As of late June 2021, the Czech Republic has finally started allowing tourism to return.
In summer 2020 Czechia reopened for tourism for EU nations, but went into a lockdown lasting far into 2021. They have created new green, orange, red, lists of countries that can visit, along with who needs to bring a PCR test, etc.
The Czech Republic is a major European destination that receives around 20 million tourists every year and is expected to adopt the EU’s recommendation for the Digital Green Certificate that will safely allow tourism to restart in summer-2021.
Countries Permitted To Enter the Czech Republic
- EU/EEA/Schengen nations
- The third-party countries of: Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Kosovo, Lebanese, Macau, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Taiwan, United States of America
Testing Rules For Entering Czechia
Czechia has different entry rules based on the country the passengers is coming from. The risk of a nation is determined and it’s put onto one of four lists; Green, Orange, Red, Dark Red, or Gray.
Vaccination and Recovery exemptions apply.
(Last Updated August 23 2021)
Green & Orange List Entry Rules – Countries on the green and the orange list will have to provide proof of a negative covid test. This could be a 72-hour PCR test or a 24-hour antigen test.
Red List and Dark Red List Entry Rules – Countries on the red list will have to provide proof of two negative covid tests, one prior to travel and one on arrival (or within 24 hours of arrival). PCR only. Then, the traveler will be tested on arrival and asked to self-isolate for 5 days until the negative result from the arrival test is available.
Gray List Entry Rules – Countries on the gray list will have to provide proof of three negative covid tests, one prior to travel and one on arrival (or within 24 hours of arrival), and another on Day 10 of self isolation. The pre-flight test could be a 72-hour PCR test or a 24-hour antigen test. Then, the traveler will be tested on arrival and asked to self-isolate for 10 days, with the requirement of another PCR test to be taken on Day 10.
How can I find out what color my country is?
The country colors change very frequently and the most recent and updated information can be found on Czechia’s Ministry of Health page. (As of August 2021, most EU nations are green or orange.)
*Vaccination Exemptions: For Green, Orange, Red and Dark Red Country lists, passengers can show proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days) with an EMA-approved vaccine instead of testing and/or quarantine requirements.
*Proof of Recovery Exemptions: For Green, Orange, Red and Dark Red Country lists, passengers can show proof of being recently recovered from the virus, at least 10 days and no longer than 180 days.
Mandatory Travel Form
All passengers, except those coming from a Green nation, must fill out the passenger locator form prior to entry.
What’s Open in Czechia?
On May 28, Health Minister Adam Vojtech announced many things will reopen on June 1, 2021, including: Bars, restaurants, gyms, pools, saunas, bowling alleys, and casinos. Businesses like hotels are expected to follow in June as well.
Face Masks Rules in the Czech Republic?
As of May 29, 2021, face masks are required in all public indoor spaces and on public transit. However, they are not required outdoors when social distancing can be maintained.
Czech Republic and the #LoveIsNotTourism movement
On July 20, the Czech Republic changed the entry rules for un-married couples to finally meet again in the country.
For example: An American with a czech girlfriend or boyfriend who have been separated by the entry ban.
The Czech government states that the couple will need to apply for the exception with the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Applicants can email [email protected] to start the process.
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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling. Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories
Originally published June 14, 2020 with updates