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Cross-border workers (so-called pendlers)

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Cross-border workers (so called pendlers) entering the territory of the Czech Republic from Poland or working on the territory of Poland
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complex information valid from June 5th, 2020, 0:00

Cross-border workers (so called pendlers) are characterized by the fact that their permanent residence is in one state, while their employment contract in another and, therefore, they cross state borders in order to commute to work.

  • Same rules apply to cross-border workers from the Czech Republic commuting to work in Poland and foreign cross-border workers coming from Poland to work in the Czech Republic (different scope of documents in needed).
     

Cross-border workers are divided into two categories:

Group A) Pendlers - workers in healthcare, social services, workers of the basic integrated rescue system services, critical infrastructure subjects - this applies for crossing the state borders between the Czech Republic and Poland

This includes specific professions or specific subjects. This category includes also workers of critical infrastructure subjects, including especially workers of chemical and pharmaceutical operations related to the fight against the epidemic. It must be a regular work performance in a concrete subject in any employment position. Pay attention - for external service and repair of critical infrastructure see an individual category of Workers of Service of Critical Infrastructure.

Critical infrastructure is an element of critical infrastructure or a system of elements of critical infrastructure, of whose disruption would have a serious impact on the state security, securing basic living needs of population, health of persons or the state economy. Therefore, the company cannot freely decide whether it is a part of critical infrastructure.

Basic IRS bodies consist of Fire Rescue Service of the Czech Republic, fire units that have been included in the programme of fire brigade regional coverage, Medical Rescue Service and Police of the Czech Republic - in parallel, the same bodies in Poland.

The following applies to persons in category A:

  • They are not subject to a necessary quarantine measures upon entering the Czech territory. However, in case their turn exceeds 14 days, these persons are obliged to report this fact immediately after their entry to the territory of the Czech Republic via phone the regional hygienic station respective according to their place of residence or a declared stay and comply with the necessary quarantine measures, unless they have for the purpose of entry the PCR medical testing results certificate (the template is available at the MoI website); the age of test must not be more that 4 days; the test is done on own expenses. PCR test can be done likewise on the territory of the Czech Republic and the medical testing results certificate submitted to the regional hygienic station within 72 hours from the entry.

  • It is recommended not to travel with family members as they would have to stay in quarantine upon return; Poland has different immigration rules and family members might not be always let in.
     

Other obligations:

  • A limitation of free movement within the territory of CZ for the period of 14 days from the entry, with the exception of travel to work, necessary travels for the provision of basic necessities, travel to the doctor, travel for the purpose of urgent official affairs, travel back to the place of residence, funerals;

  • Obligation to cover mouth and nose (face mask, scarf, etc.) on the territory of the Czech Republic;

  • Obligation to minimalize direct personal contact with on foreign territory.
     

The following is required:

  • Confirmation for cross-border workers in health care, social services, IRS and critical infrastructure subject (a special form can be found at the MoI website).

  • In case of travelling from the Czech Republic to Poland for less than 14 days - a diplomatic note from the destination country embassy (i.e. a note from the Polish Embassy in Prague). This diplomatic note shall confirm that the purpose of travel complies with the exceptions to the limitation of free movement within the Czech territory and that precautionary measures against the spread of the coronavirus have been taken in the place of work. The embassy of Poland has a template of this note, which shall be issued upon request from individual workers, who are critical infrastructure bodies or are workers in healthcare, social services or IRS, from Poland. Only one diplomatic note is needed - i.e. not one for each journey.

  

Groub B) Pendlers - Cross-border workers, pupils and students who for the purpose of work or study cross justifiably, regularly the state border with Poland

Newly this category also covers children, pupils and students commuting to kindergarten, primary, secondary or tertiary schools in a neighbouring state - see a separate informative material.

For cross-border workers in this category

Does not apply the obligation to report this fact immediately after their entry to the Czech Republic, by telephone or other remote access, to regional public health office according to their place of residence and undergo a necessary quarantine measures, IF:

In case of residents on the territory of the Czech Republic (Czech citizen, EU citizen whose place of residence is on the territory of the Czech Republic):

  • Upon first entry into the territory of the Czech Republic, they shall have a medical testing results certificate (the template is available at the MoI website) and confirmation of cross-border employment).

