Updated Travel Regulations for Entry and Return to The Czech Republic
EU citizens are now able to travel into the Czech Republic for any purpose, including tourism. The ban on entering the territory of the Czech Republic still applies to non-EU nationals, except for green countries and specified others that comply with the coordinated approach of the EU. Image Credit: Mzcr.cz.
Czech Rep., June 7 (BD) [Updated June 21. 13pm] – The Czech Ministry of Health has updated the country-specific travel regulations, to apply from today, June 21st. The new regime reflects the introduction of the EU COVID certificate, which will come into force on July 1st, 2021.
Image: Rules of entry and return to the Czech Republic for citizens of Czechia and EU+ countries as well as for foreign nationals with residence permit issued by Czechia or any other EU+ country. Credit: Mvcr.cz.
Regarding entry and stay in the territory of the Czech Republic, the requirement of testing and filling in the Passenger Locator Form still applies, except for green countries.
Third-country nationals who do not have any residence permit issued by the Czech Republic or long-term residence permit issued by other EU countries are not allowed to enter Czech territory. Exemptions are listed at the Ministry of Health website.
Image: Rules of entry and return to the Czech Republic for third-country nationals. Credit: Mvcr.cz.
Some other exemptions apply to citizens and residents of the Czech Republic. When using individual transport, they are exempted from the requirement to undergo a test before arrival and can choose to do an antigen test instead of PCR when travelling from countries with a very high or extreme risk.
Low-risk countries currently include Albania, Australia, Finland, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Macao, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Romania, San Marino, South Korea, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Serbia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States of America, and the Vatican City. Travellers from these countries are not required to fill in a Public Health Passenger Locator Form before entry nor to undergo an antigen or PCR test before or after entry.
Medium-risk countries include Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Croatia, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the Balearic Islands, and the Canary Islands.
All passengers arriving in the Czech Republic from these countries must present a negative antigen test taken no more than 24 hours or a PCR test took no more than 72 hours before departure, and report their arrival to the relevant regional hygiene authority, by filling out the electronic Public Health Passenger Locator Form.
Exemptions apply for those who have had Covid-19 in the last 180 days, those vaccinated in an EU Member State, and EU citizens with a temporary or permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic who are fully vaccinated in a third country with the EMA approved vaccination.
Countries considered ‘very high risk’ for the transmission of coronavirus include Denmark, Latvia, the Netherlands, Spain, and the Azores.
Those traveling from red countries by public transport are subject to the same obligations as orange countries, but in addition, they must submit a second PCR test taken in the Czech Republic within five days of entry. They are required to self-isolate until a second negative test is submitted.
Travellers must complete the electronic Public Health Passenger Locator Form and present either an antigen test taken no more than 24 hours before the start of the trip or a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before entry to the Czech Republic. They are also required to undergo a test after the arrival and self-isolate while receiving the result of the test undergone in the Czech Republic. Czech and EU citizens with temporary or permanent residence can undergo a PCR test in the Czech Republic immediately after arrival if they had Covid-19 in the last 180 days or have been fully vaccinated.
All other EU member states and non-EU countries not mentioned above are considered high-risk areas.
Travellers must complete the electronic Public Health Passenger Locator Form and present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before entry to the Czech Republic. They are also required to undergo a test after the arrival and self-isolate while receiving the result of the test undergone in the Czech Republic. Czech and EU citizens with temporary or permanent residence can undergo a PCR test in the Czech Republic immediately after arrival if they had Covid-19 in the last 180 days or have been fully vaccinated.
Countries that are considered at extreme risk include Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini (Swaziland), India, South Africa, Colombia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Peru, Tanzania (including Zanzibar and Pemba), Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Travel to the Czech Republic from these countries is allowed only for Czech citizens and residents and accredited members of diplomatic missions. They have to undergo a PCR test before arrival and another two once they are in the Czech Republic, the first within 24 hours and the second on the 10th day at the earliest.
This article was updated at 15.15 on 21.06.21 to clarify the measures in place for “Dark red” and “Extreme risk” categories.