Covid 19

27th December 2021:- Update to entry rules to CZ Republic in response to COVID 19

People who have been fully vaccinated

If you have been fully vaccinated under the UK government’s vaccination programme at least 14 days prior to travel, you are able to enter the Czech Republic for any reason, including tourism. If you are travelling on or after 27 December 2021, you will need a negative pre-departure PCR test result (taken no longer than 72 hours before departure), unless you have received a booster vaccination (3rd dose). You are also required to fill in a Passenger Locator Form and present it upon arrival. You should consult your airline operator before travelling.

Children below the age of 12 may enter the country without a pre-departure test or a Passenger Locator Form and do not need to self-isolate if they are travelling with their fully vaccinated parents.

Children aged 12-18 will need to have proof of vaccination, or to take a pre-departure PCR test and complete a Passenger Locator Form.

Demonstrating your COVID-19 status

The Czech Republic will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 vaccination record. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November 2021 to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

People who have not been fully vaccinated

If you have not been fully vaccinated, you are only allowed to enter the Czech Republic for essential reasons, such as for medical treatment or to attend a funeral, or if you hold a residency permit issued by the Czech Republic or a permanent or long term residency permit issued by an EU+ country (EU plus Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican City). If you are the spouse or long-term partner of a Czech or EU national, you may be able to enter the Czech Republic under certain conditions. More information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. UK nationals resident in the Czech Republic who applied for a residence permit before 31 December 2020 but haven’t received the Certificate of Residence yet can request a “confirmation for entry” from the website of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

You must also present a negative RT-PCR test result that has been taken in the UK no longer than 72 hours before departure. People who are resident in the Czech Republic can also present an antigen test which has been carried out no more than 48 hours prior to the start of travel. On arrival in the Czech Republic, you must undertake a further RT-PCR test between 5-7 days after arrival and wear a FFP2 standard facemask or higher (available in Czech pharmacies and known in Czech as a “respirátor”) when you are outside your accommodation until you receive a negative test result, unless you are exempt (see below). You are also required to fill in a Passenger Locator Form and present it upon arrival. You should consult your airline operator before travelling.

You are allowed to transit the Czech Republic, but you need to present either a negative RT-PCR test result (no older than 72 hours before departure), or a negative antigen test result (no older than 48 hours before departure) upon entry.

Details on regulations in place for travellers, permitted reasons for entry, and more information on entry requirements, exemptions from testing and self-isolation after arrival for certain categories of people and local restrictions can be found on the website of the Czech Ministry of Interior.

More information on how to get tested can be found on the website of the Czech Government Portal. The list of testing centres is available on this link (in Czech only).

If you are legally permitted to travel, check our advice for the country you are visiting and each country that you would transit.

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.


23rd August 2021 Covid update:- CZ Republic entry conditions, easing of restrictions

  • The Ministry of Health updated the Protective Measure regarding the conditions of entry into the Czech Republic
    As of August 23rd, 2021 in accordance with the full vaccination certificate coming into effect, anti-epidemic measures will be eased also for vaccinated third country citizens, under the condition that the third country citizen has been vaccinated by a vaccine approved by European Medicine Agency (EMA) or by its equivalent. Vaccinated persons must be holders of a certificate on completed vaccination course against COVID-19, whose template is published in the list of recognised certificates on the website of the Ministry of the Health of the Czech Republic. Without the obligation to meet other epidemiological measures, vaccinated persons travelling from countries for which an implementing act in accordance with the European Union regulation on EU digital COVID certificates was adopted may also enter the territory of the Czech Republic. These persons can newly travel to the Czech Republic for any reason and at the same time, they can benefit from visa services at Czech embassies that are fully available again. This shall not apply to countries with an extreme risk of COVID-19, in which the visa services are still limited to certain type of titles.

  • As of July 31st, 2021, the Ministry of Health updated the Protective Measure regarding the conditions of entry into the Czech Republic.
    Children between 6 to 12 years of age travelling from the countries with a high or a very high risk of COVID-19 transmission may undergo RT-PCR immediately after their arrival in the Czech Republic and finish self-isolation by obtaining of a negative test result. This age group also does not need to be tested before arrival to the Czech Republic any more. An updated measure also newly enable to accept applications for long-term visas and long-term residence permits for the purpose of study pursuant to § 64 para. a) of Act No. 326/1999 Coll., on the stay of foreigners in the territory of the Czech Republic and on the amendment of certain acts as amended (study in accredited study programmes at a university for the academic / school year 2021/2022) in the countries with extreme risk of COVID-19 transmission.

16th August 2021

Updated COVID 19 Risk Map:- The UK is still classified as Very High Risk by the CZ Republic Government

06th August 2021 Covid Update:- UK entry conditions from Amber list Countries

THE UK is still listed as a very high risk country by the CZ Republic, travel is still not allowed for Tourism reasons, as a result the Change in UK regulations regarding travel to Amber list countries still does not assist in travel to The CZ Republic.

