COVID-19

Current measures and important information

It seems that with the coming winter, we will have to face the tightening of epidemiological measures against the spread of Covid-19 again. Therefore, we will keep you informed about current regulations and changes so that you are updated. ​​In the upper right corner you can switch the article to other languages.

The most important changes in epidemiological measures

Updated 03. 01. 2022

  • All foreigners traveling to the Czech Republic must present a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours upon arrival in the Czech Republic. Exceptions are children under 12 years of age and people after the third dose of vaccination. This change does not apply to citizens of the Czech Republic and residents of the European Union / people from non-EU countries who have a temporary or permanent residence in the Czech Republic – they are governed by the existing entry rules.
  • From 4 January, all persons over the age of 18 who have had at least 5 months of completed vaccination will be able to register for the third dose.
  • From January 3, there will be a testing in schools twice a week.
  • From January 17, testing will also take place in companies. All employees, both unvaccinated and vaccinated after the third dose, will be required to test for covid-19 with antigen tests twice a week.
  • Prohibition of food consumption in shopping malls, in so-called food courts it is possible to buy food only for a take-away. The exceptions are separate restaurants.
  • There can be a maximum of 100 people at mass leisure events (celebrations, parties, balls, etc., only funerals are unlimited).
  • For cultural performances, sports matches and educational events, the number of spectators is limited to a maximum of 1000 people.
  • Due to the new covid mutation, all citizens returning from southern Africa must go to isolation for 10 days upon their return. As of 27 November, third-country nationals who have been for more than 12 hours in eight African countries in the last 14 days – South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia – will not be able to enter the Czech Republic. Trips to these areas are not recommended.
  • as of November 22, the only valid covid certificates are a confirmation of completed vaccination or a confirmation of disease in the past 180 days. Antigen and PCR tests will no longer be accepted.
    Exceptions:

    • Persons under the age of 12 who are not required to prove any certificate.
    • People under the age of 18 who can continue to use the PCR test as a valid covid certificate. The health insurance company pays for these 5 PCR tests per month.
    • Persons who, according to the medical certificate, cannot be vaccinated for health reasons. The health insurance company pays for these 5 PCR tests per month.
    • People with incomplete vaccinations. The health insurance company pays for these 5 PCR tests per month.
    • Unvaccinated students can prove themselves at dormitory by laboratory PCR or an antigen test. They must do so once a week.
  • In restaurants, accommodation, sports and cultural facilities and in body care services, customers must provide proof of  vaccination or illness in the past 180 days.
  • Employees, entrepreneurs and professional athletes under the age of 60 who are not vaccinated must undergo a test once a week. Businesses can use antigen tests, including self-tests, for testing. This testing does not apply to people who work from home or do not come into contact with other people.
  • Every Monday, there will be comprehensive testing at primary and secondary schools. If students without proof of vaccination / illness in the past 180 days refuse to test, they will have to wear a mask / respirator during the lessons.
  • Pupils and students are required to wear a mask/respirator in common areas and in places where there are more than 50 in one room.
  • Persons over the age of 12 can register for vaccination. It is possible to register for the third, so-called booster dose, 6 months after the completed vaccination. You can register HERE. In selected places you can be vaccinated without registration. The list of vaccination sites is available on the website ockoreport.uzis.cz. Children aged 12-16 can only register at designated places with a children’s ward, and a parent and pediatrician must be present.
  • From 22 November, skiers must present a certificate of vaccination or illness in the past 180 days when purchasing a ski pass and are required to wear a respirator/mask in the cable car cabin.
  • From 1 November, preventive tests will no longer be covered by health insurance. The price of the antigen test will be CZK 201, the price of the PCR test will be CZK 814. The tests continue to be paid for by the insurance company, persons under the age of 18, persons with at least one vaccination dose, persons who cannot be vaccinated, or have tests prescribed by a doctor or ordered by a hygienist.
  • From November 1, the validity of antigen tests is reduced from three days to one day and PCR tests from seven days to three days.
  • From October 25, it is mandatory to wear a respirator or other similar device in all indoor public spaces, including workplaces. The measure applies if there are more than two people in the room, who are less than 1.5 meters apart.
  • From October 25, the quarantine is reduced to 7 days from contact with a positive person. During the 5-7 day of quarantine, the individual must undergo a control PCR test.

Crossing the national borders

What are the requirements for leaving the Czech Republic?

It depends on the specific country you are going to go to. For this purpose, the so-called “Traveler’s Map” was created on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where up-to-date information on travel to all countries of the world is available. This table uses the color classification of countries according to the degree of risk of infection: green = low risk, orange = medium risk, red = high risk, dark red = very high risk, black = extreme risk.

What are the requirements for arriving in the Czech Republic?

The exact conditions for entry into the territory of the Czech Republic, including clear diagrams, can be found on the website of the Ministry of the Interior – HERE. These schemes use a color division of countries according to the degree of risk of infection: green = low risk, orange = medium risk, red = high risk, dark red = very high risk, black = extreme risk.

Source: https://covid.gov.cz/situace/zahranici/mapa-cestovatele-podminky-vstupu-do-zeme-povinnosti-po-navratu-do-cr

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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 July 9, 2021)

  • Protective equipment:The obligation to wear a respirator indoors applies, except for households, accommodation and motor vehicles in which members of one household travel. Respirators are no longer mandatory outside.
  • Trade and services: All shops and services are open. For selected services (hairdressers, beauty salons and other body care services) it is necessary to prove a negative antigenic or positive PCR test from the past 90 days.
  • Cultural facilities, restaurants, hotels, sports:
    • Outdoor cultural performances, sports matches and educational events for a maximum of 5,000 people are allowed. If the event takes place indoors, 2,000 people are allowed. *
    • Private and public events are allowed for up to 500 people indoors and up to 1000 people outdoors.
    • Restaurant facilities are in operation, but distances and other precautions must be observed. *
    • Accommodation facilities, hotels and boarding houses are in operation without capacity restrictions. *
    • Indoor sports facilities including swimming pools, saunas and wellness are open with capacity limits. *
    • Music or social clubs and discos are open subject to distancing and other measures. Dancing is forbidden. *

* A negative PCR (max. 1 week old), antigen test (max. 3 days old), vaccination certificate or a positive PCR test from the past 90 days is required.

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 30 and older (from June 4, 2021 for all from 16 years), 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.
  4. If you do not meet the above conditions, you can get vaccinated as a self-payer. Complete information can be found HERE.

Clearly processed information on the vaccination of foreigners is also offered by the City of Prague.

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.

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?

It depends on the specific country you are going to go to. For this purpose, the so-called “Traveler’s Map” was created on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where up-to-date information on travel to all countries of the world is available. This table uses the color classification of countries according to the degree of risk of infection: green = low risk, orange = medium risk, red = high risk, dark red = very high risk, black = extreme risk.

What are the requirements for arriving in the Czech Republic?

The exact conditions for entry into the territory of the Czech Republic, including clear diagrams, can be found on the website of the Ministry of the Interior – HERE. These schemes use a color division of countries according to the degree of risk of infection: green = low risk, orange = medium risk, red = high risk, dark red = very high risk, black = extreme risk.

Source: https://covid.gov.cz/situace/zahranici/mapa-cestovatele-podminky-vstupu-do-zeme-povinnosti-po-navratu-do-cr

Still no answer to your question?

Do not hesitate to email us at info@icpraha.com or contact our intercultural workers.

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