The State of Emergency ended on 17 May. See the current restriction in the Czech Republic

12 Mar 2020

Update: Tue 19 May, 8:40

The State of Emergency in the Czech Republic was declared between 12 March to 17 May 2020. The reason was the danger to the health of the population due to the coronavirus outbreak. Although the State of Emergency is no longer valid, there are still some restrictions. Please read the details below. See also official government websites.

Please note that university measures taken are still valid. Read more on Masaryk University’s emergency measures here. 

Current government measures

All measures remain in place until otherwise stated:

  • Ban on going outside without a facemask: the government has prohibited going outside without protecting your respiratory track (nose and mouth), by means such as facemasks or scarves. Without these means of protection, you can’t go outside, shopping etc.
    • It is compulsory to wear a mask outside until 25 May. After 25 May it will be no longer compulsory to wear a facemask in outdoor areas if at least two persons are at a distance of more than two meters. However, it still will be compulsory to wear facemasks indoors and when using public transport and taxi services etc.
  • No using public transport without a facemask: it is prohibited to use public transport in Brno (also in Prague) without using means of protecting respiratory track (nose and mouth), such as facemasks or scarves.
  • During 8–10 am only seniors (people older than 65) can shop in grocery store, drugstore and pharmacies.
  • Czech Post limits opening hours, all post offices will close at 4 pm and weekend working hours are cancelled. Between 10 am – 12 pm, all post offices will be opened only for seniors (over 65 years old).
  • The government has suspended issuing visas and residence permits. See details on submitting visa and residence permit application from 11 May 2020.
  • Students who were legally in the territory of the Czech Republic, may remain in the territory for the duration of the State of Emergency, even if their visa will expire. Upon the end of the State of Emergency, students must resolve their status immediately.
    • All foreign nationals can legally stay in the Czech Republic for an additional 60 days after the end of the state of emergency – that is until July 17, 2020. See the details here.

Easing the government measures

From Friday 24 April, ban on free movement of people in the area of Czech Republic is no longer valid. However, it is not possible to gather in public in more than 10 people.

From 27 April, foreigners from EU and Czech visa holders may enter the Czech Republic. At the border, you have to present a confirmation of study (you can generate it in the IS) and an accommodation contract. There are two options for arrival in the Czech Republic. For more info, please see the section Travel Restriction.

From 27 April, Czechs can travel abroad again, including holidays. See the conditions in section Travel Restriction.

Re-opening schedule:

  • From Thursday 2 April, housewares shops are opened. Thursday 9 April, hobby markets, building supply store, ironmongery stores and bicycle shops or bicycle service can be opened.
  • From Monday 20 April, farmers' markets, craftsmen’s place of business, car dealerships and car showrooms are open.
  • From Monday 27 April, stores will open up to 2,500 square meters, if they are not located in shopping malls. Driving schools, gyms and fitness centres, libraries, zoological, botanical and dendrological gardens can restore operation. Church services can be held for up to 15 participants.
  • From Monday 11 May, stores in shopping malls will be opened as well as stores over 2500 square meters that are not located in shopping malls. Restaurants, cafes or wine bars with sales through the window and with outdoor seating. Hairdressers, barbers, pedicures and manicures will open. Also, museums, galleries and exhibition halls as well as castles, chateaux and open-air museums will open for public. Ban on international train routes will be lifted from 11 May. Cultural, social and sporting events for up to 100 people are allowed.
  • From Monday 25 May, restaurants, hotels, cafeterias, cafes, hotels and other accommodation facilities, taxi services, theatres, castles and chateaux will open.
  • From 25 May it will be no longer compulsory to wear a facemask in outdoor areas if at least two persons are at a distance of more than two meters. However, it still will be compulsory to wear facemasks indoors and when using public transport and taxi services etc.

While shopping, everyone must follow strict hygiene measures. At the entrance to the shops, there must be disinfection and people will have to keep a distance of two meters between each other. Shops can also limit the number of visitors present in the shop at the same time.

Travel restrictions

Please find see the detailed information for students and for employees.

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