Czech Republic Travel Information
As of April 27, 2020, Czech authorities have provided
relief for entry into the Czech Republic. From April 24,
2020, relief has also been provided in terms of opening
shops, restaurants and freedom of movement. For more
information, see Entry and Health.
The Czech Republic is a largely problem-free country
for Norwegian visitors. The security situation in the
country is good. However, be aware of pickpockets and
traffic conditions. high speed in some motorists.
Communication with Czechs can be challenging as
knowledge of English is limited, especially outside
Prague. The health situation is reasonably good. Please
bring a valid travel pass and European health insurance
card. Remember travel insurance!
The risk of terrorist incidents in the Czech Republic
is considered low. Theft crime is the most common form
of crime against visitors. This applies mostly to
pickpockets in the capital Prague. The embassy notes
that there are a large number of thefts, especially
during the tourist season (May-September, Christmas/New
Year, Easter). Pocket thefts are regularly recorded,
hotel room theft, bagging, car theft and car theft, etc.
The police ask tourists to take special care, among
other things. in areas around the city's historical
sites; on the tram, bus, subway, Prague airport and in
the city's cafes, restaurants and nightclubs. It is also
warned against car thieves seeking unguarded parking
spaces around hotels and boarding houses, and car
thieves waiting for gas stations and picnic areas,
taking advantage of the fact that travelers often leave
keys in the car or fail to set off car alarms at short
stops to refuel or eat.
- Countryaah: Prague is the capital
of Czech Republic. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
If you are stolen passports or other valuables, it is
important to report to the police and insurance
companies as soon as possible. At the Jungmannovo
n¨¢m¨§st¨ª 9 police station, Prague 1, just off V¨¢clavsk¨¦
n¨¢m¨§st¨ª, English-speaking interpreters are usually
Police number: +420 974 821 111
Police station Jungmannovo namesti 9: +420 974 851 750
insurance company will be able to assist you further.
SOS-International is the service body of the
Scandinavian insurance companies when it comes to claims
abroad. The company assists policyholders. If your
insurance company is part of this scheme, it may also be
helpful to talk to them.
To prevent anyone from abusing the credit card, it is
important to close it as soon as possible. The banks'
messaging service has a common blocking service for all
Norwegian banks and the blocking service is open 24
hours a day. The banks' messaging service has telephone
+47 22 21 40 55
If you no longer have your passport, the embassy can
assist in issuing a one-way travel document (CZK 700) if
you are returning to Norway via other Schengen
countries, possibly an emergency passport (CZK 1,500).
The embassy is open Monday to Friday, from 09.00 to
The most common way to transfer money from Norway is
through banking. It is also possible to use companies
such as. Western Union or similar. The money arrives
minutes after the transfer is approved and recipients
can pick it up right away. The service is free of
High speeds are widespread in traffic in the Czech
Republic. Visitors are asked to be aware of possible
careless or reckless drivers, both in cities and on
Norwegian citizens staying for short or long periods
in the Czech Republic are encouraged to register on
reiseregistrering.no. Visitors are encouraged to have
valid travel insurance. Traveling abroad without travel
insurance can have major consequences for you or your
You should therefore make sure you take out good
travel insurance - or check that the one you have is
adequate for your trip. Good travel insurance will
cover, among other things, expenses related to injuries,
accidents, illness, home transport and death.
Always read the insurance terms carefully beforehand,
and be aware of the following:
- Does the insurance cover the country you are
- Is the insurance valid for the entire duration
of the trip?
- Most travel insurance policies have exemption
clauses that include existing illness/chronic
illnesses. If you have an illness/chronic illness,
you should check with your insurance company before
your trip to find out what your insurance covers -
and not cover.
- If the purpose of the trip is to receive
treatment abroad, you should think about what to do
and how to finance special transport to Norway if it
should be necessary after the treatment is
completed. Ambulance flights can be very expensive.
If the treatment journey is arranged through a
Norwegian hospital, you should also address these
questions with the hospital in advance.
- If you are going to do special activities during
your stay abroad, such as extreme sports, you should
investigate whether it is necessary to take out
Local emergency numbers: SOS 112.
Alternative: Fire 150, ambulance 155, police 158, city
police 156, car accident 154.
In case of crisis and emergency, the embassy can be
contacted Monday to Friday, from 09.00 to 16.00. The
embassy's phone number is +420 257 111 500.
Outside the embassy's working hours, travelers can
contact the UD's 24-hour operating center on Tel: +47 23
95 00 00 or by e-mail: UDops@mfa.no
From Monday 27 April 2020, it is possible for
Norwegian citizens to travel to the Czech Republic. You
can take PCR tests no older than four days before entry,
which must be conducted on a form from the Ministry of
the Interior, otherwise quarantine is 14 days:
- Business meetings and trips up to 72 hours stay
if you have documentation for the meeting/journey,
and with PCR test conducted on a form from the
Ministry of the Interior. The test must not be older
than four days.
