Last updated: February 18, 2021
*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- Czech Republic has 1,123,252 confirmed cases (cumulative), 995,986 recoveries, 18,739 deaths, 5,039,761 samples tested and 500,643 vaccines administered.
- 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 December 27, the Czech Republic entered another round of lockdown resulting in the closure of most shops and services, with the exception of shops selling essential goods. Takeaway and delivery food services can still operate. Schools will go back to distance learning, with the exception of 1stand 2nd No more than two people will be allowed to gather. The nighttime curfew from 9pm to 5am has been reinstated. All movement is banned with the exception of travel to and from work, conducting business activities, or urgent travel. The curfew and all current crisis measures under the State of Emergency will terminate at midnight, February 28, 2021.
- The wearing of face 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).
- 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.
- If you are planning to cross the border to Germany from the Czech Republic: only German nationals, their immediate family members and holders of a German resident permit are allowed to enter Germany.
- If you are planning to transit Germany by air: transit via Germany to any Schengen destination is permitted only for German nationals, their immediate family members and holders of a German resident permit. Transit to any Non-Schengen destination is permitted for all nationalities but passengers must hold a negative COVID-19 test result at time of departure, not older than 48 hours from the planned arrival in Germany, must register online under following link: https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de/#/and ) must observe local quarantine regulations. Detailed information can be found under following link: https://lufthansa.travel-regulations.com/?language=en
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in the Czech Republic? YES
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? YES
- For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html
- The Czech Ministry of Health offers a map of testing sites including contact information here: https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/seznam-odberovych-center/ or the Czech Republic COVID page here: https://covid.gov.cz/.
- 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. Test results are available via email and SMS text message.
- For more information, go to: https://covid.gov.cz/en/situations/infection-and-general-measures/how-get-tested
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Czech Republic approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? YES
- The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
- Information from the Czech Republic regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
- Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? NO
- As of January 30, 2021 travelling to the Czech Republic for other than essential reasons is banned. For the most up-to-date information in English regarding possible exceptions to 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. On the Ministry of Interior website, please refer to the PDF table entitled “Conditions for entry of persons to the territory of the Czech Republic . . . ”
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? NO, but you must undergo a RT-PCR COVID-19 test (at your own expense) within five (5) days of entry to the Czech Republic.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? YES
- 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
- 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? YES
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? YES
- The nighttime curfew from 9pm to 5am has been reinstated. All movement is banned with the exception of travel to and from work, conducting business activities, or urgent travel.
- The curfew and all current crisis measures under the State of Emergency will terminate at midnight, February 14, 2021.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? YES, if unable to undergo a COVID-19 test within five days of entry (see below).
- 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 within five (5) days of entry to Czech territory, otherwise a necessary quarantine measure will be enforced.
- 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 (if applicable)
- Are there 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.
- 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 J-1, H, L. 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