We will continue to update everyone should the situation change

If you’ve been in France

There are different rules if you’ve been in or travelled through France in the 10 days before arriving in England.You must follow the rules for those who are not fully vaccinated in this guide, even if you’ve been fully vaccinated.Rule changes for France

From 8 August (4am) there will no longer be different rules if you’ve been in or travelled through France in the 10 days before arriving in England.

France will be treated the same way as other amber list countries.

Take a coronavirus test before you travel to England

Before you travel to England you must take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test (pre-departure test).

You must do this even if you’ve been fully vaccinated.

You could be fined £500 if you arrive in England without proof of a negative COVID-19 pre-departure test.

Exemptions for job, medical or compassionate reasons

You may not have to take any COVID-19 travel tests, or quarantine because of your job, or for medical or compassionate reasons (exemptions). Check if you’re exempt.

If you’re not exempt you need to follow these rules.

Rules if you’re fully vaccinated

If you’re coming to England from an amber list country (except France) and have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the bodies listed in this guide you:

  • must take a COVID-19 pre-departure test

  • must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive in England – arrival day is day 0

  • do not have to quarantine

‘Fully vaccinated’ means you must have had your final dose of the approved vaccine at least 14 whole days before you arrive in England.

The day you have your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.

You must have been fully vaccinated with one of the following approved vaccines.

Approved vaccines

You must have been fully vaccinated under:

  • the UK vaccination programme

  • the UK vaccine programme overseas

  • an approved vaccination programme in Europe or the USA – not all are recognised in England

Recognised vaccines for Europe

You must have been fully vaccinated in:

  • an EU country

  • Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican City

If you were vaccinated in a different European country it will not be recognised in England. The vaccine must have been authorised by:

  • the European Medicines Agency (EMA)

  • Swissmedic for Switzerland

Recognised vaccines for the USA

Residents in the USA must have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

UK vaccine programme overseas

The UK vaccine programme overseas applies to:

  • residents of the British Overseas Territories, Channel Islands and Isle of Man

  • crown servants, UK government civilian and military staff and UK government contractors posted or based overseas

Proving you’ve been fully vaccinated

You’ll need to show your travel operator and border control proof you’ve been fully vaccinated with one of the approved vaccines.

You’ll also need to confirm that you’ve been fully vaccinated and can show suitable proof on your passenger locator form.

If you cannot (or prefer not to) show proof that you’ve been fully vaccinated you must follow the rules for those who are not fully vaccinated. These are in this guide.

What you need to show as proof depends on your vaccination programme.

Proof of the UK vaccination programme

You need to show one of the following as proof:

  • NHS COVID Pass

  • COVD-19 post-vaccination letter from the NHS, NHS Scotland, NHS Wales, or the Department of Health in Northern Ireland

Proof of the UK vaccine programme overseas

You need to apply directly to the government of your Overseas Territory for a letter of proof. The letter should clearly state that you’ve been fully vaccinated under the UK overseas vaccine programme.

Make sure you check with them that the letter is valid for entry to England.

Proof of an approved European vaccination programme

You need to show an EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC), showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA or Swissmedic-approved vaccine in one of the listed European countries.

You can show either a digital or paper certificate.

Proof of an approved USA vaccination programme

You need to show a CDC card showing you’ve had a full course of an FDA-approved vaccine in the USA.

You’ll also need to show proof of residency, such as a USA passport, visa or Green Card.

Booking a day 2 test

You must book and pay for a day 2 test before you travel. Make sure you leave enough time for it to be delivered to your address in England.

You could be fined if you do not take the required test.

It does not matter how long you’re visiting England you must still book and pay for the day 2 test.

You will need to enter the booking reference number on your passenger locator form.

Quarantine if your test is positive

Even if you’ve been fully vaccinated you must quarantine for 10 days if:

  • your day 2 test is positive

  • NHS Test and Trace notify you to say you’ve been in contact with someone who tested positive

See the section in this guide on how to quarantine.

Taking part in a UK or USA vaccine trial

You can follow the same rules as the fully vaccinated if you’re taking part in a:

  • UK-approved COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial

  • FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial in the USA

For UK trials find out what you can show as proof to a travel operator and border control.

For USA trials you can prove your status with a CDC card. You’ll also need to show proof of residency, such as a USA passport, visa or Green Card.

You will need to declare your vaccine trial status on your passenger locator form.

Rules if you are not fully vaccinated

If you’re coming to England from an amber list country and are not fully vaccinated with an authorised vaccine you must:

  • quarantine on arrival at home or in the place you’re staying

  • take a day 2 test after you arrive in England – on or before day 2

  • take a day 8 test after you arrive in England – on or after day 8

The day you arrive is day 0.

