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Czech Republic Reopening Tourism June 15th – Here’s Who Can Go

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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.

Seeing as these restrictions will likely change again, here is where you can find the essential traveler info for Czech Republic during the tourism ban. 

Ministry of Health / Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Ministry of the Interior

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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)

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France*
  • Croatia*
  • Ireland
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Cyprus
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Luxembourg*
  • Hungary
  • Malta*
  • Monaco
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • New Zealand
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Austria
  • Greece
  • Romania*
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain*
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • 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. 

Third-Party Countries

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.

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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 December 18:   restaurants, bars, hotels, zoos, museums, gyms and swimming pools will again close.  Takeaway and delivery food service can still operate however and most shops and services are allowed to stay open, with strict face mask policies and social distancing requirements in place. No more than six people will be allowed to gather. 

Curfew is also in effect from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am 

See more December updates here

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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.

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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.

Read more information about the process here

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.

Read More: We have complied a complete list of all countries now reopening to tourists worldwide! 

For the latest re-opening Travel News and discussions, join our: Facebook Community

Originally published June 14, 2020  with updates


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Mishkat Ullah

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

can a tourist enter to Czech republic from Pakistan nowadays and if yes what are the rules

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

No sorry, it's not permitted at this time

goonly2

Wednesday 19th of August 2020

I actually received a formal email back from the Czech Government that was very informative, which I will copy & paste below. Essentially, the official answer is that you must have a Residence Permit from an EU Country in order to meet all of the entry guidelines. If you don't have this they said that it is possible that the airline would refuse to provide a boarding pass (which I believe is totally dependent on which employee checks you in - as none of them really know how to properly follow the complicated guidelines that are always changing). If they do issue the boarding pass at your origination airport in the Schengen Area then it should be no problem to take the flight and actually enter Prague as there is no additional passport control. See email below that I received from the Czech Government:

Dear XXX,

You can freely visit the Czech republic without any restrictions in case you have long-term permission to stay in EU country (Portugal is consider to be country with low risk). There could be some issue on boarding flight so please do have confirmation about your permission to stay in European union.

However, as of July 1st the countries are divided into two groups according to a level of risk - low risk countries and countries that are not on the list of the countries with a low risk. Conditons for entry depends on from which country are you arriving.

Third-countries nationals with a residence permit (long-term or temporary permission) in other EU+ country: Countries with a low risk - after arriving to the CZE the purpose of the stay and duration of the stay will not be checked. It is not necessary to submit a medical certificate on SARS-CoV-2 PCR testing results upon an arrival.

Countries that are not on the list of the countries with a low risk - after an arrival it is necessary to contact the respective hygienic station and submit a PCR test result (that was made in CZE) to them within 72 hours after the arrival. Test result from foreign countries will not be accepted.

Third-countries nationals without a residence permit in CZE or other EU+ country: They cannot enter CZE now.

In case you spent more then 12 hours in the last 14 days in a country that is not on the list of countries with a low risk, you have to follow the same rules as if you were there the whole time of your stay.

The list of countries with a low risk is here: (link) The above-mentioned information describes conditions for entry in CZE. For information regarding entry to other countries, contact the embassies in the countries of destination.

The situation may change so we advise you to follow the website of MoI (link)

Kind regards,

Information Line Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic

Eric

Tuesday 18th of August 2020

Does anyone know with certainty if the requirement to enter the Czech Republic via air is to be a citizen of a “Safe Low Risk Country” or would it be sufficient to simply be flying from a country on that Safe List into the Czech Republic? For example, a US citizen traveling with only a US Passport that has been in the EU for a month who desires to fly to Prague from Madrid.

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 18th of August 2020

Most countries are reluctant to answer the common "If an AMerican in the EU for at least 2 weeks..." question publicly, so we can't get an answer. Some people say yes, some people say no. The only way to know is to ask the consulate and just try going. If you DO go, please let us know what happens

Oleksii

Thursday 16th of July 2020

Looks like Canadians can now go to Czech Republic? It is on the safe country list.