- Business meetings and journeys longer than 72
hours if you have documentation for the
meeting/journey, there is a requirement for PCR
testing and repeated testing between 10 and 14 days
- For university students studying in the Czech
Republic, you must have proof from the place of
study that you are affiliated with the university
and you must have a PCR test conducted on a form
from the Ministry of the Interior. The test must not
be older than four days and repeated test between 10
and 14 days after entry.
- For family reunification there are reliefs that
now apply to children up to 21 years, as well as
parents and grandparents with PCR test conducted on
a form from the Ministry of the Interior.
See below for information provided by the Czech
authorities and for several groups for entry:
Effective from 27 th April 2020 (0:00)
possibilities for entry of European Union citizens (as
well as the Schengen area and United Kingdom citizens)
to the Czech Republic have been extended. It will also
be possible to arrive also for the purpose of documented
economic and educational activities after presentation
of PCR testing results in the Ministry of the Interior's
form. The test at entry must not be older than four
days. For all persons who do not undergo the mandatory
quarantine upon arrival in the Czech Republic, a
two-week prohibition of free movement on the territory
of the Czech Republic with the exception of urgent
travels still applies.
Summary of the most important changes adopted
Economic activity with a stay of up to 72 hours (this
includes business meeting, business trip or one-time
execution of the contract, not commuters) must be
documented upon entry to the Czech Republic by:
- confirmation of economic activity performance.
or relevant documents (eg invitation to business
meeting, business trip secondment or contract/order
- PCR testing results certificate.
The receiving body in the Czech Republic must ensure
compliance with the rules of the Government Resolution
No. 332 as eg using FFP2 respirators, minimizing social
contact with other workers or regularly measuring body
Economic activity with staying longer than 72 hours
(this includes business meeting, business trip or
employment performance, not commuters) must be
documented upon entry to the Czech Republic by:
- confirmation of economic activity performance as
well as relevant documents (eg invitation to
business meeting, business trip secondment or
- PCR testing results certificate and consistently
undergo between 10 thand 14 th
day second PCR test.
The receiving body in the Czech Republic must also
arrange accommodation, health care or transfer from the
University students must present a confirmation of
study issued by the university and PCR testing results
upon entry to the Czech Republic, and consistently
undergo a second test between 10 th and 14
th day upon arrival.
Within family reunification the definition of family
members has been newly extended to children up to 21
years of age, parents and grandparents. The ordered
mandatory quarantine can be replaced by presentation of
PCR testing results certificate.
Commuters in the healthcare sector, social services,
integrated rescue system and critical infrastructure
from neighboring countries in case of stay longer than
14 days can replace the ordered mandatory quarantine by
presenting PCR testing results certificate.
In case of other commuters, children, pupils and
students of pre-schools, primary, secondary and high
schools PCR testing results certificate must be
presented already upon the first entry into the
territory of the Czech Republic and then always after 14
days, which can be be replaced by ordered mandatory
With diplomas in case of stay longer than 14 days in
the Czech Republic or abroad the ordered mandatory
quarantine can be replaced by PCR testing results
Foreigners with temporary or permanent residence in
the Czech Republic still have the opportunity to enter
the territory, however, as well as the Czech citizens
they must present PCR testing results certificate or
undergo ordered mandatory quarantine. EU citizens can
also prove their stay by other documents.
All information on conditions of entry to the
territory of the Czech Republic is presented on the
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegians do not need a visa to the Czech Republic.
Although the Czech Republic (like Norway) is part of the
Schengen area, passports must still be brought.
Especially now, in the face of stricter border controls
in Europe, a valid passport must always be carried on
trips abroad. Passport is the only valid travel document
for Norwegian citizens. If you only travel by bank card
or driver's license, you will probably be denied
boarding on the flight when leaving Czech Republic.
Passports are the only valid identification document
for Norwegian citizens, but upon entry, the following
documents are also accepted: Emergency passport, refugee
travel document (green travel document) and travel
document for people on humanitarian grounds (blue travel
document) Passport must be valid after the planned
departure date. It is the traveler's responsibility to
ensure that travel documents are valid.
It is a requirement in the Czech Republic that one
must always be able to identify, and therefore passports
should always be brought.
Coronavirus (covid-19): The
government started a rapid process on April 24, 2020 to
soften restrictions on freedom of movement, trade,
activities and the like. See the following information
from the Czech authorities:
- As of April 20, following business can
be reopened: craft workshops (except for
professions where direct physical contact with
clients is present), car dealers, outdoor markets or
dog salons. From the same date, students of last
year's university programs may return to schools for
individual consultations. Last but not least,
weddings of up to 10 people and outdoor training
sessions by professional athletes (both under strict
hygienic conditions) can be held as well.
- As of April 27, church services
with a maximum of 15 persons can be held under
strict hygienic conditions.
