COVID-19 travel restrictions: the Czech Republic

Travel Restrictions

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This article was published on December 20, 2021, and all the information in the article is correct as of this time. Before you book your trip, we highly recommend that you also check official sources for the most up-to-date travel requirements, as they are subject to constant change.

Can I enter the Czech Republic?

From 27 December 2021, all travelers arriving in the Czech Republic have to present a negative PCR test before travel. The new rule applies to vaccinated people and people who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months. People who received a booster shot do not need to take the PCR test.

Visitors who are unvaccinated or did not recover from COVID-19 in the last six months have to undergo a PCR test between the fifth and seventh days after arrival in the Czech Republic.

Man on a tram in the Czech Republic, wearing a surgical maskMeasures are in place in the Czech Republic to prevent the spread of Covid-19 — Shutterstock

You can enter the Czech Republic. Nevertheless, please be aware that a number of covid-related restrictions are in place in the Czech Republic.

Regardless of your origin or vaccination status, the first thing you have to do when traveling to the Czech Republic is fill in an arrival form. The next steps depend on your vaccination status.

Can I enter the Czech Republic if I am vaccinated?

You can enter the Czech Republic if you are vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated if at least 14 days after completing your vaccination course.

As of December 2021, four vaccines are approved in the Czech Republic:

  • Moderna
  • Pfizer
  • Oxford / AstraZeneca
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)

Travel documents if I am vaccinated

If you are fully vaccinated, present one of the following documents to prove your vaccination status:

  • Travelers from the EU countries — the EU digital COVID certificate
  • Travelers from outside the EU countries — another document confirming your vaccination status

From 27 December 2021, all vaccinated travelers have to present a negative PCR test before travel.

Can I enter the Czech Republic if I am unvaccinated?

You can enter the Czech Republic if you are unvaccinated.

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

If you are unvaccinated, you have to present one of the following documents:

  • Documentation of recovery from COVID-19 that is less than 180 days old
  • A negative PCR test taken between the fifth and seventh days after arrival

Traveling to the Czech Republic from “green”, “orange”, “red” or “dark red” countries

Hluboká Castle in the Czech RepublicHluboká Castle, Hluboká nad Vltavou — Shutterstock

Currently, the government of the Czech Republic divides all countries into “green,” “orange,” “red” and “dark red” countries. Visitors from all countries can arrive in the Czech Republic, but entry requirements vary for every category.

When learning the following information, please note this for testing before arrival:

  • A PCR test is valid for 72 hours
  • An antigen test is valid for 24 hours

And note this for testing after the arrival:

  • Test must be performed between day five and day seven of your staying in the Czech Republic

Traveling to the Czech Republic from “green” countries

Vaccinated travelers from “green” countries have to present their proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test before departure. Unvaccinated travelers have to perform a PCR between the fifth and seventh day after arrival in the Czech Republic.

As of December 2021, the list of “green” countries includes:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bahrain
  • Chile
  • Indonesia
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • South Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • New Zealand
  • Peru
  • Rwanda
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Qatar
  • Kuwait
  • Taiwan
  • Uruguay
  • The Vatican City
  • Macau

Traveling to the Czech Republic from “orange” countries

Vaccinated travelers from “orange” countries have to present their proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test result. Unvaccinated travelers have to perform a PCR between the fifth and seventh day after arrival in the Czech Republic.

As of December 2021, the list of “orange” countries includes those countries that are neither in the “green” list nor in the “red” list.

Traveling to the Czech Republic from “red” countries

Vaccinated travelers from “red” countries have to present their proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test. Unvaccinated travelers have to perform the test between the fifth and seventh day after arrival in the Czech Republic.

As of December 2021, the list of “red” countries includes:

  • Bulgaria
  • Finland
  • France
  • Italy
  • Malta
  • Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira)
  • Romania
  • Spain (including the Balearic and Canary Islands)
  • Sweden

Traveling to the Czech Republic from “dark red” countries

Vaccinated travelers from “dark red” countries have to present their proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test result. Unvaccinated travelers have to undergo the test between the fifth and seventh day after arrival in the Czech Republic.

As of December 2021, the list of “dark red” countries includes:

  • Andorra
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Croatia
  • Ireland
  • Iceland
  • Cyprus
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Luxembourg
  • Hungary
  • Monaco
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Austria
  • San Marino
  • The Hellenic Republic
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Germany

Who cannot enter the Czech Republic?

Please be aware that starting from November 27, 2021, all third-country nationals are prohibited from entering the Czech Republic if they have been present in the following countries for more than 24 hours in the last 14 days before arriving in the Czech Republic:

  • Republic of South Africa
  • Namibia
  • Lesotho
  • Eswatini
  • Zimbabwe
  • Botswana
  • Zambia
  • Mozambique

The prohibition does not apply to:

  • Citizens of the Czech Republic
  • Foreign nationals with a residence permit issued by the Czech Republic

Can I leave the Czech Republic?

There are no covid-related restrictions for leaving the Czech Republic. Please ensure that you’ve checked the requirements of your destination country concerning COVID-19 tests for vaccinated travelers. Several countries, such as the US, demand tests anyway.

Traveling from the Czech Republic to “green,” “orange,” “red” or “dark red” countries

Although the Czech government divides all countries into “green,” “orange,” “red” and “dark red” countries, there is no strict prohibition on traveling to any of these countries.

Note that testing is mandatory when you come back to the Czech Republic. Testing requirements are the same as for travelers from this country. Please scroll up to the “Traveling to the Czech Republic from “green,” “orange,” “red,” or “dark red” countries” section to check all the rules.

In addition, starting from November 26, 2021, due to the emergence of a new type of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health strongly advises people to avoid traveling to the following countries:

  • Republic of South Africa
  • Namibia
  • Lesotho
  • Eswatini
  • Zimbabwe
  • Botswana
  • Zambia
  • Mozambique

Travelers from third countries cannot enter the Czech Republic if they have been present in these countries for more than 24 hours in the 14 days before arriving in the Czech Republic.

Czech citizens and those who have permission to stay in the Czech Republic for more than 90 days can return anytime. Nevertheless, they have to adhere to the following requirements regardless of their vaccination status:

  • Fill in the Passenger Locator Form before arrival
  • Have a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours before the departure
  • Have a confirmation of booking for PCR test within 24 hours after (and take it timely)
  • Undergo self-isolation
  • Take an additional PCR test between day 10 and day 14

COVID-19 situation in the Czech Republic currently

As of December 2021, international travel to the Czech Republic is much safer compared to the previous months. However, please be aware that a number of COVID-19 restrictions are still in place.

FAQs

View down the river Vltava in Prague in the eveningThe River Vltava, Prague — Shutterstock

Is it safe to travel to the Czech Republic right now?

Your visit to the Czech Republic will be safe if you follow the local regulations:
  • Restaurants, bars, and nightclubs close at 22:00
  • Up to 1,000 visitors are allowed during mass events (e.g., sports matches, cultural events)
  • Wearing masks indoors is mandatory

Is Prague open for travel?

Presently, Prague is open for travelers. Please follow the main covid-related regulations that are the same as in the rest of the country.

Do I have to quarantine if I go to the Czech Republic?

As of December 2021, you do not need to quarantine when arriving in the Czech Republic. An exception is applied only to Czech residents coming back from certain African countries (please see the “Who cannot enter the Czech Republic?” section)

How do I get a health pass to travel to the Czech Republic?

If you are traveling from the EU and Schengen Area, it would be a great benefit to installing the EU Digital COVID Certificate. Travelers from outside the EU countries should carry their paper documents.

Useful links:

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