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COVID-19

We have answered your frequently asked questions

This time is full of worries, chaos and uncertainty. The situation is even more complicated for people who cannot speak Czech well yet. Therefore, we decided to do this article which summarizes your frequently asked questions concerning the current epidemic situation. You can switch the language of the article in the upper right corner.

Current measures adopted by the Government (as of April 12, 2021)

  • Protective equipment: It is mandatory to wear a surgical mask in a built-up area of a municipality, and a respirator in some places such as public transport and shops. Wearing a respirator is mandatory for employees in the workplace, too, unless they are alone.
  • Trade and services: Operation of retail trade and services is further restricted, with the exception of supermarkets and food shops, filling stations, chemists, pharmacies, pet shops, opticians, newsagents and tobacconists, towing services, delivery pickup points, seeds and planting shops, ticket offices, ICT services, self-service car washes, funeral services, taxi services, raw material collection yards, stationery, shops with children’s clothing and footwear, dry cleaners and laundries, shops of reverent goods, farmers’ markets, locksmith shops, repair shops for households, shops of spare parts for cars and machines, psychological counseling and diagnostics, operation of outdoor zoos and botanical gardens, final exams in driving schools.
  • Schools, kindergartens, children’s groups:  The return of pupils to schools under certain conditions began.

Quarantine and isolation

  • When to quarantine?
    Quarantine is intended for persons who are suspected of being infected with the COVID-19 virus. You need to quarantine for 14 days if you have been exposed to a person tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. In that case, you must stay at home and separate yourself from all people, including other household members. Those need to quarantine only if you cannot separate yourself from them. 
  • May I return to normal after my quarantine has ended?
    If you do not develop any symptoms during these 14 days, you may return to normal after your quarantine has ended. Phone your GP, should you feel any symptoms of the disease (headache, cough, temperature, fatigue etc.). Provided you do not have any GP, you can turn to this hotline: https://euc.cz/lekar-online/, charged at 290 CZK, where you will get medical advice and, if necessary, a request for RT-PCR testing.
  • When not to quarantine?
    You do not need to quarantine if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 (14 days after the last dose of vaccine for two-dose vaccines or 14 days after the first dose for single-dose vaccines) and you do not show any symptoms of the disease within 14 days after the risk contact. You do not need to quarantine, either, if you do not have symptoms of the disease and you have had a positive test result in the past 90 days and have stayed isolated as ordered.
  • My RT-PCR test is positive. What to do next?
    You need to stay in isolation if your COVID-19 infection has been confirmed by an RT-PCR test. The isolation rules are equivalent to the quarantine – you must stay at home and separate yourself from others. Generally, isolation lasts for at least 14 days after your positive test result. Once you have been confirmed to be infected with the so-called South African virus mutation, you need to undergo another RT-PCR test after you have finished your isolation.

    Source: Covid Portal (https://covid.gov.cz/situace/onemocneni-obecne-o-opatrenich/karantena)

Testing

  • Antigenic rapid testing
    Antigenic testing organized by the government is free of charge every 3 days for insured citizens. The price of testing for uninsured self-payers is between 450 and 500 CZK, depending on the payment method. Antigenic testing is suitable for those who are not aware of having been in contact with an infected person but want to be checked before visiting their family members, for example. The amount of time to obtain the antigenic test result is no more than 10 minutes.
  • RT-PCR testing
    Once you have come into contact with an infected person, you should undergo an RT-PCR test. If you are insured within the Czech public health insurance system, you can get an e-request from your GP and the test will be paid by your health insurance company. The minimal price of testing for uninsured self-payers is 2,000 CZK. If you do not have any GP and need to be tested, you can contact this hotline: https://euc.cz/lekar-online/, charged at 290 CZK, in order to apply for a request for RT-PCR testing. The amount of time to obtain the RT-PCR test result is up to 48 hours.

    Source: https://www.covidpoint.cz/

Vaccination

Vaccination is not mandatory and is paid for by public health insurance. Vaccination registration is currently open only for people aged 70 and older, medical and teaching staff, and patients with chronic conditions and at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. 

Are foreign nationals eligible for vaccination?

Yes, they are. Currently, vaccination is available for these groups of foreign nationals:

  1. Foreign nationals insured within the Czech public health insurance system. Registration is possible using the policyholder number – an allocated national identification number – which is obtained from a Czech health insurance company.
  2. Foreign nationals insured in another EU member state who are entitled to full care in the Czech Republic (holders of the S1 form certificate of entitlement).
  3. Foreign nationals entitled to essential care in the Czech Republic based on the EHIC. Registration is possible using the policyholder number which is obtained after completed registration with a Czech health insurance company.

