The number of newly infected individuals in Czechia has been steadily going down. However, due to the threat of omicron, the new government has announced tougher restrictions for New Year’s Eve celebrations as well as the entering and re-entering of the country for foreigners and non-vaccinated. In addition, the EU has shortened the validity of vaccination certificates to 9 months from 1 February.
Vaccination certificates will be valid for 9 months only (unless you get a booster).
New Year’s Eve restrictions
The State of Emergency in the Czech Republic is over. However, some restrictions still apply, including for example the FFP2 mask mandate in all interiors and only being able to go to the restaurant with a valid vaccination certificate.
Some new restrictions are valid for New Year’s celebrations, from 29 December to 2 January 2022. These include:
- Decreasing the number of attendees at events to the maximum of 50
- All attendees in restaurants and services have to present their vaccination certificate QR code
- During this time, there can be a maximum of 4 people sitting at a table, unless they share one household
These event rules will change from 3 January 2022 to the following:
- Events allowed for up to a maximum of 1000 sitting attendees
- For non-sitting attendees, this number goes down to 100
- There can be a maximum of 6 people sitting at a table
- Organizers are obligated to check covid certificates
Changes in vaccination certificate validity
Just before Christmas, the Government announced that – due to the new omicron variant of COVID-19 – the validity of vaccination certificates will be shortened to 9 months only.
Although they originally announced that this change should be valid from 1 January, the deadline has been moved to 1 February in accordance with the rest of the European Union.
In simpler terms – if you have only been vaccinated once (or twice in case of two-shot vaccines), then your certificate is only valid for 9 months come 1 February. The only way to re-validate your status as a vaccinated person is to get a booster shot.
Getting a booster shot should extend the validity of your vaccination certificate indefinitely.
Booster shot availability
Booster shots are currently available to anyone over 30 years of age whose 2nd shot (or their 1-shot vaccine) was administered at least 5 months ago. This age limit will change to over 18s on 4 January.
If you fulfill these conditions, you can go get your booster at any vaccination center, even without registration. If you want to make sure you have a time slot, register either here or (if you’re a self-payer) here.
Traveling to become more complicated
If you’re a foreigner (= don’t have a Czech residency) or if you’re returning to the Czech Republic from countries with a high and very high risk of infection and do not possess a valid vaccination certificate, you will be obligated to get a PCR test between the 5th and 14th day after your arrival to Czechia as of Monday, 1 January 2022.
Until you’ve received the result of this test, you’re obligated to wear a respirator.
This obligation also applies to foreigners with a certificate of COVID-19 illness and those with a valid vaccination certificate without a booster shot. Exceptions include children below 12 years of age. Children between 12 and 18 years of age do not need a booster shot to cross the borders.
IMPORTANT: Individuals with valid vaccination certificates do not have to adhere to these conditions, aside from filling out the locator form.
Government to possible resume company testing
If approved by the parliament, self-testing in companies should apply to everyone twice a week aside from:
- employees who do not meet with others while working
- those working from home
- those with an official negative antigen or PCR test taken in the past 24 hours
- health workers and social workers (who are getting tested anyway)
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