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Entry Rules to Czech Republic During This Spring

The Czech Republic continues to implement a color-coding system, classifying countries based on their epidemiological status.

Divided into four categories, the green category represents low-risk countries, where travel restrictions do not apply; The orange category represents medium risk, while red and dark red include countries with very limited travel amenities.

Travelers from all countries, regardless of vaccination status, are required to submit a passenger locator form prior to arrival.

Entry requirements for travelers from EU/EEA countries

Based on the color coding system, member states of the European Union are added to the dark red list, which represents high-risk countries. However, none of these rules apply to citizens and residents of the European Union.

But as a general rule, only fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to enter the Czech Republic from these countries. The rest are only allowed if they have an essential reason to travel.

“If you are traveling by individual means of transport (such as a private car) and you are an EU citizen or a family member of an EU citizen or resident of the EU, the above entry rules do not apply to you,” reads a press release from the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Entry conditions for travelers from third world countries

Only those coming from countries such as Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, Macau, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and the Vatican, which represent the green category, are allowed to enter the Czech Republic without any restrictions.

The rest must submit one of the following documents to enter the country:

Test certification was performed no later than 72 hours prior to arrival (PCR tests) or 24 hours prior to arrival (antigen testing). COVID-19

In addition, arrivals from third countries are required to submit a PCR test in the five or seven days after arrival.

Furthermore, essential travel, which excludes several categories from being subject to additional requirements, includes Czech citizens and residents, international transport workers, those in transit through the Czech Republic, those with a diplomatic mission, minors with mental disorders, cross-border workers, parents or Guardians traveling to care for loved ones, spouses, partners and children under 12 years of age.

Vaccines approved by the Czech health authorities include those approved by the European Union (AstraZeneca, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer BioNTech) or those approved by the World Health Organization if the Czech Republic recognizes the digital certificate of vaccination of the country of the traveler.

These countries are as follows:

Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Bahrain, Benin, Bhutan, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Greenland, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Iran , Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Nepal, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Salvador, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, UK, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan and Vatican City.

In addition, due to the war in Ukraine, the Czech authorities canceled the quarantine procedures for people fleeing the country.

Local COVID-19 Restrictions

The requirement to wear face masks in all closed environments such as schools, public transportation and shopping malls remains in effect until it has stopped applying for outdoor activities.

“Shops and dispensing window do not have limited opening hours. Stores can also be opened on Sundays and public holidays,” the official website reads, also noting the requirement to wear a mask and use the 1.5m social distance.

In addition, the ban on alcohol consumption is no longer in force in the Czech Republic.

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