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Immigration with regard to current Covid-19 crisis

On May 28, 2021, a new Protective Measure of the Ministry of Health regulating the entry of persons to the Czech Republic came into force. The new measure is in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and coordination at the EU level. The consequent epidemiological measures and restrictions are applicable both to Czech citizens returning to the Czech Republic and to all foreign nationals.

Based on established criteria and mechanism for evaluation of the epidemiological situation of individual EU+ countries (in addition to EU Member States: Switzerland Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican are considered EU+ countries), the countries are divided into five categories: green , orange , red , dark red and black. The list is defined by a Notice of the Ministry of Health and includes green, orange and red countries as those with, respectively, a low, middle or high risk of Covid-19 incidents. All countries that are not included in the list shall be automatically considered to be dark red countries (including countries outside the EU+ countries).

It must be expected that rules for entry into the Czech Republic and into those on the list of countries with a low, middle or high risk of Covid-19, and within particular categories, can change in a very dynamic manner. Therefore, reviewing up-to-date information is strongly recommended before travelling to the Czech Republic.


Entry of foreign nationals to territory of Czech Republic

Citizens of other than EU+ countries that are not on the list of countries with an extreme or low risk of Covid-19 incidents, and those who are temporary or permanent residents in such “third countries” are prohibited from entering the territory of the Czech Republic. Exceptions are granted to:

a) foreign nationals with a long-term or permanent residence permit in countries with a low risk of Covid-19 incidents;
b) holders of a valid long-term visa, a long-term, temporary or permanent residence permit card for residence in the territory of the Czech Republic, issued by the Czech Republic, and foreign nationals who were issued a short-term visa by the Czech Republic after 11 May 2020, and foreign nationals who were issued a long-term or permanent residence permit in the European Union;
c) family members of Czech citizens as well as of EU+ country citizens residing in the territory of the Czech Republic;
d) foreign nationals whose entry is in the interest of the Czech Republic and the purpose of the entry is sufficiently proved;
e) persons working in international transport who are able to prove the purpose of the entry;
f) diplomats and officials of international organizations registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
g) persons entering the territory in urgent emergency cases if the purpose of the entry is sufficiently proved; 
h) foreign nationals who have a demonstrable permanent partnership with a citizen of the Czech Republic or with an EU+ country citizen with a temporary residence certificate for a stay of over 90 days or with a permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic, who accepted the obligation to secure accommodation, medical care and its payment and the return to the home country if the purpose of his/her stay in the territory of the Czech Republic is terminated, lives demonstrably in the same household with him/her and has been admitted to the territory of the Czech Republic pursuant to this point based on a confirmation issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and
i) cross-border cooperation within the framework of the integrated rescue services system.

All foreigners who are citizens of countries with an extreme risk of Covid-19 and who have resided in those countries for more than 12 hours in the last 14 days, and also foreigners who have resided in these countries more than 12 hours in the last 14 days are prohibited from entering the territory of the Czech Republic. Exceptions are granted to:
a) holders of a valid permanent residence permit card for residence in the territory of the Czech Republic, issued by the Czech Republic;
b) EU+ country citizens who are holder of a valid temporary residence permit card for residence in the territory of the Czech Republic, issued by the Czech Republic;
c) family members who are holders of a valid temporary residence permit card for residence in the territory of the Czech Republic, issued by the Czech Republic;
d) foreign nationals whose entry in the interest of the Czech Republic and the purpose of the entry is sufficiently proved;
e) diplomats and officials of international organizations registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.



Obligations upon entry to territory of Czech Republic

All persons (both foreign nationals and Czech citizens) who entered the territory of the Czech Republic: (a) if exhibiting any signs of the onset of an infectious disease must immediately report this fact by telephone or by another means of remote access to their registered provider of medical services; and (b) must undergo, when crossing the state border, a medical examination in order to be checked for symptoms of an infectious disease, and if symptoms of an infectious disease are identified, they must provide medical staff with the cooperation necessary for the taking of a biological sample for the purpose of testing for the presence of Covid-19.


