May 27, 2020
Czech Republic has 9,052 confirmed cases (cumulative), 6,279 recoveries, 317 deaths, and 417,422 samples tested.
The State of Emergency formally expired on May 17, 2020.
As of May 25, Czech authorities have allowed most commercial establishments to re-open for business, subject to strict hygiene and social distancing requirements. As of May 25, masks covering mouth and nose are no longer mandatory when outside, although they remain mandatory inside many buildings and public spaces. For specific information about the re-openings and requirements in English, visit https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en/ (see links on the left, including https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en/roadmap-for-easing-measures/ and https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en/frequently-asked-questions/)
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.
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 in English, see Ministry of Health information at https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en/roadmap-for-easing-measures/
As of May 25, hotels and restaurants are allowed to re-open subject to public health and hygiene requirements.ry.
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 regarding the changes are released frequently. For the most up-to-date information in English, go to the Czech Ministry of Interior site at https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/docDetail.aspx?docid=22239932&doctype=ART or dial +420 704 844 583 for information in English. In general, Czech borders will remain under some form of control until at least June 13, 2020.
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.
As of May 26, Czech borders with Austria and Germany will re-open and be subject only to sporadic control. 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/docDetail.aspx?docid=22239932&doctype=ART and follow link entitled “The rules for entering the territory of the Czech Republic and quarantine measures are defined by the Ministry of Health.” 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 and https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspension-entry-immigrants-nonimmigrants-certain-additional-persons-pose-risk-transmitting-2019-novel-coronavirus/.
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.
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