Government Restrictions for Crossing the Border of the Czech Republic

Last update on September 24, 2020.

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. 

  • 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 September 21, the employees and students arriving from non-EU red zone countries, France, Luxembourg, Malta, Romania and Spain (including the Canary Islands) are obliged to submit a PCR test result. The measure no longer applies to employees, teachers and students from Belgium and Bulgaria. The testing must be performed within 72 hours after entering the Czech territory. 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. 

 

List of green zone countries as of September 21, 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 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. Full details are attached below.

 

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

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.

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. 

 

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. 

Updated EU list is available here.

 

 

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, with exception for travellers from the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia who booked their stay prior to September 1. More details. More details by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including current measures issued by other countries.

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 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 will be added to the Belgian high-risk list (with Prague on the list since September 11). More details

From September 18, the Czech Republic has been 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.

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) will be banned to enter Cyprus. 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.

  • 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. 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.
  • As of August 24, 2020 issuing of the Schengen Visas for the purpose of employment for the citizens of Ukraine was re-activated.​ More.
  • 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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