Vaccination of foreign nationals who do not meet these criteria has been a subject of negotiation.

Source: Ministry of Health (https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/ockovani-proti-covid-19/)

Sickness insurance benefit

Am I eligible for sickness insurance benefit when I am quarantined or isolated?

Employees who need to be quarantined or isolated are eligible for a wage compensation of 60% of their reduced average earnings during the first 14 days. From the 15th calendar day, the sickness insurance benefit starts, paid by the employees’ local District Social Security Administration. As a further incentive for the employees, a special benefit that goes above the Labour Code regulations – isolation benefit (Izolačka) – has been created, an extraordinary benefit amounting up to 370 CZK a day of quarantine/isolation additionally to the wage compensation.

Employees’ temporary work incapacity is declared by their GPs, issuing an E-Sick Leave (eNeschopenka).

Source: https://covid.gov.cz/

 

Visiting OAMP

Is it possible to visit OAMP under the current circumstances?

You can still visit OAMP if you need to handle urgent official matters regarding your residence. However, you are highly recommended to book your date in THIS online system well in advance.

Source: Ministry of the Interior (https://www.mvcr.cz/clanek/reseni-pobytovych-zalezitosti-cizincu-na-uzemi-cr-v-souvislosti-s-koronavirem.aspx)

Crossing the national borders

What are the requirements for leaving the Czech Republic?

If you are going to leave the Czech Republic, you should get informed of the requirements for entering the territory of the given country. An overview of the rules according to each country can be found HERE. Note that you must comply with the Czech entry requirements, as clarified below, when travelling back to the Czech Republic.

What are the requirements for arriving in the Czech Republic?

Foreign nationals are currently allowed to enter the territory of the Czech Republic only for valid reasons such as travel to and from work, essential travel to family members, trips to medical facilities, provision of children and other relatives, travel for education etc. If you arrive in the Czech Republic for those reasons and have long-term or permanent residence permits in the Czech territory, or Czech citizenship, you should note the entry rules below.

The Czech Republic divided other countries into colour-coded groups based on their level of infection risk. Each colour-coded group has its own travel rules:

1) Green countries (a low risk): countries marked green in THIS map: Australia, Iceland, South Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Vatican.

  • Travellers may travel to the Czech Republic from these countries without any restriction.

2) Orange countries (a medium risk): countries marked orange in THIS map.

  • Travellers from these countries (both foreign nationals and Czech citizens) must fill in an arrival form and have a written certificate of a negative antigenic or RT-PCR test result before entering the territory of the Czech Republic; the antigenic test must be performed no more than 24 hours and the RT-PCR test no more than 72 hours before starting to travel.
  • Returning travellers are obliged to wear a respirator without an exhalation valve in at least class FFP2, KN95, N95, P2, DS anywhere outside their home for a period of 14 days after arrival.

3) Red countries (a high risk): countries marked red in THIS map.

  • Travellers from these countries (both foreign nationals and Czech citizens) must fill in an arrival form and have a written certificate of a negative antigenic or RT-PCR test result before entering the territory of the Czech Republic; the antigenic test must be performed no more than 24 hours and the RT-PCR test no more than 72 hours before starting to travel.
  • Travellers must undergo another RT-PCR test performed in the Czech Republic no later than 5 days after arrival.
  • Until another negative test result is submitted, self-isolation is required.
  • Returning travellers are obliged to wear a respirator without an exhalation valve in at least class FFP2, KN95, N95, P2, DS anywhere outside their home for a period of 14 days after arrival.

4) Dark red countries (a very high risk): countries marked dark red in THIS map, as well as those not included in the overview.

  • Travellers from these countries (both foreign nationals and Czech citizens) must fill in an arrival form and have a written certificate of a negative RT-PCR test result before entering the territory of the Czech Republic; the test must be performed no more than 72 hours before starting to travel.
  • Travellers must undergo another RT-PCR testing performed in the Czech Republic no sooner than 5 days and no later than 14 days after arrival. Until another negative test result is submitted, self-isolation is required.
  • Returning travellers are obliged to wear a respirator without an exhalation valve in at least class FFP2, KN95, N95, P2, DS anywhere outside their home for a period of 14 days after arrival.

5) Extreme risk countries: Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini (Swaziland), South Africa, Kenya, Colombia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Peru, Tanzania (including Zanzibar and Pemba), Zambia and Zimbabwe.

  • From 12 April to 31 May, all citizens of the Czech Republic and foreigners residing in the Czech Republic are banned from entering these countries.
  • This restriction does not apply to citizens of these countries and to journeys which, due to their nature, cannot be postponed and which have been notified in advance to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

Source: Ministry of Health (https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/seznam-zemi-podle-miry-rizika-nakazy/)

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