Current anti-epidemic measures
Updated January 22nd
State of emergency extended until February 14, 2021.
From 19 January 2021, stationery stores, children’s shoe stores and children’s clothing stores may reopen.
Updated December 23rd
State of emergency extended until January 22, 2021.
With effect from 27 December 2020, the Czech Republic will again be at level 5 of the PES system (“anti-epidemic system”).
- GATHERING – max. 2 persons (funerals, weddings, and services up to 15 persons)
- No curfew from 21:00 in the evening – 5:00 in the morning (no exceptions)
- EDUCATION = distance learning (exceptions: kindergartens, 1st and 2nd grade of primary schools, special schools + specific cases)
- SHOPPING – 1 person at 15m², covered face, and nose, 2m spacing, OPEN on Sunday
- Closure of shops and restrictions on services that do not sell basic necessities or do not provide online ordering of goods.
– NO VISITS in medical facilities
– Authorities/Offices – limitation of opening hours only to the necessary time
– SPORT – indoor sports ground CLOSED (outdoor sports only up to 2 people)
– CULTURAL EVENTS – PROHIBITION
– RESTAURANT – only dispensing window + PROHIBITION of food or alcohol consumption in public areas
Updated December 16th
With effect from December 18th:
- All restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs have to be closed. The takeaway windows are allowed and they must close at 23:00.
- Going out during nighttime hours between 23:00 – 04:59 is banned.
- Prohibition of accommodation of persons in hotels, boarding houses and other accommodation facilities for the purpose of tourism.
- All indoor sports playgrounds must be closed. It is possible to play outdoor sports for a maximum of 6 people.
- The Christmas holidays for primary and secondary school pupils will start on 21st December 2020.
Updated December 10th
State of emergency is extended until December 23rd 2020.
With effect from December 9th, 2020:
- All restaurants may be open only from 06:00 until 20:00
- Prohibition of drinking alcohol in public.
Updated November 30th
With effect from December 3rd, the Czech Republic will move from the fourth level to the third level in the PES anti-epidemic system. This will further relax the current measures.
With effect from December 3rd, 2020:
- All stores and services may reopen.
- Stores may be open on Sundays.
- All restaurants may reopen from 06:00 until 23:00. A maximum of 4 people can sit at one table.
- The nighttime curfew will be lifted.
- Alcohol may be consumed in public.
- Museums and galleries may reopen with one quarter of their capacity.
- Libraries may reopen.
- It is now possible to play amateur sports indoors with a maximum of 10 people in the room. It is necessary to wear a face mask.
- Church services may be attended by a larger number of people, depending on the capacity of the church (15 m2/person).
Updated November 23rd
State of emergency is extended until December 12th 2020.
As of today, certain government pandemic measures will be relaxed.
Current measures in force:
- Nighttime curfew from 23:00 until 04:59.
- Gatherings of up to 6 people allowed.
- Opening hours of stores (with basic necessities) and takeaway windows in restaurants can be extended until 23:00.
- Prohibition of drinking alcohol in public.
- Prohibition of sales on Sundays and public holidays.
- Stores with weapons and ammunition can now be open.
- Funerals, weddings and church services can now be attended by up to 20 people.
- Theatre performances and concerts can take place without the presence of spectators.
- Libraries can lend books through a pickup window.
- Driving schools can organize theory and practical final tests.
Students of the last year of secondary schools will return to school on November 25th, 2020.
From November 30th, 9th grade primary school students, 1st-5th grade primary school students, and 6th-9th grade primary school students will return to schools. 6th-9th grade elementary school students (except 9th grade students) will take turns at school after a week.
Updated November 18th
With effect from November 18th:
- restriction on the number of customers inside stores. Stores must allow at least 15 square meters per person. It is possible that there will be queues in front of the stores,
- stores can be open until 21:00,
- takeaway windows in restaurants and catering facilities can be newly opened from 5:00 to 21:00,
- from today, dog and cat salons can be open,
- a maximum of 15 people may attend weddings and funerals,
- it is allowed to play sports on outdoor sports grounds for a maximum of two people.
Updated November 12th, 2020
On November 18th, first and second-grade students of primary school and students of special schools throughout the Czech Republic will return to school. Teaching will take place under strict epidemiological measures. (More details can be found here: https://koronavirus.edu.cz/files/informace-k-provozu-skol-a-skolskych-zarizeni-od-18-11-2020.pdf)
Foreign nationals whose work visa has expired (short-term visa for the purpose of employment, short-term visa for the purpose of seasonal work, visa for a stay of over 90 days for the purpose of seasonal work, or special work visa) between March 12th and November 16th, 2020, must depart the Czech Republic no later than November 16th, 2020. This deadline will not be extended.
Updated November 6th, 2020
As of Monday, November 9th, 2020, a new measure regulating the entry of persons to the Czech Republic will be in force. The consequent measures and restrictions are applicable both to the Czech citizens returning to the Czech Republic and to all foreign nationals.
Countries will be divided into three categories: green, orange and red. The list will be defined by a notice of the Ministry of Health here.
Red – travellers from these countries must fill in the Public Health Passenger Locator Form before entering the Czech Republic and undergo the PCR test or quarantine after the entry.
Orange – travellers from these countries may enter without the obligation to fill in the Public Health Passenger Locator Form. Those foreign nationals travelling to the Czech Republic for the purpose of working or studying will be obliged to submit a negative PCR test result before entering the workplace or the educational institution in the Czech Republic. This applies only to foreign nationals.
