Traveling outside Czechia
Residents of the Czech Republic may travel internationally without the purpose of their travel being checked at the border.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends traveling abroad only in urgent and necessary cases, mainly due to the extensive restrictions that are currently in place in many countries and also because of significant transportation complications (see the Ministry’s Travel Information Guide, in Czech).
Before any trip outside Czechia, always check with the embassy of the country you plan to visit to ensure the conditions for entering and staying in the country have not changed. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also strongly recommends that all citizens of the Czech Republic register using the DROZD system (Czech language only) before any trip abroad.
Students living in border regions can now travel to and from the country where they study every day. They are exempted from quarantine by, every 14 days, submitting a COVID-19 test that is no more than four days old when crossing the border. Tests must be arranged at the student’s own expense.
Under certain conditions, EU citizens or university students from EU countries (and citizens of Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and the United Kingdom) can now enter Czechia under certain conditions. The Ministry of the Interior provides on its website an overview of exceptions for entry into Czechia as well as rules for entry and quarantine measures.
The following Ministry of Interior exemptions are applicable to students:
- Entry of students for the purpose of a high school and university exam on the Czech territory up to 24 hours
- Entry of the EU citizens who previously resided in the Czech Republic and already go to school in the Czech Republic (a return to the Czech Republic, not a so-called first-entry) and entry of third-country citizens, who already hold permanent or temporary residence in the Czech Republic
- Entry of the EU citizens for the purpose of study at university on the Czech territory without previous stay or study on the territory of the Czech Republic exceeding 72 hours (new students)
- Entry of the cross-border pupils and students from the neighboring countries who study on the territory of the Czech Republic (children attending kindergartens in the Czech Republic are included in this category)
Detailed information is provided online by the Ministry of Interior at: Pupils and students entering the territory of the Czech Republic
Employees (including university employees)
Residents of the Czech Republic returning from a one-off trip abroad that lasted less than 72 hours do not have to submit proof of a negative COVID polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, nor will they be officially quarantined. However, a 14-day restriction on movement will apply, meaning a “stay-at-home” order (that is, only going to the office and necessary activities such as shopping or visiting a doctor are allowed). If the trip abroad exceeds 72 hours, then the resident must submit proof of a negative PCR test or be officially ordered into a 14-day quarantine.
EU citizens (and citizens of Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and the United Kingdom) entering Czechia for the purpose of conducting business for less than 72 hours must submit proof of a negative PCR test as well as a document confirming the purpose of entry; without this, entry will not be allowed
EU citizens (and citizens of Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and the United Kingdom) entering Czechia for the purpose of conducting business for more than 72 hours must notify the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs prior to their trip regarding the date and method of travel into Czechia. Furthermore, travellers must submit proof of a negative PCR test upon entering the country. Then, between the 10th and 14th days after entry, travellers are required to have a subsequent PCR test and a 14-day “limited movement” restriction applies (that allows necessary activities such as conducting business, shopping, visiting a doctor).
Up-to-date information is also available here:
- Information of Ministry of the Interior - Traveling during the state of emergency
- Overview of EU + Member States ’arrangements (COVID-19)