Last update on January 11, 2020.
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, with further extensions, currently until January 22, 2021.
ENTERING THE CZECH REPUBLIC is based on the TRAFFIC LIGHTS SYSTEM (green, orange, red indication for countries).
As of November 17, it is possible to travel to or from the Czech Republic for urgent health, family, business or work reasons for the period of time not exceeding 24 hours without necessity of filling "the passenger locator form" or undergo PCR testing.
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.
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 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.
List of low-risk countries as of January11, 2020.
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. Then state of emergency was declared in Hungary on November 1. 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. The Saxony region currently allows Czech citizens and residents to enter the region without a negative PCR test result, if their stay in the region does not exceed 12 hours (as of November 17). In Saxony, newly, obligatory qauarantine will not be required from those who went through Covid and subsequently were in contact with a Covid-positive person. This does not apply to Bavaria. Region Bavaria does not allow to cross border (no testing, no quarantine) for the purpose of shopping between December 9 and January 5. Cross-border workers and crossing the border for family reasons are not affected.
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. After December 14, measures should soften.
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). Travellers are obliged to fill-in an online registration form prior to the arrival and undergo quarantine after entering the country, with exceptions. 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) were allowed to enter Slovakia only 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. From December 7, cross-border workers and students need to submit a negative PCR test result not older than 14 days to be allowed to enter Slovakia. 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 wre 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 enable incomers to enter the country. The entry is 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 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 are obliged to provide a negative PCR test result. From October 30, whole Czech Republic was added to the high-risk list and a negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours is required to enter the country. Between December 19 and January 10, stricter approach should be applied, including a 5-day long quarantine and PCR testing.
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 is required. Between December 21 and January 6, anyone entering the country will have to undergo a 14-day long quarantine. Regional measures apply. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.