  • Then, when crossing the state border into the Czech Republic subsequently after 30 days after the submission of the first or following medical testing results certificate, they shall submit a new confirmation of completion of medical testing conducted less than 4 days ago and done at own expenses.

  • PCR test can be done likewise on the territory of the Czech Republic and the medical testing results certificate submitted to the regional hygienic station within 72 hours from the entry.

In case of non-residents (i.e. a citizen of Poland or the EU or a Czech citizen with residence in Poland):

  • Upon first entry into the territory of the Czech Republic, they shall have a medical PCR testing results certificate (the template is available at the MoI website), or to undergo testing on the Czech territory in such a way, so it can be possessed upon the next entry to the Czech Republic, which may occur after 72 hours (test cannot be older than 4 days, done on own expense), otherwise another entry to the Czech territory cannot be allowed.

  • Then in case of subsequent crossing the Czech border they must have a new medical PCR testing results certificate (test cannot be older than 4 days, done on own expense) each 30 days.

  • Likewise they must have for the purpose of each entry a confirmation of cross-border employment - template can be found here.

E.g.:
A cross-border worker from Poland enters the territory of the Czech Republic for the purpose of work on 11th May - if he/she have a medical certificate upon this first entry, he/she may commute with this certificate next 30 days since this entry. If he/she does not have this certificate, he/she may undergo this test and obtain the medical certificate verification by a physician on the territory of the Czech Republic. If this worker commutes to work every day, he/she must have the medical certificate latest on May 14th (within maximum 72 hours), otherwise he/she will not be allowed to enter the territory again. Until May 14th he/she may commute every day to work. However, if a cross-border worker commutes to work in so-called “turns” Monday-Friday and spends the weekend home, the next crossing of the border happens only on 18th May. At this entry on May 18th he/she must have a medical testing results certificate (it happens already after 72 hours). Pay attention - the test
possessed for the purpose of entry to the territory cannot be older than 4 days. That is why the worker must obtain such test on the territory of the Czech Republic already in the week of of May 11th in such a way that the submission of the test upon the entry on May 18th is not older than 4 day - that means the test shall be undergone earliest on May 15th.

i.e. the obligation to be tested regularly by the PCR test (swab test) applies - this is not a so-called RAPID test, and they must submit a current confirmation of this procedure (on the template available at the MoI website).

Persons who do not undergo an ordered mandatory quarantine are subject to a limitation of a free movement within the Czech Republic for 14 days from each entry, with the exception of traveling to work, to provide basic life needs, journeys to the doctor, for urgent official matters, back to the place of residence, funerals.

These persons can travel further than 100 km from the state border. But if they travel further than 100 km from the border, they must only use the main border crossing with the 24/7 regime for their journey. Pendlers who travel less than 100 km from the state border may continue to use the so-called pendlers’ crossings as well (open from 5:00 to 23:00). A person that does not travel in the "pendler regime" cannot use the pendler’s crossings.

Documents for the purpose of entry:

The medical testing results certificate means a document issued by a physician or a public health protection authority confirming that a RT-PCR test on SARS-CoV-2 was done with a negative result; the test must no. be older than 4 days; the test is done on own expenses. The testing results certificate is confirmed on a template document, which is available at the MoI website, or a physician’s certificate containing all the requirements listed in the template document may be submitted. In specific cases listed above, the PCR test may be undergone on the Czech territory and the ´medical testing results certificate must be submitted within 72 hours from the entry to the locally relevant regional hygienic station.
 
Necessary quarantine measures mean, in particular, quarantine in accordance with Act No. 258/2000 Coll., on the protection of public health and on the amendment of some related acts. The necessary quarantine measure is ordered by a regional hygienic station (RHS/ KHS in Czech language) respective to place of residence or declared stay, done on the basis of the phone announcement made immediately after the entry to the territory of the Czech Republic.

  


MV-2020/05/27-V8

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