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Health Alert: Czech Republic, Limited Commercial Departure Flights Left

Location:  Czech Republic 

 

Event:  The Czech Ministry of Health confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Czech Republic.   

 

The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and ensure you can be located in an emergency.  U.S. Citizens in an emergency can call 1-888-407-4747 from the U.S. and Canada or plus-1-202-501-4444 from overseas.   

 

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19. 

 

There are very few remaining commercial flights out of Prague and flights may cease at any momentwithout notice. If you need to return to the United States, you must depart now or be prepared to remain in the Czech Republic for an indefinite period of time  

 

On March 24, the Czech government extended the State of Emergency and quarantine until April 1, 2020.  Please reference the website of the Government of the Czech Republic and the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as our website https://cz.usembassy.gov/, for additional information on these new measures. 

 

Please see additional information for U.S. Citizens Returning from Europe on the Department of State's website regarding where U.S. citizens are allowed to transit en route to the United States. 

 

Note that flights from Europe are only being permitted to fly into 13 specific airports in the United States, as detailed on the Department of Homeland Security’s website, so you will need to plan your travel route accordingly.  

 

Please understand that the embassy is unable to guarantee seats or assist with booking tickets on commercial flights for private U.S. citizens. We understand how difficult the current situation is for those trying to get home to the United States. The U.S. Embassy in Prague is actively exploring all options to assist U.S. citizens in the Czech Republic and we will provide additional updates as soon as possible.   

 

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19. 

 

On March 12, the government of the Czech Republic declared a State of Emergency and implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.  The Czech Republic has barred admission to travelers who have recently visited high-risk countries.   

 

The government of the Czech Republic has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Schools and universities, as well as cultural institutions, including theaters, museums, and cinemas, for the next 30 days. 

 

Effective March 16, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Prague has suspended routine visa services.  For routine or emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information. 

 

Actions to Take: 

 

  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information. 

  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations. 

 

Assistance:  

U.S. Embassy Prague, Czech Republic 

Tržiště 365/15, 118 00 Malá Strana 

+420 257 022 000 

 

 

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