Easing of measures – what can and can’t I do?
Updated on 2 June 2020
We have prepared a list of frequently asked questions related to the gradual easing of measures. The questions and answers will be updated based on further developments.
WHAT IS THE PLAN FOR EASING?
The Ministry of Health has prepared a plan for a gradual return to normal life. The plan for the gradual easing of measures in the Czech Republic in connection with the coronavirus has five phases. It will only be put into practice on the condition that the situation continues to develop well. In the overview on the website, you will find our which shops, services or school activities will gradually be renewed, if the situation is favourable.
When will higher education establishments open?
From 20 April 2020, individual activities are permitted as a part of a higher education curriculum for students in the last year of study, always with at most 5 students in a group and upon fulfilment of the defined requirements. Individual consultations; individual examinations, in particular state final or state rigorous examinations to properly conclude studies; individual attendance during laboratory, experimental, artistic or practical activities or experiences, or clinical and practical learning essential to complete bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degrees, or to complete bachelor’s, diploma or dissertation theses; individual visits to libraries and study halls for all years to collect or hand in study literature (textbooks).
From 27 April 2020, permission is expanded to include individual activities as a part of a higher education curriculum for other years of study, always with at most 5 students in a group and upon fulfilment of the defined requirements.
From 11 May 2020, the personal attendance of students in higher education studies is permitted with at most 15 students in a group – this restriction does not apply to clinical and practical training and experience.
If the situation is positive, acceptance tests at higher education establishments could start being held from June 2020.
Will it be possible to take school-leaving examinations?
From 11 May 2020, optional preparation of pupils and students at secondary schools, conservatories, and vocational colleges at schools for final/school-leaving and graduation examinations – pupils or students may be in groups of at most 15. If the epidemiological situation does not worsen, it will be possible to conduct school-leaving and final examinations and graduation examinations at conservatories and vocational colleges from 1 June 2020.
Will acceptance examinations for secondary schools be conducted?
In the event of positive epidemiological developments, it should be possible from June 2020 to conduct unified acceptance examinations and school acceptance examinations for secondary schools.
Do I need to wear a face mask during acceptance examinations?
At acceptance examinations for secondary schools and universities, during full-time lessons at one-year foreign language courses or when providing consultancy services, the people in the room do not need to wear a face mask if they maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres between each other, and if there are no more than 15 people in the room during acceptance examinations.
What are the preventive requirements for higher education establishments open from 20 April?
From 20 April, attendance at lessons and examinations will be permitted upon fulfilment of the following conditions:
- no acute health problems suggesting viral infection (e.g. fever, cough, shortness of breath, sudden loss of taste and smell, etc.),
- mandatory disinfection of the hands when entering the examination room,
- mandatory protection of the upper respiratory passages on both sides (students and academics),
- the people must not be under quarantine,
- students will sign a declaration that they are free of infection,
- students will arrive at the lesson/examination at the stipulated time to minimise the risk of spreading potential infection; students will be divided into smaller groups of at most 5 people,
- the assessment and declaration of examination results will always take place after testing each student within the given time interval,
- the student will leave the building immediately after receiving the examination results,
- the classroom/laboratory will be prepared to ensure sufficient space between the students and between the students and the academics (at least 2 metres); distances must also be maintained in common areas,
- before the examination, students will wait in a separate (waiting) room under the same conditions,
- the number of examination committee members will be reduced to the essential minimum while retaining the equality of student testing by experts in the given fields.
From 11 May 2020, the personal attendance of students at higher education studies is permitted with at most 15 students in a group – this restriction does not apply to clinical and practical training and experience.
Will schools reopen?
Neither elementary schools nor secondary schools will be open for mandatory school attendance, respectively education (with the exceptions specified in the other parts of the text) before 30 June 2020; this also applies to other special elementary schools (for pupils with mental disorders, concurrence of several disorders, autism, etc.). The schedule of easing in the education sector is available on the website of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (only in the Czech language).
When will pupils start the first level of primary school?
The possibility of personal attendance of 1st level primary school pupils and their organised and extracurricular optional activities in the form of school groups is planned from 25 May 2020 – 15 children per group are recommended (1 child per desk), while each group must remain fixed; face masks are not mandatory during lessons but must be used when within 2 metres of others (group assignments) and in all the common areas of the school.
