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CORONAVIRUS - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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1) I have been vaccinated against covid-19 disease. Is there any exemption for me when I arrive (return) to the Czech Republic?

Persons who have been vaccinated in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia or Croatia are not obliged to undergo testing or self-isolation in the Czech Republic when travelling to the Czech Republic from countries at medium or high risk of transmission of covid-19 if:

  1. in the case of a two-dose schedule based on the summary of product characteristics, at least 22 days but not more than 3 months after the first dose of vaccine has been administered,

  2. in the case of a two-dose schedule based on the summary of product characteristics, and in the case of a second dose of vaccine not more than 9 months after the first dose of vaccine,

  3. in the case of a single-dose schedule based on the summary of product characteristics, at least 22 days but not more than 9 months after the administration of the vaccine dose, and have been issued with a national certificate of vaccination against covid-19 from the Czech Republic, Croatia, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary or Slovenia in English.

Examples of national certificates accepted by the Czech Republic are published on the website of the Ministry of Health - https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/vzory-narodnich-certifikatu/.

NOTE: Vaccinated persons are required to fill the Public Health Passenger Locator Form before entering the Czech Republic.

  

2) I have contracted covid-19 disease, is there any exemption for me when I arrive (return) to the Czech Republic?

  • Czech citizen

  • A third country national who has been issued by long-term, temporary or permanent residence in the Czech Republic

  • EU+ citizen

who has been infected with covid-19 in an EU+ country and has a written medical certificate in English from a doctor in the Czech Republic or another EU member state certifying that he or she has been isolated, may enter the Czech Republic without having to fill the Public Health Passenger Locator Form, undergo tests and self-isolate.

It is possible to use the exception only if at least 14 days, but not more than 180 days, have elapsed since the first positive test.

  

3) I am going to the Czech Republic for tourism or to visit my family/friends. Can I enter the country at the moment?

Only the following groups of people can travel to the Czech Republic for tourism or to visit family / friends:

  1. vaccinated persons with a national certificate issued by the listed countries (see point 1)

  2. persons resident in HR, DE, AT, SK, PL, HU or SI entering with a negative result of an antigen or RT-PCR test undergone in HR, DE, AT, SK, PL, HU or SI before entering the Czech Republic. NOTE: Persons are obligated to follow the general rules for entry. Therefore, it is necessary to fulfill the obligations before entering but also after entering to the Czech Republic.

  3. persons resident in HR, DE, AT, SK, PL, HU or SI with a history of covid-19 disease (see point 2)

  4. for citizens or residents (long-term or permanent residents) of countries with a low risk of contracting covid-19

  

4) How is the result of the test that I have taken after arriving in the territory submitted to the hygienic station?

Travellers going to the Czech Republic are required to fill the Public Health Passenger Locator Form before entering the Czech Republic, which is available at https://www.prijezdovyformular.cz/.

The test result will be automatically submitted to the local regional health authority via the information system. Thus, there is no need to send the test result anywhere.

  

5) I only need to travel out of/come to the Czech Republic for a few hours. Is there any exception for me?

As long as your trip to or from the Czech Republic will not take more than 12 hours, you can enter without having to fill the Public Health Passenger Locator Form, take a test and self-isolate.

Journeys of less than 12 hours can only be made for compelling reasons, which are:

  • employment or occupation

  • care of children, relatives or animals

  • a visit to a health or social services facility, including an escort

  • attending to urgent official business, including accompaniment

  • attending a funeral

  • attending education (school)

  • travel to the place of residence

You can travel without restriction if you are coming from a country with a medium or high risk of contracting covid-19 or if you have been vaccinated in Croatia, Hungary or Slovenia (see point 1).

For travel to and from neighbouring countries (Slovakia, Germany, Austria, Poland), the travel time must not exceed 24 hours.

  

6) How old does a child have to be tested when travelling to the Czech Republic?

Children under 5 years of age are exempt from testing and filling the Public Health Passenger Locator Form when travelling to the Czech Republic.

  

7) On the basis of what criteria are the countries of the world divided into groups according to the risk of transmission of covid-19?

Country classification is gesture of the Ministry of Health. The list of countries or parts of countries at low, medium, high and very high risk of COVID-19 disease is based on the criteria set out in the European Council Recommendation, which is:

  1. "fortnightly cumulative COVID-19 case reporting rate", i.e. the total number of newly reported cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population in the last 14 days at the regional level,

  2. "test positivity rate", i.e. the percentage of positive tests out of all tests for COVID-19 disease performed during the last week; and

  3. the "testing rate", i.e. the number of tests for COVID-19 per 100 000 population carried out during the last week; this rate must be at least 300 per 100 000 population; and

    1. the list of countries with a low risk of COVID-19 shall always include Member States of the European Union with a maximum value of 25 for criterion (a), unless they also have a value of 4 % or more for criterion (b), and selected third countries as defined in Annex I of Council Recommendation EU 2020/912 as revised;

    2. the list of countries at intermediate risk of COVID-19 shall include Member States of the European Union that have a value of less than 50 for criterion (a) but at the same time have a value of 4 % or more for criterion (b) or have a value between 25 and 150 for criterion (a) but at the same time have a value of 4 % or less for criterion (b);

    3. the list of countries with a high risk of COVID-19 includes Member States of the European Union that have values between 50 and 150 for criterion (a) but 4 % or more for criterion (b) or between 150 and 500 for criterion (a);

    4. the list of countries with a very high risk of COVID-19 includes Member States of the European Union that show a value of 500 or more for criterion (a); these countries include those third countries that are not included in the list of countries with a low risk of COVID-19; these countries include those Member States of the European Union in which the community spread of new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus variants is prevalent;

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) data on which the assessment is based are published at weekly intervals on the following website: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/cases-2019-ncov-eueea. These data are provided to the ECDC on a weekly basis directly by the Member States themselves.

  

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