Health Alert – COVID-19 Coronavirus

Health Alert – COVID-19 Coronavirus
U. S. Embassy Prague, Czech Republic
June 3, 2020

Event:  The Czech Ministry of Health confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Czech Republic.  U.S. Embassy Prague will be sending a daily update to ensure all U.S. citizens have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.  Updated information will be prefaced with (NEW).

The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and ensure you can be located in an emergency.  U.S. Citizens in an emergency can call 1-888-407-4747 from the U.S. and Canada or plus-1-202-501-4444 from overseas.  

Additional international air carriers are now offering daily and/or weekly flights to multiple European airports with connections to the United States, including KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Air France, and Czech Airlines, among others.  Please understand that the embassy is unable to guarantee seats or assist with booking tickets on commercial flights for private U.S. citizens.  For flight numbers and times, please visit https://www.prg.aero/en/flight-information#/odlety or contact the airlines and travel agents directly. For resumed routes and planned resumptions of airline routes, see https://www.prg.aero/en/list-of-resumed-routes. Flights from Europe are only being permitted to fly into 13 specific airports in the United States, as detailed on the Department of Homeland Security’s website, so you will need to plan your travel route accordingly.  Please be prepared to stay overnight and make lodging arrangements at connecting points and upon arriving to the United States.

(NEW) Ceske drahy (Czech Rails) has resumed train travel to multiple countries and locations.  Passengers are required to wear a face mask and will be subject to border control and quarantine measures.  For more information and to book travel, see https://www.regiojet.com/news/buses/2020-03-02-coronavirus.html and https://www.cd.cz/en/default.htm

(NEW) Czech authorities have re-opened businesses and are continuing to loosen restrictions on free movement and gatherings.  For the latest information and rules in English, visit https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en/roadmap-for-easing-measures/ (see useful links on the left).

A mandatory 14-day quarantine or negative COVID result is compulsory for most individuals (Czech citizens/EU nationals/other foreigners) returning from abroad.  For specific information about entries into and exits from the Czech Republic, visit https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/docDetail.aspx?docid=22239932&doctype=ART

Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that foreigners, including U.S. citizens, who were in the Czech Republic legally at the time of the declaration of the state of emergency on March 12 will be allowed to remain in the Czech Republic until July 17, 2020 (i.e., 60 days after the expiration of the state of emergency, currently set on May 17, 2020). This applies to foreigners who were in the Czech Republic on March 12 both with valid visas and on visa-waiver basis.

We understand how difficult the current situation is for those trying to get home to the United States.  The U.S. Embassy in Prague is actively exploring all options to assist U.S. citizens in the Czech Republic, and we will provide additional updates as soon as possible.

Restrictions:  The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

The State of Emergency in the Czech Republic officially expired on May 17, 2020.  Please reference the website of the Government of the Czech Republic and the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as our website https://cz.usembassy.gov/, for additional information. Even though the State of Emergency has ended, Czech authorities will continue control of Czech borders until June 13, 2020. 

Czech authorities are gradually re-opening businesses and loosening restrictions on free movement and gatherings.  New openings were announced on May 11 and the final phase of reopening is planned for May 25.  For information on the gradual re-openings of facilities in the Czech Republic, see https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/uvolnovani-opatreni/ (Czech language only). All persons outside of their residences must still wear masks covering face and mouth, except children under two years old, drivers alone in a car, and persons engaging in sports (e.g., running, biking) who remain at least 2 meters away from others.

A mandatory 14-day quarantine or negative COVID result is now compulsory for everyone (Czech citizens/EU nationals/other foreigners) returning from abroad.  This does not pertain to transit through the country and several specific exceptions.

All persons outside of their residences must wear masks covering face and mouth, except children under two years old, drivers alone in a car, and persons engaging in sports (e.g., running, biking) who remain at least 2 meters away from others

Please see additional information for U.S. Citizens Returning from Europe on the Department of State’s website regarding where U.S. citizens are allowed to transit en route to the United States.

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.

The government of the Czech Republic has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Schools and universities, as well as cultural institutions, including theaters, museums, and cinemas, for the next 30 days.

Embassy Services:  Effective March 16, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Prague has suspended routine services.  For routine or emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information.

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