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Possibilities and obligations of foreigners when entering the CZ



On the night of July 27th-28th, 2021, adjustments will be made to the arrival form. The biggest change will be the addition of a birth number, which is mandatory for citizens of the Czech Republic - it will be possible to enter the number with or without the slash.
Manual for filling in the arrival form. (EN coming soon)
 

From 9.7.2021 the following rules will apply:

The following rules apply for travel from countries with a low risk of infection

  1. Before entering the Czech Republic, fill in the Arrival Form.
  2. An antigen test or RT-PCR test must be performed no more than 24 hours prior to travel to the Czech Republic (the test confirmation can be in paper or electronic form and you can use this PCR test confirmation form or the antigen test confirmation form. For this purpose, you can also use the EU digital COVID certificate, which confirms the referral of the test).
  3. In the case of travel to the Czech Republic, citizens and residents of the Czech Republic are not required to have a test prior to travel but are required to undergo an antigen or RT-PCR test no later than 5 days after arrival in the Czech Republic.

In addition to the exceptions described below, those who have had the covid-19 disease in the last 180 days and those who are vaccinated are also exempt from the test.

For travel from countries at high and very high risk of infection. There is no obligation (before or after arrival) to test or self-isolation for those Czech and EU citizens with a temporary or permanent residence permit who have had covid-19 in the last 180 days or are fully vaccinated.

Only those vaccinated persons for whom 14 days have elapsed since the completion of the vaccination (in the case of a two-dose schedule after the second dose) are now exempted from the measure.

More detailed information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (only in Czech) 

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.

If you have a certificate in English of vaccination against covid-19 (at least 22 days after the first dose) issued to you by an EU member state or a country on the list of countries with a low risk of infection, you can use services in the Czech Republic without restrictions such as for example, restaurants, accommodations or hairdressers to which the O-N-T rule applies. Certificates of completed vaccination of citizens of the Czech Republic or EU who have temporary or permanent residence in the Czech Republic, which took place in a third country with a vaccine that has been approved by the European Medicines Agency, are also recognized.  Samples of national certificates can be found on the website of the Ministry of Health.

From July 27th, 2021, mobile network operators are obliged to send a text message with information about the obligation to fill in an arrival form upon arrival to the Czech Republic to all telephone numbers which had been located abroad and connected to a Czech mobile network. Operators must keep information about the telephone number and time of sending the text message for the period of validity of the emergency measure and then delete it.

Condition for entrance 

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

If you have stayed for more than 12 hours in a country with an extreme risk of covid-19 in the last 14 days, please see the conditions for entry to the Czech Republic in the Conditions for travel to countries with new mutations.

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

  1. Fill in the arrival form before entering the Czech Republic.
  2. Before entering the Czech Republic or no later than 5 days after entering the Czech Republic, undergo an antigen or RT-PCR test.

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

  1. Fill in the arrival form before entering the Czech Republic.
  2. Before entering the Czech Republic or no later than 5 days after entering the Czech Republic, undergo an antigen or RT-PCR test.

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

  1. Fill in the arrival form before entering the Czech Republic.
  2. In case of travel of citizens and residents of the Czech Republic by public transport (e.g. by plane, train, bus) and all others by any means no more than 24 hours prior to travel to the Czech Republic, undergo an antigen test no later than 24 hours or a PCR test no later than 72 hours before the trip to the Czech Republic (certification can be either in paper or electronic form and you may use this form of PCR results or this form of antigen results). It is also possible to prove the test with an EU digital COVID certificate.
  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.
  5. Everyone is obliged to undergo an RT-PCR test no earlier than 5 and no later than 14 days after arrival in the Czech Republic. You must remain in quarantine until the result of the test.

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 24 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. When traveling by individual transport, citizens and residents of the Czech Republic do not need to take a pre-travel test at all.

  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.
  5. Everyone is obliged to undergo an RT-PCR test no earlier than 5 and no later than 14 days after arrival in the Czech Republic. You must remain in quarantine until the result of the test.

For Czech citizens and foreigners with a residence permit issued by the Czech Republic and EU+ citizens and foreigners with a long-term or permanent residence permit in EU+ countries, please refer to the Ministry of the Interior's scheme (only in Czech). More detailed information can be found clearly in a table of the Ministry of Interior here (only in Czech).

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 (only in Czech). More detailed information can be found clearly in a table of the Ministry of Interior here (only in Czech).

 

EXCEPTIONS 

There are exceptions to these conditions.

When traveling from any country with a risk of infection, those who have suffered covid-19 in the last 180 days (exempt from a certificate from a doctor from an EU country where isolation has taken place or EU digital COVID certificate) are exempted from the test (only required to fill in an arrival form). Those who are vaccinated in an EU + country and at least 14 days have passed since the first dose (need to prove with a national certificate, samples of national vaccination certificates can be found on the Ministry of Health website or EU digital COVID certificate.)

 Another exception is for travel from a country with a medium, high, and very high risk of infection if, transiting within 12 hours (if you do not travel from a country with extreme risk of infection), trips to and from the Czech Republic within 12 hours (unless it is a country with an extreme risk of infection), travel to and from the Czech Republic from/to neighboring countries within 24 hours (unless it is a country with an extreme risk of infection), international carriers (holders of the certification), children under 6 years of age, or those teens whose mental abilities or current mental state do not allow compliance with the measures (however, they must quarantine for 5 days after returning), cross-border workers, and students (certified as a worker or student), for visits by a spouse or registered partner working in a neighboring country. Exceptions are children aged 6 to 12 years traveling from countries with a high and very high risk of infection. They only need to complete an arrival form before travel, undergo an RT-PCR test within 5 days of arrival, and remain in self-isolation until a negative result is received. Additional exceptions can be found in the current measure. 

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

 With some exceptions, all citizens of countries with an extreme risk of covid-19 and foreigners who have resided in these countries for more than 12 hours in the last 14 days are also prohibited from entering the Czech Republic.

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. 


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