COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

  • Last updated: November 9, 2020

    Country-Specific Information:

    • Czech Republic has 414,828 confirmed cases (cumulative), 243,129 recoveries, 4,858 deaths, and 2,584,114 samples tested.
    • *NEW* As a result of the rise in COVID-19 cases and the State of Emergency, additional restrictive measures have been put in place. 
      • Due to the crisis measures issued by the Government of the Czech Republic, it is not possible for U.S. citizens to travel to the Czech Republic for the purpose of tourism or visiting friends.
      • As of October 28, people will have to observe both daytime and nighttime restrictions limiting personal movement. During the day, people may travel for essential tasks only (to and from work, visiting family, shopping for essential food, medicine, hygiene items, pet food, fuel, or to use banks and postal services).  During the night curfew, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., all movement is banned with the exception of travel to and from work, conducting business activities, or urgent travel.  Food and stores selling essential goods, which have remained open, must be closed on Sundays and will have to close by 8 p.m. on weekdays. The curfew and all current crisis measures under the State of Emergency have been extended until midnight, November 20.
      • As of October 22, 2020, retail stores and non-essential businesses will close (with limited exceptions) and free movement will be restricted to essential tasks only (work, shopping for groceries, medical appointments, visiting family, etc.).  People may not gather in groups larger than two outdoors, unless they are related family members.
      • As of October 21, 2020, masks will be required outside in urban areas if 2-meter social distancing cannot be maintained and in cars if passengers are not related.  Masks are required on ALL forms of public transport, including at transit stations, and in all indoor premises (except place of residence).
      • Gyms, fitness centers, swimming pools, theaters, cinemas, zoos and cultural venues closed on Monday, October 12 for at least two weeks.
      • As of Wednesday, October 14 all restaurants and bars are closed though they may still operate on a delivery and takeaway basis until 8:00 pm.  Public consumption of alcohol will be prohibited.  All schools, with the exception of kindergartens, will close and transition to distance learning. 
      • As more countries list the Czech Republic as a high risk country and place restrictions on travel, please visit the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs in advance of traveling abroad.
      • For specific information about the re-openings and all public health requirements 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

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? YES (see above).
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? YES

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? YES.
  • 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.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • 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.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? YES
  • Is public transportation operating? YES
    • Masks covering mouth and nose are mandatory on ALL forms of public transport, including at stations.

 Fines for Non-Compliance: YES, up to 10,000 Kc ($456)

Consular Operations:

  • 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 State of Emergency in the Czech Republic.
  • 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/

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