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Coronavirus (COVID-19) News for Prague, Czech Republic


The daily number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Prague and the Czech Republic has reached record highs in the past month, and the country is in lockdown until 14th February 2021.

We have the latest news on the businesses and tourist facilities that are open, and the foreign nationals permitted to visit Prague.

This information is tailored for tourist visitors planning a trip to Prague.
Last Updated: 22 January 2021

WHAT IS OPEN IN PRAGUE - Businesses and Tourist Facilities


The country is in lockdown:

-Hotels are closed to tourist visitors. Business stays only are permitted.

-Pubs, cafés and restaurants are closed.

-Essential shops only are open (i.e. grocery stores, pharmacies).

-Museums, galleries, exhibitions, castles, sights.

-Sports facilities are closed.

-Parks and gardens are open.

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

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.

Face masks are not required 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.

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 2 people (inside and outside) are banned, except families.

A nationwide nighttime curfew is in place, forbidding people from leaving their home between 21:00-05:00.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Measures: WHO CAN VISIT Prague


1. Foreign nationals from certain countries only can visit the Czech Republic. The EU's travel 'traffic light system' has been adopted to determine who is allowed to enter.

However, you may only visit if your trip is for "essential reasons". Normal tourist visits are banned.
Green Countries: nationals of the following ARE permitted to enter the Czech Republic for "essential reasons" without restrictions (without an arrival form, Coronavirus test or quarantine): Vatican.

Orange Countries: nationals of the following ARE permitted to enter the Czech Republic for "essential reasons" without restrictions (without an arrival form, Coronavirus test or quarantine):

Australia, Belgium, Bulgary, Finland, Iceland, Japan, Republic of Korea, Luxembourg, Norway, New Zealand, Greece, Singapore, Thailand, Canary Islands.

Red Countries: nationals of the following ARE permitted to enter the Czech Republic for "essential reasons" with an arrival form, and Coronavirus test or 10-day quarantine: All other EU countries, UK, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, San Marino.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Prague, Czech Republic
Coronavirus and Prague
Exceptions to the Red Countries restrictions:
Foreign nationals arriving from Red Countries can enter the country for "essential reasons" without restrictions (without an arrival form, Coronavirus test or quarantine) in the following circumstances:

- Visitors who have spent less than 12 hours in a Red Country in the previous 14 days.
- Cross border workers and people travelling from neighbouring countries to study in the Czech Republic.
- Visitors travelling for essential health, family, work or business reasons who intend to stay for a maximum of 24 hours.

2. Foreign nationals not covered above ARE NOT permitted to visit the Czech Republic, except the following who can enter with an arrival form, and 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 and student visitors (as opposed to tourist visitors) from the Orange Countries.

3. 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.

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. Having said this, we do urge visitors to double check your individual eligibility to travel and to enter the Czech Republic with your travel provider before finalising your arrangements.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing: what to do if you require a test


Passengers that need a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test are required to:

1. Fill in an electronic form arrival 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.

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: covid@ghc.cz.

More information: Prague Airport Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing facilities

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing facilities in the city centre of 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: 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.

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