The Czech government is gradually releasing some restrictions which were introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As stated by the Ministry of Interior, EU citizens can again return to the Czech Republic without a temporary or permanent residence certificate, starting from Wednesday, April 22.
What EU citizens need instead of residence permit
Since it is currently not necessary for the EU citizens to have their residence permit in order to be allowed into the country, they will need other documents instead: ID card, purchase contract or lease or sublease agreement, plus one additional valid document proving the reason for their arrival into the country. This document can be:
- health insurance card issued by a Czech health insurance company
- confirmation of study in the Czech Republic
- confirmation of employment in the Czech Republic for the duration of more than 90 days (this doesn’t have to be a work contract, a document issued by the employer especially for the purpose of getting back to the Czech Republic can also serve as evidence)
- Czech trade licence/business owner or a similar certificate
After the arrival into the Czech Republic, it is obligatory for them to undergo a 14-day long quarantine.
The situation in the Czech Republic is, however, changing day by day, and having the residence permit is still the safest option. Thus we strongly recommend applying for a temporary or permanent residence permit if you don’t have one yet so you are surely allowed to re-enter the country when the borders are closed.
This was confirmed to us by employees of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic via a phone call. Details can be found in the following document (UPDATE May 14: The document was removed from the Ministry’s website).
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