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Cross-border workers



Cross-border workers outside the Czech Republic

If you are one of the cross-border workers, it is recommended to frequently check the website of the embassy of the country in which you work. Conditions change dynamically.

If you can't find the answer on the page, call the Information Center for Trips Abroad of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic: +420 222 264 222 (available on MON-FRI from 08:00 - 16:00, however from 18.2. even outside this time frame there will be basic information regarding traveling to other countries available).

If you have lost your job as a cross-border worker, see the Guide to Applying for Unemployment Benefit for Cross-border workers (only in Czech) issued by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.

Drivers in international freight transport have been given an exemption from a previous order for antigen tests at sampling points. Those who can prove themselves at the collection point with a driver's license with the code "95" on the backside, a certificate of professional competence, or a driver's card can undergo an antigen test without ordering. You may find more information in the instructions to the testing exception (only in Czech) for more information.

The following regimes now apply to Germany:

From 6.6.2021 onwards, the Czech Republic has been removed from the list of countries at risk. However, the exemption, which entails the cancellation of the obligation to test, quarantine, and register, applies only to those who have not been in the risk area in the last 10 days. From August 1st, 2021, it is necessary to have a certificate of infectivity when entering the country, ie the obligation to submit a certificate of a test or vaccination or proof of having SARS-CoV-2 in the past applies at a possible check. However, cross-border workers still have an exception from this rule.

Except for Saxony and Bavaria, which you will find below, you will find the rules of all Länder on the Federal Government website (German, English, French). Further information on entering Germany can be found on the website (only in Czech or German) of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Berlin and information directly for cross-border workers on the website (only in Czech or German) of the German Embassy in Prague. 

Czech Railways company (only in Czech) resumed the operation of some trains between the Czech Republic and Germany.

More information for cross-border workers can be found on the website of the German Embassy in Prague (only in Czech or German).

Saxony:

The Czech Republic has been removed from the list of countries at risk, which entails the cancellation of the obligation to test, quarantine, and register,

More information can be found on the website of the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Dresden (only in German or Czech). 

Bavaria:

The Czech Republic has been removed from the list of countries at risk, which entails the cancellation of the obligation to test, quarantine, and register,

Further information can be found on the website of the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Munich.

The following regime now applies to Austria:

Cross-border workers are required to submit one of the following documents: 

  • proof of vaccination (in English or German) or a medical certificate on the following form. (German, English confirming that these persons are:

1. have completed vaccination (vaccination is valid for 360 days)

2. at least 21 days after vaccination with a single-dose vaccine (the validity period is 270 days from the administration of the single-dose vaccine),

3. at any time after vaccination (even after the first dose), provided that a positive PCR test has been performed at least 21 days prior to vaccination or the presence of neutralizing antibodies has been demonstrated prior to vaccination (vaccination validity period is 360 days from vaccination),

4. after vaccination with the third dose, which is recognized for the following 360 days if it follows at least 120 days after the completion of the previous vaccination.

A vaccine with EMA registration or WHO evaluation process is required, currently from Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Serum Institute of India, or Sinopharm.

  • certificate of illness in the last 6 months (in German or English) or a medical certificate (German, English), or a certificate of neutralizing antibodies in the last 3 months.
  • medical certificate of passing an antigen or PCR test with a negative result, valid for 7 days from the time of collection (Medical certificate form available in German and English. This form can be replaced by the test result in English or German if it contains the following information: name, surname, date of birth, date and time of collection, its result (positive/negative), the signature of the person who performed the test and stamp of the institution which performed the test.

In case of possession of one of these documents, from 10 June 2021 onwards, the obligation of electronic registration before entering Austria from the Czech Republic or from low-risk countries will no longer apply for cross-border workers.

If the cross-border workers do not have one of the above documents available on arrival, they can be replaced by a test in Austria within 24 hours of crossing the border. It is possible to use free Austrian test stations for this (in this case you must prove the employer's registered office in Austria). You can find a suitable test site in the Czech Republic (only in Czech), Lower (only in German), or Upper (only in German) Austria. In this case, however, electronic registration is required. This must be renewed whenever the relevant data changes, but no later than every 28 days.

Instructions on how to fill out the registration and more information on registration can be found on the MFA website (only in Czech or German).

Further information can be found on the website of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Vienna (only in Czech or German).

The following regimes now apply for Slovakia:

Details can be found in the section Traveling abroad > Slovakia.

Cross-border workers within 100 km, students, and artists only need to have a negative antigen or PCR test, not older than 7 days, in addition to registration.

Poland 

For Poland, the conditions may also vary according to the type of profession, see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for the latest information.

Czech cross-border workers heading back to the Czech Republic:

Neither fulfilling the arrival form nor submitting the PCR test result is required for Czech cross-workers while coming back to the Czech Republic.

Cross-border workers heading to the Czech Republic:

Cross-border workers heading to the Czech Republic at least once a week are currently not obliged to fulfill any arrival form or to submit a negative PCR test in order to cross the borders.  Though, we recommend checking the Ministry of Interior websites regularly.