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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

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