SOURCE: WCO/General Directorate of Customs of the Czech Republic
Measures taken by the General Directorate of Customs of the Czech Republic
regarding the COVID-19 outbreak
Since the beginning of the declared COVID-19 state of emergency on 12 March, the General
Directorate of Customs of the Czech Republic follows closely the Government decisions,
instructions from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of the Interior and other institutions.
Special attention is paid regarding legal instruments, instructions, notes and recommendations
from the European Commission which apply in the whole European Union.
Internally, the General Directorate of Customs informs all staff about relevant decisions and
instructs about necessary procedure to be followed. All instructions are regularly updated and
published on the internal website of the Customs administration.
Externally, the General Directorate of Customs publishes information on its website
www.celnisprava.cz and deals individually with relevant stakeholders (government and other
state and institutions, transport operators, companies…).
In order to prevent the further expansion of the COVID-19 epidemic and, on the other hand, to remain operational and continue performance of customs activities, the General Directorate of Customs adopted the following measures in connection with the state of emergency which
apply for all customs procedures:
- Health protection and safety – use of personal protective equipment, hygiene and
- Restriction on movement of persons within the public areas of Customs offices (entry
to the building upon demand, body temperature checks);
- Limitation of direct contact with declarants and drivers (isolated rooms for storage and
distribution of mail and other documents, where possible, documents are sent
- Protection based on the social distancing principle (change of shifts for customs
officers, teleworking where possible);
- Flexibility towards extension of time-limits, deadlines and validity of documents,
certificates and declarations;
- Temporary export restrictions on certain categories of critical medical supplies (such
as medicines, disinfection and protective equipment);
- Reliefs from customs duty and taxes for the import or temporary admission of medical,
surgical and laboratory equipment in line with the current legal provisions;
- Facilitation of customs procedures and customs formalities in line with the current legal
- Recommendation to use simplifications.
Practical implementation of the measures and further facilitation depends on the facilities and
overall situation at each Customs office.
Until today, the General Directorate of Customs has not identified any serious problem or
obstacles affecting the proper functioning of all customs procedures. At this moment of time,
there are on-going efforts to manage the current difficult situation while ensuring compliance
with the legal obligations.
Introduction of priority lanes for priority transfer for the carriage of goods (20.03.2020)
The Czech Republic has introduced so called “priority lanes” for priority transfers for carriage of medical, sanitary materials and devices, live animals, perishable goods, mail and fuel designated for the continuous supply of fuel stations on border sections of its main motorways D1, D2, D5, D8 and D11 between the Czech Republic and its neighbouring states Germany, Poland and Slovakia.
Start date: 19.03.2020
End date: not available
Further information: https://www.mdcr.cz/Media/Media-a-tiskove-zpravy/Od-soboty-plati-mimorad...
Entry restriction to non-Czech nationals and travel restriction from the Czech Republic (15.03.2020)
From midnight from Sunday 15/03 to Monday 16/03, the ban to entry is extended to all foreigners, not only from high risk epidemic countries. Foreigners residing in the Czech Republic with temporary residence over 90 days or permanent residence are excluded from this measure. Further, the ban to travel from the Czech Republic will apply on citizens of the Czech Republic and persons with permanent or temporary residence over 90 days. In addition a number exceptions are valid to these travel restrictions (Government Resolution No. 203 of 13 March 2020)
Start date: 16.03.2020
End date: not available
Further information: https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/traveling-during-the-state-of-emergen...