On June 15th the Czech Republic is reopened for tourism, first allowing select countries from the EU to visit.
URGENT UPDATE November:
Since reopening in June, the Czech Republic enjoyed 4 months being open for tourism but then went into a lockdown on October 22, reclosing its borders.
The Lockdown was set to last until November 3rd but has essentially been renewed on November 9th, further restricting entry into the country for more time to come.
New temporary entry requirements for Czech Republic are in place, starting November 9, and they are still restricting ALL non-essential travel into the country, even from EU nations.
They have created new green, orange, red, lists of countries that can visit, along with who needs to bring a PCR test, but still only consisting of EU/EU+ nations, and ONLY for essential reasons, tourism not being one of them.
The original (pre-second lockdown) article continues below
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.
When Czech first reopened doors, it had a 3-tier color coded system for identifying risk, but now has simplified to an easier system as of July 15.
Now countries are either ON the safe list, or not on the safe list.
Safe list countries can travel to the Czech Republic the same way they could pre-covid, and will not have any quarantines imposed upon them, no tests, and no ‘reason' for travel.
Any EU nation or ‘safe' country as suggested by the EU is not listed on the safe list will be considered ‘un-safe' and IF granted entry will be faced with quarantines, PCR tests, valid reason for travel, and other entry requirements. We have reached out for details.
Accurate as of Oct 5
Safe low-risk countries
List of countries with a low-risk of contagion, and who are now permitted to travel to the Czech Republic (last updated Oct 5)
- South Korea
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
- Vatican City
Update Oct 5: Any above nation with an * will have to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival into Czech Republic due to a surge in cases.
Update July 6:
The EU has suggested a list of 15 third-party countries to be given entry into EU nations starting July 1st. Czech Republic is accepting the recommendation, but coming into effect July 15
However, Serbia and Montenegro have not been included.
Do I need a proof of a negative Covid test to travel to the Czech Republic?
Tourists arriving into the Czech Republic after July 15th:
from a ‘safe' low risk country
= No test. No 14-day quarantine period
from an EU/ Third-party country (high risk) not on the safe list.
= 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 ‘un-safe' countries. Example: a negative covid test taken no more than 72 hours prior to entry. If you are a tourist from an EU/third-party country not on the list, 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)
Update Oct 5: Due to a surge in cases, Czech Republic is tightening rules on what is open, etc.
Indoor gatherings will max out at 10 people, outdoor at 20.
Masks are mandatory everywhere.
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.
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.
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.
Originally published June 14, 2020 with updates