On June 15th the Czech Republic is reopening for tourism, first allowing select countries from the EU to visit.
The Czech Republic is a major European destination that receives around 20 million tourists every year. A few weeks ago, the Czech government was only allowing citizens from Slovakia and Hungary into the country freely but has since lifted additional restrictions to try and reinstate much needed tourism.
June 1st the announcement was made by the Ministry of Health that from June 15th onward, EU citizens arriving from countries with a low risk can enter the Czech Republic without a test or quarantine period.
The list of countries that can enter the Czech Republic for tourism is dynamic and is updated at weekly intervals according to current epidemiological situations, categorizing low to high risk.
Low and Medium risk countries are identified with using their new ‘traffic light system’, which assigns low risk countries a green light and medium risk countries an amber light. Any high-risk country is given a red light.
“The parameters and criteria of the traffic light system, meaning the system of identifying safe countries for travel, is based on the evaluation of epidemiological criteria in each country. Czechs can travel to and from green and amber countries without restrictions when returning. However, a test for COVID-19 will be required when travelling from red countries. Foreigners arriving to the Czech Republic will have to present a test when travelling from amber and red countries,” said Adam Vojtěch, Minister of Health.
As of June 30th
Green Light low-risk countries
- United Kingdom
Amber Light medium-risk countries
- none at this time
Red Light high-risk countries
Do I need a proof of a negative Covid test to travel to the Czech Republic?
Tourists arriving into the Czech Republic after June 15th:
from a GREEN light (low risk) country
= No test. No 14-day quarantine period
from an AMBER light (medium risk) country
= Test required
from an RED light (high risk) country
= Test required. 14-day quarantine required
Travel Off Path could not find any clear information on the time-frame the negative test could be taken before crossing the border into the Czech Republic for tourists coming from amber and red countries. Example: a negative covid test taken no more than 72 hours prior to entry. If you are a tourist from an amber or red country, please contact local authorities directly.
What’s Open in the Czech Republic
All throughout the month of June, restrictions have started lifting in all aspects of daily life, including tourism. Here is what’s open:
- Hotels, motels and inns
- Restaurants and cafes
- Shopping malls, boutiques and department stores (trying on clothes is permitted)
- Zoos and botanical gardens (max 250 px)
- Galleries and museums (max 500 px)
- Theatres, cinemas, concert halls (max 500 px, with empty seat in between)
- Cultural monuments, castles and outdoor exhibits (max 250 px per hectare)
- Swimming pools and water parks (max 500 px)
- Sports, gatherings, festivals, shows and markets (max 500 px)
- Weddings and church services (max 500 px)
Have Flights Resumed to the Czech Republic?
Yes. You will find all major airlines have reinstated their flights or are starting to reschedule them back for dates in the near future, especially within the EU.
Disclaimer: The Czech Republic’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry before traveling.