Current anti-epidemic measures
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: https://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 at the webpage of MZČR.