Are leisure centres for children in operation?
From 11 May 2020, leisure centres may be opened whilst fulfilling the condition of at most 15 participants in a group.
What must athletes observe during organised sports training on indoor and outdoor sports grounds?
From 8 June, it is necessary to observe the following rules:There may be maximally 500 persons on the sports grounds at one time and a distance of at least 2 meters is maintained between the athletes and other persons. During training or matches, the athletes are not required to wear protective respiratory equipment (nose, mouth) that prevents the spread of droplets. A container with hand disinfectant is available at the sports grounds and after training or the match, regular disinfection of all the used equipment is performed.
Which sports can be conducted?
Upon fulfilment of the extraordinary measures, it is possible to partake in a range of sports, in particular: walking, running, cycling, gymnastics, outdoor skating (on ice or roller skates) and skateboarding, horseback riding, golf with a maximum of two players in the group (flight), tennis, table tennis, badminton, volleyball (including beach volleyball) and football tennis, always with at most two players on each side of the court, skiing and snowboarding, water sports such as yachting, canoeing, rowing and windsurfing, always with at most two people on the boat, sports shooting, martial arts, power sports and wrestling, acrobatic flying, exclusively at outdoor sports grounds.
Is it possible to use publicly accessible outdoor gyms, and under what conditions?
Yes, upon fulfilment of the extraordinary measures. Upon contact with foreign objects (exercise equipment and gear), hand disinfection is mandatory. In the ideal case, the exercise equipment and gear should be disinfected before and after use. It is crucial to remember to maintain safe distances and use protective respiratory equipment.
Can tennis doubles be played? Under what conditions?
Upon fulfilment of the conditions of the extraordinary measure of 10 April 2020, it is possible to partake in a number of sports, including tennis, table tennis, badminton, volleyball (including beach) and football tennis, always with a maximum of two players on each side of the court.
Can sports tournaments be organised? If so, what is the maximum number of people?
Yes, the maximum numbers of participants have been increased through the individual waves of easing measures. More information here: https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en/roadmap-for-easing-measures/
Is training in water slalom, rowing or canoeing in the open air permitted?
Yes, upon fulfilment of the defined conditions which are presented within every wave of easing the measures.
Can swimmers train in indoor pools?
The opening of pools and other indoor and outdoor swimming facilities is possible from 25 May. Under what conditions is operation possible? You can find the answers to this and many other questions here.
Can athletes use shared changing rooms and showers?
From 25 May, it is possible to use common areas such as changing rooms, showers, and bathrooms. However, the recommendations of epidemiologists must be observed. More information here.
Are sports activities possible at outdoor sports grounds?
Yes, under the defined conditions sports activities are possible at outdoor sports grounds, in parks, in nature, or other publicly accessible areas. From 25 May, sports activities are also possible at indoor and outdoor swimming facilities.
Do I need to wear a face mask while fishing or horseback riding?
For activities such as fishing and horseback riding, the easing of the rules for “individual outdoors sports” applies, meaning that the wearing of face masks while horseback riding and fishing is not mandatory, provided the necessary distances are maintained. Hence, if the rider or fisherman is alone in nature and is not surrounded by people, they can move about without a face mask. However, if there are multiple people present, appropriate distances must be strictly observed and face masks used when in groups.
How many people can there be at a swimming facility?
As of 8 June 2020, there may be no more than 500 people at natural and artificial swimming facilities at the same time, and simultaneously there must be no more than one visitor per 10 m2 of the premises accessible to visitors. Visitors are not obliged to wear protective respiratory equipment if they are at least 2 meters from other people. This does not apply to household members and close persons.
SHOPS AND SERVICES
What is the most cautious way to behave in a shop? Is it enough to wear a face mask and disposable gloves?
It is necessary to be maximally respectful when shopping. We are protecting not only ourselves and other shoppers from contagion, but above all the cashiers and sales staff. For this reason, it is necessary to thoroughly cover the nose and mouth, to limit the time spent shopping to the minimum and to continuously observe basic hygienic rules and prescribed distances between shoppers. By using disposable gloves when handling goods, we reduce the risk of their contamination. This concerns e.g. unwrapped bakery products, fruit and vegetables. Gloves should also be used when handling shopping carts and baskets. Do not needlessly touch other surfaces such as railings, entrance doors, etc. If possible, use self-service check-out tills and touchless payment options, to limit direct contact with the staff.
