Health Alert – COVID-19 Coronavirus

Health Alert – COVID-19 Coronavirus
U. S. Embassy Prague, Czech Republic
October 22, 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) As a result of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases and the State of Emergency declared on October 5, 2020, additional restrictive measures have been put in place.  As of October 22, 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.  Facemasks 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).  All schools, with the exception of kindergartens, have closed and transitioned to distance learning.    For specific information about the restrictions and all public health requirements in English, please visit the Czech Ministry of Health website.

Embassy Services:  While the U.S. Embassy in Prague has resumed limited services, we are restricting the number of people who come into the embassy due to the ongoing pandemic and daily rise in COVID cases while prioritizing passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) cases.  For an appointment, please visit our websitehttps://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 at this time.  If you believe your need for a notarial service is an emergency, please contact us at ACSPRG@state.gov to inquire about an emergency appointment.

 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.

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 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.  Please review the Department of Homeland Security’s website for any information on local quarantine and/or health restrictions in place in 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. 

** 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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