Last updated: August 21, 2020
- Czech Republic has 21,045 confirmed cases (cumulative), 15,886 recoveries, 406 deaths, and 820,151 samples tested.
- Beginning September 1, 2020 masks covering mouth and nose will be mandatory on ALL forms of public transport, in health facilities, voting stations, as well as other governmental/public buildings, but not in shops, hairdressers, or restaurants. Most commercial establishments are open for business, subject to hygiene and social distancing requirements. Masks covering mouth and nose are no longer mandatory when outside or inside most business establishments, subject to guidelines on social distancing. Although no longer mandatory in all situations, the wearing of facemasks is still highly recommended. For specific information about the re-openings and all public health requirements in English, please visit the Czech Ministry of Health website (see links on the left).
- Generally, in the capital region, public events are allowed with up to 2,500 people if the premises are structurally divided into separate areas that do not permit co-mingling. The Czech Republic has taken a more region-specific approach to public health protective measures, with stricter measures still in place in areas with recent spikes in cases. For details in English, please visit the Czech Ministry of Health website.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? NO
- In general, entry of U.S. citizens into the Czech Republic remains restricted. For the most up-to-date information in English regarding entries of foreign nationals into the Czech Republic, go to the Czech Ministry of Interior site here or dial +420 704 844 583 for information in English.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? YES
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? YES
- For information on the legal status of foreigners in the Czech Republic, please visit the MFA web site here. For general information regarding visas and residency permits in the Czech Republic, visit https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/immigration.aspx
- Is a curfew in place? NO
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? NO
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?
- Foreigners entering the Czech Republic from a “red” zone country (including the United States) are required to contact a regional hygiene station according to their place of stay after entry, to undergo a PCR COVID-19 test and to submit the test result to the regional hygiene station within 72 hours from the entry, otherwise, a necessary self-quarantine measure of 14 days shall be ordered.
- For an updated list of testing centers in the Czech Republic, please visit https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/seznam-odberovych-center/. Prices for self-pay range from 1,500 CZK – 9,000 CZK depending on the specific center and desired turn-around time. If possible, consider calling ahead to inquire as to an appropriate time for the test as some of these locations can get quite busy.
- Are commercial flights operating? YES
- Is public transportation operating? YES
- Beginning September 1, 2020 masks covering mouth and nose will be mandatory on ALL forms of public transport. Currently, a protective mask is only MANDATORY on the Prague Metro, but highly recommended on all other forms of transport, including trams and buses.
Fines for Non-Compliance: YES, up to 10,000 Kc ($456)
- S. Embassy Prague has resumed routine American Citizen Services. For an appointment, please visit our website https://cz.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/
- As of July 15, 2020, U.S. Embassy Prague has resumed certain non-immigrant visa services, including: B-1, F-1, M-1, P, O, E-2, and certain categories of exchange visitors under J-1. For more information, please visit https://cz.usembassy.gov/visas/
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