Coronavirus in Czechia: What’s Allowed from 1 August and Where to Get Vaccinated without Registration

The epidemiologic situation in the Czech Republic has been steadily improving. There are no great increases in the numbers of new infections or hospitalizations. Therefore, the government has come up with a number of new restriction relaxations, which will be valid from 1 August.  These relaxations are mainly related to culture and sports. Several vaccination spots without the need to register have opened all over Czechia.

Dancing coronavirus

From 1 August, up to 3,000 people can attend an indoor cultural event

 

What’s allowed from 1 August

  • you can now dance in clubs and other establishments if you prove your non-infectious status. Your test cannot be older than 24 hours
  • there’s no limits on the capacity in pools (there used to be a limit of 75%) – but only those who have been vaccinated, sick with COVID-19 in the last 180 days or tested can go
  • no need to prove your non-infectious status in ZOOs and in other places with guided tours of up to 20 people
  • indoor exhibitions and galleries can choose whether they want to fill their capacity based on square meters or up to 75%
  • there’s now no limits on the number of athletes preparing for a game/match

 

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Vaccination without registration

Would you like to get vaccinated in Czechia but don’t want to deal with the complicated registration system? You’re in luck, because there are now several spots in Czechia where you can get the jab without the need to register online.

Aside from not having to come to the spot at a particular time, another advantage of getting your COVID-19 vaccine there is that you might win some exciting prizes (including Converse sneakers, Steam vouchers, and two iPhone 12s once a week). 

 

Where can you find these spots?

PRAGUE

  • Westfield Chodov shopping center (from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends) – Pfizer
  • the Main Station (daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) – Johnson & Johnson
  • and Nový Smíchov shopping center (open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.) – Moderna

 

BRNO

  • Olympia shopping center (daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) – Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson
  • and Janáček theatre (daily from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson

 

OSTRAVA

  • Forum Nová Karolína (from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.) – Johnson & Johnson

 

OLOMOUC

  • Galerie Šantovka shopping center (from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.) – Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson

 

ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE

  • The Exhibition Center, pavilion T1, entrance from the Tesco’s (Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) – Johnson & Johnson

 

HRADEC KRÁLOVÉ

  • OC Atrium (working days from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.) – Pfizer

 

More Czech cities will reportedly be opening these spots. However, these have not yet been announced or there are no details about opening times or vaccine kinds. 

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Article sources: CT24, deník, Olomoucký deník

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Tereza Walsbergerova

Howdy! I'm Tereza and I'm a wordsmith and literature nerd from Brno. Although I was born and raised in the Czech Republic, I know all too well from my time in Texas what it's like to be a "stranger in a strange land." I am excited to share all kinds of information with y'all!

17 thoughts on “Coronavirus in Czechia: What’s Allowed from 1 August and Where to Get Vaccinated without Registration

    1. Hi Robux,
      I’m sorry to hear that. Hope you’re healthy and doing well regardless. If you need any immigration and relocation services, don’t hesitate to contact us!

      Best,
      Tereza

  1. Hi Tereza,
    I heard today that as of August 1, when German citizens return to Germany from a visit to the Czech Republic they must get a second test when they return home even though the first test they got in Germany is still good.
    This begs a question regarding Czech people who visit Germany or for example Poland.
    If an initial test made here in the Czech Republic is still valid when returning from Germany or say Poland then will an additional test be required here in the Czech Republic?
    Can you check on this, please?
    Take care,
    Dwight

    1. Hi Dwight,
      As far as I know, Germany is currently green, so as long as you’re vaccinated, all you need to do is fill out the passenger locator form if you’re returning to the Czech Republic.

      As for tests… The Ministry of Health website clearly states that when it comes to green countries (both Poland and Germany are green), you need to get tested within 5 days after your arrival or before your entry to the country, so I’m guessing you don’t need to do another test after if you got one before, as long as it’s valid (PCR 72 hours, Antigen 48 hours).

