Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Czech Republic extends State of Emergency until April 30 due to COVID-19 activity, enforcing significant travel and business restrictions.

This alert affects Czech Republic

This alert began 15 Apr 2020 12:00 GMT and is scheduled to expire 30 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least April 30
  • Impact: Severe travel and business disruptions

Summary
Czech officials have extended the nation's existing State of Emergency and constituent restrictions until at least April 30 as part of the effort to combat COVID-19. Restrictions include:

  • Ban on nonessential movement outside the home
  • Ban on gatherings of more than two persons
  • Closure of nonessential establishments
  • Ban on entry to most foreigners, excluding residents
  • Ban on most residents leaving the country
  • Requirement for all arrivals to self-isolate for 14 days


Cross-border workers and freight transport are exempt from international travel restrictions. Additionally, Czech officials have extended the controls they had implemented along their country's borders with Germany and Austria as part of efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The controls along the land borders with Germany and Austria, as well as controls at all air borders, will now remain in place through at least April 25.

All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews and may receive updates or extensions in the coming days.

Background and Analysis
The Czech government's travel restrictions and preventive measures are similar to actions other governments are taking globally in response to the spread of COVID-19, a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

Resources
Czech Republic Ministry of Health (Czech): www.koronavirus.mzcr.cz

Czech Republic Ministry of Internal Affairs: www.mvcr.cz