The Czech Republic’s Ministry of Health has eased all COVID-19 travel restrictions for both foreign tourists and Czech citizens as of April 9, 2022.
Travelers will no longer need to fill in an arrival form or submit proof of vaccination or a previous infection when returning from abroad. However, it is still recommended for travelers to verify the conditions of transport (including proof of infectivity, i.e. test, vaccination, illness) directly with the agreed public transport carrier (plane, bus, train).
“We are very happy all the travel restrictions have been lifted which aligns perfectly with the newly relaunched direct flights on Delta between NYC and Prague planned for the summer season” says Michaela Claudino, director of Czech Tourism USA & Canada, in a press statement.
Czech Republic ranked ninth in the World Peace Index
In addition, the Czech Republic’s ninth place in the World Peace Index is an excellent benefit for the tourism industry, which is anticipating a strong recovery during this year’s summer season due to falling numbers of COVID cases and a built up desire for travel amongst consumers. Safety has become an essential criterion for choosing a holiday destination as a result of the current war conflict in Ukraine. The World Peace Index evaluates a wide range of safety aspects of the destination and can be a good guide for the upcoming tourist season.
CzechTourism director Jan Herget said in press materials, “The Czech Republic has maintained its place in the world’s top 10—between Ireland and Canada. This topic is important in the marketing communication of the destination across segments, both towards the tourists themselves and especially at the level of B2B marketing, when it is necessary to assure our partners from large travel agencies or conference organizers that the Czech Republic is an objectively safe place for their clients.”
New Luxury Hotels Coming to Prague
Prague’s high-end accommodation options are getting an upgrade. The local luxury scene is known for offering service, style, and self-care within the carefully preserved beauty of historical architecture.
Hyatt has opened its first property in the Czech Republic, with the unveiling of the five-star Andaz Hyatt Prague. The 176 luxurious rooms are housed in a 1916 building known as the “Sugar Palace” on the edge of Old Town.
The Julius Meinl family, European titans of retail and dining, has revealed plans to expand their hospitality influence with the launch of a new long-term stay concept. Dubbed the Julius, the brand draws upon the family’s 160-year legacy of quality and service to embody a timeless standard of European hospitality through a modern lens. The inaugural location, the Julius Prague, is set to open in spring 2022 and will be designed by Milan design firm Matteo Thun & Partners.
The latest W Hotel is located on Wenceslas Square. Renovations (are currently underway, and are expected to blend the 1905 Art Nouveau style of the former Grand Europa Hotel with contemporary comfort, an appreciation for old and new. Opening is slated for 2023.
The Fairmont Golden Prague Hotel is currently renovating the waterfront property, which was known as the former Brutalist-style InterContinental Hotel. The new five-star, luxury property will hold 297 rooms and suites as well as a spa, drinking and dining venues, and a grand ballroom. Opening is slated for 2023.
Almanac Hotels are bringing their luxury and social responsibility approach to Prague. Almanac’s five-star, 205-room, Art Deco-style hotel along the Vltava River, just east of Prague’s Old Town neighborhood, is set to open in 2023. The hotel will include a “Vital Centrum” of spa experiences and a medical center for a holistic approach to health and hospitality.
For more information, visit visitczechrepublic.com.
Anguilla, Brazil, Saint Lucia, South Africa, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Nevis, Canada and Belize, Dominica have also updated it’s entry requirements. Australia is planning to reopen; Hawaii and Grenada lift COVID restrictions. Papua New Guinea is also welcoming international travelers and Brazil has updated vaccine requirement for kids 5 and older. Plus, St. Maarten moves to endemic strategies.