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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. 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 Department 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, the conditions of which are described in the exceptions below (this does not apply to travel from countries with an extreme risk of infection), 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. 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 (only in Czech).
  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 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. It is also possible to show proof of the test with an EU digital COVID certificate (only in Czech).

  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 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). 

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).

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

EXCEPTIONS 

There are exceptions to these conditions.

When traveling from any country with a risk of infection, those who had covid-19 in the last 180 days (need to be proved by an EU COVID digital certificate or a certificate issued by an authorised 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) and those who are 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)
  • 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).

Another exception is for travel from a country with a medium, high, and very high risk of infection if, having land transit to and from the Czech Republic within 12 hourstravel to and from the Czech Republic from/to neighboring countries within 24 hours, rules for air transit can be found in the page Airport ((as far as travel from countries with a very high risk of infection is concerned, it must be for the necessary reasons listed in the Tourism in the Czech Republic) 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.

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.