May 21, 2020
Czech Republic has 8,725 confirmed cases (cumulative), 5,836 recoveries, 304 deaths, and 379,750 samples tested.
The State of Emergency formally expired on May 17, 2020.
Czech authorities are gradually lifting bans on free movement and gatherings, but many restrictions remain in place. As of May 11, events with of up to 100 individuals are allowed to gather adhering to specific hygiene restrictions. Shopping centers up to 5,000 square meters and several other types of shops and services (e.g. gyms, barbers, zoos/botanical gardens (outdoor areas), libraries, museums, castles (outdoor areas), certain universities) have reopened with specific hygiene restrictions. The final date of reopening businesses is planned for May 25. For information on the re-openings of commercial and other facilities in the Czech Republic, see https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/uvolnovani-opatreni/
A mandatory 14-day quarantine or negative COVID result is compulsory for everyone (Czech citizens/EU nationals/other foreigners) returning from abroad. This does not pertain to transit through the country and several specific exceptions.
Any individual outside her/his residence must wear a mask covering nose and mouth, except children under the age of 2, drivers alone in their vehicles, and individuals engaging in sports that remain 2 meters away from others. The Czech government has imposed fines for violating the mandate. People should also maintain a safe distance of at least two meters.
A protective mask is MANDATORY to enter public transport premises and vehicles. Larger cities such as Prague, Brno and Ostrava have announced that they will be disinfecting trams and buses daily and in Prague all metro and tram doors will automatically open at all stops. It is no longer possible to purchase bus tickets directly from drivers, tickets must be purchased beforehand. For the current schedule, visit: www.dpp.cz
Ban on all public and private events:
Public events are now allowed with up to 100 participants adhering to specific hygiene restrictions. For details, see Czech Ministry of Health “Development of Events Over Time”: koronavirus.mzcr.cz
Hotels/Accommodation services will be provided to foreigners who have permission to work in the Czech Republic and to foreigners waiting to leave the country.
Outdoor areas of restaurants and pubs will re-open on May 11 but will be subject to health and safety rules. Purchase of food and drinks is available at many stores that sell food over the counter and many restaurants are offering food and drinks for take away.
Legal Status of Foreigners in the Czech Republic:
The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on May 4 that all foreigners who were in the Czech Republic legally on March 12, 2020 (declaration of the state of emergency) will be allowed to remain in the Czech Republic up to 60 days after the expiration of the state of emergency. The state of emergency formally expired on May 17, 2020. For more information, see the MFA web site at https://www.mzv.cz/jnp/cz/informace_pro_cizince/aktuality/pobyt_cizincu_v_cr_po_ukonceni_nouzoveho.html
Travel Restrictions in the Czech Republic:
Travel restrictions are being lifted by the Czech Government and details are still being released. Czech borders will remain under control until at least June 13, 2020. For the most up-to-date information, go to the Czech Ministry of Interior site at https://www.mvcr.cz/clanek/koronavirus-informace-mv.aspx or dial +420 704 844 583 for information in English. In general, foreigners without permanent or long-term residence (permit to reside for more than 90 days) are prohibited from entering the Czech Republic – with the exception of citizens of EU member states traveling to the Czech Republic for business. Czech citizens and foreigners with a permanent or temporary residence permits in the Czech Republic may now leave the Czech Republic and upon re-entry to the Czech Republic must remain in 14-day quarantine or produce a negative COVID result. Additionally, foreigners without permanent or long-term residence in the Czech Republic may enter to visit certain family members in the Czech Republic. For specific information about exceptions to travel restrictions, including the list of documents that must be presented to Czech border officials, visit the Czech Ministry of the Interior web site at https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/coronavirus-information-of-moi.aspx and follow link entitled “Exceptions to travel restrictions.” For general information about the Czech state of emergency, please visit the Czech MFA Emergency FAQ and Czech MFA Recommendations for Travel.
For transportation information to get Czech citizens into the Czech Republic, go to: www.mzv.cz
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends you check with airlines directly regarding the cancellation of connecting flights.
Travel Restrictions in the United States:
On March 11, the President of the United States decided that effective from Friday, March 13, foreigners who have been in the Schengen area at some point in the past 14 days would not be allowed to enter the United States. This measure applies to Czech citizens and foreigners who are in the Czech Republic or in another country that is part of the Schengen area. On March 14, the measure was extended to those in the UK and Ireland. Given the measures taken, air transport is subject to frequent change. These measures do not apply to US residents and family members of US citizens. For further information about the Presidential Proclamations, please visit travel.state.gov.
The Czech MFA recommends that citizens of the Czech Republic, currently located in the United States, maintain contact with the airline with which they purchased tickets and to consider the possibility of early return. The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends that all travelers register in the DROZD application and in the event of an emergency contact the nearest embassy or consulate of your home country.
- Czech COVID epidemic
- Czech Ministry of Interior
- Czech Ministry of Health
- Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Czech MFA Emergency FAQ
- Prague Vaclav Havel Airport
- Radio Prague International
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- World Health Organization
- Travel.state.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory page