Coronavirus (COVID-19) News for Prague, Czech Republic
The daily number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Prague and the Czech Republic has risen sharply in the past month, in line with many European countries. As a result the country is back in lockdown until 3rd November 2020...
This information is tailored for tourists planning a trip to Prague.
Last updated: 22 October 2020
WHAT IS OPEN IN PRAGUE - Businesses and Tourist Facilities
The country is back in lockdown until 3rd November 2020: all but essential shops are closed, and all pubs, cafés, restaurants and theatres are closed.
The sightseeing and entertainment areas of this website feature the cultural and leisure activities available again from 4th November 2020; the opera and concerts and theatre sections list the performances that are scheduled to go ahead.
-Hotels are open for business stays only, tourist visitors are not permitted.
-Parks and gardens are open.
-Public transport is running as normal. The Funicular Railway reopens on 24th October.
If there is any positive to be found from any of this, those able to make the trip will enjoy a unique experience, a beautifully quiet city, unlike any normal visit to Prague.
Emergency Measures in force - WHAT IS REQUIRED OF THE PUBLIC
Face masks are required in nearly all indoor public places, including:
• Prague Airport, train stations, taxis, public transport, intercity transport
• Shops and shopping centres
• Offices, post offices
• Health and social institutions
• Indoor events venues (theatres, cinemas, concert halls, exhibition centres, etc.).
• Restaurants and pubs. Face masks can be removed when you are seated and eating and drinking, but must be worn at other times (i.e. when entering or moving around).
Face masks are not required indoors in the following circumstances:
• in fitness centres, gyms, swimming pools and saunas.
• for young children aged 0-2 years.
Face masks are required in outdoor public places as follows:
• In built-up areas, where you are less then 2m from another person
• At public transport stops and outside train stations
• In cars
• At outdoor organised events, for example at open air concerts.
Hand sanitiser is provided in public buildings. People are required to use it.
Social distancing is required (keep 2m apart).
Drinking alcohol in public is banned.
Gatherings of more than 6 people (inside and outside) are banned, except families.
Coronavirus: Foreign nationals in Prague
1. EU, UK and European nationals from the following countries ARE permitted to visit the Czech Republic as a tourist without restrictions (without a Coronavirus test or quarantine):
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, UK.
Coronavirus and Prague
|2. EU nationals from the following countries ARE permitted to visit the Czech Republic as a tourist subject to a Coronavirus test or 10-day quarantine:
3. European nationals from the following countries ARE NOT permitted to visit the Czech Republic as a tourist:
4. Non-European nationals from the following countries ARE permitted to visit the Czech Republic as a tourist without restrictions (without a Coronavirus test or quarantine):
Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia.
5. Nationals not covered above ARE NOT permitted to visit the Czech Republic, except the following who can enter subject to a Coronavirus test or 10-day quarantine:
Transport workers, family members of EU citizens; diplomats and officials of international organisations; invitees of the Czech Republic; travellers in transit; travellers in urgent extraordinary situations; critical infrastructure workers; and foreign workers (as opposed to tourist visitors) from: France, Luxembourg, Malta, Romania, Spain.
6. Czech nationals ARE permitted to travel abroad and re-enter the Czech Republic.
Where foreign nationals can enter the Czech Republic without restrictions (see above), Czech nationals returning from abroad can do the same. Otherwise, Czech nationals may be subject to a Coronavirus test or 10-day quarantine on return.
The reopening of the borders is an ever-changing situation, and the rules governing who can visit and what travellers need to do are becoming ever more complicated. As we have done throughout this crisis, Prague Experience will endeavour to update this page with news of the latest developments in as simple a form as possible.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing - what to do if you require a test
Passengers that need a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test in order to visit the Czech Republic (see above to determine if you need a test) are required to:
1. Fill in an electronic form in advance of travel: Public Health Passenger Locator Form.
2. Take a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test as follows: Passengers travelling from an EU country can either do the test on arrival in the Czech Republic or in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival (bring the test results with you). Passengers arriving from non-EU countries must do the test on arrival in the Czech Republic.
If you are in doubt as to whether you need a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test, we recommend checking with your travel provider (airline, rail ticket provider...) or the Czech authorities.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing Facilities in Prague
Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing facilities at Prague Airport:
Standard test: 1750 CZK. Results within 12 hours.
Express test: 7500 CZK. Results within 2 hours.
You will need to quarantine at the airport while you await the results.
To take the test, either join the queue on arrival or book in advance of travel.
Telephone:+420 739 500 500. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information: Prague Airport Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing facilities
Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing facilities in Prague:
A testing station is located in the upper half of Wenceslas Square, near Krakovska street.
Open daily 08:00-18:00.
Standard test: 1750 CZK. Results within 24 hours by text.
You will need to quarantine while you await the results.
To take the test, either join the queue or book in advance.
Telephone:+420 739 500 500. Email: email@example.com.
Other hospitals and hygienic stations have testing facilities, but they are more difficult for tourists to access, therefore we do not list them.
Flights OPERATING to Prague
-Flights to Prague are operating from many European cities, including from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Helsinki, Lisbon, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna and Zurich.
-Flights to Prague operating from the UK include from Bournemouth (Ryanair), Edinburgh (Ryanair, Easyjet), London Gatwick (Easyjet), London Heathrow (Czech Airlines, British Airways), Liverpool (Ryanair), London Stansted (Ryanair) and Manchester (Ryanair, Easyjet).
-Most international rail and bus services to Prague are operating.
Christmas Markets 2020
In the light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a question we are often asked is whether the Prague Christmas Markets will be on in 2020.
The markets are still scheduled to go ahead, and a final decision will be made at the end of October.
A search of the Bohemian forests has sourced a suitable tree for the Old Town Square markets. It measures 19m high and comes from Jilove u Prahy in Central Bohemia.
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