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The traveler’s map (conditions of entry into the country / obligations upon return to the Czech Republic)

Rules and recommendations

Do you plan to travel abroad and do not know what conditions associated with measures against COVID-19 apply to you and what are your obligations after returning to the Czech Republic? Take a look at the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the so-called Traveler Map.

There you can find the country you plan to visit and see if you need to take a test before leaving, or go to the mandatory quarantine, etc. This map also contains information on the obligations arising from returning from that country. Those can include, for example, the obligation to take the COVID-19 test and have negative results, a completed arrival form, etc.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic recommends that you secure travel insurance before your trip, including medical expenses in the event of COVID-19.

If you have any further questions regarding traveling abroad during the pandemic, contact the info line of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs: +420 222 264 222 (available on MON-FRI from 08:00 - 16:00. Additionally, outside of this time frame there will be basic information regarding traveling to other countries available).

Rules for entrance to the Czech Republic

For conditions for entering the Czech Republic, see this page.

For all citizens of the Czech Republic, their family members, and foreigners residing in the Czech Republic, if you have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 less than 14 days prior to your travel to the Czech Republic, you may travel to the Czech Republic, but if possible, travel to the Czech Republic and travel only by individual transport. If you must use public transport, you are obliged to inform the carrier. In any case, you are obliged to inform the health workers who carry out SARS-CoV-2 tests and the local regional health station upon arrival. At the same time, immediately upon arrival, you must go into isolation, where you must remain for at least 3 days after the symptoms have subsided, but not less than 14 days.

Employees who have spent more than 12 hours (24 hours in the case of neighboring countries) are required to provide their employer with proof of having undergone the test or proof that they are covered by an exemption before entering the workplace. The employer must not allow them into the workplace until then. This does not apply to people who have had a covid-19 disease in the last 180 days and those who have been vaccinated in a EU+ country and at least 14 days have passed since the complete vaccination (for details on the recognition of vaccination, see Possibilities and Obligations of Foreigners Entering the Czech Republic). If you are traveling from a low or medium risk country, will take the test after you arrive in the Czech Republic, you may enter the workplace until the test result is available, but you must wear only a respirator or protective device without an exhalation valve and with a filtration efficiency of at least 94% (FFP2/CN 95 class) at all times. For the labor law implications of this measure for employers and employees, see the press release from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (only in Czech). The employee is also obliged to inform his employer if he travels for more than 12 hours (24 hours if it is a neighboring country) to a country with a low, medium, high, very high, or extreme risk of infection.

It is highly recommended not to travel to countries at extreme risk of infection associated with the emergence of new mutations in the coronavirus SARS CoV-2.

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). From 12 July 2021, these people can obtain an EU COVID certificate if they have been vaccinated in a third country with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency. For details, see the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic press release (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). 

The exact conditions for entry into the territory of the Czech Republic, including exceptions, can be found clearly in the table of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic.

The most detailed information on traveling to and from individual countries can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website in the COVID 19 Guide (only in Czech).

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