Current Measures in Transport

Current Measures in Transport
14/11/2020Press releases

The Ministry of Transport publishes an overview of measures in transport adopted to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease.

Current Measures in Transport

Validity of Driving Licences

During the state of emergency, the driving licences are considered valid. This applies only during the state of emergency and in the Czech Republic. Nevertheless, we recommend exchanging the licence as soon as possible. You can find the list of all municipalities with extended powers where you can exchange your driving licence on the ministry’s website.
More information here.

Technical Inspection Stations

The technical inspection stations (STK) remain opened. The current government measures do not apply to STK, so you can get your vehicle inspected. Driving without a valid technical inspection is considered an offence.

Driving Schools

As of Monday 23 November, driving schools are allowed to organise theoretical and practical knowledge exams. Full training will re-open once the epidemic situation reaches 3rd degree according to the Czech anti-epidemic system (available here in Czech language).


COVID Bus Programme

  • The programme applies to the bus tours transport.
  • The applications can be submitted until Monday, 26 October.
  • ​You can find instructions on how to fill out the application, defined conditions for acquiring a subsidy and other information on the ministry’s website

Conditions for Bus Carriers Coming to the Czech Republic

  • As of midnight on 21 September 2020 each person, who stayed for more than 12 hours in the last 14 days in countries, which are not on a list of countries with a low risk of COVID-19 occurrence, are obliged to fill out the electronic form about arrival.
  • The list of countries is available on the website of the Ministry of Health.

Driving restrictions for lorries during weekends and holidays remained unchanged – the pre-coronavirus conditions still apply.

Reduction of some Train Connections

České dráhy
As of 19 October, České dráhy reduced the amount of some long-distance and regional train connections. The reduction of long-distance connections applies only to off-peak hours:

•    From Prague to Hradec Králové;
•    From Prague to Děčín;
•    From Prague to Brno;
•    From Prague to České Budějovice;
•    From Kolín to Ústí nad Labem;
•    From České Budějovice to Brno;
•    From Ostrava to Čadca.

A list of reduced connections is available here.

You can also check the connection in mobile app “Můj vlak” or in search engine. We also recommend following websites of individual carriers.

Pendolino Trains
As of 28 October, no commercial SC Pendolino trains will be operating between Prague – Ostrava – Bohumín, except one train connection No. SC 241 / 240 Pendolino Košičan, which will be operating along the entire route Prague – Ostrava - Košice and back. Besides previously cancelled IC Opavan train connections (No. IC 502, 513 and 514 on route Prague – Opava and back) and IC Ostravan train connections (No. IC 508, 511, 518 and 519 on route Prague – Bohumín and back), a train connection Ostravan Ex 549 (as of 28 October) / Ex 548 (as of 29 October) will not be operating between Prague and Náves.

Passengers can still use 8 train connections between Prague and Ostrava region in both directions and travel with Ostravan express trains between Prague, Ostrava and Žilina, express trains Silesia and Cracovia between Prague, Ostrava and Warsaw or Krakov, and IC 517 / 516 trains between Prague and Bohumín.

Pendolino trains which are traveling in IC category between Prague and Karlovy Vary (N. IC 504 / 505) or Františkovy lázně (No. IC 512 / 515) will keep operating on these routes after 28 October without any restrictions.


Regiojet
Regiojet reduced some train connection outside peak times. The reduction applies to connections from Brno to Bohumín (and back), from Prague to Bohumín and from Prague to Havířov. The list of all reduced connections is available at Regiojet website.

Travelling to Selected Countries

New traffic light system for traveling from 9 November

As of Monday, the Czech Republic will join the EU traffic light system, which indicates the level of COVID-19 infection in the member states. This brings a change to the travelling rules. The Ministry of Health is responsible for keeping this traffic light system up-to-date. You can find all current information for traveling from/to the Czech Republic here (currently available only in CZ).

Slovakia
As of 18 September 2020, Slovakia placed the Czech Republic under red countries. Persons coming from the Czech Republic must submit a negative RT-PCR test for COVID-19, which is not older than 72 hours, or register themselves via form “e-hranice” (https://korona.gov.sk/en/ehranica/), stay in self-isolation and get tested not earlier than on the 5th day.
A new measure of 29 September 2020 published by the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic specifies the above-stated measures including all exceptions. The measure is available at https://www.uvzsr.sk/.

Austria
People travelling to Austria from Prague must submit a negative test on coronavirus not older than 72 hours. This does not apply to other Czech citizens. If you do not take a test, you have to stay in self-isolation and request a test within 48 hours. If the test is negative, you do not have to stay in self-isolation anymore.
People coming from Prague to Vienna airport to board a flight or pick up someone, who is arriving to the airport, do not have to take a test on COVID-19. This applies only if they take the journey to the airport or back to the Czech borders without any further stops in Austria.

More information on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Germany
Starting from Monday 16 November, the Germany will fall under the red category in the traffic light system. When returning from Germany, travellers will be asked to present a negative test on coronavirus. The exception for travels shorter than 12 hours still applies.


As of Monday 9 November, new rules apply for travelling to Germany. To enter the country, it is necessary to fill out an electronic form (available here in multiple languages). The form is used for keeping record of citizens coming from red (high-risk) countries.The borders remain opened, random checks are carried out within the country.

Each Land defines own self-isolation rules. Please visit the Czech Representations in Bavaria and Saxony websites for more information. Information about Hamburg are available in German or English.



Poland
The entry into Poland is restricted for road transport carries. Vehicle with more than nine seats must be occupied only from 50 % to be allowed to enter Poland or from 30 % if there is a standing room available according to a technical certificate. In such case, the 30 % combines both standing room and seats. The measures were adopted to prevent the coronavirus diseases from spreading.


Switzerland
As of 14 September, the Czech citizens travelling to Switzerland are obliged to self-isolate for 10 days and contact the local authorities. This obligation does not apply to the international freight transport drivers or healthcare workers etc. 

After crossing the borders, the travellers must immediately drive to their permanent residence or temporary accommodation and stay there for the next 10 days. They must contact the local authorities within two days. In case of bus tours, the passengers will fill out a form, the company will collect them and send them to the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (CH.focalpoint@bag.admin.ch). In other cases, the passenger must have this form at their disposal at all times. You can download the form bellow this article.
Persons are obliged to self-isolate even if they have a negative test on coronavirus. If the above-mentioned conditions are violated, the person can receive a CHF 10,000 fine.

It is possible to transfer on Swiss airports, pass through the country from holiday back to the Czech Republic or by bus or trains. Travellers passing through Switzerland must not stay there for longer than 24 hours.

Please follow the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more information about Switzerland.


 
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