The 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.
ENTERING THE CZECH REPUBLIC is based on the TRAFFIC LIGHTS SYSTEM (green, orange, red indication for countries).
As of October 5, employees and students arriving from green-zone Croatia, France, Luxembourg, Malta, Romania and red-zone Spain (excluding the Balearic and Canary Islands), as well as all other red-zone countries are obliged to submit a negative Covid test result. Arriving persons are obliged to register prior their arrival and undergo a PCR test in the Czech Republic within 5 days after the arrival. If the persons do not submit a PCR test result to the respective hygienic station within 7 days from the arrival, a necessary quarantine measure shall be ordered. (For third country nationals with long-term residence in another EU+ country, entering the Czech territory, there is the option to undergo testing in this EU+ country prior to entering the Czech Republic).
As of September 21, the obligation for workers, students and teachers from these countries to undergo the second PCR test 14 days after entering the territory of the Czech Republic was lifted. More.
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 green zone countries. This obligation applies also to green-zone countries on the list marked with asterisk.
For all persons, who spent more than 12 hours in the last 14 days in a red-zone country, the free movement ban in the territory of the Czech Republic is applied for a period of 10 days from the day of entry. There is also an obligation to wear respiratory protective equipment for the same period of time.
Citizens or residents of green zone third countries 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.
List of green zone countries as of October 19, 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 not older than 72 hours presented at a respective regional Czech hygienic station, or a 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 (max. 12 hours in the territory of the Czech Republic). Entering the Czech Republic is allowed to tourists (citizens and residents) from green zone countries.
2. Citizens of third countries in the red zone without residence permit issued by 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. Full details are attached below.
Find more details below.
TRAVELING TO OTHER COUNTRIES - conditions have been regularly updated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
As of September 1 until October 1, Hungary closed borders for foreigners until November 1, with exception for travellers from the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia who booked their stay prior to September 1. After October 6, again, 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 will prove this together with a negative PCR test in English or Hungarian not older than 5 days, are allowed to enter the country. More details.
As of September 9, Germany has added the city of Prague to the list of high-risk countries. Travellers who stayed in Prague during the last 14 days arriving to Germany are 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, whole Czech Republic is on German high-risk list. Sachsen region allowed Czech citizens and residents to enter the region without a negative PCR test result, if their stay in the region does not exceed 24 hours.
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.
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 are obliged to undergo quarantine, regardless of a negative PCR test result. As of September 22, the whole Czech Republic was added to the list. 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). More details.
From September 18, the Czech Republic was added to the Slovak list of "red" countries. Anyone returning from the Czech Republic, with the exception of commuters within 30 km of the nearest border crossing, students, teachers, researchers, health professionals, farmers, social workers, critical infrastructure workers, some sportsmen and artists (official measure incl. exceptions) is allowed to enter Slovakia after registering via an e-border form. Crossing the border is allowed with a negative test result not older than 72 hours, or undergoing a 5-day-long quarantine, including a test for Covid-19. 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. More details.
Czechs arriving in Finland are currently obliged to provide a solid reason to enter the country (employment, study, family) and undergo a 14-day quarantine. After November 23, two negative test results will enable incomers to enter the country. More details.
From September 28, Greece requires a negative PCR test result for Czech travellers crossing the country's border. More details.
From October 8, Italy requires a negative test result not older than 72 hours from Czech citizens and residents crossing the country's border. More details.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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