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Possibilities and obligations of foreigners when entering the CZ



Rules and recommendations

Access to the Czech Republic is limited and restrictions may vary for each country you are traveling from. This is based on the level of risk of infection for each country.

Rules for entering shops and services can be found in the section System O-N-T: Vaccination - Illness - Test. Rules for accommodation in the Czech Republic can be found on the Accommodation page. Certificates may be used to show proof of vaccination at the time of entry and are described in the exceptions below. Details of the recognized certificates can be found on the Ministry of Health website.

Condition for entrance 

The following rules for entry into the Czech Republic are currently being applied.

Foreign nationals from third countries who are traveling from a country with a low risk of infection and those who have undergone a complete vaccination may enter the Czech Republic for any reason. For more information, see the Tourism in the Czech Republic. 

A journey from countries with a low risk of infection (green):

1. Before entering the Czech Republic, fill in the Arrival Form.

2.  In case of travel to the Czech Republic by citizens and residents of the Czech Republic, it is necessary to undergo an antigen test - RAT (max. 48 hours before the start of the trip) or RT-PCR test (max. 72 hours before the start of the trip), or at the latest the 5th day after the arrival. The test confirmation can be in paper or electronic form and you can use this PCR test confirmation form. You can also use the EU COVID digital certificate to prove that you have undergone the test.

3. All others who are not citizens or residents of the Czech Republic must have an RT-PCR test no more than 72 hours before travel. It is also possible to show proof of the test with a digital EU COVID certificate.

4. Everyone is obliged to undergo an RT-PCR test at the earliest on the 5th and at the latest on the 7th day after arrival in the Czech Republic. Until a negative result is obtained, a respirator or other protective equipment without an exhalation valve with a filtration efficiency of at least 94% (FFP2 / CN 95 class) must be worn everywhere outside the home.

A journey from countries with a medium risk of infection (orange):

1. Before entering the Czech Republic, fill in the Arrival Form.

2.  In case of travel to the Czech Republic by citizens and residents of the Czech Republic, it is necessary to undergo an antigen test - RAT (max. 48 hours before the start of the trip) or RT-PCR test (max. 72 hours before the start of the trip), or at the latest the 5th day after the arrival. The test confirmation can be in paper or electronic form and you can use this PCR test confirmation form. You can also use the EU COVID digital certificate to prove that you have undergone the test.

3. All others who are not citizens or residents of the Czech Republic must have an RT-PCR test no more than 72 hours before travel. It is also possible to show proof of the test with a digital EU COVID certificate.

4. Everyone is obliged to undergo an RT-PCR test at the earliest on the 5th and at the latest on the 7th day after arrival in the Czech Republic. Until a negative result is obtained, a respirator or other protective equipment without an exhalation valve with a filtration efficiency of at least 94% (FFP2 / CN 95 class) must be worn everywhere outside the home.

A journey from countries with a high risk of infection (red):

1. Before entering the Czech Republic, fill in the Arrival Form.

2.  In the case of travel to the Czech Republic by public transport (e.g. by plane, train, bus), citizens and residents of the Czech Republic must undergo an antigen test (performed up to 48 hours before the start of the trip) or an RT-PCR test (performed up to 72 hours before the start of the trip to the Czech Republic). The test confirmation can be in paper or electronic form and you can use this PCR test confirmation form. You can also use the EU COVID digital certificate to prove that you have undergone the test.

3. When traveling by individual transport, citizens and residents of the Czech Republic do not need to take the test at all before traveling.

4. All others who are not citizens or residents of the Czech Republic must have an RT-PCR test no more than 72 hours before travel. It is also possible to show proof of the test with a digital EU COVID certificate.

5. Everyone (including citizens and residents of the Czech Republic) is obliged to undergo an RT-PCR test on the 5th and 7th day after arrival in the Czech Republic. Until a negative result is obtained, a respirator or other protective equipment without an exhalation valve with a filtration efficiency of at least 94% (FFP2 / CN 95 class) must be worn everywhere outside the home.

A journey from countries with a very high risk of infection (dark red):

  1. Fill in the arrival form before entering the Czech Republic.
  2. In the case of travel to the Czech Republic by public transport (e.g. by plane, train, bus), citizens and residents of the Czech Republic must undergo an antigen test (performed up to 48 hours before the start of the journey) or an RT-PCR test (performed up to 72 hours before the start of the journey). The test confirmation can be in paper or electronic form and you can use this PCR test confirmation form. You can also use the EU COVID digital certificate to prove that you have undergone the test.

