Travel advice from ABTA Magazine as tourism restarts.
A country drenched in history, surrounded by natural beauty and producer of some of the best beers in the world, the Czech Republic is a beguiling short-haul destination. More than 300,000 British nationals visit every year. Its enchanting capital, Prague, is usually the first stop, visitors drawn by its Gothic architecture, emerging foodie scene and cultural offerings. Beyond the capital, discover rich living tradition, visit one of 12 Unesco sites, adventure through ancient forests and vast mountains, or explore some of the country’s incredible spa towns.
As lockdown continues to ease, the government has revealed a list of countries from which inbound tourist and returning travellers do not need to self-isolate (also known as the travel corridors list) – ending its blanket 14-day quarantine policy. However, it is not necessarily the case that Britons can enter the countries on the exemptions list without needing to quarantine, or that flights are even currently available (research suggests as little as a third of the countries can be visited without restrictions). Although firm favourites such as Italy made it on to lists revealed by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for Transport (DfT), the USA and Portugal were notable exceptions.
Czech Republic is no longer exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel and has been removed from the travel corridors list, meaning returning Britons and inbound tourists must quarantine on arrival in the UK. There are currently no restrictions in place on entering the Czech Republic if you are travelling from the UK. However, if you are travelling from a country not considered to be low risk by the Czech government, you are only allowed to enter the Czech Republic for limited, specific purposes.