Travelling from green-category territories

Travellers (both foreign nationals and Czech citizens) from countries with a low risk of Covid-19 incidents, in the green category, may enter the Czech Republic without any notification or RT-PCR test obligations in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic. At the moment, the following countries are in this category: Australia, Iceland, Israel, South Korea, Malta, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, and the Vatican.


Travelling from orange-category territories

All persons (both foreign nationals and Czech citizens) who stayed for more than 12 hours during the last 14 days in the territories of those countries which are on the list of countries with a medium risk of Covid-19 incidents, i.e., those in the orange category, must: (a) report this fact prior to entering the territory of the Czech Republic by filling in the electronic Public Health Passenger Locator Form and send it to a competent regional Public Health Office and present the certificate on filling in the said form upon request during border control or a residence check; and (b) have written confirmation, issued by an accredited laboratory, of a negative result of an antigen test (not older than 24 hours before starting the journey) or an RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (not older than 72 hours before starting the journey) before entering the territory of the Czech Republic.

Exceptions are granted to, apart from the obligations relating to the Public Health Passenger Locator Form, persons to whom a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19 has been issued by the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Germany, and from the application of the first dose of vaccine in the case of the two-dose schedule, at least 22 days but no more than 3 months have elapsed, or from the second dose of vaccine in the case of a two-dose schedule no more than 9 months have elapsed, or from the firs dose of vaccine in the case of the single dose schedule, at least 14 days but no more than 9 months have elapsed. Further exceptions are granted to:

(i) persons working in international transport who are able to prove the purpose of the entry;
(ii) citizens of EU+ countries (including citizens of the Czech Republic) and foreign nationals with permitted long-term or permanent residence in the European Union who are transiting across the Czech Republic for up to 12 hours or, in the case of travel to or from neighbouring countries, 24 hours, unless they are travellers from countries with an extreme risk of infection; foreign nationals travelling from countries with a very high risk of infection can travel to the Czech Republic for specified reasons only (such as urgent health, family, business or work reasons); persons traveling from countries with a very high or extreme risk of infection transiting by land must have written confirmation, issued by an accredited laboratory, of a negative result of an antigen test (not older than 24 hours before starting the journey) or an RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (not older than 72 hours before starting the journey) before entering the territory of the Czech Republic;
(iii) diplomats and officials of international organizations registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provided that their stay in the country does not exceed 72 hours;
(iv) persons below the age of 5, and minors with an intellectual disability, or on the autistic disorder spectrum, or with cognitive impairment or severe alternations in their mental status, whose mental abilities or current mental state do not allow observance of this protective measure and who have a written medical certificate issued for such purpose, in English, by a doctor working in the Czech Republic or in another member state of the European Union;
(v) professional athletes and members of a state representation of the Czech Republic or other countries, including persons necessary for the holding of a sporting event permitted by exemption of the Ministry of Health, which are allowed individual training activities or participation in a mass event for which binding hygienic and anti-epidemic conditions have been set, or if the sporting or cultural event were permitted otherwise; specified conditions must be fulfilled;
(vi) cross-border workers, pupils and students who for the purpose of work performance or education on a regular basis at least once a week justifiably cross the state border with the Czech Republic from or to a neighbouring state, and for trips to or from the neighbouring state for the purpose of exercising the right of care or contact with a minor;
(vii) police officers performing escort activities or security escorts of aircraft;
(viii) citizens of the Czech Republic, citizens of the European Union and holders of a valid long-term visa, long-term, temporary or permanent residence permit on the territory of the Czech Republic issued by the Czech Republic who submit a written medical confirmation in English, by a doctor working in the Czech Republic or in another Member State of the European Union that:
a. they have no clinical signs of Covid-19, have been shown to have Covid-19 disease,
b. they completed in accordance with the applicable emergency measures of the Ministry of Health or measures taken by another Member State of the European Union isolation to the extent specified due to a positive RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2, and
c. from the first positive RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 at least 14 days have elapsed, but not more than 180 days;
(ix) employees of critical infrastructure services, the performance of which is in the interest of the Czech Republic; specified conditions must be fulfilled;
(x) persons who hold a diplomatic note certifying that they have undergone isolation due to the Covid-19 disease as described in the Protective Measure;
(xi) cross-border cooperation within the framework of the integrated rescue services system.