If your day 2 test is positive you do not have to take the day 8 test.

How long to quarantine for

It does not matter how long you’re visiting England you must quarantine at home or in the place you’re staying for:

  • 10 full days

  • for the duration of your trip if it’s less than 10 days

See the section in this guide on how to quarantine.

Booking your day 2 and day 8 tests

You must book and pay for your tests before you travel. Make sure you leave enough time for them to be delivered to your address in England.

You could be fined up to £2,000 if you do not take the required tests.

It does not matter how long you’re visiting England you still have to book and pay for the tests.

For example, even if you’re only going to be in England for 1 day you’ll still need to book a day 2 and day 8 test.

If you decide to stay longer you must take the tests.

You will need to enter the booking reference number on your passenger locator form.

If you get a positive day 2 or day 8 test

If you test positive for COVID-19 you and your household must quarantine for 10 days from the day after you took the test.

The day of the test is day 0.

You will be given further advice with your test results.

If your day 2 test is positive you do not have to take a day 8 test.

If you have a variant of concern

If your day 2 test shows you have a COVID-19 variant known as a ‘variant of concern’ you will get another call. Your contacts will be asked to take a test.


23rd June 2021 Covid Update:- Czech Republic Entry conditions update from UK Government

Please find below the latest update from the UK Gov regarding the pandemic restrictions in the Czech Republic.

Daily update from GOV.​UK for:

Czech Republic travel advice

Change made:

Update to information on essential reasons for entry to the Czech Republic (‘Entry requirements’ page)

Time updated:

4:29pm, 23 June 2021

Entry to the Czech Republic

You are only allowed to enter the Czech Republic for essential reasons, such as for medical treatment or attending a funeral, or if you hold residency or a valid long-term visa for the Czech Republic. Entry for tourism is not permitted. UK nationals resident in the Czech Republic who applied for a residence permit before 31 December 2020 but haven’t received the Certificate of Residence yet can request a “confirmation for entry” from the website of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Some flights between the UK and the Czech Republic have been cancelled. You should check with your airline operator before travelling.

If you have spent more than 12 hours in the UK during the previous 14 days, you must present a negative RT-PCR test result that has been taken in the UK no longer than 72 hours before departure. People with a permanent residency permit for the Czech Republic can also present an antigen test which has been carried out no more than 24 hours prior to the start of travel. On arrival in the Czech Republic, you must self-isolate for at least 5 days, before undertaking a further RT-PCR test between 5-7 days after arrival. A negative test result ends this period of self-isolation. If you test negative, you will need to wear a FFP2 standard facemask or higher when you are outdoors (available in Czech pharmacies and known in Czech as “respirátor”) after ending self-isolation up until 14 days after arrival. You are also required to fill in a Passenger Locator Form and present it upon arrival. You should consult your airline operator before travelling.

Details on regulations in place for travellers, permitted reasons for entry, and more information on entry requirements and local restrictions can be found on the website of the Czech Ministry of Interior.

You are allowed to transit the Czech Republic, but you need to present either a negative RT-PCR test result (no older than 72 hours before departure), or a negative antigen test result (no older than 24 hours before departure) upon entry.

If you are legally permitted to travel, check our advice for the country you are visiting and each country that you would transit. Some other countries have closed their border with the Czech Republic in some areas, and may further restrict movement or bring in new rules including testing requirements with little warning.

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.

Regular entry requirements

The information on this part of the page covers the most common types of travel and reflects the UK government’s understanding of the rules currently in place. Unless otherwise stated, this information is for travellers using a full ‘British Citizen’ passport.

The authorities in the country or territory you’re travelling to are responsible for setting and enforcing the rules for entry. If you’re unclear about any aspect of the entry requirements, or you need further reassurance, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.

You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Visas

The rules for travelling or working in European countries changed on 1 January 2021:

  • you can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training

  • if you are travelling to the Czech Republic and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days

  • to stay longer, to work or study, for business or for other reasons, you will need to meet the Czech government’s entry requirements. Check with the Embassy of the Czech Republic what type of visa and/or work permit you may need

  • if you stay in Czech Republic with a residence permit or long-stay visa, this does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit

  • any time you spent in the Czech Republic or other Schengen countries before 1 January 2021 does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit.

At Czech border control, you may need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing. Your passport may be stamped on entry and exit. You may also need to:

  • show a return or onward ticket

  • show you have enough money for your stay

There are separate requirements for those who are resident in the Czech Republic. If you are resident in the Czech Republic, you should carry proof of residence as well as your valid passport when you travel. For further information on these requirements, see our Living in the Czech Republic guide.

Passport validity

Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip, and renew your passport if you do not have enough time left on it.

