COVID-19: Updates & Information

 

 

This page is being regularly updated. Latest update: June 12, 2021, 17:42

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 June 14, 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 at least 14 days, but not more than 180 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 6)

After the arrival

  • All the information can be found on the website of Ministry of Interior.
  • If you enter Czechia from a country with medium, high, very high and extreme risk, you 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.

Test centres

  • The places where you can undergo the test are available on this website (in English). 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: covid@ghc.cz.
  • The list of test centres in Prague is available here.
  • Please follow these rules when you visit a test centre:

Current Development and Measures

 

Restrictive measures valid in the Czech Republic from June 8, 2021:

1. FACE MASKS

  • It is required to wear at least a FFP2 or KN95 respirator while indoors (shopping centres, offices, public transport) and to keep distance of 2 m from other people.
  • It is required to wear at least a surgical face mask outdoors when 2 or more people from more than 1 household meet at a distance lower than 2 m.

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 10 people inside without any restrictions, or up to 75 people inside and 150 people outside.*
  • Shops, shopping malls and services with the restriction of 1 person per 15 m2.
  • Restaurants and clubs are open* (a self-test will suffice) with the maximum of 4 sitting people at one table. Live music and dancing is banned.
  • Swimming pools, wellness and saunas are open with capacity by 50 % or 1 person per 15 m2.*
  • Fitness gyms are open, 1 person per 15 m2 is allowed. Cloakrooms and showers cannot be used.*
  • Hotels are open. The test result must not be older than 48 hours and must be presented every 7 days.*
  • Galleries, museums, zoos and monument sites are open with the limitation of 1 person per 15 m2. Group tours are allowed for up to 10 people or 30 people*.
  • The operation of libraries is limited. Book withdrawals and deposits in a contactless manner is highly recommended.
    • ⇒ Please check the current measure of the Rector regarding returning/picking up the books from the VŠE Library.
  • 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.

* Where marked with asterisk, the people must be able to present either a negative test result, a vaccination certificate or a declaration of having survived COVID-19 in last 180 days.

ENTRY TO THE CAMPUS

  • Entry to the campus is possible only with FFP2 or KN95 respirator and with a proof of negative antigen or PCR test result not older than 7 days, or a declaration of having undergone Covid-19 in last 180 days, or a vaccination certificate.
  • More details are available on the main VSE covid website.

STAYING AT VSE DORMITORIES

  • All students accommodated in university dormitories are obliged to document regularly a negative result of the presence of Covid-19, once every 7 days, starting on 24 April 2021.
  • You can prove a negative result of the POC antigen test or RT-PCR test for Covid-19, which is not older than 48 hours and which was performed by a health service provider in accordance with the currently valid emergency measure of the Ministry of Health to perform tests. Otherwise, you have to take a preventive test once every 7 days when you arrive at the dormitory.
  • More information can be found on the website of dormitories and in the order of the Director No. 12/2021 here.

Lectures and Seminars in AY 2021/2022

 

The VSE teaching mode depends on the measures that are going to be in place in September. It is assumed that by September, VSE is going to be able to provide an on site teaching.

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.

 

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 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

  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.