letter b) of Act No. 258/2000 Coll. on the protection of public health).

 

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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Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic