COVID-19: Updates & Information

 

 

This page is being regularly updated. Latest update: September 17, 2021, 14:21

Coming to the Czech Republic

 

Please read through this website by the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic carefully before your departure. The website contains all important information, measures and links that the Ministry of Interior considers necessary to communicate to the person crossing the border.

As of September 20, 2021, new conditions for entering the territory of the Czech Republic come into force. Please check here the levels of risk for each country.

 

After the arrival

  • All passengers arriving to the Czech Republic must fill in the Public Health Passenger Locator Form.
  • If you must undergo a test, its result needs to be sent by email to:
    • your study programme coordinator at VSE,
    • local hygiene station (covid-hc [at] hygpraha.cz),
    • if you stay at the dormitories, to dormitorycoordinator [at] vse.cz as well.

Recognition of vaccination

  • Persons who are fully vaccinated with one of the EU approved vaccines in one of the countries given here can arrive with no additional requirements for any purpose. They will only be required to fill out the Passenger Locator Form before arriving.
  • More information related to the vaccines recognized by the Czech Republic is available here.

 

Test centres

  • The places where you can undergo the test are available on this website (in English) and also here. We recommend you to go to GHC GENETICS at Václavské náměstí open daily from 8:00 until 18:00 phone: (+420) 739 500 500, e-mail: covid@ghc.cz.
  • Please follow these rules when you visit a test centre:

Current Development and Measures

 

Restrictive measures valid in the Czech Republic from September 1, 2021:

1. FACE MASKS

  • It is required to wear at least a FFP2 or KN95 respirator while indoors (shopping centres, offices, public transport including outdoors at stations, dormitories) and to keep distance of 2 m from other people.

2. RESTRICTION OF FREE MOVEMENT

  • It is allowed to leave the country. Bear in mind the information regarding entering other countries and their restrictions. Information regarding entry to other countries is the responsibility of the embassies in the countries of destination and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • When travelling to the Czech Republic, please always check the travel map and related measures above regarding testing and self-isolation.

3. OTHER RESTRICTIONS (selected measures)

  • People can meet up to 20 people inside without any restrictions (or up to 1,000 people inside and 2,000 people outside*).
  • Shops, shopping malls and services with the restriction of 1 person per 10 m2. The customers must keep distance of 1.5 m from other people.
  • Restaurants and clubs are open with the maximum of 6 sitting people at one table.* Dancing is allowed.**
  • Swimming pools, saunas and fitness gyms are open by keeping distance of 1.5 m from other people. Cloakrooms and showers can be used.*
  • Hotels are open. The test result must not be older than 72 hours and must be presented every 7 days.*
  • Galleries, museums, zoos and monument sites are open by keeping distance of 1.5 m from other people. Group tours are allowed for up to 20 people without any restrictions (or more*).
  • The operation of libraries is not limited. It is necessary to use respirators in the study rooms. Information related to the VŠE library is available here.
  • Church services can be attended in compliance with hygienic measures and by keeping 2 m distance from other people.
  • Visiting hours of state administration offices are not limited, however, electronic or telephone communication methods are preferred, if possible.

* The people must be able to present either a negative test result (antigen test not older than 72 hours or PCR test not older than 7 days), or a declaration of recovery from COVID-19 in last 180 days or a vaccination certificate. As a full vaccinated is considered a person having at least 14 days after the last dose. The self-tests are not accepted.

** As above (*), only the antigen test must not be older than 24 hours.

Entry to the campus
  • Only persons who do not show clinical signs of COVID-19 can enter the VŠE premises.
  • Entry to the campus is possible only with FFP2 or KN95 respirator. Everyone is obliged to observe hygienic measures throughout their presence at all indoor premises, including library and corridors.
  • The obligation of using respirator does not apply to:
    • students in education who sit on a bench or are otherwise seated,
    • academics and other teachers in the provision of education,
    • students and academic staff in the framework of an educational activity, the nature of which does not allow the wearing of a protective equipment (e.g. physical education),
    • the examiner and the examinees during the test, provided that all persons maintain a distance of at least 2 meters,
    • persons during the performance of work at the workplace for the period when they perform this activity in one place without the presence of a person other than a co-worker,
    • persons for the time strictly necessary to take a photograph during the photography organized by the school.
  • More details are available on the main VSE covid website.
Staying at VŠE dormitories
  • In case you are obliged to submit a negative test result after your arrival from abroad, and if you are staying at VŠE dormitories, please send it among others to dormitorycoordinator [at] vse.cz.
  • All people staying at VŠE dormitories must be able to present either a negative test result, or a declaration of recovery in last 180 days, or a vaccination certificate. In case of presenting a negative test result, this has to be submitted when moving in and then every 7 days.
  • Check these instructions about move-in to the dormitories.