At the moment, the following countries are in this category: Bulgaria, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Hungary, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores), Austria, Romania, San Marino, the Balearic and Canary Islands.


Travelling from red-category territories

All persons who stayed for more than 12 hours during the last 14 days in the territories of those countries which are on the list of countries with a high risk of Covid-19 incidents, i.e., those in the red category, must: (a) report this fact prior to entering the territory of the Czech Republic by filling in the electronic Public Health Passenger Locator Form and send it to a competent regional Public Health Office and present the certificate on filling in the said form upon request during border control or a residence check; (b) have written confirmation, issued by an accredited laboratory, with a negative result of an antigen test (not older than 24 hours before starting the journey) or an RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (not older than 72 hours before starting the journey) before entering the territory of the Czech Republic; and (c) after entering the territory of the Czech Republic, undergo an RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 within 5 days at their own expense.

Exceptions are granted to, apart form the obligations relating to the Public Health Passenger Locator Form, persons to whom a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19 has been issued by the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany, and from the application of the first dose of vaccine in the case of the two-dose schedule, at least 22 days but no more than 3 months have elapsed, or from the second dose of vaccine in the case of a two-dose schedule no more than 9 months have elapsed, or from the first dose of vaccine in the case of the single dose schedule, at least 14 days, nut no more than 9 months have elapsed.

The exceptions as described under (i) – (xi) for orange-category territories apply for red-category territories as well.

At the moment, the following countries are in this category: Andorra, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, France, Croatia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Germany, the Netherlands, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.


Travelling from dark red-category territories

All persons who stayed for more than 12 hours during the last 14 days in the territories of those countries which are on the list of countries with a very high risk of Covid-19 incidents, i.e., those in the dark red category, must: (a) report this fact prior to entering the territory of the Czech Republic by filling in the electronic Public Health Passenger Locator Form and send it to a competent regional Public Health Office and present the certificate on filling in the said form upon request during border control or a residence check; (b) have written confirmation, issued by an accredited laboratory, with a negative result of an RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (not older than 72 hours before starting the journey) before entering the territory of the Czech Republic; and (c) not earlier than the 5th day, but not later than the 14th day after entering the territory of the Czech Republic, undergo an RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 at their own expense, unless the public health authority very exceptionally in individual cases of persons has decided on other quarantine measures in accordance with Act No. 258/2000 Coll. and on the duration of these measures.

Exceptions as described under (i) – (xi) for orange-category territories apply for dark red-category territories as well.


Travelling from black-category territories

All persons who stayed for more than 12 hours during the last 14 days in the territories of those countries which are on the list of countries with an extreme risk of Covid-19 incidents, i.e., those in the black category, must: (a) report this fact prior to entering the territory of the Czech Republic by filling in the electronic Public Health Passenger Locator Form and send it to a competent regional Public Health Office and present the certificate on filling in the said form upon request during border control or a residence check; (b) have written confirmation, issued by an accredited laboratory, with a negative result of an RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (not older than 72 hours before starting the journey) before entering the territory of the Czech Republic, as well as a confirmation of reservation for RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, which will be carried out within 24 hours of entering the territory of the Czech Republic, and present them upon request during a border control or residence check; (c) within 24 hours of entering the territory of the Czech Republic, undergo an RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 at their own expense; and (d) not earlier than the 10th day, but not later than the 14th day after entering the territory of the Czech Republic, undergo an RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 at their own expense, unless the public health authority very exceptionally in individual cases of persons has decided on other quarantine measures in accordance with Act No. 258/2000 Coll. and on the duration of these measures.

Exceptions are granted to:

(i) persons working in international transport who are able to prove the purpose of the entry;
(ii) persons below the age of 5.