When will hospitality establishments reopen?
From 11 May 2020, restaurants, pubs, buffets, cafes, wine shops, beer shops with sale via a sales window and within outdoor (summer) gardens are open.
The indoor areas of restaurants, pubs, buffets, cafes, wine shops and beer shops can open from 25 May 2020. However, it applies that the indoor areas will be closed to customers from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. for epidemiological reasons. During this period, sales through a sales window will be allowed. From 8 June 2020, the operation of the outdoor areas of dining establishments between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. is permitted.
Is using one’s own containers and e.g. gloves for grocery shopping prohibited?
No extraordinary measures have been issued that prohibit the use of one’s own containers or personal protective or hygienic equipment. Potential restrictions are stipulated by the individual outlets.
Is it possible that I may be unable to purchase certain unpackaged foods because of restrictions?
An extraordinary measure restricted the sale of unpackaged bakery goods, which is permitted only under the condition that there is no aggregation of persons at the point of sale, and the point of sale is equipped with personal hygienic equipment. No other extraordinary measures restricting the sale or production of unpackaged goods were issued.
Are goods without individual packaging sufficiently protected?
The customer may use their own food packaging. The seller may generally regulate the use of this packaging, e.g. in terms of its cleanliness or transparency. Customers should place the goods in leak-free packaging and handle it so as to prevent damage, piercing, cracking or spilling. After unpacking the goods at home, it is necessary to wipe down and disinfect the countertop or table where the goods were removed from bags.
What must sellers at farmers’ markets observe?
Sellers at farmers’ markets must not sell foods designated exclusively for direct consumption. Moreover, the organizers are obliged to ensure a distance of at least 2 meters between stands, tables or other points of sale, to actively prevent customers from staying at distances of less than 2 meters, to place disinfectant products at every point of sale and ensure that the customers and staff wear face masks. The staff are obliged to use gloves when coming into contact with goods or accepting payments from customers. The goods must be sold without the option of tasting.
What are the preventive requirements for open shops?
It is necessary to maintain a distance of at least 2 meters (the recommended area, respectively capacity per one present customer is at least 10 m2 of surface area). Hand disinfectant should be available at the location, and protection of the upper respiratory passages is mandatory on both sides (customer and employee). Furthermore, it is necessary for the staff to handle goods in gloves and also make gloves available to customers.
Can I try on clothing at a store?
Yes, it is now possible to try on clothing at a store. Disinfect your hands before trying clothing on.
Can I try on shoes at a store?
Yes, you can try on shoes. You must always disinfect your hands before trying them on and also wear socks.
Can I try on clothing or footwear at markets?
From 8 June 2020, it will be permitted to try on clothing at farmer’s and other outdoor markets and marketplaces.
When will cinemas and theatres reopen?
Visiting these cultural events is possible from 11 May 2020 at theatres, chateaux, and castles (outdoor areas), while there are strictly defined conditions for other cultural activities, such as cinemas. For more information, we recommend visiting the following page https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en/roadmap-for-easing-measures/. The infographic (Enjoy Culture Safely leaflet) is also available for download. From 25 May, it is also possible to visit the indoor premises of castles and chateaux.
When will castles and chateaux be open?
The outdoor areas of castles and chateaux can be visited from 11 May 2020. From 25 May 2020, the indoor premises of castles and chateaux can also be opened.
What number of visitors can castles and chateaux accommodate?
As for the outdoor premises of castles, chateaux and other similar cultural monuments, the number of visitors in one day is restricted as of 8 June 2020 so as not to exceed 250 people per one hectare of space of the facility. No more than 500 people may be on the indoor premises of the monument at the same time, and simultaneously there must be no more than one visitor per 10 m2 of the premises accessible to visitors.
When will museums reopen?
From 11 May 2020, it is possible to open museums, galleries and exhibition halls whilst observing the defined conditions. On this date, it will also be possible to open the outdoor areas of castles, chateaux, and open-air museums.
Will the limit number of persons apply to open theatres?
Yes, it will be necessary to observe the currently permitted maximum number of persons at any one time in one place (from 11 May – 100 persons, from 25 May – 300 persons, from 8 June 2020 – 500 persons). It is still necessary to respect the defined requirements for operators and visitors.
