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


Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Prague have been low for several months, so most tourist services are running, including restaurants, theatres, cultural events and city tours.

Nationals of EU+ countries, UK, USA, Canada and most other countries can visit Prague. Tourists from UK, USA and certain other countries must be vaccinated.

On arrival in the Czech Republic, most vaccinated visitors need only present a Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination certificate and a completed arrival form.

Follow news of the Coronavirus restrictions, with information on the tourist services that are open and on what visitors need to do.

Coronavirus RESTRICTIONS

last updated: 17 September 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:

• 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:

• COVID vaccination certificate (issued by any country)
• Negative PCR test result (maximum 7 days old)
• Negative Antigen test result (maximum 72 hours old)
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• Proof you have recovered from Coronavirus in the preceding 180 days.

(TIP: in our experience, at pubs and restaurants people are not usually asked to show "proof"; at theatres, ticket checkers are flexible with the type of "proof" shown, so long as it is more or less in date; at hotels, the larger the hotel the more official the "proof" needs to be)

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.

(TIP: in our experience, once people are inside a building, most remove their mask)

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

Social distancing is required (keep 2m apart).

Children 6+ years must observe these requirements. 0-5 years are exempt.

WHAT Tourist services ARE OPEN in prague


Life has returned to normal in Prague, more or less, and with fewer tourists around visitors will find it a uniquely peaceful period 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, with no limits on the number of people allowed to attend a performance.

-Sightseeing is mostly back to normal.

The sights and attractions are fully open, including Prague Castle and the city's museums.
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Many sightseeing and walking tours of Prague are operating, the best of which are: All Inclusive Tour & Boat Trip, Prague City Tour & Boat Trip, Jewish Quarter Tour, Prague Castle At Night Tour and Prague Ghost Tour.

For an excursion outside Prague, there are trips to Karlovy Vary, Kutna Hora and the Terezín Concentration Camp to consider.

-River cruises are limited. The following cruises are running: Prague Panoramic Dinner Cruise, Prague Dinner Cruise, Prague Lunch Cruise and Prague Afternoon River Cruise.

-Pubs, cafés, restaurants, clubs and casinos are open, with indoor and outdoor seating. Maximum 6 people per table.

While certain restaurants are quiet, and some remain closed, those that are popular with local Czechs have quite a buzz about them as people resurface after lockdown, such as Vytopna, Potrefena Husa and U Vejvodu.

Municipal House Restaurant is located in a stunning building so always attracts customers, as does the White Horse, set in a prime location on the Old Town Square.

Alternatively, escape the hubbub of the city and take in the views at Nebozizek Restaurant.

If you prefer to eat al fresco, see our list of Restaurants With Outdoor Seating In Prague.

For a fun night out, the Medieval Tavern and Traditional Czech Night are running.

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

-Indoor and outdoor sports events are allowed to operate with full capacity crowds.

-Fairs and exhibitions are allowed.

-Zoos and Botanical gardens are open, including Prague Zoo.

-Parks and gardens are open.

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

WHO CAN VISIT THE CZECH REPUBLIC AS A TOURIST

Follow the 3 STEPS below to find out if you are permitted to make a tourist visit to the Czech Republic, and what documentation is required.
 
STEP 1: CHECK IF YOU ARE A PERMITTED TOURIST
Nationals of the following countries ARE permitted to make a tourist visit to the Czech Republic:

Green Countries
-Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Canada, Qatar, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Macao, Hungary, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Taiwan, Vatican, the Azores.

Orange Countries
-Andorra, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, San Marino, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, Canary Islands, Madeira.
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Red Countries
-Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Croatia, Ireland, Iceland, Cyprus, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Austria, Greece, Slovenia, Germany, Spain, Switzerland.

Dark Red Countries: Vaccinated Only
-UK and USA vaccinated people
-All other vaccinated people.
STEP 2: CHECK IF YOUR COVID VACCINATION CERTIFICATE IS VALID
Vaccinated visitors to the Czech Republic need to present a recognised COVID vaccination certificate and a completed arrival form in order to enter the country.

The Czech Republic recognises COVID vaccination certificates approved by the
European Medicines Agency (EMA) and World Health Organization (WHO). This covers certificates issued by EU+ countries (EU, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican), UK and USA, among others.

The Czech Ministry of Health publishes a list of recognised COVID vaccination certificates.

Visitors must carry a physical copy of the certificate. Digital versions are not accepted.

Visitors must have had their second dose at least 14 days before arrival.

(TIP: It is still possible for unvaccinated nationals of many countries to visit the Czech Republic, but Covid tests are required. See STEP 3 for more details)
STEP 3: FOR PERMITTED TOURISTS (see STEP 1), the ENTRY REQUIREMENTS are:
EU+ Green Countries
Nationals of the following countries ARE permitted to enter the Czech Republic with arrival form + recognised vaccination certificate (must be at least 14 days after 2nd dose) OR arrival form + negative PCR test (maximum 72 hours old) or antigen test (maximum 48 hours old) done in your home country:

-Hungary, Poland, Vatican, the Azores.

Children 6+ years must observe these requirements. 0-5 years are exempt.

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

-Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Canada, Qatar, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Macao, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan.

Children 6+ years must observe these requirements. 0-5 years are exempt.

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

-Andorra, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, San Marino, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, Canary Islands, Madeira.

Children 6+ years must observe these requirements. 0-5 years are exempt.

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

-Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Croatia, Ireland, Iceland, Cyprus, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Austria, Greece, Slovenia, Germany, Spain, Switzerland.

Children 12+ years must observe these requirements.
Children 6-12 years must observe these requirements OR take a PCR test on arrival in the Czech Republic and self-isolate until the result is known.
0-5 years are exempt.

Dark Red Countries: Vaccinated Only
Nationals of the following countries ARE permitted to enter the Czech Republic with arrival form + recognised vaccination certificate (must be at least 14 days after 2nd dose):

-UK and USA vaccinated people
-All other vaccinated people.

Children 12+ years must observe these requirements.
Children 6-12 years must observe these requirements OR take a PCR test on arrival in the Czech Republic and self-isolate until the result is known.
0-5 years are exempt.

WHO CAN VISIT CZECH REPUBLIC FOR ESSENTIAL REASONS ONLY


Foreign nationals not covered above must have an essential reason to visit Prague and the Czech Republic - tourist visits are not deemed essential for these people.

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 checking the eligibility of your essential visit with the Czech embassy before you travel.

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 (done at least 5 days after arrival) + quarantine until 2nd test result is in:

-UK and USA unvaccinated people
-All other unvaccinated people.

Children 6+ years must observe these requirements. 0-5 years are exempt.

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 REQUiREMENTS


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

The entry requirements for the Czech Republic are complicated and change frequently.

Prague Experience endeavours to update this guide with news of all the major developments, and to present the information in as simple a form as possible.

However, this guide only covers entry restrictions for the Czech Republic. Visitors also need to check travel restrictions imposed by their home country and by any airline they may use, which may be stricter than those imposed by the Czech Republic.

For these reasons, information given on our website is intended for guidance only, and Prague Experience assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or inaccuracies that may appear. If you are booking or embarking on a trip, we strongly recommend you check your eligibility to visit the Czech Republic with your travel provider (i.e. airline or travel agent), the government of your country, and with the Czech embassy in your country: Czech Embassies Worldwide.

We wish you all the best for your trip, but we can offer no further advice on entry requirements (because we simply do not know any more). For any other questions, please feel free to contact us.
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