Summary
Following an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections, which has placed strain on hospitals, authorities in the Czech Republic will further tighten certain restrictions Oct. 22:

 

  • Movement is restricted throughout the country. Individuals are only permitted to leave their houses for essential reasons.
  • Public gatherings, both indoors and outdoors, will be limited to two people, unless they are from the same household.
  • Only essential businesses are permitted to operate. Many retail stores will be closed.
  • Hotels and accommodation facilities are only open for business travelers.
  • Weddings and funerals are limited to 10 people. Protests and demonstrations are limited to a maximum of 100 people in clusters of no more than 20 people.
  • Restaurants, bars, and similar establishments remain closed; however, takeout is permitted until 2000.
  • The use of protective face coverings is mandatory in all indoor areas, on public transportation, and outdoors when a distance of 2 meters (six feet) between people cannot be observed.
  • Schools, except for preschools, are closed and classes have moved to online learning modules.
  • Casinos and indoor sports facilities, including indoor swimming pools, gyms, and wellness centers, remain closed.

 

The country remains in a state of emergency, which was declared Oct. 5 and will be in effect for at least 30 days.

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. They will also need to produce either 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.

 

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.

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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