Embassy of Belgium in the Czech Republic

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  The coronavirus Covid-19 in the Czech Republic

Change of accessibility of the consulate counter

The consulate counter is currently accessible by appointment. You can make an appointment by email or by phone.

Tel.: +420 257 533 525/524

Email: prague@diplobel.fed.be

 

Travel advice

Coronavirus COVID-19

1. Travel from Belgium to the countries of the European Union, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway has been re-admitted since 15 June. Whether it is also possible to enter another country depends on the permission of your destination country. It is therefore extremely important to check the travel advice per country in order to know the situation in the destination country. Unnecessary travel outside the European Union, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway will remain prohibited for the time being.
 

2. Quarantine on return to Belgium is not mandatory for travelers traveling within the EU, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland or Norway. Please note: self-quarantine in Belgium remains mandatory for travelers from outside that region, except for essential trips.
 

3. Travelers should be aware that new Covid outbreaks abroad can significantly affect their journey and that repatriation cannot be guaranteed if commercial flights are abolished or borders closed.
 

Travel from Belgium to the Czech Republic is possible.

Safety condition

Traveling in the Czech Republic does not involve any special risk. With regard to the Covid-19 pandemic, the country is relatively unaffected, with only 337 deaths (on June 23).
 

Border crossing

As part of its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, the Czech government has imposed a series of restrictions on entry to the country, which will be phased out. These restrictions are currently as follows:

Enter the country
Since 15 June, the Czech government has authorized access to its territory based on a classification of the countries of the EU and the Schengen area into three categories:

  • green = safe land;
  • orange = country with an average infection risk;
  • red = country with a high risk of infection.

This ranking is reviewed weekly based on the evolution of the situation in these countries. According to the update of 22 June, citizens of the EU and Schengen countries, and foreigners with long-term resident status in these countries, can enter the Czech Republic under the following conditions:

  • if they come from one of the “orange zone” (United Kingdom) or “red zone” (Portugal, Sweden, Polish Silesian) states: they must:
    • have a negative Covid-19 test or agree to be quarantined;
    • and bring documents showing that they are going to the Czech Republic for professional reasons, higher education or family reunification purposes (full information on this: can be found in the document "Conditions for new entrants entering the territory of the Czech Republic recently, thus those who previously did not live in Czech territory ", available on the website of the Czech Ministry of the Interior.
  • If they come from one of the "green zone" states (all other EU and Schengen zone countries, including Belgium):
    • they do not need to justify the reasons for their trip, do not have a negative Covid-19 test, and are not quarantined.

For their part, Czech citizens and people who regularly stay in the Czech Republic are subject to the following conditions in order to return to the Czech Republic:

  • if they return from a country classified as "green" or "orange": their return will not be limited;
  • if they return from a country classified as "red": they must have a negative Covid-19 test in order to remain on Czech territory.

Specific rules apply to road hauliers, frontier workers, workers in the "critical infrastructures" of the country, members of the health and safety services, farmers and foresters, etc.
To find out which specific rules must be observed to enter Czech territory, you should consult the website of the Czech Ministry of the Interior (see the first link identified under "online resources" below).

Leave the country
Non-Czech citizens who do not have a residence permit in the country (this is usually the case for tourists and students) can stay in the country, but they can also leave it.

Non-Czech citizens who have a permanent or temporary residence permit in the country are allowed to leave the Czech Republic without having to justify themselves. In order to return thereafter, they will have to meet the above conditions.

Travel options

  • By road: Crossing the Czech border with a private car is allowed for anyone who meets the required conditions. At all major border crossings, it is possible to cross the German-Czech, Austrian-Czech and Czech-Slovak borders 24/7. The crossing of the Czech-Polish border is limited to certain crossings, the opening of which may be subject to a timetable (list of these border crossings accessible via this link: https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/temporary-reintroduction-of-border-control-at-internal-borders-of-the-czech-republic-666242.aspx).
  • By train: Railroad crossings at the Czech border have reopened since May 26, but international rail traffic has only gradually resumed.
  • By Air: Vaclav Havel Prague Airport has remained open since the start of the Covid-19 crisis and the regional airports in Brno, Ostrava, Karlovy Vary and Pardubice reopened on May 26. Flights to Belgium have been partially resumed.

Hygienic measures
Hygiene measures imposed by the Czech government are being gradually adapted. The main measure still in force is, until 1 July, the wearing of a mask on public transport and covered public places (except in restaurants and cafes);
To find out which specific hygiene rules must be observed in Czech territory, it is necessary to consult the website of the Czech Ministry of Health (see the second link indicated under "online resources" below).

Online resources

The map of the countries colored according to their classification is accessible via the link:https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en/traffic-lights-the-risk-of-covid-19-contagion-remains-low-in-most-european-countries-the-situation-in-belgium-has-improved

For detailed information on the conditions of entry into Czech territory, see the website of the Czech Ministry of the Interior:
https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/coronavirus-information-of-moi.aspx (In English / Czech).

Documents:

  • Conditions for entry (return) of persons already in the territory of the Czech Republic
  • Conditions for foreign nationals newly coming into the territory of the Czech Republic, thus for those who previously did not reside in the Czech territory

For detailed information about the hygiene measures applied in Czech territory:
https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en/roadmap-for-easing-measures/ (in English / Czech)

In order to better organize the consular assistance, we also recommend that you register your trip via Traveler Online https://travellersonline.diplomatie.be/Culture/Selection?returnUrl=%2f

 

News

09 Aug

In cooperation with the UN, French President Macron is organizing a donor conference for Lebanon this afternoon. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense, Philippe Goffin, will represent our country. President Trump and King Abdullah II have already confirmed their participation. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation, Alexander De Croo, has already released 5 million additional humanitarian aid.

08 Aug

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence, Philippe Goffin, just announced that a C130 military transport aircraft will leave from Melsbroek to Beirut tonight at 8pm with urgent medical and humanitarian equipment for the victims of the huge explosion. Besides the victims and wounded, the enormous devastation has also left many people homeless. To help them, material for temporary shelter will also be sent along.

17 Jul

The world of multilateral diplomacy and international justice - of which the International Criminal Court is part - is going through a deep crisis and has to face threats and hostile action. The relevance of multilateral institutions is being questioned and countries are increasingly withdrawing into themselves. On International Justice Day, Foreign Minister Philippe Goffin emphasizes that Belgium will continue its efforts to strengthen the rule of law and the unique and essential role of the International Criminal Court.

12 Jul

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence, Philippe Goffin, welcomes the compromise reached by the members of the United Nations Security Council, which extends the "cross-border" mechanism aimed at providing humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people for 12 months via the Bab al-Hawa border point. However, the possibilities for delivering humanitarian aid through Bab al-Salam need to be improved.

11 Jul

July 11, 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the Srebrenica genocide. It was on July 11, 1995 that the town of Srebrenica fell into the hands of Bosnian-Serb forces led by General Ratko Mladic. In the days that followed, in less than a week they abducted and murdered more than 8,000 people, mostly men and teenagers, simply because they were Bosniacs.