  3. When traveling by individual transport, citizens and residents of the Czech Republic do not have to take a pre-trip test at all. 
  4. All others who are not citizens or residents of the Czech Republic must undergo an RT-PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to travel. It is also possible to show proof of the test with an EU digital COVID certificate (only in Czech).
  5. Everyone (including citizens and residents of the Czech Republic) is obliged to undergo an RT-PCR test on the 5th and 7th day after arrival in the Czech Republic. Until a negative result is obtained, a respirator or other protective equipment without an exhalation valve with a filtration efficiency of at least 94% (FFP2 / CN 95 class) must be worn everywhere outside the home.

The rules of entry and return to the Czech Republic for citizens of the Czech Republic and residents of the Czech Republic (citizens of the Czech Republic and their family members who hold a temporary residence permit in the Czech Republic, EU+ citizens holding a certificate of temporary residence in the Czech Republic and foreigners holding a long-term or permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic) can be found in the scheme of the Ministry of the Interior.

The rules of entry to the Czech Republic for foreigners with an issued visa and EU+ citizens and residents (foreigners with a short-term visa issued after 11 May 2020 and a long-term visa issued by the Czech Republic, EU+ citizens and foreigners with a long-term visa, long-term residence or permanent residence issued in EU+ countries) can be found in this scheme.

For third-country nationals who do not have a residence permit issued by the Czech Republic or do not have a long-term or permanent residence permit in another EU+ country and third-country nationals who have been issued a short-term visa by the Czech Republic before 11 May 2020 and who have been issued a short- or long-term visa in another EU+ country, the following scheme applies.

For testing abroad, the test must be carried out and the certificate issued by a person authorized to carry out the test in that country.

EXCEPTIONS 

There are exceptions to these conditions.

When traveling from all countries, those citizens and residents of the Czech Republic who have had a covid-19 disease in the last 180 days (Need to be proved by an EU COVID digital certificate or a certificate issued by an authorized body in a third country approved by the EU Regulation on the EU COVID digital certificate - the list of countries is published on the Ministry of Health website) are exempt from the test and quarantine (only the obligation to fill in an entry form applies to them), and those who have been vaccinated:

  • 14 days have passed since the complete vaccination and are certified according to the EU COVID digital certificate (only in Czech) regulation
  • 14 days have passed since the complete vaccination with a vaccine that has been approved by the EMA or its equivalent and holds a certificate in at least English from a third country (templates are published on this website and must include details of the person vaccinated, the type of vaccine given, the date of administration of the vaccine, identification of the body that issued the certificate and these details must be verifiable by remote access directly from the written certificate).  Either it must be possible to verify this data by remote access directly from the written confirmation, or it must be a third country where vaccination with a vaccine that has been approved by the EMA or its equivalent is taking place, the vaccination rate in the country is higher (only in Czech) than in the Czech Republic, the country provides credible and verifiable data on the pandemic, and the country is cooperating within international organizations to fight the pandemic. 
  • 14 days have passed since the complete vaccination with a vaccine that has been approved by the EMA or its equivalent in a third country approved by the EU COVID Regulation (list of countries is published on this website)

Vaccinated foreigners and foreigners with a history of the covid-19 disease are no longer exempt from the pre-entry test. Also, vaccinated persons and those with a history of the disease must have an RT-PCR test result prior to entry (vaccinated persons are further exempted from the requirement to take the test upon arrival). Only foreigners who have also had a booster dose of the covid-19 vaccine are exempt from all tests (they only need a completed arrival form). This exemption also applies to children aged 12 to 18 years who have been vaccinated but have not received a booster dose. 

The rules for travel from a country with a low, medium, high, and very high risk of infection do not apply, for example, to land transit within 12 hours (for rules on air transit, see the page Airport), land travel to and from the Czech Republic within 12 hours (for travel from third countries with a very high risk of infection, it must be for essential reasons listed in in the Tourism in the Czech Republic) and individual transport to and from the Czech Republic from/to neighboring countries within 24 hours (for public transport travel, at least an antigen test is required). The rules also do not apply to international transport carriers (holders of the certification), children under 12 years of age, and minors whose mental capacity or current mental state does not allow them to comply with the measures (written confirmation from a doctor is required), cross-border workers and students (certified as a worker or student), and visits by a spouse or registered partner working in a neighboring country. Further exceptions can be found in the current measure. 

For further exceptions to the requirement to complete an arrival form, please see the page Arrival Form.

Additionally, before traveling, read the general rules for wearing protective equipment indoors and outdoors.

If you notice any symptoms of infectious disease after entering the Czech Republic, inform your or any general practitioner.

We also recommend you check the conditions of accommodation and access to particular premises

In case of doubts or questions, please call the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic: +420 974 801 801  (Mon - Thu: 8:00 - 16:00 and Fri: 8:00 - 12:00). Or by e-mail: cestovani.covid19@mvcr.cz. Information is available in the Czech and English languages.