UPDATE (MARCH 18, 12:00): As as noon today, the City of Prague extends new regulation regarding wearing face masks in public. The citizens are required to wear protective masks (or their alternatives) in all workplaces including supermarkets, shops and stores, health and social facilities, public authority offices and public transport stops. In the event of a breach of this regulation, a fine up to CZK 20,000 can be imposed.
UPDATE (MARCH 16, 14:00): From midnight (March 17 at 0:00), Prague public transport passengers are required to travel only with sanitary face masks or other improvised protection. Mouth and nose have be covered at all times while using the metro, buses and trams.
UPDATE (MARCH 16, 0:00): The government has restricted the free movement of people across the Czech Republic to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The regulation is valid from Sunday midnight to Tuesday 24 March. On Sunday evening, the Czech Republic registered 293 infected people.
Anyone living in the Czech Republic is prohibited from travelling outside their residence except under certain circumstances. Individuals are also required to limit contact with others to the lowest degree possible. Anyone travelling is instructed to maintain a distance of at least two meters from other people, use a sanitary face mask or any alternative (home-made face mask, scarf or anything else to cover your mouth and nose) and to use non-cash payments for hygienic reasons.
What is not affected by the restrictions on the free movement:
- travelling to work and business
- necessary trips to family or loved ones
- travelling to the doctor
- shops, grocery stores and drugstores visit in order the purchase of food, medicines, medical devices or animal feed
- use of necessary financial and postal services, fuel
- providing services for another person, such as neighbourhood assistance or volunteering
- necessary escort of relatives
- urgent official matter
- the pursuit of a profession, such as police officers, paramedics or social carers
- individual spiritual care and services
- supply and distribution services
- veterinary care
- stays in nature, parks
UPDATE (MARCH 13, 13:27): as of March 16, 2020, the Czech Republic closes its borders. All foreign nationals without a residence permit in the Czech Republic, including tourists and other travellers, will be barred from entering the country. Additionally, all Czech citizens and holders of Czech residence permits will be barred from leaving the country. One exception to the travel ban will be Czech citizens and residents returning to the country, who will still be able to do so. Likewise, tourists and other non-residents currently in the country on short-term stays will be able to leave.
The government of the Czech Republic declared the state of emergency in its entire territory for 30 days with effect from March 12th, 2020 from 2 pm.
When declaring a state of emergency certain rights and freedoms may be restricted. With effect from 14th March 2020, the government resolution orders:
- no entry for all foreigners coming from risk areas except for foreigners staying temporarily over 90 days or persons with permanent residence in the Czech Republic; this does not apply if the entry of these foreigners is in the interest of the Czech Republic;
- to stop the receiving request for short-term visa applications, temporary and permanent residence applications at the embassies of the Czech Republic; this does not apply to persons whose stay is in the interest of the Czech Republic;
- to stop all proceedings in the case of short-term visa applications, which have not been decided yet; this does not apply to persons whose stay is in the interest of the Czech Republic;
- to stop all proceedings on applications for residence permits over 90 days lodged at the embassies,
- no entry to the risk areas for the citizens of the Czech Republic and foreigners with permanent or temporary residence, over 90 days, in the Czech Republic; this does not apply if there is an exemption from the imposed measure.
Foreigners who are at the time of the declaration of the state of emergency in the territory legally, temporarily or permanently, under the rules for the stay of foreigners, are entitled to remain in the territory for the duration of the state of emergency.