Czech Republic (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative COVID-19 test is required for some countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Self-isolation is required for some countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Essential only
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 05.05.2021
1. Passengers arriving from a country other than Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Eswatini, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia or Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Czechia;
– nationals of Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and Vatican City (Holy See);
– British nationals with a certificate of application for the status of UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement Beneficiary issued by Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Latvia, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Romania, Slovenia and Sweden; and their family members;
– passengers with a residence permit issued by Czechia;
– passengers with a long-term residence permit issued by Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and Vatican City (Holy See);
– passengers with a diplomatic passport traveling on duty for a maximum stay of 72 hours;
– spouses of nationals of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican City (Holy See) and an EEA Member State residing in Czechia. They must have a marriage certificate or a confirmation of partnership;
– passengers younger than 21 years who are children of nationals of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican City (Holy See) and an EEA Member State residing in Czechia. They must have a birth certificate and a copy of their parent’s residence permit;
– spouses of British nationals residing in Czechia. They must have a marriage certificate or a confirmation of partnership;
– passengers younger than 21 years who are children of British nationals residing in Czechia. They must have a birth certificate and a copy of their parent’s residence permit;
– passengers who are unmarried partners of nationals of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican City (Holy See) and an EEA Member State residing in Czechia. They must have a confirmation of their relationship issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czechia;
– passengers with a D visa issued by Czechia;
– passengers with a C visa issued by Czechia after 11 May 2020.
2. Passengers arriving from Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Eswatini, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia or Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Czechia;
– nationals of Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and Vatican City (Holy See) with a temporary residence permit issued by Czechia;
– passengers with a permanent residence permit issued by Czechia;
– passengers with a residence permit issued by Czechia and who are spouses or children younger than 21 years of nationals of Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and Vatican City (Holy See) with a temporary residence permit issued by Czechia.
3. A completed “Public Health Passenger Locator Form” must be presented before boarding. The form can be found at http://www.prijezdovyformular.cz/ .
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 5 years;
– nationals of Czechia with a service passport traveling on duty for a maximum stay of 72 hours;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport traveling on duty for a maximum stay of 72 hours;
– nationals of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican City (Holy See) with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 14 days and at most 90 days before arrival. The certificate must be issued in Switzerland or an EEA Member State, in Czech or English;
– passengers with a residence permit issued by Czechia and a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 14 days and at most 90 days before arrival. The certificate must be issued in Switzerland or an EEA Member State, in Czech or English;
– passengers with a “D” visa issued by Czechia and a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 14 days and at most 90 days before arrival. The certificate must be issued in Switzerland or an EEA Member State, in Czech or English;
– passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued by a consulate or embassy of Czechia;
– passengers arriving from Australia, Korea (Rep.), New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand or Vatican City (Holy See).
4. Passengers arriving from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain or Switzerland must have:
– a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most 24 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or
– a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 5 years;
– nationals of Czechia with a service passport traveling on duty for a maximum stay of 72 hours;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport traveling on duty for a maximum stay of 72 hours;
– nationals of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican City (Holy See) with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 14 days and at most 90 days before arrival. The certificate must be issued in Switzerland or an EEA Member State, in Czech or English;
– passengers with a residence permit issued by Czechia and a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 14 days and at most 90 days before arrival. The certificate must be issued in Switzerland or an EEA Member State, in Czech or English;
– passengers with a “D” visa issued by Czechia and a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 14 days and at most 90 days before arrival. The certificate must be issued in Switzerland or an EEA Member State, in Czech or English;
– passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued by a consulate or embassy of Czechia;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued in Czechia if they received the vaccine at least 14 days before arrival.
5. Passengers arriving from a country other than Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Denmark, Estonia, Eswatini, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malta, Monaco, Mozambique, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Vatican City (Holy See), Zambia or Zimbabwe must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 5 years;
– nationals of Czechia with a service passport traveling on duty for a maximum stay of 72 hours;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport traveling on duty for a maximum stay of 72 hours;
– nationals of Czechia. They must have a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most 24 hours before departure from the first embarkation point;
– nationals of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican City (Holy See) residing in Czechia. They must have a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most 24 hours before departure from the first embarkation point;
– nationals of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican City (Holy See) with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 14 days and at most 90 days before arrival. The certificate must be issued in Switzerland or an EEA Member State, in Czech or English;
– passengers with a permanent residence permit issued by Czechia. They must have a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most 24 hours before departure from the first embarkation point;
– passengers with a residence permit issued by Czechia and a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 14 days and at most 90 days before arrival. The certificate must be issued in Switzerland or an EEA Member State, in Czech or English;
– passengers with a “D” visa issued by Czechia and a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 14 days and at most 90 days before arrival. The certificate must be issued in Switzerland or an EEA Member State, in Czech or English;
– passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued by a consulate or embassy of Czechia;
– passengers younger than 21 years who are children of nationals of Czechia. They must have a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most 24 hours before departure from the first embarkation point;
– spouses of nationals of Czechia and their children younger than 21 years. They must have a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most 24 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
6. Passengers arriving from Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Eswatini, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia or Zimbabwe must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 5 years.
– nationals of Czechia. They must have a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most 24 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– nationals of Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and Vatican City (Holy See) with a temporary residence permit issued by Czechia. They must have a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most 24 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– passengers with a permanent residence permit issued by Czechia. They must have a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most 24 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– passengers with a residence permit issued by Czechia and who are spouses or children younger than 21 years of nationals of Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and Vatican City (Holy See) with a temporary residence permit issued by Czechia. They must have a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most 24 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
7. Passengers could be subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival and quarantine.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Travel to the Czech Republic is possible only for essential reasons. Travelling for the purpose of tourism, or to visit friends, is not possible. All citizens of third countries that are not on the list of countries with a low risk of transmission of COVID-19, as well as third-country nationals who have temporary or permanent residence in such third countries, are prohibited from entering the territory of the Czech Republic, with some exceptions, as specified in the decree on Protective Measures.