You must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland).

If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from the Czech Republic.

21st June 2021 Covid Update :- New conditions of entry to the Czech Republic come into force.

The UK is currently classified by The Czech Government as a country of "Very High Risk" (dark red)

Foreigners (except for travellers from green countries) can come to the Czech Republic only on the grounds of essential reasons, not for tourism or visiting friends. The new protective measure is valid until further notice.

Coronavirus - Information of MoI - Ministry of the interior of the Czech Republic (mvcr.cz)

The Protective measure reflects the introduction of EU COVID certificate which enters into application on July 1st, 2021.

EU+ citizens, given they meet all epidemiological conditions, will be allowed to travel into the Czech Republic for any purpose including tourism. Regarding the non-EU countries, the ban on entering the territory of the Czech Republic is still in force, except for green countries and specified categories that are in compliance with the coordinated approach of EU.

The basic epidemiological rules depend on the risk of COVID-19 transmission in a country, in which the person concerned stayed more than 12 hours during the last 14 days. Regarding the entry and stay in the territory of the Czech Republic, the obligation of testing is still in force, expect for green countries. An exception from obligatory testing applies to some vaccinated persons or those who have had COVID-19 during the last 180 days. In case of travels from dark red countries, the obligation to undergo an RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 after the entry or return into the territory of the Czech Republic still persists, although Czech citizens or EU citizens with a valid long-term or permanent residence permit who have had COVID-19 in EU or are fully vaccinated with EMA authorized vaccinations are allowed to undergo the test immediately after arrival (they are not obliged to wait five days after the arrival to undergo the test). The rules for travelling from countries with an extreme risk of COVID-19 infection remain the same, i.e. the obligation of a test before arrival, two tests after arrival and self-isolation still applies.

The rules for entry are described below in the schemes. The first one describes the rules regarding Czech citizens and foreigners with a residence permit issued by the Czech Republic, EU+ citizens and foreign nationals with a valid long-term or permanent residence permit for residence in the EU+ countries. The second scheme describes the conditions of entry as regards other foreign nationals.

Rules for entry and return to the Czech Republic (as of June 21st, 2021)

- citizens of Czechia and foreign nationals with residence permit issued by Czechia

- citizens of EU+ and foreign nationals with long-term or permanent residence permit issued by EU+

Link to CZ Republic entry regulations for EU Nationals below.

https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/SCRIPT/ViewImage.aspx?physid=445231&docname=Rules_for_entry_and_return_to_the_Czechia_for_CZ_citizens_and_residents_as_of_June_21st_2021_-_20210621.jpg

Rules for entry and return to the Czech Republic (as of June 21st, 2021)

- 3rd-country nationals who do not have any residence permit issued by Czechia or long-term or permanent residence permit issued by other EU+ country

- 3rd-country nationals who have a short-term visa issued by Czechia before 11th May 2020 or short-term or long-term visa issued by other EU+ country.

link to CZ Republic entry regulations for 3rd country Nationals (includes UK) below

https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/SCRIPT/ViewImage.aspx?physid=445243&docname=Rules_for_entry_and_return_to_the_Czechia_for_3rd_countries_as_of_June_21st_2021_-_20210621.jpg

14th June 2021 Covid Update:- CZ Republic Government Traveller's Map of Covid 19 Risk

The UK has been classified as "Very High Risk" by the CZ Republic Government

5th June 2021 Covid Update:- UK COVID 19 Vaccine Status for International Travel.

It is now possible to download your COVID vaccine status via the NHS App on a mobile device or desktop. This document is available as a pdf file as well as a digital certificate, and may be used for International travel for countries requiring proof of your vaccination status for COVID 19. This is likely to include EU countries such as the CZ Republic. Please note that the COVID vaccine certificate is time limited and the BARCODE on the printed document expires after 15 days. So once International Travel is permitted it will be worth downloading the certificate just prior to travel. It is also worth noting that the Vaccine record card issued at the time of vaccination has no validity for travel purposes, as you have to set up prior permission for your NHS Records to be checked by the relevant authorities in your destination country at the time of entry,(this may only be done via the NHS APP.)

If you do not as yet have a Log in for the NHS APP, it is probably worth getting this done early as the security features of the App require a bit of time to fully complete. Please note that additional COVID tests/documentation/declarations may also be required before entry is permitted.


29th May 2021 Covid Update:- Czech Republic Travel advice from UK Government

Please find below the latest update from the UK Gov regarding the pandemic restrictions in the Czech Republic.

Daily update from GOV.​UK for:

Czech Republic travel advice

Change made:

Restrictions for Public places and services. Up to 10 people are allowed to meet without restrictions.

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the whole of the Czech Republic based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks. The Czech Republic remains on the Amber list of travel restricted countries for travel from the UK.