Czech Republic welcomes again US vacationers | eTurboNews | Traits
The United States joins the list of low risk countries that allow US tourists to enter the Czech Republic.
- Under COVID-19, the Czech Republic uses a traffic light system for entry requirements from different countries.
- US citizens can travel within the Czech Republic as a tourist without a visa for up to 90 days.
- KN95 or FFP2 masks are required to enter stores, airports, all public transportation, post offices and taxis or carpooling.
It’s one of those moments we’ve all been waiting for! June 2021, US citizens are allowed to return to the Czech Republic under the same rules as before the pandemic. This means that US citizens can travel within the Czech Republic as a tourist without a visa for up to 90 days.
Under COVID-19, the Czech Republic uses a traffic light system for entry requirements from different countries. Citizens, permanent residents and permanent residents from low-risk (green) countries – including the United States – can enter the Czech Republic without testing or quarantine. For other countries there are still limits that are classified as medium, high, very high and extreme risk. The boundaries range from entry bans for non-essential trips (such as tourism and visiting friends) to various levels of testing and quarantine. An important note: this green, low-risk status applies to entry into the Czech Republic, but not to the whole of the EU or the Schengen area. US travelers should check the individual requirements for each country they plan to visit.
There are some rules to be observed on site in the Czech Republic. The low risk green entry status allows US travelers to enter the country. There are additional steps for things like eating at a restaurant (indoors and outdoors), entering a museum, attending a public event, or checking into a hotel. For all of the experiences that make a vacation unforgettable, travelers must demonstrate one of the following:
- a negative PCR test that is less than 3 days old
- a negative antigen test that is less than 24 hours old
- Single-dose vaccines: evidence of 14 days after the last dose, within the last 9 months
- Double-dose vaccines: Detection of 22 days after the 1st dose, within the last 90 days
- Double-dose vaccines: detection 22 days after the 2nd dose, within the last 9 months
- medical evidence of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 180 days
Travelers should also check with specific airlines for tests, face masks, and other requirements, especially when connecting via other countries. Individual companies can have different requirements. It can be helpful to have printed information and additional resources (such as masks) with you to make your trip a smooth one.
Tourists will also want to pack some special masks for the Czech Republic. KN95 or FFP2 masks (also called “respirators”) are required to enter shops, airports, all public transport (including platforms and stops), post offices, and taxis, or car pooling. Cloth or other face masks are required for outdoor environments where social distancing is not an option. These rules apply to everyone, including vaccinated low-risk travelers (green).
Sure, there are still a few hurdles to overcome, but most of all, we’re excited that travel is back! “We have waited so long for this,” says Michaela Claudino, Director of Czech Tourism USA & Canada. “We hope that tourists can take the time to see the famous sights, but also to get to know some of the hidden gems of the Czech Republic. A look at the incredible architecture, culture, food, drink and fun makes your trip worth the extra effort. “