Important COVID-19 Travel
Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.
If you intend to travel to the UK from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival.
When you enter England from abroad (except Ireland), you must follow the new requirements for quarantining and taking additional COVID-19 tests. For those travelling from a country on the banned travel list you will be required to quarantine in a hotel. Different rules apply for arrivals into England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
If you are legally permitted to travel abroad, check our advice on your country of destination. Some other countries have closed borders, and may further restrict movement or bring in new rules including testing requirements with little warning.
The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:
- The whole of the Czech Republic based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.
If you are returning to the UK from the Czech Republic, you will need to self-isolate on your return (unless you are exempt). Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
A State of Emergency in the Czech Republic is in place until 28 March. For more information on the requirements and other measures in place, see Coronavirus
Travel is subject to entry restrictions.
- There are currently restrictions in place on entering the Czech Republic, including if you are travelling from the UK.
The Czech government has placed entry restrictions on all direct travel from the UK until further notice. As of 5 January, entry to the Czech Republic is possible only for certain essential reasons and for those with residency or valid long-term visas for the Czech Republic. A negative RT-PCR or antigen test, taken in the UK no longer than 72 hours before departure, is also required for all those who have spent more than 12 hours during the previous 14 days in the UK.
See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.
Preparing for your return journey to the UK
If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:
- provide your journey and contact details before you travel
- check if you need to self-isolate on your return
If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.
Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.
If you’re planning travel to the Czech Republic, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.
For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.
There are rules about taking food and drink into the EU. See Taking food and drink into the Czech Republic for further information.
Over 300,000 British nationals visit the Czech Republic every year. Most visits are trouble-free.
If you’re living in or moving to the Czech Republic, visit our Living in the Czech Republic guide in addition to this travel advice.
When using public transport you must validate your ticket when you board or you could be fined. See Local laws and customs
Only buy alcohol from legitimate places like supermarkets or bottle shops. Make sure the bottle has an original, untouched seal around the cork or cap. See Crime
Carry your passport with you at all times for identification. See Local laws and customs
Although there is no recent history of terrorism in the Czech Republic, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
If you need to contact the emergency services call 112.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
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