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    LOW MEDICAL RISK for Czech Republic
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Czech Republic


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Medium -

Inbound travel is possible, but with notable inconvenience; restrictions affect a wide range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a wide range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundEntry restrictions

A) Inbound travel for European nationals
European nationals and foreign nationals with residence in the Czech Republic are able to enter from a low-risk country without any conditions. Travellers who stayed in a medium-, high- or very high-risk country for more than 12 hours can enter under specific rules.

B) Inbound travel for 'third country' nationals
The Czech Republic allows entry to residents of Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. Residents of other nations can enter with a valid residency visa for the Czech Republic or other EU nations. All other countries that are not members of the EU or the Schengen area and are not explicitly listed in another category are classified as "dark red". The Czech Republic also allows the entry of foreign nationals if the entry of these foreigners is in the interest of the Czech Republic and if the reason for entry, in this case, is documented by an appropriate document.

For more information on entry exemptions for non-European nationals, please see: https://www.vlada.cz/en/media-centrum/aktualne/important-covid-19-measures-for-foreigners-183562/

C) Inbound travel for COVID-19 variant areas
Travel from variant areas is possible, though these areas constitute 'dark red areas'. Please see section 2 on testing requirements for more information.

D) Border closures
The Czech Republic’s borders remain open, except the border with Germany.

This website has a clear table on entry restrictions and requirements per country: https://www.mzv.cz/jnp/cz/mapa_cestovatele.html
(Ends 30 June 2021)
Testing requirements
A) Who needs to test?
Most travellers need to take a test prior to entry, depending on the risk category. Travellers from a very select number of destinations do not need to.
People who have been vaccinated in the Czech Republic and who possess the certificate proving full vaccination may travel from medium- or high-risk countries without testing or quarantining.

B) Type of test and number of hours
The type of test and number of hours depends on where the traveller is coming from. The Czech Republic uses definitions updated regularly by the European centre for disease control. There is a map explaining risk categories is available here: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/covid-19/situation-updates/weekly-maps-coordinated-restriction-free-movement

There are four categories:
• Green: No test before or after arrival.
• Orange: Either an antigen test dated maximum 24 hours before departure or a PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to departure, or testing upon arrival (do not use public transport if testing upon arrival, and a further PCR test will need to be taken within five days after arrival for this option).
• Red: Either an antigen test dated maximum 24 hours before departure or a PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to departure, or testing upon arrival (do not use public transport in this case). A further PCR test will need to be taken within five days after arrival for all options. Self-isolation will be required until the second test comes back negative.
• Dark Red: A PCR test dated maximum 72 hours prior to departure. A further PCR test will need to be taken between day five and 14 after arrival. Self-isolation will be required until the second test comes back negative
• Black: A PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to travel AND an antigen test taken within 24 hours from arrival. Another PCR test to be taken within the first 24 hours from arrival, and a second test no sooner than tenth day after arrival (but no later than 14th day)

Further details on the classification can be found on the following link: https://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/issues_and_press/mfa_statements/x2021_02_05_overview_new_travel_rules_valid_from_5.html

C) What information needs to be included with the test result?

All test results must be provided with written confirmation of the result. Those arriving from high- or very high-risk (red or dark red) locations must submit the test results of their secondary tests to their local hygiene station. A list of hygiene stations is available at: https://www.mzcr.cz/krajske-hygienicke-stanice/

For travel from orange, red and dark red countries, the obligation to wear a respirator or similar device without an exhalation valve with a filtration efficiency of at least 94% (class FFP2 / KN 95) applies 14 days after arrival in the Czech Republic. Children under the age of five are an exception to this rule.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements

A) Who must quarantine and for how long?
Travellers from red, dark red and black countries must self-isolate until they have received a negative result from their test which they took after entering the Czech Republic. Five days for very high risk (dark red) and ten days for extreme risk (black) countries.
Travellers from orange countries must also self-isolate until a negative test result is received if they wish to travel to a place of work or study.
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B) Where can this be done?
This can be done at any accommodation. Further information on quarantining can be found at https://covid.gov.cz/en/situations/infection-and-general-measures/quarantine
(Until further notice)
Declarations
Travellers arriving from medium risk (orange), high risk (red), very high risk (dark red) and extreme (black) countries must fill in an arrival form before travelling to the Czech Republic. This can be found online at https://plf.uzis.cz/
(Until further notice)
Exemptions
Those who live on one side of the border and work or study on the other side are exempt from restrictions. However, they will need to fill in a form, which can be found at: https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/certificate-and-confirmation-form-for-entry-into-the-czech-republic.aspx

Transport workers such as hauliers and air crews are also exempt from restrictions. They will likewise need to fill in a form found on the same site.

From testing and quarantine:
People who possess a national certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 disease issued by Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia are not required to test or quarantine if coming from medium- (orange) or high-risk (red) countries. This concerns both the citizens and foreign nationals residing in those countries who have been vaccinated. The exception does not count for very high-risk (dark red) countries. To be exempted, the following conditions must be met:
- in the case of a two-dose vaccine, at least 22 days but not more than three months must have passed after the first dose of the vaccine;
- in the case of a two-dose vaccine and in the case of a second dose of the vaccine, not more than nine months must have passed after the first dose of the vaccine;
- in the case of a single-dose vaccine, at least 14 days but not more than nine months must have passed after the vaccine dose.
(Until further notice)
Transit
Transit passengers travelling from very high risk (dark red) areas need to submit a negative PCR test result before boarding their flight. Travellers who are transiting the Czech Republic from high risk (red) areas do not need to submit a PCR test result, so long as their transit lasts less than 12 hours.
(Until further notice)
Summary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccination requirements? Yes
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
OutboundAll citizens of the Czech Republic and foreigners residing in the Czech Republic are prohibited from entering countries with an extreme risk ('black') of contracting COVID-19 caused by new mutations of the virus.

This does not apply to citizens of these countries and to journeys which, due to their nature, cannot be postponed and if the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic has been notified in advance.

The list of countries can be found here: https://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/issues_and_press/mfa_statements/x2021_02_05_overview_new_travel_rules_valid_from_5.html
(Until further notice)
Flights between the Czech Republic and the UK have been suspended.
(Until further notice)
Summary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any exit restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticA state of emergency, curfew and ban on inter-regional travel have been lifted.
Gatherings are limited to ten people indoors and 20 people outdoors.
Face masks remain mandatory in all indoor public spaces and outdoor public spaces where social distancing of at least two metres cannot be observed.

Further details can be found here: https://www.vlada.cz/en/media-centrum/aktualne/measures-adopted-by-the-czech-government-against-coronavirus-180545/
(Until further notice)
Summary
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? No
• Can businesses operate? Yes
• Are there restrictions on internal travel? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)
Planned changes and internal conditionsSummary - Changes to the following measures:
• Border restrictions? No
• Entry restrictions? No
• Testing requirements? No
• Quarantine requirements? No
• Vaccination requirements? No
• Transit restrictions? No
• COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Internal restrictions? No
• Outbound restrictions? No
• Other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)

19 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Czech Republic

COVID-19 information for Czech Republic

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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Petty crime, including pickpocketing, poses the main risk, particularly around train stations and popular tourist areas in Prague. Car theft also remains a significant problem in the city. Far-right groups, whose members mostly target the local Roma community, remain active in the country. Such activity does not pose a direct threat to foreign visitors, but travellers belonging to visible ethnic and religious minority groups should exercise caution.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Czech Republic
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for most travellers and expatriates,
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Tickborne encephalitisMay be recommended for those visiting forests,
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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