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Information for travellers from China

Like other European countries, the Czech Republic is also implementing measures for travellers from China. The measures do not apply to Czech citizens or EU citizens (residing in the Czech Republic) but are targeted at, e.g. tourists.

As of 16 January 2023, persons who have stayed in the territory of the People's Republic of China for more than 12 hours in the last 14 days must have a negative result of the covid test when entering the Czech Republic.

Test requirements:

  • RT-PCR or RAT test (antigen test),
  • the test must not be older than 48 hours (calculated from the time of the test),
  • The person tested must have a written or electronic certificate issued by a person authorised to carry out the test in the country in which it was carried out.

Exemptions from the requirement of having a negative test result:

  • Citizens of the Czech Republic and family members travelling with them who have a temporary or permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic,
  • EU citizens with temporary or permanent residence in the Czech Republic, family members travelling with them with temporary or permanent residence in the Czech Republic,
  • children under 12 years of age,
  • international transport workers, if they can prove it,
  • and diplomats. For a specific list, please refer to Protection Measure I. 3. b (only in Czech).
  • Members of the Prison Service or police officers performing escort activities.

These persons are, therefore, among the exceptions.

Method of control:

  • Compliance with the obligation to have a negative test result will be checked by carriers, who cannot allow a person who fails to do so to travel to the Czech Republic,
  • a person with a negative test result must provide it on request at border or residence control,
  • a person exempted from the negative test must provide proof of this at the border or residence check.

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