Covid-19 travel update: Czech map unchanged, new Slovak restrictions

Most of Europe remains high-risk or very high-risk in the Czech Republic's travel map, while neighbor Slovakia has tightened its restrictions. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 22.01.2022 14:06:00 (updated on 22.01.2022) Reading time: 3 minutes

Conditions for traveling to the Czech Republic will remain unchanged through the next week as all European countries remain high-risk red-or very high-risk dark red on the latest Covid-19 travel map, released by the Foreign Ministry on Friday.

The Vatican remains the only European state to be listed as low-risk green on the Czech map. Non-European states including Bahrain, Chile, Indonesia, Colombia, South Korea, Qatar, Kuwait, Macao, New Zealand, Peru, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Taiwan and Uruguay are also listed as low-risk green.

The Czech Health Ministry updates its travel map every week based on new data published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

No countries are listed as medium-risk orange in the latest map. Czech residents without proof of vaccination or recovery coming to the Czech Republic from green and orange states must take a Covid-19 test within five days following their arrival.

Poland and Romania are the only countries listed as high-risk red in the latest Czech map. All other countries not listed above will be considered very high-risk dark red.

Czech residents without proof of vaccination or recovery coming to the Czech Republic from red or dark-red countries must take a PCR test between 5-14 days after their return, and wear a respirator outside their home pending the test result. Those using public transport (such as airlines) must also provide a test before entering the Czech Republic.

Upon entering the Czech Republic from all countries, travelers must submit a passenger locator form unless coming by personal transport such as a car.

Czech residents with complete vaccination or proof of recovery from Covid-19 within the past six months are exempt from the above entry conditions.


Foreign nationals who do not have a Czech residence permit must produce a negative PCR test upon arrival in the Czech Republic, even from green and orange countries. Foreigners with complete vaccination and a booster dose, and children aged 12-18 with complete vaccination (no booster needed), are exempt from this requirement.

Foreign nationals who have not been vaccinated must take another PCR test 5-7 days after their arrival in the Czech Republic, and wear a respirator when outside their residence until the result is known.

The Health Ministry continues to recommend that people avoid non-necessary travel amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Complete details on entry requirements when traveling to the Czech Republic can be found at the website of the Czech Ministry of the Interior.

Foreign travel

While restrictions in the Czech Republic remain unchanged, other countries in Europe are implementing updates to their travel conditions this weekend.

  • Slovakia: As of January 19, Slovakia has implemented a new classification known as OP+ that consists of vaccinated people with a booster dose, vaccinated people with a negative test, and some other categories. Entrance to hotels, wellness facilities, fitness centers, and participation in events is limited to people with this classification only. Entrance requirements to the country have not changed. Full information can be found at the website of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Bratislava or at

  • Switzerland: From January 22, those with proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 no longer need to submit a negative test before entering Switzerland or Liechtenstein. Others will still need to provide a negative test (maximum 24 hours for antigen, 72 hours for PCR) to enter Switzerland or Liechtenstein. More information can be found from the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Bern.

  • Bulgaria: From January 19, children from the ages of 12-18 will be allowed to enter the country with a negative PCR test; without a test, children this age will still be allowed to enter the country but must quarantine for 10 days. Entrance requirements for those over the age of 18 remain unchanged; only proof of vaccination will be accepted to enter the country. More info from the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Bulgaria.

Further information on foreign travel can be found at the website of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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