What is the situation with observing distances at theaters and other cultural events indoors?
In the case of theatres, cinemas, concert halls, circuses and other similar facilities, from 8 June 2020 it is no longer necessary for operators to require the seating of viewers in every second row and maximally two viewers next to each other, with at least one empty seat separating them from others.
Will it still apply that people must wear face masks at the theatre or concert?
Theatre, music, film, and other artistic performances, sports, cultural, religious, association, dance, traditional, and other similar events and other gatherings, exhibitions, festivals, funfairs, shows, tastings, markets, and fairs, educational events, celebrations, both public and private, attended by up to 500 people at one time, are permitted from 8 June 2020, BUT IT WILL STILL BE NECESSARY TO WEAR FACE MASKS AT THEM. In the case of a breach of the conditions, the operator faces a fine of up to CZK 3 million. Inspection is performed by the regional public health authorities.
If the number of people is limited e.g. at a theatre performance, does this number include the performers and other professionals whose presence is required?
The production staff for the theatre performance are not included in this number.
What is the situation with the number of visitors at zoos, botanical and other gardens?
The number of visitors at zoos, botanical gardens, arbors and similar facilities, which can be accessed only with a ticket, is newly restricted from 4 June 2020 so that it does not exceed 250 persons per hectare of the area of the facility in one day.
Can fairs be held?
Yes, but it will be necessary to observe the currently permitted maximum number of persons at any one time in one place (from 11 May – 100 persons, from 25 May 300 persons, from 8 June – 500 persons). It is still necessary to respect the defined requirements for operators and visitors.
RELIGIOUS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES
When will church services be permitted?
Church services with up to 15 people are possible starting on 24 April 2020. However, it is necessary to observe the specific requirements and from 11 May 2020 church services can be held with maximally 100 people at one time. From 25 May, the number of people increased to 300 and from 8 June 2020, participation at church services is permitted for maximally 500 people at one time. It is still necessary to observe the stipulated hygienic measures.
What rules must be observed during church services?
The participants of the church service will continue to maintain a distance of 2 meters from each other on the premises (church, choir, etc.), with the exception of family members. Before entering, the service participants will mandatorily disinfect their hands, wear protective respiratory equipment (nose, mouth) to prevent the spread of droplets, except for the moment of receiving communion. The wish of peace and blessing with holy water and similar rituals are omitted during the mass. The duration of the church service while preserving liturgical regulations will not be extended unnecessarily, the church premises will be duly ventilated after the service and contact surfaces will be disinfected (handles, pews, etc.).
What about other church activities?
The same rules apply for weddings, funerals and christenings at the church. Churches remain open outside of mass for private prayer and individual spiritual care.
We are a choir. Can we perform without face masks?
Yes, a choir can perform without face masks or other protective respiratory equipment. It is recommended to measure each member’s temperature before the concert. If any member of the choir shows symptoms of COVID-19 disease, they should not be allowed to participate in the concert.
We need to organise a funeral. Are there any valid restrictions?
Funerals were permitted throughout the coronavirus without restrictions. If they take place indoors, the participants must wear a face mask or other protective respiratory equipment.
Can I arrange a wedding?
Yes. From 11 May 2020, weddings with maximally 100 participants at any one time are permitted. From 25 May 2020, there may be 300 persons. From 8 June 2020, the participation of maximally 500 persons at one time is permitted. Subsequently, if the epidemiological situation remains favourable, the maximum number of persons will be increased. It is essential to thoroughly observe hygienic anti-epidemic requirements.
How many people can be present at the wedding?
Maximally 300 people may attend the ceremony. Those present may be the fiancées, their two witnesses, the person acting on behalf of the public authority or person acting on behalf of the authorized church, registrar and other persons. From 8 June, the number is extended to 500 people.
Do all the participants have to wear a face mask?
The fiancees are not obliged to wear face masks or other protective respiratory equipment in the course of the ceremony. If the wedding ceremony is held indoors, it is necessary for all those present (except the fiancees) to wear protective respiratory equipment. From 25 May, the wearing of face masks outdoors is not required. Hence, if the wedding ceremony is held outdoors, the participants at the wedding ceremony are not obliged to protect their respiratory passages.
What other hygienic measures must be observed during the ceremony?
