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


Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Prague and the Czech Republic have risen recently.

The emphasis is now on encouraging only vaccinated tourists to visit Prague: Vaccinated visitors from all countries (except parts of Africa) are welcome.

With a COVID vaccination certificate, visitors can use tourist services and attend events.

Most places in Prague are open, including restaurants, theatres and tourist attractions.

Follow news of the Coronavirus restrictions, featuring information on who can visit, what to prepare, and what is open in the city.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESTRICTIONS

last updated: 01 December 2021

What is required to enter public places

PROOF you are FREE OF CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) must be carried when you enter most public buildings, attend events and board river cruises.
This includes:

• Hotels (for an overnight stay)
• Theatres, opera houses, concert halls and cinemas
• River cruises
• Restaurants, pubs, clubs and cafés
• Sights and tourist attractions
• Cultural and sporting venues
• Sports and wellness facilities, including swimming pools, sports centres, and spa and massage facilities.

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Types of PROOF: Carry ONE of the following:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Prague, Czech Republic
Coronavirus in Prague
• COVID vaccination certificate (issued by any country)
• Evidence that you have recovered from Coronavirus in the preceding 180 days.
Exceptions:
• Children 12-18 years
• People with a first vaccine dose who are awaiting a second dose
• People who not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.
Exceptions can offer the following as proof:

• Negative PCR test result (maximum 3 days old).
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Children 0-11 years are exempt from these requirements.
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RESPIRATOR FACE MASK (e.g. FFP2, KN95) must be worn when you enter public buildings, use public transport, attend events and board river cruises.
This includes:

• Hotels
• Theatres, opera houses, concert halls and cinemas
• River cruises
• Restaurants, pubs, clubs and cafés
• Sights and tourist attractions
• Shops and shopping centres
• Prague Airport, train stations, public transport, cars, taxis and coaches.

TIP: You need to wear a face mask to be allowed entry to public places. However, once seated (such as in a pub or restaurant), people tend to remove them.
Respirator Face Mask
Respirator Face Mask
Children 5+ years must wear a face mask. 0-4 years are exempt.

Where to buy a Respirator Face Mask in Prague:
Respirator face masks are sold in many retail outlets in Prague.
In the city centre, buy them at metro stations, chemists, supermarkets and corner shops. At Prague Airport, buy them at duty-free shops.

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

Social distancing (keeping 1.5m apart) is recommended but not mandatory.

WHAT Tourist services ARE OPEN in prague

Life in Prague has returned to normal, more or less.

Hotels and apartments are open and prices are competitive.

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

Opera houses, theatres, concert halls and cinemas are open, and up to 1000 people can attend performances.

Sightseeing is slowly returning to normal. Most attractions are open, but only selected sightseeing tours and river cruises are running:

Prague sights and tourist attractions are open, including Prague Castle and museums.

Only selected Prague tours, day trips and river cruises are operating:
Prague tours that are running: Explorer Tour & Boat Trip, Prague City Tour & Boat Trip, Jewish Quarter Tour, Prague Castle At Night Tour and Prague Ghost Tour.

Day trips outside Prague that are running: Karlovy Vary Tour, Kutna Hora Tour and the Terezín Concentration Camp Tour.

River cruises that are running: Prague Panoramic Dinner Cruise, Prague Dinner River Cruise, Prague Lunch River Cruise, Prague Advent River Cruise and Prague Afternoon River Cruise.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Prague, Czech Republic
Bars, pubs, cafés and clubs are mostly open. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available at some places. Maximum 6 people per table. Venues close at 22:00.

Restaurants: Only around half of restaurants are open. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available at some places. Maximum 6 people per table. Restaurants close at 22:00.

Restaurants 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 which enjoys a prime location on the Old Town Square.

For a restaurant with views, accessible via the Petrin Funicular, try Nebozizek Restaurant.

To eat al fresco, see our list of Prague Restaurants With Outdoor Seating.

For a fun night out with bags of local entertainment included, we highly recommend the Medieval Tavern and Traditional Czech Night. Both are running regular shows.

It is advisable to book restaurants and entertainment in advance. It gives the venues time to prepare for your visit, plus with many still closed and aspects of social distancing in place, the popular ones can easily book out.