      However, if you’re flying, I’d double-check with the aiport and your flight company, as they might have their own rules.

      Hope this helps!

      Best,
      Tereza

  2. Hi Tereza,
    After visiting https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/coronavirus-information-of-moi.aspx I sent all the following to cestovani.covid19@mvcr.cz
    I was thinking the PCR is 7 days and not 72 hours. It just seems extremely odd that the PCR is only good for 24 hours more than the Antigen.
    The following I found on: https://www.visitczechrepublic.com/en-US/926179fc-1601-4cf8-b201-0b33b3878f08/page/covid-19
    Rules for testing: Testing before arrival to the Czech Republic:
    1) PCR not longer than 72 hours before starting the travel
    2) antigen not longer than 48 hours

    It states not longer than 72 before starting the travel, but it does not say for how many days the PCR test is considered viable.
    This begs the question. Was there ever a statement anywhere that said something about 7 days for the PCR test?
    This all leads to the question about traveling back from Poland.
    My wife and I travel to Krakow on August 24. We have an appointment at the US Embassy on August 25 then travel back to Mariánské Lázně on August 26.
    I will receive my second vaccination tomorrow, August 6. My wife has not had any vaccinations due to health concerns so she will acquire the PCR test on Monday, August 23, most likely mid-day about 13:00. We arrive home to Mariánské Lázně 21:00 on August 26, so this will be about 80 hours from the expected time of the PCR test.
    However, we enter the Czech Republic early in the day, prior to the 72-hour limit. Will she be required to fill out the locator form?
    So do you see how confusing this all can be when in the past we saw the PCR was good for 7 days and now suddenly we see something different?
    The issue I believe is the portion of number 1) above regarding PCR: not longer than 72 hours before starting the travel which does not indicate anything about the total length of PCR test viability.
    If you are aware of any additional information that would be helpful would you please post it here?
    Thank you so much, Tereza.

    Take care and stay safe,
    Dwight

    1. Hi Dwight,
      I am so sorry it’s so complicated and confusing for you. It is complicated for me too and it changes all the time, so I try to keep up as best as I can :D. I think the PCR test has a different viability for travelling than it has for activities inside Czechia (e.g. going to the pool or restaurant).

      Let me rephrase it – the way I understand it, yes the test can’t be older than 72 hours when you’re entering Czechia (so for travelling), but once you’re here, I think you can use it to go to the restaurant for the rest of those 7 days. You’ll see this if get the TEČKA app, because the QR code of the test will turn red once it’s no longer viable. Does that make sense to you?

      And you BOTH need to fill out the locator forms even though you’ll have been fully vaccinated by then, there are no exceptions for that as far as I can tell.

      I’m not aware of any additional information at this moment.

      Hope you have safe travels and everything goes smoothly for you!

      Best,
      Tereza

  3. Hi Tereza,
    Thank you, this helps.
    I will have to fill in the locator forms before our trip as in Poland before we return I will not have access because I won’t have a computer with me.
    Take care,
    Dwight

  4. Hi Tereza,
    I hope I am not being too bothersome.
    Monday, August 9, my wife will receive her first vaccination.
    https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/coronavirus-information-of-moi.aspx
    In the Rules for entry and return to the Czech Republic (as of 19th July 2021) it states the following under the green country with a low risk:
    antigen / PCR test before or after arrival-exception from testing for these persons: persons fully vaccinated in the EU+ countries – 14 days after the application of the last dose (it is necessary to have a national certificate or a digital EU certificate).
    This seems to imply that she will indeed need to have a PCR test prior to entry in Poland because her second vaccination won’t happen until about a month later ate which time she would have the necessary certificate.
    Thoughts?

