Current measures and important information
It seems that with the coming winter, we will have to face the tightening of epidemiological measures against the spread of Covid-19 again. Therefore, we will keep you informed about current regulations and changes so that you are updated. In the upper right corner you can switch the article to other languages.
The most important changes in epidemiological measures
Updated 03. 01. 2022
- All foreigners traveling to the Czech Republic must present a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours upon arrival in the Czech Republic. Exceptions are children under 12 years of age and people after the third dose of vaccination. This change does not apply to citizens of the Czech Republic and residents of the European Union / people from non-EU countries who have a temporary or permanent residence in the Czech Republic – they are governed by the existing entry rules.
- From 4 January, all persons over the age of 18 who have had at least 5 months of completed vaccination will be able to register for the third dose.
- From January 3, there will be a testing in schools twice a week.
- From January 17, testing will also take place in companies. All employees, both unvaccinated and vaccinated after the third dose, will be required to test for covid-19 with antigen tests twice a week.
- Prohibition of food consumption in shopping malls, in so-called food courts it is possible to buy food only for a take-away. The exceptions are separate restaurants.
- There can be a maximum of 100 people at mass leisure events (celebrations, parties, balls, etc., only funerals are unlimited).
- For cultural performances, sports matches and educational events, the number of spectators is limited to a maximum of 1000 people.
- Due to the new covid mutation, all citizens returning from southern Africa must go to isolation for 10 days upon their return. As of 27 November, third-country nationals who have been for more than 12 hours in eight African countries in the last 14 days – South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia – will not be able to enter the Czech Republic. Trips to these areas are not recommended.
- as of November 22, the only valid covid certificates are a confirmation of completed vaccination or a confirmation of disease in the past 180 days. Antigen and PCR tests will no longer be accepted.
- Persons under the age of 12 who are not required to prove any certificate.
- People under the age of 18 who can continue to use the PCR test as a valid covid certificate. The health insurance company pays for these 5 PCR tests per month.
- Persons who, according to the medical certificate, cannot be vaccinated for health reasons. The health insurance company pays for these 5 PCR tests per month.
- People with incomplete vaccinations. The health insurance company pays for these 5 PCR tests per month.
- Unvaccinated students can prove themselves at dormitory by laboratory PCR or an antigen test. They must do so once a week.
- In restaurants, accommodation, sports and cultural facilities and in body care services, customers must provide proof of vaccination or illness in the past 180 days.
- Employees, entrepreneurs and professional athletes under the age of 60 who are not vaccinated must undergo a test once a week. Businesses can use antigen tests, including self-tests, for testing. This testing does not apply to people who work from home or do not come into contact with other people.
- Every Monday, there will be comprehensive testing at primary and secondary schools. If students without proof of vaccination / illness in the past 180 days refuse to test, they will have to wear a mask / respirator during the lessons.
- Pupils and students are required to wear a mask/respirator in common areas and in places where there are more than 50 in one room.
- Persons over the age of 12 can register for vaccination. It is possible to register for the third, so-called booster dose, 6 months after the completed vaccination. You can register HERE. In selected places you can be vaccinated without registration. The list of vaccination sites is available on the website ockoreport.uzis.cz. Children aged 12-16 can only register at designated places with a children’s ward, and a parent and pediatrician must be present.
- From 22 November, skiers must present a certificate of vaccination or illness in the past 180 days when purchasing a ski pass and are required to wear a respirator/mask in the cable car cabin.
- From 1 November, preventive tests will no longer be covered by health insurance. The price of the antigen test will be CZK 201, the price of the PCR test will be CZK 814. The tests continue to be paid for by the insurance company, persons under the age of 18, persons with at least one vaccination dose, persons who cannot be vaccinated, or have tests prescribed by a doctor or ordered by a hygienist.
- From November 1, the validity of antigen tests is reduced from three days to one day and PCR tests from seven days to three days.
- From October 25, it is mandatory to wear a respirator or other similar device in all indoor public spaces, including workplaces. The measure applies if there are more than two people in the room, who are less than 1.5 meters apart.
- From October 25, the quarantine is reduced to 7 days from contact with a positive person. During the 5-7 day of quarantine, the individual must undergo a control PCR test.
Crossing the national borders
What are the requirements for leaving the Czech Republic?
It depends on the specific country you are going to go to. For this purpose, the so-called “Traveler’s Map” was created on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where up-to-date information on travel to all countries of the world is available. This table uses the color classification of countries according to the degree of risk of infection: green = low risk, orange = medium risk, red = high risk, dark red = very high risk, black = extreme risk.
What are the requirements for arriving in the Czech Republic?
The exact conditions for entry into the territory of the Czech Republic, including clear diagrams, can be found on the website of the Ministry of the Interior – HERE. These schemes use a color division of countries according to the degree of risk of infection: green = low risk, orange = medium risk, red = high risk, dark red = very high risk, black = extreme risk.