Last updated: October 9, 2020
- Czech Republic has 100,757 confirmed cases (cumulative), 51,160 recoveries, 869 deaths, and 1,515,912 samples tested.
- Beginning October 9, 2020, additional restrictive measures have been put in place. Gyms, fitness centers and swimming pools will immediately be closed for the next two weeks. Theatres, cinemas, zoos and cultural venues will close as of Monday, October 12. Indoor events are restricted to 10 participants with outdoor events being restricted to 20. Primary schools will remain open, secondary schools will alternate classroom and distance learning by the week with students split into two groups and all high school and university students in Prague will remain in distance learning. Masks are required on ALL form of public transport, in all indoor premises (except place of residence) ie. schools and health facilities, shops and shopping centers, government buildings, etc. and at all outdoor events if the number of participants exceeds 100 people in Prague, Central Bohemia and Zlin regions. Most commercial establishments are open for business, subject to hygiene and social distancing requirements, though all restaurants, bars and clubs in the Czech Republic will now be required to close from 8pm until 6am. An emergency measure restricting free movement took place on October 5. For specific information about the re-openings and all public health requirements in English, please visit the Czech Ministry of Health website.
- As more countries list the Czech Republic as high risk and place restrictions on travel, please visit the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs in advance of traveling abroad.
- 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
- Beginning September 21, 2020 all travelers arriving to the Czech Republic from a risk country (those not on the list of safe countries approved by the Ministry of Health) are required to complete an online Public Health Passenger Locator Form before entering the country. More details can be found at the Czech Ministry of Interior webpage.
- 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.
Fines for Non-Compliance: YES, up to 10,000 Kc ($456)
- U.S. Embassy Prague is limiting the number of people who come into the embassy, while prioritizing U.S. citizen emergency cases (lost/stolen passports, reports of birth abroad, etc.). For an appointment, please visit our website https://cz.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/. We will resume full American Citizen Services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.
- Notarial services have been suspended due to the ongoing pandemic and daily rise in cases. If your notarial is deemed an emergency, please contact us at ACSPRG@state.gov.
- As of July 15, 2020, U.S. Embassy Prague has resumed certain nonimmigrant visa services, including: B-1, F-1, I, 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/
- 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