Entry without restrictions is allowed from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

As of 27 April, entry from the following countries is not permitted:

Botswana
Brazil
Eswatini (Swaziland)
India
South Africa
Kenya
Colombia
Lesotho
Malawi
Mozambique
Peru
Tanzania (including the island of Zanzibar and Pemba)
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Czech citizens, persons with residency in the Czech Republic and their family members have an exception from the entry ban.

Is a coronavirus test required?

All travellers who spent longer than 12 hours in the last 14 days in a territory classified as “Orange”, “Red” or “Dark Red” (https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en/list-of-countries-according-to-the-level-of-risk/ )are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test.

The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival (PCR), or within 24 hours prior to arrival (rapid antigen test). Travellers from “Dark Red” countries must present a PCR test.

Additionally, the following rules apply:

Travellers from “Orange” countries must wear a facemask (FFP2, KN95) for 14 days after entering the country;
Travellers from “Red” countries must undergo a second PCR test at their own expenses within 5 days from arrival. Free movement is prohibited until a negative test result is available. Face masks (FFP2, KN95) must be worn for 14 days after entering the Czech Republic.
Travellers from “Dark Red” countries must undergo a second PCR test at their own expenses no earlier than 24 hours after arrival. Free movement is prohibited until a negative test result is available. Individuals must wear a facemask (FFP2, KN95) for 14 days after entering the Czech Republic.
Additional information can be found at covid.gov.cz

Is a quarantine required?

Travellers from “Red” and “Dark Red” areas must self-isolate until a second negative test result is provided. For travellers from “Dark Red” areas, the test must be taken no earlier than on the 10th of the mandatory self-isolation.

Mandatory Travel Documentation

A Passenger Locator Form is mandatory for all travellers arriving from “orange”, “red” and “dark red” countries. A Medical Certificate is required for people who suffered Covid-19 disease in the past.

 

Lockdown Details

There are 5 alert levels in the Czech anti-epidemic system. As of 27 December, Czech Republic has entered a higher restriction level: from level 4 to level 5 of the Counter Epidemic Score, corresponding to the highest level.

An extended night curfew (between 21:00 and 04:59) is in place and only movements for essential reasons are possible, i.e. work, health and safety reasons as well as basic needs (including going out for dog walking). In the time-slot between 05:00 and 20:59, it is anyway only possible to go out for basic needs (visiting friends or close parents, doing the shopping, travelling to work, etc.).

Furthermore, as of 27 February 2021, a new state of emergency applies in the Czech Republic for 30 days.

The usage of a facemask is mandatory in public places.

As of 27.12.2020, only 2 people are allowed to stay together in public places. People are required to limit contacts with non-household members to what is strictly necessary.

 

Sources

https://www.expats.cz/czech-news/article/travel-from-czech-republic-to-india-banned-as-of-tuesday
Data Source: covidcontrols.co