Self-isolation when returning from abroad
If you have returned from abroad, you may be required to self-isolate in addition to other responsibilities (eg filling in an arrival form). For this purpose, self-isolation means the restriction of free movement to the minimum necessary, except for:
- necessary for the provision of necessities and the provision of childcare,
- urgent trips to medical facilities,
- essential travel for the provision of animal care, use of the necessary financial and postal services, refueling,
- trips to social services facilities,
- travel for urgent official matters,
Please note that exceptions 3 to 6 do not apply to persons returning from countries with an extreme risk of infection (having resided there for more than 12 hours in the last 14 days).
You can end self-isolation after receiving the result of a PCR test performed in the Czech Republic after returning from abroad. It must be completed by persons over 12 years of age when returning from:
- countries with high and very high risk, no earlier than the 5th day, no later than the 14th day after returning to the Czech Republic (if they have stayed in the country for more than 12 hours in the last 14 days),
- countries with extreme risk no earlier than the 10th day, no later than the 14th day after returning to the Czech Republic (if they have stayed in the country for more than 12 hours in the last 14 days).
Persons from 6 to 12 years of age are obliged to undergo an RT-PCR test to determine the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus within 5 days after entering the Czech Republic from a country with a high or very high risk of infection and to have a negative test result before the end of self-isolation.
With regard to the difficulties of parents in particular after the return of children aged 6 to 12, who are subject to the same rules as adults but cannot yet be vaccinated, it is possible to terminate compulsory self-isolation with a negative PCR test performed in the Czech Republic (unless children who have an exception for another reason, eg due to a history of COVID-19). Parents can order a child for a PCR test immediately after arrival, for example from vacation, and the period of compulsory self-isolation can be only a few hours (depending on the length of the test result evaluation).
Persons with a national vaccination certificate (EU Digital COVID Certificate) or one of the recognized certificates do not have to undergo self-isolation if at least 14 days have passed since the last dose or people who have had the disease and ended their isolation, but no more than 180 days had passed since the positive test result.
The difference between quarantine and isolation
With self-isolation, you do not have to prove your illness or have to be in risky contact. However, it is still ordered to you for preventive reasons. E.g. especially when traveling, because it involves great mobility between states and thus an increased risk of the disease spreading across national borders.