Green – travellers from these countries may enter without the obligation to fill in the Public Health Passenger Locator Form and without the obligation to undergo the PCR test or quarantine.
Source and more information can be found here: www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/conditions-for-entry-to-the-czech-republic-valid-from-november-9th
Scheme with the conditions for entry can be found here: www.mvcr.cz/Cestovani
Updated November 1st, 2020
State of emergency extended until 20th November 2020.
Updated October 27th, 2020
With effect from 28th October 2020:
- going out during nighttime hours between 21:00 – 04:59 is banned (exceptions: travelling to work, handling an emergency situation, health protection, supply, provision of health or social care, walking a dog within 500 meters from the place of residence, …)
- restrictions on free movement between 05:00 – 20:59 (exceptions: traveling to work, necessary family or close relatives visits, purchase of essential goods, traveling to medical facilities or offices, walks in nature, weddings and funerals up to 10 people)
- the government orders work from home if possible
- farmer’s markets and stalls are prohibited (Does not apply to locally produced products)
- consumption of products in the market area is prohibited
- retail shops must be closed on Sundays completely, on weekdays and Saturdays between 20:00 – 05:00 (exceptions: petrol stations, pharmacies, airport and railway station shops, shops in medical facilities)
Updated October 21st
With effect from 22nd October 6 AM:
- Restrictions on free movement and contact with other people with the exception of essential trips such as for work or medical visits, necessary family visits or to make essential purchases. Walks in nature are allowed for a maximum of 2 people.
- Closure of shops and restrictions on services with the exception of grocery stores, drugstores, pharmacies, animal feed retailers, opticians and similar shops, newspapers and magazine retailers, retailers of tobacco products, and other selected establishments. (more at www.vlada.cz)
- Major restrictions on the opening hours of offices. (to be specified)
Updated October 20th
With effect from 21st October:
- Face masks are obligatory in outdoor locations where it is not possible to keep a distance of two meters from others.
- Face masks are also obligatory in cars unless the driver is alone or accompanied by his family members.
Updated October 19th
The Government of the Czech Republic allows foreign workers to change employer or job position during the state of emergency more quickly. This applies in case the new employer is involved in the implementation of crisis measures (e.g. activities in the field of health care, production of protective equipment, etc.). In such cases, the holders of employee cards or blue cards can change employer even sooner than after 6 months and it will be sufficient to notify the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) about the change on the first day of employment.
Updated October 13th
With effect from 13th October:
- it is necessary to wear a face mask at public transport stops and platforms.
With effect from 14th October:
- all restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs have to be closed. The takeaway windows are allowed and they must close at 20:00. (exceptions are set by the government regulations)
- it is not allowed to meet in groups of more than six people. (exceptions are set by the government regulations)
- drinking alcohol in public is banned.
- primary, secondary, higher vocational schools and universities will switch to distance learning.
Updated October 9th
With effect from 9th October 2020, the following facilities have to be closed:
- all indoor sports grounds
- swimming pools
With effect from 9th October 2020, the government prohibits:
- visits in medical facilities (exceptions are provided by the government regulations)
- visits in social services facilities (exceptions are provided by the government regulations)
Restaurants, clubs, discos and similar business have to close at 20:00.
With effect from 12th October, the government prohibits:
all indoor events with more than 10 participants (exceptions are set by government regulation) all outdoor events with more than 20 participants (exceptions are provided by government regulations)
- all concerts, theatres, cinemas and circuses
- congresses and fairs
- all sports competitions
With effect from 12th October, only individual consultations and practical teaching and practice at secondary schools and universities are allowed. The ban does not apply to first grade of elementary education, but pupils in the second grade of elementary schools will have a special half online/ half presence education.
Updated October 5th
With effect from October 5th 2020, a state of emergency has been declared for the entire territory of the Czech Republic.
From 5th to 18th October, the following rules apply:
Prohibition of mass gatherings with more than 10 people indoors or 20 people outdoors.
- Prohibition of singing performances and concerts.
- Prohibition of the personal presence of students at secondary, higher vocational, primary art, language schools and universities in the South Moravian Region.
- Prohibition of spectators’ participation in sports events organized by sports associations.
A maximum of 6 people at one table is allowed in catering establishments (restaurants, pubs, canteens, bars, etc.)
- There can be only as many people present at the church services as there are seats available, with a limit up to 100 people. Singing will be prohibited.
Updated September 21st
Effective from September 21st, 2020 all persons travelling from countries that are not on the list of the countries with a low risk of contagion have the obligation to contact the regional hygienic station according to the place of stay before their arrival. The electronic form is available here: Public Health Passenger Locator Form.
List of countries with a low risk of infection: koronavirus.mzcr.cz/seznam-zemi-podle-miry-rizika-nakazy
It will also be possible to submit a PCR test result that was issued by another EU member country. This document has to be delivered to the hygienic station immediately after the arrival and cannot be older than 72 hours. This rule applies to the Czech citizens, EU citizens and third-country nationals with a long-term or permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic or other EU country.
Third-country nationals with a proven long-lasting relationship with the EU citizen (who must have a certificate of temporary residence or permanent residence permit in CZE) will be allowed to enter the CZE. For obtaining authorisation of the Ministry of Foreign affairs it is necessary to submit a declaration of honour of partnership download here.
Long-lasting relationships and the entrance to the country – More information on the website of MZČR.