The participants in the ceremony are not obliged to maintain a distance of at least 2 meters from other persons, but we recommend this distancing in the interest of prevention. Upon the conclusion of the ceremony, all of the used items must be disinfected.
Do we need to wear face masks during the photo shoot?
From 12 May, persons may remove their face masks for the essential time needed to take their portrait photograph, or photographs of newlyweds. The wearing of face masks outdoors is no longer required.
We want to have the reception at a restaurant. Does the restaurant really have to close at 11:00 p.m.?
Restaurants and any other facilities with staff must close at 11:00 p.m., even for private events. If the premises are leased for a private event without staff, the reception may last longer.
Can we attend the reception without face masks?
The same rules apply to the reception as to all other indoor premises; the guests may remove their face masks only while eating/drinking. If they leave the table, they must wear a face mask.
We want to have a wedding at a location where guests will stay the night. Is this possible?
Yes, accommodation facilities are in operation.
Will there be children’s camps and rehabilitation events in the summer?
Yes, the organisation of children’s camps will be possible. For more information, we recommend the following document, in which the hygienic anti-epidemiological requirements for rehabilitation events and camps in the summer of 2020 are defined.
What numbers will be allowed at camps?
In the case of rehabilitation events organised in stable buildings, the number of event participants is stipulated at 300-500, in tent camps it is 100 people. These persons include the children, leaders, medics, instructors, potential kitchen staff, cleaning staff, etc. It is the total number of persons at the site regardless of their function.
Will migratory camps be held this year?
A decision on migratory camps will be made based on the current epidemiological situation; rather, we do not recommending organizing this type of camp this year.
We are organising a day camp. What special conditions must be observed?
Day camps are not regulated by the legislation of the public health protection authority. Only valid general regulations set forth by the extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health apply to their organisation. If the operator wants to apply the hygienic anti-epidemiological measures created by the Ministry of Health for rehabilitation and similar events for children, this will be perceived as a very positive and highly recommended approach by the Ministry of Health.
My spa voucher has expired. I was supposed to arrive when the spas were closed because of coronavirus. What does this mean for me?
The law stipulates two deadlines in relation to spa treatment:
The first stipulates the time until which treatment is considered effective in medical terms following certain surgical procedures. This deadline cannot be exceeded, arises from general medical findings and the declared state of emergency has no impact on it, e.g. in the case of a complete endoprosthetis it is 3 months – after the passing of this period, the patient is generally sufficiently mobile for subsequent spa treatment to have no medical relevance. However, if complications were to persist, the law states that this three-month period can be extended by three months.
The second stipulates the validity of the voucher (proposal for provision of spa treatment). This deadline may under certain circumstances be extended due to the state of emergency, because it stipulates until when the health insurance company in cooperation with the spa facility is obliged to invite the patient from the time of issuing the voucher. Because the insurance companies and spa facilities could not fulfil this obligation, the deadline may be extended. However, the final decision is up to the health insurance company, because even in this case the patient’s medical condition should be checked again after its passing, and a new voucher issued. The Ministry of Health may also accept a procedure where this repeated examination is conducted at the spa itself.
What should I do to start my spa treatment even if my voucher has expired?
The health insurance companies are responsible for due fulfilment of the legal rules and are also obliged to ensure treatment. In specific cases, it is always necessary to contact the health insurance company. Only it can decide on further steps.
Can the health insurance company tell me that if my voucher has expired (proposal for provision of spa treatment), I have to arrange the issuing of new documentation from the attending physician?
Yes. A physician should assess whether a stay at the spa is still effective in the specific case. It is possible that the physician will update the indication group number, and the new group will allow admission to the spa. However, it may happen that admission to the spa will no longer have medical relevance, in which case it will not be allowed.
If I return from abroad, am in quarantine and take a PCR test, can I end my quarantine after a negative result is returned?
Quarantine imposed on the basis of a “Quarantine Imposition Decision” is ended in accordance with a decision issued by the regional hygiene station or provider of health care services, as has been the case until now.
Subject to which conditions can I travel out of the
It is currently possible to travel out of the country without restriction. Some countries have, however, imposed a ban on entry by foreigners, i.e. tourism has not yet been restored. For this reason, it is advisable to keep an eye on the information signpost of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic regarding travel to other countries. In general, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic still does not recommend travel to foreign countries and describes some alternatives for essential travel.
