People from the US are now permitted to travel to the Czech Republic for non-essential travel, provided they are fully vaccinated and can prove it. However, there are currently no direct flights from the US to the Czech Republic, so if you're planning a trip here's how to make it happen.
What entry requirements are in place?
As of August 23, fully vaccinated travelers from the US can visit the Czech Republic. Travelers must show proof of vaccination to enter, which is the white card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The vaccination must be approved by the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covishield or Johnson & Johnson doses) to be recognized for travel there. Travelers are also required to fill in a Passenger Locator Form before boarding their flight.
How do I get from the US to the Czech Republic?
There are currently no direct flights from the US to the Czech Republic according to the US Embassy, so travelers who wish to visit will have to transit through another country. That will likely be another European nation as most flights between the two countries connect there. The Czech Republic is open to travelers from the EU and Schengen Zone countries without restrictions, so you shouldn't have to go through any additional measures. That said, it's important to check the entry rules from the country you are transiting through here before you book your flights as the rules can change suddenly.
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What COVID-19 restrictions are in place?
Once you're in the Czech Republic you'll be able to enjoy the country's remarkable architecture, history, culture and attractions like the Charles Bridge and the vibrant beer gardens, cafes and restaurants of Prague without too many restrictions. However, when checking into your hotel you'll need to show your vaccination certificate. The certificate is also required from people visiting museums or attending public events. Face masks are also required in busy public spaces where social distancing isn't possible and in shops, airports and on public transport. Only the KN95 or FFP2 respirator masks are accepted. Cloth masks won't be.
Is the Czech Republic accepting travelers from other non-EU countries?
Yes. In addition to the US, the Czech Republic is accepting fully vaccinated tourists from the UK, Canada, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand among others. You can see the entry requirements for individual countries on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.