Newsflash: Coronavirus in the Czech Republic
- Last update: 16.02.2022
Overview of the current emergency measures
State of emergency: The 30-day state of emergency has ended on December 25, 2021.
Consumption of alcohol in public is not prohibited anymore.
Mass events: A maximum of 100 people can attend non-seating mass events, events for seated audiences have a limit of 1000 visitors. Funerals stay unrestricted.
Face masks and respirators
It is mandatory to wear a respirator (or technically equally effective device) everywhere indoors. You have to wear a respirator in the workplace, shops, businesses, public transport (including enclosed ski cabins), motor vehicles (unless you are a member of the same household), medical facilities, international airports and on the public transport platforms.
It is not mandatory to wear face protection outdoors anymore unless someone is around in a two-meter radius.
Exceptions: Face masks and respirators do not need to be worn by children under the age of two, and by people with intellectual disabilities or severe mental disorders. Children under 15 can wear a surgical face mask instead of a respirator.
Cloth face masks, homemade masks or scarves are not considered sufficient.
Testing, vaccination and recovery
Testing (vaccinated): Health insurance companies no longer reimburse people for antigen tests. Fully vaccinated are entitled to five PCR tests per month. Children from 12 to 18 years of age, people with one dose of vaccination and people with contraindications will be reimbursed for five PCR tests per month.
Testing (non-vaccinated): Health insurance companies no longer reimburse any tests for non-vaccinated people over the age of 18. PCR test costs about CZK 800, antigen test about CZK 200.
Exceptions apply to people who have been sent for a test by a doctor, hygienic station or employer, and those who are not recommended to be vaccinated for health reasons. These people continue to have their tests covered by health insurance companies.
Shops, services and culture
Shops and services: All retail stores and services can be opened within the normal opening hours. There is a limit to the number of customers in a store – a maximum of one customer per 10 square meters.
Cultural events, sports events, conferences: Until February 18, a maximum limit of 100 participants (or 1,000 seated spectators) at mass events will continue to apply. Between February 19 to 28, the maximum capacity will increase to 500. In the case of seated audiences, it will be possible to increase the number of more than 1,000 spectators by 50% of the remaining capacity of the venue.
Museums, galleries and monuments: All museums, galleries and tourist destinations operate without restrictions. Social distancing (1.5 meters) is required.
Zoos and Botanical Gardens: Both indoor and outdoor spaces are open with 100% of the capacity allowed. Social distancing (1.5 meters) is required.
Restaurants and hotels
As of February 10, a certificate of vaccination or proof of overcoming the illness is no longer obligatory in restaurants, hotels and at mass events.
Restaurants, pubs, bars, discos, music and clubs, cafes, casinos and similar establishments can have both outdoor and indoor spaces open. It is recommended to disinfect your hands and keep social distancing (1.5 meters).
Hotels and other accommodation facilities are open without any restrictions.
Fitness centres and gyms: Face masks are not mandatory but visitors have to keep a 2 m distance. The changing rooms are open in normal mode.
Wellness and swimming pools: Wellness, saunas or salt caves are open in 100% of their capacity. The social distancing of 1.5 meters is required.
Professional sports: Professional sports activities are allowed without any restriction.
Amateur sports: Amateur athletes can train and play sports with a maximum capacity of 100 people.
Schools and universities
Testing in schools will end on February 18.
Testing: The last testing day was Monday, February 14. In the week between 14 and 18 February, there is an obligation to continue testing after Monday for individual children and students who return to school after Monday, for example after an illness.
Respirators: Teachers who have not completed vaccinations are required to wear a respirator during classes. Face protection is still mandatory in the common areas of the school. In the classrooms, students do not need to wear face protection if they are sitting in their place.
Universities: University students must wear respirators when there are more than 50 people in a class.
Conditions and testing in companies
Testing in companies will end on February 18.
Testing: Until February 18, employees must be tested twice a week with antigenic tests. Exceptions include those working at home and people who have undergone an official PCR test or antigen test. In case of a positive test, the employee enters a 5-day quarantine. After the quarantine, they must undergo another antigen test and then may return to work. The second option is providing a negative result of a PCR test.
Social and medical facilities
Hospital, follow-up and long-term care and social care visits: Whoever cannot prove a completed vaccination, must either provide proof of recovery or submit a valid negative test result. The validity of the tests is 72 hours for PCR and 24 hours for antigen tests. A respirator must be worn throughout the whole visit (children may have a surgical face mask).
Visits to prisons: Visits are allowed under certain conditions – vaccination, recovery, or negative result of a PCR test.
Authorities and other institutions
Office hours: Public institutions should operate normally and without restrictions.
Personal contact: Authorities prefer written, electronic or telephone contact to personal contact to reduce the risk of infection. However, the possibility of personal contact is maintained. It is mandatory to wear a respirator indoors.
Prague City Hall: At the Prague City Hall, hygiene measures still apply. The official office hours are on Monday and Wednesday, always from 8:00 to 18:00.
Register of drivers and register of vehicles: Office hours at these offices are extended to Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 to 18:00, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 to 15:00 and Friday from 8:00 to 11:00 (Friday office hours are valid only for the Vyšehrad and Bohdalec offices).
Agendas of the City of Prague Services Department: Some counters at the Škoda Palace, such as CzechPOINT, verification, department of registries and citizenship, and registration of taxi vehicles, are open whole week – on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8.00 to 18.00, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 to 15:00, and on Friday from 8.00 to 11:00.
We recommend that you continue to use online reservations to visit these workplaces. At the same time, we would like to ask you to still use, if possible, remote means of communication with the City Hall, such as e-mail, telephone, or data box.