Prohibition on free movement

,All persons who stayed for more than 12 hours during the last 14 days in the territories of those countries which are on the list of countries with a high risk of Covid-19 incidents, i.e., those in the red category, except for vaccinated persons, persons who stayed for more than 12 hours during the last 14 days in the territories of countries with a very high risk of Covid-19 incidents, i.e., those in the dark-red category, children under 5 years of age an minors with an intellectual disability, or on the autistic disorder spectrum, or with cognitive impairment or severe alterations in their mental status, whose mental abilities or current mental state do not allow observance of this protective measure and who have a written medical certificate issued for such purpose in English, by a doctor working in the Czech Republic or in another member state of the European Union, with some exceptions, are prohibited from freely moving around the territory of the entire Czech Republic during their stay in the territory of the Czech Republic, until they present the result of an RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 performed on the territory of the Czech Republic, for children under 5 years of age for 5 days, or until the termination of the quarantine measure, with the exception of the following:

(i) trips absolutely necessary to procure the basic necessities of life, to take care of children or to take care of animals; the use of necessary financial and postal services; refuelling vehicles;
(iii) trips to medical facilities and welfare facilities;
(iv) trips taken to take care of urgent official matters;
(v) trips back to one’s place of residence; and
(vi) funerals.

All persons who stayed for more than 12 hours during the last 14 days in the territories of those countries which are on the list of countries with an extreme very high risk of Covid-19 incidents, i.e., those in the black category, are prohibited from freely moving around the territory of the entire Czech Republic during their stay in the territory of the Czech Republic until they present the result of an RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 performed on the territory of the Czech Republic, for children under 5 years of age for 10 days or until the termination of the quarantine measure, with the exception of the following:

(i) trips absolutely necessary to procure the basis necessities of life, to take care of children or to take care of animals; the use of necessary financial and postal services;
(ii) trips to medical facilities;
(iii) trips back to one's place of residence.

However, foreign nationals, including those travelling from EU+ countries, may travel to the Czech Republic, besides the abovementioned conditions, only in absolutely necessary cases (e.g., trips to one’s place of residence, work, study, essential family visit, etc., which means that it is not possible to enter for the purpose of tourism or the visiting of friends). Exceptions are granted to persons travelling from the territories of those countries which are on the list of countries with a low, middle or high risk of Covid-19 incidents, if these are also:

(i) persons to whom a national certificate of vaccination against Covid-19 has been issued by the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany, and from the application of the first dose of vaccine in the case of the two-dose schedule, at least 22 days but no more than 3 months have elapsed, or from the second dose of vaccine in the case of a two-dose schedule no more than 9 months have elapsed, or from the first dose of vaccine in the case of the single dose schedule, at least 14 days but no more than 9 months have elapsed;
(ii) persons residing in the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, or Germany, who have been issued a written confirmation, issued by an accredited laboratory, of a negative result of an antigen test (not older than 24 hours before starting the journey) or an RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (not older than 72 hours before starting the journey) before entering the territory of the Czech Republic in Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, or Germany;
(iii) citizens of the Czech Republic, citizens of the European Union and holders of a valid long-term visa, long-term, temporary or permanent residence permit for the territory of the Czech Republic issued by the Czech Republic who submit a written medical confirmation in English, by a doctor working in the Czech Republic or in another Member State of the European Union that:
a. they have no clinical signs of Covid-19, or have been shown to have Covid-19 disease
b. they completed, in accordance with the applicable emergency measures of the Ministry of Health or measures taken by another Member State of the European Union, isolation to the extent specified due to a positive RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2, and
c. from the first positive RT-PCR test for the presence of SADR-CoV-2 at least 14 days have elapsed, but not more than 180 days
residing in the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia or Germany;
(iv) for citizens of those countries which are on the list of countries with a low risk of Covid-19 incidents; and
(v) for foreign nationals with a long-term or permanent residence permit in countries with a low risk of Covid-19 incidents.

     

Prohibition of entry into countries where there is an extreme risk of contracting Covid-19

All citizens of the Czech Republic, and foreigners residing in the territory of the Czech Republic, are banned from entry into countries where there is an extreme risk of contracting Covid-19, with the exception of the citizens of these countries and to routes which, by their nature, cannot be postponed and which have been notified in advance to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

At the moment, the following countries are in this category: Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini (Swaziland), India, South Africa, Kenya, Colombia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Peru, Tanzania (including Zanzibar and Pemba), Zambia, and Zimbabwe.



This document reflects the status as of June 6, 2021.
This document is for informational purposes only and may not be considered a legal opinion or advice on how to proceed in a particular case.


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