If I work in a foreign country, what measures apply to me when crossing the border?
Every foreign worker, i.e. a so-called “Pendler” or foreign commuter who crosses the border into the country (into the territory of the Czech Republic) should have confirmation that he/she is COVID-19 negative on his/her person. If he/she does not have this document when crossing the border, he/she must take a test for this within 4 days in the Czech Republic at his/her own expense (at the respective test centre for self-payers). In the meanwhile, such a person must limit his/her contact with other people, i.e. must limit his/her movements to handling necessary and urgent affairs (e.g. shopping, a visit to the doctor and also, of course, a visit to the test centre to take a COVID-19 test). Over this period of time, such a person will not be sanctioned for leaving his/her home to handle urgent affairs. During this period of time, he/she must observe certain quarantine measures, but is not in compulsory imposed quarantine.
As soon as this person receives his/her test results, the procedure is as follows: If the result is negative, the foreign commuter in question may again continue to work and may leave the country. Foreign commuters must present a test for coronavirus at the border once a month. In the event of a positive test, the person in question will go into quarantine because they will receive an official “Decision on the imposition of quarantine”. Quarantine is imposed for a period of 14 days. A breach of this quarantine may be punished by a fine of up to CZK 3 million. Quarantine is imposed by the respective Regional hygiene station.
If I enter quarantine after returning from a foreign country and would like to take the test, is leaving quarantine to take this test then a breach of quarantine?
This depends whether the quarantine has been imposed on you by the hygiene station, i.e. whether you have received an official “Decision on the imposition of quarantine”. Quarantine is then imposed for a period of 14 days. A breach of this quarantine may be punished by a fine of up to CZK 3 million. However, if you take a PCR test for Covid-19 which is negative within 4 days of your return, you may return to work. You must restrict your movements during the period immediately after your return while waiting for the test results. You may handle urgent affairs (e.g. shopping, a visit to the doctor and, of course, also a visit to the test centre to take a COVID-19 test). During this period, you will not be fined for leaving your home. During this period of time, you must observe certain quarantine measures, but this does not concern compulsory imposed quarantine.
Which test will be required? Will a Rapid test be sufficient?
No. A RT-PCR test is performed for the presence of SARS-CoV-2.
Why is a PCR test necessary?
The results of a PCR test are usually available within 48 hours and are usually positive even before any symptoms occur, i.e. this is the method which is most suitable for quickly and reliably finding out whether a person is infected at a given moment in time and whether he/she is spreading the virus.
There is a wait of several days (three or more) for the results of a regular test. Do I have to stay at home during this period?
While waiting for the test result, you must observe quarantine measures, but this does not concern compulsory imposed quarantine. You must restrict your movements during the period immediately after your return while waiting for the test results. You may handle urgent affairs (e.g. shopping, a visit to the doctor and, of course, also a visit to the test centre to take a COVID-19 test). During this period, you will not be fined for leaving your home.
Are there enough test centres in CZ?
The number of test centres is continuously increasing. A list can be found on the website of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic (only in the Czech language).
If I take a test after returning from abroad, can I abandon the quarantine measures?
If a RT-PCR test is performed for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 with a negative result, quarantine measures may be abandoned as this does not concern quarantine, but quarantine measures relating to return to the Czech Republic. Quarantine measures are governed by the Act on the Protection of Public Health No. 258/2000 Coll.
If I am not returning from abroad, I am in quarantine and take a PCR test, can I end my quarantine after a negative result is returned?
Quarantine imposed on the basis of a “Decision on the imposition of quarantine” ends in line with a decision issued by the Regional hygiene station or provider of health care services as has been the case until now.
If I want to travel to Germany every day as a foreign pendler, when do I have to take the test?
The movement of cross-border workers, known as foreign pendlers, is recorded by the border guards. If foreign pendlers regularly present medical confirmation of a negative RT-PCR test every 30 days, they can travel to work every day. A summary of the conditions for travel to Germany are available here.
Further details relating directly to foreign pendlers can be found on the website of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic.
Where can I find information about the situation in other countries?
It is currently possible to travel out of the country without restriction. Several countries have, however, imposed a ban on entry by foreigners, i.e. tourism has not yet been restored. For this reason, it is advisable to keep an eye on the information signpost of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding travel to other countries. In general, it does still apply that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not recommend travel to foreign countries and describes some alternatives for essential travel.
