COVID-19: Updates & Information
This page is being regularly updated. Latest update: March 5, 2021, 18:17
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 December 18, new conditions for entering the territory of the Czech Republic come into force. Click on the diagram by the Ministry of Interior below for the detailed information.
As of March 8, 2021, new conditions for entering the territory of the Czech Republic come into force. Please check here the levels of risk for each country.
Exceptions to the rules: the citizens of the Czech Republic, the citizens of the European Union and the holders of a valid long-term visa, a card on a long-term, temporary or permanent residence permit for residence in the territory of the Czech Republic issued by the Czech Republic who will present a written medical certificate in the English language, issued by a physician working in the Czech Republic or another member state of the European Union, that they do not have any clinical signs of COVID-19, that they have provably recovered from COVID-19, that they have completed isolation to the required extent due to a positive result of an RT-PCR test according to the valid extraordinary measures ordered by the Ministry of Health or a measure of another member state of the European Union and that not more than 90 days passed from the first positive result of an RT-PCR test; the certificate must contain the stamp, the doctor’s identification details and the telephone number; a possible sample of a confirmation is published at the website of the Ministry of Health; (Protective Measure of the Ministry of Health, point 5)
- Medical certificate on suffering COVID-19 disease in the past when travelling to the Czech Republic (CZ / EN)
Before and after the arrival
- A step-by-step guide by the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic is available here.
- Public Health Passenger Locator Form
- 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.
- The places where you can undergo the test are available here (although in Czech only, you will find a map on the website). We recommend you to go to GHC GENETICS at Václavské náměstí open daily from 8 AM until 6 PM, phone: (+420) 739 500 500, e-mail: email@example.com.
- The list of test centres in Prague is available here.
- Please follow these rules when you visit a test centre:
Current Development and Measures
The Government declared a state of emergency, which is now prolonged until March 28, 2021.
The current epidemic situation is evaluated with use of the five-level anti-epidemic system (“PES” in Czech). Having taken into account the current development in the regions, the Government decides about the “PES” level for the whole country. The table with all measures for levels 1 – 5 is available here. The whole area of the Czech Republic is now being assigned to Level 5.
Restrictive measures valid from March 1 till March 21, 2021:
- It is required to wear a respirator while indoors (shopping centres, offices, public transport)
- It is required to wear at least a surgical face mask outdoors in built-up areas of cities.
RESTRICTION OF FREE MOVEMENT
- Night curfew from 21:00 until 4:59.
- From 5:00 until 20:59, it is forbidden to leave one’s district of permanent residence or domicile, without a fundamental reason, such as a trip to work or to a doctor. Essential shopping can be done within one’s district only. The whole area of Prague counts as one district.
- From 5:00 until 20:59, it is forbidden to leave one’s municipality of permanent residence or domicile for trips to nature and sports. In other words, the inessential activities such as trips, jogging etc. can be done within one’s municipality only. The whole area of Prague counts as one municipality.
- Movement of persons in public is limited to the members of one household.
- It is allowed to leave the country.
OTHER RESTRICTIONS (selected measures)
- Shops, shopping malls and services are closed with some exceptions.
- Alcohol consumption in public places is not allowed.
- Hotels, wellness, saunas, gyms and other inside sports facilities are closed. Outside sport activities can be carried out with a maximum of 2 people.
- Galleries, museums and monument sites are closed.
- The operation of libraries is limited. Book withdrawals and deposits are allowed only in a contactless manner.
- Church services can be attended in compliance with hygienic measures. Churches can be filled to 10 percent of the seating capacity.
- Weddings and funerals can be organized for up to 15 people.
- Visiting hours of state administration offices are not limited, however, electronic or telephone communication methods are preferred, if possible.
- 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.
Scenarios of teaching delivery are in force for all VSE students. The scenarios in relation to the development of the pandemics are published in InSIS dashboard. Please use your login details to see the dashboard.
Degree students = students of English-taught International Full-Degree Programmes
Exchange students = new incoming students coming for an exchange semester from one of the partner universities
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.
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
- or questions related to migration please contact pobyty[at]mvcr.cz
- Ministry of Health Czech Republic: COVID-19 website.
Other sources of information and news:
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
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org is available for this purpose.
When you met someone positively tested
First of all, it is necessary to evaluate whether it was a risky contact. Risky contact means physical contact (such as shaking hands), unprotected direct contact with the covid-19 patient’s infectious secretions, a stay in a closed environment (room, vehicle, waiting room) at a distance of less than 2 meters and for more than 15 minutes etc.
If so, contact 1221 by phone and follow the home quarantine.
Advice and recommendations for home quarantine
- 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.
- 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.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.
- Wash your hands.
- Avoid sharing household items.
- Do not invite anyone to your home.
- 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.
- Separate your waste.
- Watch for the signs of the disease.