As the pandemic situation in the Czech Republic is constantly changing and the numbers of new people infected with the novel coronavirus COVID-19 are slowly decreasing, the Czech government is gradually releasing some of the restrictions it has put in place in the previous weeks. Among them, for example, the restrictions on traveling from and to the Czech Republic.
The general ban on leaving the Czech Republic ends
From April 14, 2020 (0:00) all foreigners with a Czech residence status are able to travel abroad and return to the Czech Republic even during the state of emergency which was not previously possible. However, the purpose of the trip has to be following the exceptions from the restrictions on the free movement imposed by the Ministry of Health. That means that people can only leave in the necessary and justified cases (for example working abroad, unexpected serious medical or personal events, etc.) and everyone crossing the border will need to prove their reasons to the police at the crossing points.
Mandatory quarantine for everyone
While it is possible to leave the country from April 14, 2020, after returning to the Czech Republic it is also necessary for everyone (both, Czech citizens and foreigners) to undergo the mandatory quarantine that is in the length of 14 days from the day of arrival.
Mandatory quarantine exemption will apply only to people leaving the country for less than 24 hours.
The possibility of returning is newly extended to the spouses and minor children of the EU citizens with a residence in the Czech Republic. This, however, only applies to the family members who are already authorized to enter the country and they also have to inform the Czech Embassy about their date of arrival to the Czech Republic and the method of transportation. They are also subject to the mandatory quarantine upon entry into the Czech Republic.
Transiting the country
EU citizens and foreigners with a residence permit in a different EU country are from April 14, 2020, allowed to transit the Czech Republic if they have a note from the embassy of their home country they are returning to. It is also necessary to leave the Czech Republic within 24 hours in order to avoid the mandatory quarantine.
Other important information regarding the new changes
- While the restrictions on traveling are slowly being lifted, foreigners without a valid residence permit are still not allowed to enter the country. This also applies to the EU citizens and British citizens as the UK is still considered a member state of the EU at least until the end of 2020.
- When traveling from foreign airports (for example in Vienna or Frankfurt) to the Czech Republic people are not allowed to use taxi services or trains in order to get back into the country – it is necessary that someone else (for example a family member) arrives for them. Those people picking up their relatives from international airports are also allowed to take other people arriving with the relative and drive them to the Czech Republic as well.
Do you need a Czech residence permit?
For more details, you can access this document from the Czech Ministry of Interior (UPDATE May 14: The document was removed from the Ministry’s website).
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