COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
• Recovered travelers (recovered in the 180 days before entry) traveling from ‘green’ and ‘orange’ countries; do not need to carry a negative COVID-19 test, complete on-arrival testing, or complete quarantine. Recovered travelers (recovered in the 180 days before entry) traveling from ‘red’ (high risk) countries do not need to complete on-arrival testing or complete quarantine.
• Fully vaccinated travelers, carrying a recognized vaccination certificate (both EU Digital COVID Certificate and listed third-country certificates are accepted), do not need to carry a negative COVID-19 test, complete on-arrival testing, or complete quarantine.
• Quarantine and Testing: Restrictions apply based on the highest risk level country traveler stayed in the 14 days preceding entry for all visits longer than 12 hours.
• Negative COVID-19 antigen test completed no more than 24 hours before departure, or PCR test completed no more than 72 hours before departure. Czech nationals and their family members, and Czech residents, can carry a rapid antigen test issued no more than 48 hours before entry. The following categories are exempt:
- Children under 12.
- International transport workers.
- Individuals transiting by air in under 12 hours.
- Essential travel for under 12 hours.
- Cross-border workers, pupils and students commuting from a neighboring country.
- Recovered Czech/EU nationals and Czech long-term residents, carrying a positive test issued 14-180 days before entry (written medical certificate in English, issued by a Czech/EU doctor, stamped by the doctor).
- Travelers from ‘green’ and ‘orange’ countries may alternatively complete a COVID-19 test within 5 days of arrival.
- Czech nationals and residents, entering by individual transport from ‘red’ (high risk) countries. They can complete a COVID-19 PCR test within 5 days of entry but need not quarantine until receiving test results.
• Additional in-country COVID-19 PCR test for travelers aged 6 and over:
- Within 24 hours of entry for travelers from countries with an extreme risk of transmission (travelers schedule an appointment before travel and carry reservation confirmation to ensure timely testing); and another test between 10-14 days of entry;
- Between 5-14 days of entry for travelers from ‘red’ (high risk) or ‘dark red’ (very high risk) countries. These travelers must quarantine until their test comes back negative. Children under the age of 5 are test-exempt but must quarantine for the same duration as above.
• The following categories are exempt from in-country testing and quarantine:
- Children under the age of 6.
- International transport workers.
- Individuals transiting in under 12 hours.
- Essential travel for under 12 hours.
- Cross-border workers and students commuting from a neighboring country
- Recovered Czech/EU nationals and Czech citizens or temporary or permanent residents, carrying a positive test issued in the 180 days before entry (written medical certificate in English, issued by a Czech/EU doctor, stamped by the doctor) or who were fully vaccinated (this entire group can take a PCR test immediately upon arrival).
- Travelers from medium or high-risk countries; vaccinated in Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia.
• Consular posts in countries with a very high or extreme risk of transmission as suspended all visa services until further notice.
• Most reopened consular posts offer only the following limited services:
- Schengen visa application filing and processing for family members of EU/Czech nationals; transport, critical infrastructure, seasonal, health and social services workers; among limited others.
- Long-term visa and residence permit application filing and processing (including processing of pending applications) for seasonal workers; Key and Scientific Personnel Program applicants (including family members seeking to travel together); Highly Qualified Employees Program applicants; and Qualified Employees Program applicants employed in health and social services occupations.
- Long-term visa and residence permit application filing and processing (including processing of pending applications) for family reunification, for spouses and minor children of Czech residents.
- Long-term visa application filing and processing for residence permit collection (D/VR visa), for approved permits, provided that applicants fall in one of the above categories. Application filing and processing for other visa and residence permit types remains suspended.
• Immigration offices continue to process only registration on arrival and residence cards, by prior appointment (scheduled via phone or online); and issue bridging labels (which confirm legal stay status) for those who need to travel abroad (proof required).
• TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS: Entry ban for nationals of countries with a very high or extreme risk of transmission and travelers who spent over 12 hours in such countries in the 14 days prior to entry.
• Foreign nationals returning from extremely high-risk countries can enter only if they are a Czech national or hold a Czech long-term or permanent residence permit. Returning long-term visa holders are not allowed to enter when travelling from these countries.
• Entry from other countries is allowed for:
- Czech D visa holders, Czech C visa holders (visa issued after May 11, 2020), and C visa holders (visa issued after August 1, 2021 by another European Economic Area country, valid for travel to Czechia).
- Fully vaccinated travelers who carry a recognized vaccination certificate.
- Nationals and residents of ‘green’ (low-risk) countries.
- EU/Schengen Area nationals and residents, unless traveling from ‘dark red’ (very high risk) countries.
- Recovered Czech/EU nationals and Czech long-term residents, carrying a positive test certificate written in English, issued by a Czech/EU doctor, stamped by the doctor, and issued 14-180 days before entry.
- Travel to work and business.
- Travel for education purposes, including internships and examinations.
- Travelers transiting/returning to their residence.
- Certain UK nationals with Article 50 residence permits in some EU countries and certain spouses of UK nationals residing in the Czech Republic.
- Essential travel purposes: Care for children, relatives or animals. Health and social facilities services and urgent official or emergency matters including escorting relatives and attendance of funerals.
- Czech nationals and residents and their eligible family members (including partners).
- Accompanying children of permitted entrants.
- There may be other exemptions as explained on the Ministry of Interior site.
• Border checks and/or restrictions may apply.
• Services offered include:
- Lease checks
- Check in / out
- Market availability
- Home searches: Clients are requested to undergo an Antigen self-test in the morning before the viewings (consultants do the same).
• Service is running on a normal schedule.
• Bookings are not being taken for self quarantine guests.
• Elementary schools, Secondary Schools, High Schools, and Universities are open.
• Testing of pupils is mandatory on September 1st, 6th and 9th, 2021.
• Masks are mandatory in the common areas of the schools except for children under the age of two, children in a kindergarten or children's group, and pupils, students, and teachers in a dormitory room or youth home.
• Free movement of people is not restricted.
• Cultural or sporting events can be filled up to 100 percent capacity.
• Organized events can be attended by a maximum of 1000 people indoors or 2000 people outdoors.
• In assemblies such as demonstrations, the total number of participants is not limited.
• The restaurant can seat up to six people at one table.
• Zoological and botanical gardens, castles, chateaux, galleries, etc. can be filled to 100 percent capacity.
• People over 12 years of age can register for vaccination.
• Wearing a respirator / veil is mandatory in all interiors of buildings (outside the residence or place of accommodation) - for example in shops, service establishments, medical and social facilities, in public transport (no longer on platforms, in shelters or waiting rooms).
• All shops and services can be open, opening hours are not limited.
• Dancing is only possible for people with a certificate of infectivity or with a negative test up to 24 hours old.
• Pools and swimming pools, wellness, saunas, and salt caves can operate without capacity restrictions, visitors must prove themselves by a certificate of infectivity.
• As of March 1, 2021, homemade face masks are no longer allowed in inside venues or outside locations in cities and towns where a distance of more than 2 meters cannot be kept.
• Respirators FFP2/KN95 or higher,grade surgerical masks or other face covers that follow conditions and requirements of CSN EN 14683+AC are required.
Household GoodsSurvey (Video/In-person)
• Yes, both
Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
• Air: Normal services, high rates, longer transit times.
• Sea: Normal services, higher rates and longer transit time than usual for some destinations.
• Trucking capacity available
Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?
• No, customer must sign waiver if nominating a representative.