    Take care,
    Dwight

    1. Hi Dwight,
      yes that’s correct. Unless she’s had her second dose + 14 days, she needs to get tested.

      Best,
      Tereza

  5. Hi Tereza,
    I hope all is well in your world.
    I have a question for you regarding German citizens visiting CZ.
    My 11-year-old granddaughter wants to visit us in late August. Her mom is fully vaccinated as of August 4. So our granddaughter, and her mom with a 1-year-old daughter will travel together by train from Germany to Marianske Lazne. Will our 11-year-old granddaughter need to be tested as she isn’t able to be vaccinated yet? I have searched the MOI’s online locations and nothing is available regarding children under the age of being able to be vaccinated.
    Thank you,
    Take care,
    Dwight

    1. Hi Dwight,
      According to this webiste, when travelling from Germany, children below 12 years of age are exempt from providing a test, vaccination confirmation, or a document about having COVID-19 in the past. The website is in Czech only, but if you use Google Translate, you should be able to find it there. If you or your daughter/daughter-in-law can speaking German, they might be able to find it on this website in German.

      Anyway, both your grandchildren should be fine without any documentation (I would bring some document that can prove she’s only 11, though, just to make sure).

      Hope this helps!

      Best,
      Tereza

  6. Hi Tereza,
    Thank you. Upon reading this in English this is what I see:
    Rules for entry into Germany from the Czech Republic with regard to measures taken against SARS-CoV-2
    Exemptions from testing or confirmation of vaccination or SARS-CoV-2 disease – these documents may not have
    · Commuters (provided they have not been in a high-risk area),
    · Persons entering Germany for 24 hours in border traffic (provided they have not been in a high-risk area),
    · Persons traveling to Germany for work purposes to transport persons, goods or goods across the border by road, rail or air (subject to protection and hygiene measures),
    · Persons returning to Germany as members of official delegations via the government terminal of Berlin-Brandenburg Airport or via Cologne / Bonn Airport and staying in the risk area for less than 72 hours,
    · Children under 12 years.

    So what this seems to say is people entering Germany. Our family members live in Germany and are traveling here to the Czech Republic. Surely there is something that regards travel in this direction from Germany.
    I will continue searching to see if I can find something regarding:
    Rules for entry into the Czech Republic from Germany with regard to measures taken against SARS-CoV-2

  7. Hi Tereza,
    I found a number to call but they speak Czech. The site: https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en/ states the following: COVID-19 information hotline (dial 1221) is also available in English
    from anywhere in the Czech Republic daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    For calling from abroad use number +420 226 20 1221.
    When I ask to speak with someone in English they say someone will call me later.
    Maybe you could call and ask my question about children traveling from Germany.

    Thank you,
    Take care,
    Dwight

    1. Hi Dwight,
      Apologies, I didn’t notice the website was talking about the opposite direction. I’m surprised the information isn’t on the German embassy website.

      From what I can see, Germany is green on the Czech traveller’s map, so that means children below 6 do not have to fill out the locator form or get tested. Children below 12 have to fill out the locator form, do not have to be tested to enter Czechia, but do have to get PCR tested within 5 days after arrival to Czechia. This is the information for returning Czech citizens, but I think it should be the same for foreign nationals from that country travelling here.

      You can also check this website.

      Unfortunately, I don’t have the capacities to make calls anywhere.

      Best,
      Tereza

  8. Hi Tereza,
    Thank you, I appreciate your time spent to get answers.
    The 5-day rule I think will not be a problem because they will only come and stay 1 or 2 nights at the most, returning back to Germany within 1 or 2 days from arrival to CZ.
    Maybe later today when you are off work you could check on the phone number 1221 and speak with them just to see what they have to say about the issue I raised. If not, so be it.
    Take care and stay safe,
    Dwight

    1. Hi Dwight,
      I’m sorry, I don’t have the time or energy to call anywhere outside my work hours. I wish I could be more helpful, but those are all the information I have right now. This link should have all the information. If it’s not there, then I have no other way of finding out beyond phoning the Ministry, which doesn’t fall under my responsibilities. Maybe our immigration specialist can help you better if you email us at info@foreigners.cz.

      Thank you and best of luck with everything,
      Tereza

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