How should I address my having reregistered from insurance for a stay abroad of over 6 months now that I have had to return early?
The law states that the base premium itself cannot be waived in the event of early return from abroad . If somebody terminates their “long-term stay” before the 6-month period determined in Section 8(4) of Act No 48/1997, they must pay the premium as if they were a person with no taxable income, meaning 6 x CZK 1971. The Ministry of Health has sought to find a solution to this situation with the health insurance companies so that such debt would at least not be subject to penalties and could automatically be broken down into instalments that will not pose a burden to the policyholder. We currently have an agreement with the insurance companies that if you request breakdown into instalments, this should be permitted. At the same time, the penalty will also be waived if you exercise the institute of amelioration of harshness of legislation. In this case, the insurance companies will take the complexity of the situation into account, allow breakdown into instalments and waive the penalty.
How should I proceed after returning in the given situation?
If you have prematurely returned from a long-term stay abroad that did not exceed 6 months (and hence the law stipulates an obligation to pay public health insurance), contact the health insurance company with which you were previously insured. Each insurance company may have a different procedure, so it is necessary to resolve the issue with the insurer directly. The insurance company will probably not waive the premium because this is not possible by law, but will allow its breakdown into instalments and will waive the penalty.
I want to travel to Slovakia. Allegedly it is now possible without a test and quarantine. Is this true?
Yes, it is now possible to travel to Slovakia without the need to take a test and without going into quarantine. However, the border can be crossed for only 48 hours. It is necessary to have a completed special form. Ideally, fill in your name and surname before travelling. The form is available for download here.
I want to travel to Hungary. Allegedly it is now possible. Is this true?
Yes, you can now enter the territory of Hungary. The stay must not exceed 48 hours.
What rules will apply for countries with a high risk of contagion, if I wanted to travel e.g. to Sweden or England?
Based on the current epidemiological situation, citizens of the Czech Republic will be obliged to have a negative test (no more than 4 days old, or it must be taken in the Czech Republic within 72 hours) or go into quarantine for two weeks when travelling from Sweden. Unfortunately, the epidemiological situation in Sweden and Great Britain is currently the worst in Europe, which is why we must require negative tests.
Can I return to the Czech Republic from abroad as an EU citizen without the need for a test?
From 15 June 2020, citizens of the European Union with confirmation of temporary residence or permanent residence from countries with a low risk of COVID-19 contagion and foreigners with granted long-term residency in a European Union member state with a low risk of COVID-19 contagion will be permitted to enter the Czech Republic. Czech citizens returning from countries with low and moderate risk of COVID-19 contagion will not have to report this fact to the regional public health authority after entering the Czech Republic.
What is the TRAFFIC LIGHT system?
This is a system for safe travel. The system is called a traffic light according to the colours which should be assigned to individual countries depending on the severity of the COVID-19 contagion in the given country. Green is given to safe countries, orange to countries with a moderate risk of contagion, and red to countries with a high risk of contagion. The system will evolve according to the epidemiological situation in the world. The list of countries will be updated at weekly intervals.
How does the TRAFFIC LIGHT system work? Which European countries pose a moderate risk?
We recommend monitoring the current list of countries with different risk variants. The list will be updated at weekly intervals depending on the current epidemiological situation.
We travelling, we also recommend monitoring the information on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://www.mzv.cz/jnp/cz/udalosti_a_media/tiskove_zpravy/x2020_04_25_rozcestnik_informaci_k_cestovani.html
Why does a Czech citizen returning from orange countries (e.g. Italy or Spain) not have to take a test for coronavirus, while a Spanish citizen coming to the Czech Republic does?
Czechs can travel to and from green and orange countries without restrictions when returning. However, a test for COVID-19 will be required when travelling from red countries. Foreigners arriving to the Czech Republic will have to present a test when travelling from orange and red countries.
The parameters and criteria of the traffic light system, meaning the system of identifying safe countries for travel, is based on the evaluation of epidemiological criteria in each country. Experts from the Ministry of Health, Interior, Foreign Affairs and public health cooperate on it. More information is available here: http://www.mzcr.cz/dokumenty/od-15cervna-mohou-obcane-eu-vracejici-se-ze-zemi-s-nizkym-a-strednim-rizikem-n_19322_1.html