Last Updated: October 26, 2020
The major European destination reopened its borders for tourism to welcome travelers as of June 15, 2020. However, Czech Republic’s borders are open mainly for select countries from the European Union and select third countries.
Here are the current COVID-19 entry requirements and restrictions you should be aware about if planning to travel to the Czech Republic.
October 26 update: As of October 22, the Czech Republic has once again closed its borders for tourism after a significant increase of Covid-19 cases. The ban on tourism entry will remain until at least November 3, where it will be reviewed again for possible extension. For now, only essential travelers will be permitted entry.
Which Countries Are Allowed To Enter Czech Republic?
Safe list countries can travel to Czech Republic the same way they could before the pandemic. Therefore, travelers from these countries will not have any quarantines or testing imposed upon them for now.
That is to say that any EU nation or ‘safe’ country suggested by the EU not listed on the safe list of Czech Republic will be considered as unsafe. On the contrary, if granted entry, they will be subject to quarantine, PCR tests, valid reason to travel, and other entry requirements.
The EU suggested a list of 15 third-party countries to be given entry into EU nations as of July 1st. The Czech Republic has accepted the recommendation as of July 15th.
Here’s the list of safe low-risk countries that are permitted to travel to Czech Republic:
The most up to date information is on the official Czech Republic website here
Are There Any Tests And Quarantine Required?
All travelers from a safe low risk country will not be subjected in any tests and quarantine.
On the other hand, all travelers from an EU and third-party (high risk) not on the safe list will be required to undergo tests and/or a 14-day quarantine period.
Other Safety Measures
The use of masks will remain mandatory at larger events and in the metro. Throughout the country, citizens will put on a mask only when visiting a medical or social facility.
What’s The Deal With The Czech Republic and the #LoveIsNotTourism movement?
As of July 20, 2020, the Czech Republic changed the entry rules for unmarried couples to finally meet again in the country. The Czech government states that the couple will need to apply for the exception with the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Applicants can email firstname.lastname@example.org to start the process.
For instance, an American with a Czech partner who have been separated by the entry ban.
What’s Open in Czech Republic?
- Hotels and other accommodations
- Restaurants and cafes
- Shopping malls, boutiques, and department stores
- Zoos and botanical gardens but only up to 250 people
- Galleries and museums but only up to 500 people max
- Theatres, cinemas, concert halls but with a maximum of 500 people, with an empty seat in between
- Cultural monuments, castles, and outdoor exhibits but a maximum of 250 people per hectare
- Swimming pools and water parks but a maximum of 500 people
- Sports, gatherings, festivals, shows, and markets but a maximum of 500 people
- Weddings and church services but a maximum of 500 people