- The speeded-up plan to release business
and other activities has been introduced:
as of April 20- craft workshops,
farmers' markets, car dealers, outdoor training
activities of professional athletes, weddings of up
to 10 people,
as of April 27 - business premises
up to 2,500 m2, only if they are not in shopping
malls over 5 000 m2), driving schools, gyms and
fitness facilities without the possibility of using
locker rooms and showers, church services of up to
15 people, libraries, outdoor exhibitions or
zoological gardens, or
May 11 - shopping centers, business
premises over 2,500 m2, restaurants can open their
gardens while serving food there, beauty services,
museums, galleries, outdoor premises of castles and
chateaus, activities of professional athletes
as of 25 May - restaurants,
accommodation services, taxi services, tattoo
salons, theaters, cultural and sporting events
(limit of participants TBC), weddings, outdoor
exhibitions or zoological gardens.
- As of April 24,the free
movement of people outside and during sports
activities will be possible for groups of up to 10
- As of Monday, April 27, all
university students are now able to take part in
personal individual consultations.
- The plan of the Ministry of Labor and Social
Affairs to gradually release measures in social
services has been approved:
as of April 27- social services
will be functional online and by telephone,
as of May 11 - social services will
be working in the field and outings of clients of
social accommodating services are permitted,
as of May 25 - social services for
families with kids will be working in the field,
families with kids can use outpatient surgery and
day care centers for kids will be reopened,
as of June 8 - day care centers,
social services for disabled persons and permission
to visit social accommodating services.
The Ministry of Health has launched a new information
page about the coronavirus in the Czech Republic (Czech
Other relevant links:
Czech Health Ministry: website and about the
Czech Institute of Public Health (Czech only)
The Institute has also established a telephone line +
420 724 810 106 and 420 725 191 367 (9am - 9pm) for
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
The Czech Institute of Public Health encourages
people who have a fever/ cough and/or difficulty
breathing, as well as have been in contact with someone
who has covid-19 to contact a doctor by phone. They
advise against contacting hospitals directly to avoid
further infection. In case of emergency call: 112
(English and German language).
The following hospitals have English-speaking
Motol, V Úvalu 84, Praha 5. Tel: (+420) 224 43 1111,
To Homolce Hospital, Roentgenova 2, Prague 5. Tel:
(+420) 257 27 1111, Mon-Fri 07: 30-16: 00 otherwise
(+420) 257 272 522.
The Czech Republic has a well-developed health
system, both public and private. Health and sanitation
conditions vary somewhat. For health professional travel
advice, visit the website of the Institute of Public
Always bring with you the blue European health
insurance card. This card gives you as a Norwegian
citizen the right to care at Czech hospitals. The card
is valid in all EEA countries and can be ordered via the
Directorate of Health's website.
In addition to the health insurance card, all
travelers are advised to take out their own travel and
health insurance before leaving. Read more about travel
insurance under the topic Security.
If you become acutely ill or have an accident, call
the SOS telephone number 112. Also contact your travel
insurance company for further assistance. The European
Health Insurance Card is very important if you become
ill during your stay in the country. As a Norwegian
citizen, you are entitled to care at Czech hospitals, so
it is important that you carry this card that confirms
For more information about rights to illness abroad,
contact Helfo through the website HelseNorge.no, or call
the service center on 800 43 573.
The area code for calls from Norway to the Czech
Republic is +420. The telephone network is good.
Official language is Czech. There is no time difference
between Norway and the Czech Republic. It should be
noted that English is not as widely used as in Norway.
The Czech Republic uses Czech kroner as its currency.
The malls in the big cities are normally open until
late at night and also on Sundays. Some large grocery
stores are open 24 hours a day. Smaller shops close
earlier, especially on Saturdays, and do not have
Sundays open. Banks have normal business hours from 9am
to 5pm on weekdays. Most major stores and chains accept
credit cards, but some small stores and several
restaurants still only take cash. At gas stations, major
shopping malls and markets in the border areas, the euro
is in some cases accepted.
National holidays are: January 1st, Easter Sunday,
May 1st, May 8th, July 5th, July 6th, September 28th,
October 28th, November 17th, December 24th, December
25th, 26th. December.
Prague has an extensive network of subways, trams,
buses and local trains that are affordable, efficient
and well maintained. The public transport system
elsewhere in the country is also well developed.
A separate fee for the use of motorways is required.
The wafer can be purchased by browsing. border
crossings, at post offices and at gas stations. The
price depends on the validity of the cachet.
If you want to use taxis on arrival in the Czech
Republic or otherwise during the journey, it is
recommended to use the official companies.
AAA taxi: 14014, + 420 222 333 222
Prof taxi: 14015, + 420 261 314 151
Tick thanks: 14222, + 420 721 300 300
The company's name and license number must be clearly
visible on both front doors. Price should be agreed in