Covid-19 Information

Last updated: 10 January, 2022

**NEW** Effective February 1, 2022, the Czech government will consider the validity of COVID-19 vaccinations to be nine months from the date of the second dose. A booster shot will extend the validity indefinitely.  The rule will apply to everyone, including visitors to the Czech Republic.

Effective December 27, 2021, foreign nationals traveling to the Czech Republic will be required to present a negative PCR test prior to travel.  This requirement applies to vaccinated individuals and those who have recovered from COVID-19 within the last six months.

The PCR test requirement does not apply to travelers who have received a COVID-19 booster dose, children under 12, those between 12 and 18 who are fully vaccinated (no booster required), or vaccinated travelers holding a long-term residency permit for the Czech Republic.

Travelers who are not vaccinated or have not recovered from COVID-19 within the last six months, must also take a PCR test between the 5th and 7th day after arrival in the Czech Republic.

Please see the Czech Ministry of Health website for more information on current COVID-19 protective measures.  You may also find information on the U.S. Embassy Prague website and the Czech COVID-19 page for further guidance.

For Travel to the United States

As of December 6, all air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States.  Please review the CDC’s international travel requirements for full details. After reviewing the CDC’s information regarding exceptions, if you wish to request one, please send an email to CDCWaiverPrague@state.gov and carefully follow all instructions.

For additional information, please visit our FAQs for answers to questions about the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

Country-Specific Information

  • On November 15, 2021, the CDC  issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for the Czech Republic due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country.  We recommend you do not travel to the Czech Republic at this time.  Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine.  Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
  • The government announced a 30-day state of emergency effective November 26 and imposed new public health measures, including the closure of Christmas markets, reduced hours for restaurants and bars, and capacity limits on public events. Please review https://covid.gov.cz/enfor the most updated information.
  • Effective January 1, 2022, the Czech government will consider the validity of COVID-19 vaccinations to be nine months from the date of the second dose. A booster shot will extend the validity indefinitely. The rule will apply to everyone, including visitors to the Czech Republic.
    • Travelers to and within the country should be prepared to show proof of full vaccination either via an EU digital vaccination app or a CDC vaccination card.
    • Please see the Czech Ministry of Health website for more information on current COVID-19 protective measures. You may also find information on the S. Embassy Prague website and the Czech COVID-19 page for further guidance.
  • The United States is on the list of Very High Risk countries for COVID transmission according to Czech government guidelines. Please see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for details and travel requirements.
  • If vaccinated, only a Personal Locator Form(PLF) and proof of vaccination are required.
  • If unvaccinated, travelers are subject to pre-arrival and post-arrival COVID testing, as well as self-isolation until receipt of a negative test.
  • As there are no current direct flights from the U.S. to the Czech Republic, travelers from the U.S. must be cognizant of transit travel measures and testing requirements. Please check transit measures for the counties you will transit prior to your travel. 
  • Travelers will also still need to show one of the following when entering a museum, attending a public event, or checking into a hotel:
      • A negative PCR test less than three days old
      • A negative antigen test less than 24 hours old
      • Single-dose vaccines: Proof of 14 days past dose, within the last nine months
      • Double-dose vaccines: Proof of 22 days after first dose, within the last 90 days
      • Double-dose vaccines: Proof of 22 days after second dose, within the last nine months
      • Medical proof of recovering from COVID-19 in the last 180 days
  • We recommend compliance with the rules, otherwise you can be subject to non-compliance fines up to10,000 Kc ($470).  CDC vaccination cards suffice as proof of vaccination.
  • Facemask Requirements: KN95or FFP2 masks (also called “respirators”) are required to enter shops, airports, all public transportation (including platforms and stops), post offices, taxis or rideshares, and any time social distancing is not possible

 COVID-19 Testing

 COVID-19 Vaccine Information

 Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter for tourism? YES, if fully vaccinated
  • For the most up-to-date travel guidelines 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? YES, unless you have received a COVID-19 booster dose, are a child under 12, between 12 and 18 and are fully vaccinated (no booster required), or a vaccinated traveler holding a long-term residency permit for the Czech Republic.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? YES
  • All travelers arriving to the Czech Republic 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

 Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? NO
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? NO
  • More information: https://covid.gov.cz/en/

Quarantine Information

Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable)

  • Are there fines for non-compliance?  YES,  fines up to 10,000 Kc ($470) may be enforced.

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