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 prague and THE CZECH REPUBLIC AS A TOURIST

Follow these 4 STEPS to determine if you are permitted to make a tourist visit to Prague and the Czech Republic, and to find out what documentation you need.
STEP 1: CHECK IF YOU ARE A PERMITTED TOURIST
VACCINATED tourists from all countries (except parts of Africa) are permitted to visit Prague.
UNVACCINATED tourists from these countries only are permitted to visit Prague:
Green Countries
-Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Chile, Indonesia, Canada, Columbia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Peru, Rwanda, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Taiwan, Uruguay, Vatican, Hong Kong, Macao

Orange Countries
-Italy, Malta

Red Countries
-Finland, France, Cyprus, Monaco, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

Dark Red Countries
-Andorra, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Croatia, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Netherlands, Austria, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany.
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STEP 2: CHECK IF YOUR COVID VACCINATION CERTIFICATE IS RECOGNISED
VACCINATED tourists must present a recognised COVID vaccination certificate on arrival in Prague and the Czech Republic.

The Czech Republic recognises COVID vaccination certificates approved by the
European Medicines Agency (EMA) and World Health Organization (WHO).

This covers the EU COVID Digital Certificate issued by EU+ countries (EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican), and certificates issued by a growing number of other countries, such as the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.

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

Visitors must show a printed vaccination certificate, not a digital version.

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

UNVACCINATED tourists (only those permitted in Step 1) must do COVID-19 tests.
STEP 3: COMPLETE AN ARRIVAL FORM (Passenger Locator Form)
All visitors must complete an arrival form (Passenger Locator Form) in advance of travel.
STEP 4: FOR PERMITTED TOURISTS, the ENTRY REQUIREMENTS are:
VACCINATED tourists from all countries (except parts of Africa) are permitted to enter the Czech Republic with an arrival form + recognised vaccination certificate (at least 14 days after 2nd dose).

UNVACCINATED tourists must do COVID-19 tests:

EU+ Green Countries
Unvaccinated tourists from 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:

-Vatican

Non-EU+ Green Countries
Unvaccinated tourists from 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:

-Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Chile, Indonesia, Canada, Columbia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Peru, Rwanda, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Taiwan, Uruguay, Hong Kong, Macao

Orange Countries
Unvaccinated tourists from 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:

-Italy, Malta

Red Countries
Unvaccinated tourists from the following countries are permitted to enter the Czech Republic with an arrival form + negative PCR test (maximum 72 hours old) done in your home country + 2nd negative PCR test done in the Czech Republic (done between 5-7 days after arrival) + wear a respirator face mask at all times until 2nd test result is in:

-Finland, France, Cyprus, Monaco, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

Dark Red Countries
Unvaccinated tourists from the following countries are permitted to enter the Czech Republic with an arrival form + negative PCR test (maximum 72 hours old) done in your home country + 2nd negative PCR test done in the Czech Republic (done between 5-7 days after arrival) + wear a respirator face mask at all times until 2nd test result is in:

-Andorra, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Croatia, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Austria, San Marino, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany.
Children 0-11 years are exempt from these requirements.

WHO CAN VISIT CZECH REPUBLIC FOR AN ESSENTIAL REASON ONLY

Foreign nationals not covered above, this includes unvaccinated visitors from the UK and USA, 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 advise checking the eligibility of any essential visit you may wish to make with the Czech embassy before you travel.

The entry requirements for unvaccinated visitors arriving for an essential visit are: arrival form + negative PCR test (maximum 72 hours old) done in your home country + 2nd negative PCR test done in the Czech Republic (done between 5-7 days after arrival) + wear a respirator face mask at all times until 2nd test result is in.
Children 0-11 years are exempt from these requirements.

PCR and ANTIGEN TESTS


Visitors that require a PCR or antigen test done in their home country must bring the test result with them.

Visitors that require a PCR test done in the Czech Republic have a choice of testing facilities in Prague.

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.

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


Coronavirus related entry requirements are quite complex, and they change frequently, sometimes without much warning.

We work hard to keep this guide up to date with news of the major developments, and to present the information in as simple a form as possible. However, it can often be difficult to obtain correct information from the authorities, so we need to state that the information presented here is intended for guidance only. Prague Experience assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or inaccuracies that may appear.

Furthermore, this guide only covers entry requirements for the Czech Republic. Travel restrictions may be imposed by your home country, and if you intend to fly, by your airline.

For these reasons, if you are at the point of booking or embarking on a trip, we strongly recommend that you double check your eligibility to visit the Czech Republic with your travel provider (i.e. airline or travel agent), your government, and/or 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 Coronavirus matters beyond what we publish here (because we simply do not know any more).

For passport and visa information: passports & visas.

For travel advice: Travel to Prague and Travel around Prague by public transport.

For an introduction to the city: Prague tourism information.

For practical information, including advice on the weather, what to wear and currency exchange: Prague Tourist Information.
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