Health Alert – COVID-19 Coronavirus

Health Alert – COVID-19 Coronavirus
U. S. Embassy Prague, Czech Republic
September 23, 2020

Event:  The Czech Ministry of Health confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Czech Republic.  U.S. Embassy Prague will be sending periodic updates to ensure all U.S. citizens have the latest information about COVID-19 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. 

 (NEW).  Embassy Services:  While the U.S. Embassy in Prague has resumed limited services, we are prioritizing passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) cases.  For routine or emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website https://cz.usembassy.gov/ for additional information and to make an appointment.  

(NEW).  Restrictions:  The Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for the Czech Republic:  Reconsider travel to the Czech Republic due to COVID-19.

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.

 (NEW).  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. 

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.

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.

International air carriers are now offering daily and/or weekly flights to multiple European airports with connections to the United States.  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.  Ceske drahy (Czech Rails) and other train and bus operators have resumed travel from the Czech Republic to multiple countries and locations. 

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.

** If you are no longer in the Czech Republic and wish to end your registration with the embassy, please Unsubscribe at the Smart Traveler Enrollment Plan website.

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