Current Measures in Transport8/1/2021|Press releases The Ministry of Transport publishes an overview of measures in transport adopted to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease. Validity of Driving Licences Driving licences that expired during a period from 1 September 2020 are considered valid until 31 March 2021. This can change depending on the COVID-19 pandemic and the EU legislation. However, the validity applies only on the territory of the Czech Republic. Nevertheless, we recommend not waiting with the exchange. You can book a time slot at an authority via a reservation system and exchange your licence. List of all municipal authorities with extended powers is available at our website. The EU regulation of May 2020 applies to a period before 1 September 2020. 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 Pursuant to Government Resolution of 17 December, theoretical and practical training in driving schools is allowed as of Friday 18 December. The theoretical training is allowed only if the number of persons in one room does not exceed 10 persons. Professional training of drivers, driving exams and other activities defined in Act No. 247/2000 Coll., so-called driving schools act, are also allowed. The resolution prohibiting theoretical and practical training in driving school of 14 December is hereby updated by the new resolution. The Ministry of Transport is not responsible for psychological exams in transport. It follows the government decisions adopted on the basis of proposals from the Ministry of Health. Storing Licences in a Depository During the state of emergency, the Czech Insurers’ Bureau and the Ministry of Transport allows to put a vehicle out of operation by submitting an electronic application to an authority. The licence can be handed in later. Requirements 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 an 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 remain unchanged – the pre-coronavirus conditions still apply. German federal ministry of transport agreed with federal states on suspending a restriction on transport of vaccines by lorries on Sundays and public holidays until 30 June 2021. The federal ministry of transport recommends to the federal states to suspend driving restriction for lorries on Sundays and public holidays until 31 January 2021 included for the entire transport of goods. More information are available at the Ministry’s website. České dráhy add more train connections In last couple of days, the number of passengers travelling on some long-distance lines of České dráhy has been increasing. The current train composition capacity is not enough. In reaction to this situation, České dráhy, assisted by the Ministry of Transport, decided to reinforce these lines by additional train carriages to make travelling more comfortable. As of 11 December 2020, the following lines will be reinforced: Ex 1 Prague–Ostrava, up to 480 additional seats; Ex6 Západní expres Prague–Plzeň–Cheb, up to 800 additional seats; R16 Berounka Prague–Klatovy–Železná Ruda-Alžbětín (up to 320 additional seats, no need to transfer to a motor train in Klatovy); R17 Vltava Prague–České Budějovice, up to 960 additional seats; R18 Slovácký expres Prague–Olomouc–Přerov Luhačovice / Veselí nad Moravou, up to 320 additional seats; R20 Labe Prague–Ústí nad Labem–Děčín, up to 1,440 additional seats. As of 13 December, České dráhy will also reinforce train connections on line R9 Prague–Havlíčkův Brod–Brno and other selected commercial connections on line Ex1 between Prague and Ostrava. If the number of passengers keeps growing, České dráhy are prepared to enhance other lines as well. České dráhy recommend passengers who will be travelling during Christmas time to buy tickets in advance, especially when booking long-distance trains. The reason is not only to book a seat, but also to let the carrier know about the high interest in these train connections. Driving restrictions for lorries during weekends and holidays remained unchanged – the pre-coronavirus conditions still apply. Travelling to other countries Austria As of 9 January, Austria decided to introduce border controls. Passengers travelling to Austria, which ordered a strict quarantine rules, have to state reasons for their journey. Passengers will be placed into self-isolation even if they provide a negative test on coronavirus. Open border crossings: Drasenhofen – Mikulov Gmünd – České Velenice Gmünd-Böhmzeil – České Velenice Gmünd-Nagelberg – Halámky Grametten – Nová Bystřice Fratres - Slavonice Hohenau – Břeclav Kleinhaugsdorf – Hatě Laa an der Thaya – Hevlín Oberthürnau – Vratěnín Reinthal – Poštorná Retz – Šatov Retz – Znojmo Schöneben - Zadní Zvonková Summerau – Dolní Dvořiště Weigetschlag – Studánky Wullowitz – Dolní Dvořiště More information are available at the website of the Czech Embassy in Vienna. Saxony Passengers travelling to Saxony must be placed into a 10 days self-isolation. More information are available at the website of the General Consulate of the Czech Republic in Dresden. Traffic light system for travellers The Czech Republic joined the European traffic light system, which indicates the level of the disease and therefore significantly changes rules for travelling abroad. The Ministry of Health is responsible for keeping the information up to date. You can find the updated information on this website. Travelling signpost of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs The signpost and updated information about travelling to all European countries is available at this website.