New entry rules for EU citizens
By a new resolution issued April, 23, the Czech Government has eased some restrictions applying to the entry of EU citizens (as well as citizens of Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and the United Kingdom) to the Czech Republic.
Effective since April, 27, the resolution newly allows EU citizens to enter the Czech Republic provided the purpose of stay is a specific business/economic activity (e.g. employment), sports, art activity or university study.
Should the intended stay be shorter than 72 hours, the EU citizens must submit a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 upon entry. The stay can even exceed 72 hours, but the EU citizens will have to undertake yet another (self-paid) PCR test between the 10th and 14th day after arrival.
Regardless of the length of the stay, its purpose must fall into one of the following categories only:
- business meeting or business trip
- one-off/irregular performance of activity as a statutory body
- execution of a contract within the scope of self-employment or free profession
- one-off/irregular performance of professional sports or art activity
- posting of workers / intra-company transfer (not applicable for trips shorter than 72 hours).
Yet before arrival, the arriving EU citizens are obliged to announce the date of arrival and means of transport by remote access set by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
At the Czech borders, the particular purpose of the stay must be declared by a suitable valid invitation, a contract or official confirmation of performance of an economic activity (template form available at the Ministry of the Interior’s website) where the last one compulsory in case the stay should reach or exceed 72 hours.
After crossing the borders, the EU citizens are forbidden to use public transport or taxi services (including Uber, etc.) to their destination.
While in the Czech Republic, the EU citizens intending to stay for at least 72 hours, can then either self-quarantine for 14 days or must restrict their activity to travels to work, necessary travels for the provision of necessities, travels to the doctor, travels for urgent official affairs, travels back to the place of residence and funerals.
It is important to emphasize that it is not only the travelling EU citizens who are obliged to abide by the new rules but also that specific requirements must be met by entities receiving the EU citizens arriving for economic activity:
a) for stays under 72 hours:
The receiving entities are mainly obliged to secure conditions for the EU citizens to allow them to use rooms for rest and meals alone without another person’s presence and their body temperature must be measures regularly. Contact must be minimalized with other workers. Also, the EU citizens must be protected and protect others by wearing an FFP2 class respirator while working.
b) for stays reaching or exceeding 72 hours:
The receiving entities must arrange accommodation for the whole stay of the EU citizens in the Czech Republic as well as medical treatment and care, transport from the state border to their accommodation and then to their job and back.
State of Emergency extended
The state of emergency imposed in the Czech Republic since March 12, 2020, has been further extended until May 17, 2020, thus prolonging the validity of most measures aimed at preventing the further spread of COVID-19 disease.
Although no clear plans have been made public still on when the Czech borders should re-open to third-country nationals or the consular posts to re-open and start accepting new visa and residence permit applications, the government negotiations preceding to the latest extension had indicated that the current extension should be the last one before Czech immigrations get back to normal.
The team of Petyovský & Partners is monitoring the latest development and will keep you in the loop in case of new updates.