Czechia dropping requirement for self-isolation after Covid-19 diagnosis

Low hospitalization rates combined with widespread vaccination mean that it is no longer necessary to stay home for seven days if infected with Covid-19.

Thomas Smith ČTK

Written by Thomas SmithČTK Published on 27.03.2023 11:07:00 (updated on 27.03.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

Czechia will soon make it no longer mandatory to self-isolate after a positive Covid-19 diagnosis. The deliberate spreading of Covid-19 will also no longer be classed as a crime.

Over three years after the beginning of the pandemic, doctors in Czechia will recommend the wearing of masks in public for Covid-19-infected people, rather than staying in isolation. 

At present, those who are diagnosed with Covid-19 are obligated to remain home for seven days.


  • There are about 470 people in Czechia currently hospitalized with Covid-19, compared with over 2,000 in March 2022.
  • There are presently around 8,300 active cases of Covid-19, down from over 80,000 this time last year.
  • Last Monday, six deaths were reported from Covid-19 (on a seven-day rolling average). This figure was at over 20 at this time last year, and over 100 in March 2021.
  • About 65 percent of the Czech population is fully vaccinated.
  • Last Friday, around 3,400 tests were carried out for Covid-19. Twelve months earlier, this figure was at about 36,600.

    Source: Ministry of Health information portal

The Ministry of Health is set to remove Covid-19 from the country’s list of infectious diseases around the middle of April. Owing to its low hospitalization and death rates – combined with widspread vaccination – the ministry says that the virus is no longer as harmful as other diseases on the list, such as cholera. 

The wearing of face masks and respirators will instead be recommended – especially if the virus-infected person works with people who have weakened immunities.

"The vast majority of infections do not cause any long-term serious health problems in terms of the need for hospitalization or even a stay in the intensive care unit," – Director of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics, Ladislav Dušek 

Other EU countries are also lifting the requirement to self-isolate. Slovakia, for example, dropped the rule on March 20. 

Intentional dissemination of the virus – that is, knowingly being in public after a positive Covid-19 diagnosis – will also no longer be punishable. In 2021, almost 200 people in Czechia were charged with infecting other members of the public while infected with Covid-19. Purposeful spreading of the virus is punishable by around three years in prison.  

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