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COVID-19 Health & Safety Alerts in the Czech Republic

The Czech government continues lifting current anti-epidemic measures. The new system consists of 6 phases. When each of the phases will be implemented is subject to the number of new Covid-19 cases per 100 000 inhabitants. Whether the requirements are fulfilled and the next phase starts will be announced by the Government each Monday and confirmed each Thursday.

Below you’ll find comprehensive health and safety updates from the Czech government translated into English or an up-to-date summary of key points.

SUMMARY OF KEY POINTS:

TRAVEL RULES VALID AS OF JULY 9

  • As of July 31st, 2021, the Ministry of Health updated the Protective Measure regarding the conditions of entry into the Czech Republic. 
  • Children between 6 to 12 years of age traveling from the countries with a high or a very high risk of COVID-19 transmission may undergo RT-PCR only immediately after their arrival in the Czech Republic and finish self-isolation by obtaining of a negative test result. This age group does not need to be tested before arrival to the Czech Republic anymore.
  • Applications for long-term visas and long-term residence permits for the purpose of study are again accepted also in the countries with extreme risk of COVID-19 transmission. 

For more information on updated rules for entry to the Czech Republic, please visit:
https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/ministry-of-health-updated-the-protective-measure-from-july-9th-2021.aspx

FREE MOVEMENT & FACE MASKS

  • Free movement of people within the Czech Republic is possible.
  • Respirators (e.g. FFP2 or KN 95) remain obligatory indoors.
  • Respirators are no longer required outdoors, unless in a place where it is impossible to maintain more than two meters distance.
  • People no longer have to wear respiratory protection during exercise.
  • Respirators and masks can also be removed by customers of hairdressers, barbers, beauty salons, massage services, or tattoo artists. 
  • Face masks are no longer required from children at schools when seated at their desks, employees at their workplaces, participants in examinations.
  • Students and teachers are no longer required to wear face masks during classes in Zlín, South Bohemia and Liberec regions as of June 15. The face mask duty remains valid during breaks and in common premises, such as corridors and restrooms, at schools and elsewhere.

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

  • Kindergartens are allowed to fully open, without respirators or tests.
  • All elementary and secondary schools return to regular instruction without any rotation.
  • The pupils of the schools that use antigen tests will have to undergo them once a week. The more accurate PCR tests for Covid are compulsory once in two weeks.
  • Universities are able to teach again on-site with the condition of 1.5 meters of social distancing for theoretical studies.
  • Newly, at universities and colleges, a PCR test not older than seven days or a certificate or statutory declaration on an antigen test not older than 72 hours will suffice.

RESTAURANTS & SHOPS

  • Hairdressers, cosmetics, massage, animal care, and similar services are reopened. The condition of one customer at the hairdressers, beauty parlors, manicure and massage salons has been canceled. A negative test, proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid is still required.
  • All retail sectors and other services are reopened, including shoe repair shops, second-hand car shops, car showrooms, solariums, travel agencies, photographic services, cable cars, and shooting ranges.
  • Markets and marketplaces are also fully open.
  • Restaurant outdoor facilities are open.
  • Restaurant indoor premises are able to reopen. Proof of vaccination, a negative Covid test, or recovery is needed.
  • Live music is permitted in restaurants and clubs.

ACCOMMODATION FACILITIES

  • Guesthouses, hotels, and other accommodation facilities are able to reopen for recreational purposes without the limitation of their capacities.
  • Guests must prove in advance that they are not infected, using either a negative test, a certificate of completed vaccination, or proof of past illness. -19.
  • Guests can only be accommodated for seven days. If the stay is to be prolonged, a repeated test is necessary

LEISURE ACTIVITIES

  • Groups of tourists are allowed to visit castles and chateaus if the participants provide a negative Covid test or a Covid vaccination certificate.
  • Choirs up to 30 persons can sing again if they meet conditions concerning the coronavirus infection and respect the minimum distance of two meters from one another.
  • The capacity in the swimming pools is no longer limited, however, they can only be entered by those who were inoculated, presented an antigen or PCR test or underwent Covid in the past 180 days.
  • Zoos and botanical gardens are open including indoor facilities. No need to confirm an infection-free status if there is fewer than 20 people.
  • Museums, galleries, and other cultural activities are re-opened including indoor facilities.
  • Cultural events and sports events are allowed with a maximum of 3000 people indoors and 7000 people outdoors. Exhibitions and other similar indoor spaces are able to choose whether they want to keep the limit of visitors per square meter or to fill the capacity to 75 percent
  • Consumption of food and drinks in cinemas is allowed again.
  • Hospital visits are allowed

TESTING AND VACCINATION

  • As of July 9, one dose of covid-19 vaccination is no longer sufficient to prove infection-free status; a two-week interval from the second dose is required. In such a case, it is necessary to submit a negative test. People should show proof of a negative test when entering mass events in culture or sports, when using certain services such as accommodation, swimming pools, hairdressing, wellness or when visiting a restaurant, however the operators do not have to check the certificates. Anyone with two doses will continue to be considered protected.
  • As of July 9, employers are not allowed to let employees who return from a holiday abroad enter the workplace without a negative test. However, this does not apply to fully vaccinated people.