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Coronavirus (COVID-19) News for Prague and the Czech Republic


Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Prague are relatively low, and all tourist services are allowed to operate, including hotels, restaurants, theatres and cultural events.

Nationals of EU+ countries, USA, Canada and Australia are permitted to make a normal tourist visit to Prague. UK tourists are still banned.

Vaccinated nationals of EU+ countries need only bring their certificate and complete an arrival form. Nationals of non-EU Green Countries require a PCR/antigen test.

Proof of Coronavirus vaccination or a PCR/antigen test are required to stay in a hotel, eat in a restaurant or attend the theatre.

Follow news of the coronavirus restrictions, including information on what tourist services are open and who is allowed to visit Prague.

Coronavirus RESTRICTIONS

Last Updated: 17 July 2021

What is required to enter public places


Proof that you are Free of Coronavirus (COVID-19) should be carried with you in order to enter the following public places:

• Hotels (for an overnight stay)
• Theatres, opera houses, concert halls and cinemas
• Pubs, cafés, restaurants, clubs and casinos
• Cultural and sports events
• Sports and wellness facilities, including swimming pools, sports centres, and spa and massage facilities.
Types of Proof: carry ONE of the following:

• Coronavirus vaccination certificate (issued by any country, not just EU countries)
• Negative PCR test result (maximum 7 days old)
• Negative Antigen test result (maximum 72 hours old)
• Proof you have recovered from Coronavirus in the preceding 180 days.

(TIP: In our experience, at pubs and restaurants you are not asked to show "proof"; at theatres and concert venues, the ticket checker is flexible with the "proof" you show, so long as it looks official and is not too far out of date; at hotels, the larger the hotel the more official the "proof" needs to be.)

Children 0-5 years are exempt from the restrictions.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Prague, Czech Republic
Coronavirus in Prague
Respirator face mask (e.g. N95, FFP2, FFP3) is required to enter most indoor public places and at some outdoor events, such as cultural events, including:

• Hotel public areas
• Prague Airport, train stations, public transport, cars, taxis and coaches
• Pubs, cafés, restaurants, clubs and casinos
• Theatres, opera houses, concert halls and cinemas
• Indoor sights and tourist attractions
• Shops and shopping centres
• Offices, post offices
• Health and social institutions.

Children 0-5 years are exempt from wearing masks.

Hand sanitiser is provided in public buildings. People are required to use it.

Social distancing is required (keep 2m apart).

WHAT Tourist services ARE OPEN in prague


Life is more or less back to normal in Prague, and with fewer tourists around you should find it a beautifully quiet time to visit the city.
-Hotels and apartments are open and prices are competitive. Contact us with your dates and you may be pleasantly surprised at the deals on offer.

-Shops and markets are open, including services (i.e. hairdressers and beauty salons).

-Opera houses, theatres, concert halls and cinemas are open, seating up 2000 people per performance.

-The sights are open, including Prague Castle.

-Selected sightseeing tours of Prague are operating. The best of these are: All Inclusive Tour & Boat Trip and Grand City Sightseeing Tour & Boat Trip.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Prague, Czech Republic
Most walking tours are running, including:
All Inclusive Tour & Boat Trip, Jewish Quarter Walking Tour, Prague Castle At Night Tour and Ghost Tour & Legends Of The Old Town.

For excursions to places outside Prague, the Terezín Concentration Camp Tour is operating.

-Some river cruises are running, including Panoramic Dinner Cruise, Dinner Cruise, Lunch Cruise and Afternoon River Cruise.

-Pubs, cafés, restaurants, clubs and casinos are open, with indoor and outdoor seating. Maximum 4 people per table. Dancing is banned.

While some restaurants are quiet, those that are popular with local Czech diners have quite a buzz at the moment, such as Vytopna, Potrefena Husa and U Vejvodu.

Municipal House Restaurant is a famous restaurant that focuses on modern Czech cuisine, so attracts people easily; White Horse Restaurant occupies a prime location on the Old Town Square, so is always popular; to escape the hubbub of the city, Nebozizek Restaurant boasts a nice hillside location.

We offer a guide to Restaurants With Outdoor Seating In Prague.

For a fun night out, Medieval Tavern and Traditional Czech Night run regular shows.

-Sports and wellness facilities are open, including swimming pools, sports centres, and spa and massage facilities.

-Indoor cultural and sports events are allowed for up to 2000 people.

-Outdoor cultural and sports events are allowed for up to 5000 people.

-Fairs and exhibitions are allowed.

-Zoos and Botanical gardens are open.

-Parks and gardens are open.

-Public transport is running as normal, including the Petrin Funicular.

WHO IS permitted to VISIT czech republic as a tourist


Only nationals of certain countries are permitted to visit the Czech Republic as a tourist. You must first determine whether you are a permitted tourist (STEP 1), before proceeding to the entry requirements (STEP 2).
STEP 1
Nationals of the following countries ARE permitted to enter the Czech Republic on a tourist visit:

EU+ Countries
EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland + Nationals of other countries that have a long-term residence permit for an EU+ country (e.g. American troops living in Germany).

