Critical Alert

Czech Republic declares COVID-19-related state of emergency from Oct. 5 following rise in infections; some restrictive measures tightened.

Alert Begins 01 Oct 2020 03:18 PM UTC
Alert Expires 19 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC


  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide 
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business and travel disruptions


Authorities in the Czech Republic have declared a state of emergency effective for 30 days from Oct. 5 in response to rising coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections. Authorities have tightened several restrictions from Oct. 5 until at least Oct. 18. Indoor public gatherings are limited to 10 people, outdoor public gatherings are limited to 20 people, concerts and performances involving singing are prohibited, limits on audiences at organized events are further reduced depending on the type of activity, and schools in high-risk areas, including Prague, are to switch to distance learning.

Most business and services are permitted to resume operation provided they adhere to strict hygiene and social distancing measures. Previously authorities mandated that catering establishments, such as restaurants, bars, and cafes, remain closed between 2200-0600. The use of protective face coverings remains mandatory in all in schools and other indoor areas, including on public transportation.

Travelers from EEA countries - with the exception of Spain - as well as persons arriving from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, and the UK, are allowed to enter the country without restriction. Such travelers who have spent at least 12 hours in the last 14 days in a country classified as high risk must fill out an electronic arrival form before departure and either produce proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken in an EU or EEA country within no more than 72 hours before arrival, or take a COVID-19 test within five days upon arrival and submit the result to the relevant regional public health office within seven days after arrival. Individuals who take the test upon arrival are required to limit their movements to include only work- or education-related activities, procuring essential goods and medical services, and taking care of animals or children until the results are known. Individuals whose test results are positive must self-isolate for 14 days. Travel is prohibited from all other countries. Exceptions to the travel ban include residents of countries where travel restrictions have been lifted, close family members of Czech residents, persons in a relationship with a Czech citizen or resident, diplomats, transport workers, and those with urgent circumstances are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Authorities could ease, tighten, extend, or otherwise amend restrictions at any time depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.


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.

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.



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