Lectures and Seminars in AY 2021/2022

 

VSE is going to provide an on-site teaching in accordance with the current hygienic measures.

Psychological Counselling

 

Psychological Counselling runs online during this intense time. Do not hesitate to reach out to the psychologists, should you feel you need support provided by a specialist. For more information and availability, please update yourself here.

General Information and Recommendations

 

  • Covid Portal – detailed information related to Covid-19 in daily life

  • Nonstop help line of the National Institute of Public Health: +420 724 810 106 or +420 725 191 367
  • For questions related to migration please contact pobyty[at]mvcr.cz
  • Ministry of Health Czech Republic: COVID-19 website.
  • Extraordinary and protective measures of the Ministry of Health are regularly updated here or here.
  • Current development of Covid-19 cases in the Czech Republic can be found here. For a detailed overview (in Czech only) visit this page.
  • You can also contact the Embassy of your country for more information.
  • Information related to the vaccines recognized by the Czech Republic is available here.

Other sources of information and news:

I don’t feel well/I met someone positively tested

COVID-19 disease is caused by Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Its incubation time is up to 14 days (average of 5 to 6 days). It is transmitted especially in contact with infected people. The main symptoms are fever above 38° C, dry cough and shortness of breath. Visit www.who.int for more information.

 

When you don’t feel well

Check to see if you have any or more of the following main symptoms:

    • shortness of breath / difficulty breathing without cough
    • fever lasting more than two days
    • dry cough
    • loss of taste and smell
    • fatigue
    • pain of muscles and joints

If you only have a fever for less than two days, it may not be a coronavirus. In this case, stay in quarantine, check yourself regularly and take medications against fever.

If you have difficulty breathing, or have a fever and a dry cough at the same time, call 1221 immediately and follow the operator’s instructions.

COVID-19 information hotline (dial 1221) is also available in English from anywhere in the Czech Republic on weekdays from 8:00 to 19:00 and on weekends from 9:00 to 16:30.

What to do if COVID-19 disease is suspected – ten commandments for STUDENTS

Students and staff infected with COVID-19 are required to report this and inform about people with whom they have come into closer and longer contact in the campus. Email karantena@vse.cz is available for this purpose.

 

When you met someone positively tested

First of all, it is necessary to evaluate whether it was a risky encounter. Risky encounter means a contact with a distance of less than 2 meters, where one of the parties does not have proper respiratory protection, such as disposable mask or respirator (a cloth mask or a scarf are not considered proper protection)

If so, contact 1221 by phone and follow the home quarantine (unless you have been fully vaccinated or had a positive test result in the past 180 days).

 

Advice and recommendations for home quarantine

  1. Don’t go to school, public places and do not use public transport or taxis until you are told it is safe. If you need to buy something, you must ask another person for help. You can also order online. The delivery instructions must state that the purchase is to be left outside or on the porch or in another suitable place.
  2. Isolate yourself from other people in your household. If you live in a dormitory or other place where you share a kitchen, bathroom and common areas, you should only stay in your room with the door closed, go out only when necessary and wear a mask.
    If you share a kitchen with others, do not enter if others are present. If this is not possible, wear a mask. Eat food in your room. Wash used dishes by hand in hot water with detergent and dry with your own cloth.
  3. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.
  4. Wash your hands.
  5. Avoid sharing household items.
  6. Do not invite anyone to your home.
  7. If you need to do your laundry at home before the test results are available, wash it with detergent at the highest possible temperature suitable for the fabric. Temperatures above 60 ° C are suitable. If possible, dry and iron the laundry to the highest possible temperature suitable for the fabric.
  8. Separate your waste.
  9. Watch for the signs of the disease.