Green Countries
Albania, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Croatia, Iceland, Italy, Israel, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Latvia, Macao, Hungary, Malta, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Austria, San Marino, North Macedonia, Romania, Greece, Singapore, Slovenia, Slovakia, USA, Germany, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Taiwan, Vatican, Madeira.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Prague, Czech Republic
STEP 2
If you are a permitted tourist (see STEP 1), the entry requirements are:

EU+ Green Countries
Nationals of the following countries ARE permitted to enter the Czech Republic with an arrival form + vaccination certificate issued in an EU+ country (at least 14 days after 2nd dose) OR an arrival form + negative PCR test (maximum 72 hours old) or antigen test (maximum 48 hours old) done in your home country:

Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Croatia, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Malta, Norway, Poland, Austria, San Marino, Romania, Greece, Slovenia, Slovakia, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican, Madeira + Nationals of other countries that have a long-term residence permit for an EU+ country (e.g. American troops living in Germany).

Non-EU+ Green Countries
Nationals of the following countries ARE permitted to enter the Czech Republic with an arrival form + negative PCR test (maximum 72 hours old) or antigen test (maximum 48 hours old) done in your home country:

(TIP: only vaccination certificates issued by EU+ countries are recognised, so nationals of Non-EU+ countries still need a negative test even if they are vaccinated)

Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Hong kong, Israel, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macao, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Singapore, USA, Serbia, Thailand, Taiwan.

Orange Countries
Nationals of the following countries ARE permitted to enter the Czech Republic with an arrival form + vaccination certificate issued in an EU+ country (at least 14 days after 2nd dose) OR an arrival form + negative PCR test (maximum 72 hours old) or antigen test (maximum 48 hours old) done in your home country:

Andorra, Ireland, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, the Azores.

Red Countries
Nationals of the following countries ARE permitted to enter the Czech Republic with an arrival form + vaccination certificate issued in an EU+ country (at least 14 days after 2nd dose) OR an arrival form + negative PCR test (maximum 72 hours old) done in your home country + 2nd negative PCR test done in the Czech Republic (earliest 5 days after arrival) + quarantine until 2nd test result is in:

Cyprus, Portugal, Spain, Canary Islands, Balearic Islands.

WHO IS permitted to VISIT CZECH REPUBLIC FOR essential REASONs


Foreign nationals not covered above must have an essential reason to visit Prague and the Czech Republic. Tourist visits are not deemed essential. Examples of essential visits are: urgent health care, obligations imposed by a court, essential care for family members unable to care for themselves, humanitarian reasons, childcare, administrative proceedings. We strongly recommend you check the eligibility of your essential visit with the Czech embassy in your own country before making travel arrangements.

Dark Red Countries
Nationals of the following countries ARE permitted to enter the Czech Republic on an essential visit with an arrival form + negative PCR test done in your home country (maximum 72 hours old) + 2nd negative PCR test done in the Czech Republic (earliest 5 days after arrival) + quarantine until 2nd test result is in:

UK and all other countries except "Black Countries" (see below).

WHO IS not permitted to VISIT CZECH REPUBLIC FOR any REASON


Black Countries
Nationals of the following countries ARE NOT permitted to enter the Czech Republic under any circumstances:

Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Eswatini, India, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania (including Zanzibar and Pemba), Zambia, Zimbabwe, Russia, Tunisia, Paraguay and Namibia.

Czech Nationals


Czech nationals ARE permitted to travel to and from most countries, but the rules are different than for foreign nationals. We recommend Czech nationals make their own enquiries with the Czech authorities.

more information on ENTRY REQUREMENTS


Arrival Form
Passengers required to complete an arrival form need to fill in an electronic form in advance of travel: Public Health Passenger Locator Form.

PCR and Antigen Tests
Passengers that require a PCR or antigen test done in their home country must bring the test result with them.

Passengers that require a PCR test done in the Czech Republic have a choice of testing facilities in Prague. You will need to quarantine while you await the test result.

Coronavirus Testing Facilities in Prague


Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR testing facilities at Prague Airport:

Standard PCR test: 1750 CZK. Result within 24 hours.

Express PCR test: 7500 CZK. Result within 2 hours.

You will need to quarantine while you await the test result.

To take a PCR test, you need to join a queue, it is not possible to book a time in advance. Prior to arrival, an online form stating your intention to take the test must be completed.
Telephone:+420 739 500 500. Email: covid@ghc.cz.

More information: Prague Airport PCR testing facilities.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR testing facilities in the centre of Prague:

A PCR testing station is located in the upper half of Wenceslas Square, near Krakovska street. Open daily 08:00-18:00.

Standard PCR test: 1750 CZK. Result within 24 hours.

You will need to quarantine while you await the result.

To take the PCR test, either join the queue or book in advance.
Telephone:+420 739 500 500. Email: covid@ghc.cz.

Other hospitals and hygienic stations have testing facilities, but they are more difficult for foreigners to access, therefore we do not list them.

More Information

Prague Experience endeavours to update this page with news of the latest developments, and in as simple a form as possible.

However, the rules governing who can visit Prague and the Czech Republic, and the entry requirements, change frequently, often with little notice. So the information contained on this page is intended for guidance only.

If you are booking or embarking on a trip, we strongly recommend you check your individual eligibility to visit the Czech Republic with your travel provider (i.e. airline or travel agent) or the Czech embassy in your own country: Czech Embassies Worldwide.

We can offer no further advice (because we simply do not know any more).

For your up-to-date guide to Prague news, life, culture and reopenings: Prague news.
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