The Czech Republic is banning tourists and other non-essential visitors from entering the country as part of a state of emergency in an effort to limit COVID-19 infections.

Key Points:

  • Tourists and visitors of Czech citizens and residents will not be allowed to enter the country from Oct. 22 until at least Nov. 3.
  • Free travel is limited inside of the country, but trips for work and business are allowed.
  • Hotels are accepting foreign business travelers and other foreigner travelers who are stranded in the country because of travel restrictions.
  • There are also restrictions on government offices and only essential business will be allowed. Services at government offices are limited and only essential services are being offered at this time.
  • The move does not affect cross-border workers in any new way. Border controls have not been reintroduced for these individuals.

Additional Information: Czech borders remain open for Czech citizens and residents. The ban on tourists will be revaluated and may be extended beyond Nov. 3.

Analysis & Comments:
Although business travel is allowed, business travelers must still adhere to internal quarantine restrictions inside the Czech Republic. Movement is restricted and non-essential businesses are closed. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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