COVID-19: Updates & Information
This page is being regularly updated. Latest update: October 21, 2020, 14:32
As of October 5, 2020, the Government declared a state of emergency for 30 days. The reason for its announcement is worsening of the epidemic situation. The Czech Republic is in a state of other danger, which to a significant extent endangers lives, health or property values or internal order and security.
1) Coming to the Czech Republic
The map of EU countries divided into green and red ones according to the level of risk can be found here. Measures for entering the Czech Republic are then taken according to the country’s assigned color.
a) EU citizens (citizens of Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican are regarded as EU citizens):
- can enter the Czech Republic without the need to prove the purpose of entry or to limit the duration of stay on the territory. However,
- If the EU citizen stayed in the last 14 days for more than 12 hours in the red zone country, after the entry to the Czech Republic he or she has the obligation to contact a respective regional hygiene station, undergo a PCR test and submit the test result to the regional hygiene station within 72 hours from the day of entry;
- If the EU citizen stayed only in the green zone country, after the entry to the Czech Republic, he or she has no additional obligations from the epidemiological point of view.
- as of September 14, 2020: Spain was removed from the list of countries with a low risk of Covid-19.
- There is an obligation to immediately contact the regional hygiene station* after coming to the Czech Republic by telephone and immediately undergo a PCR test for SARS CoV-2 at your own expense.
- The result must then be notified to the given hygienic station (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 72 hours after entering the territory of the Czech Republic.
- Until then, these persons are required to wear respiratory protective equipment. Their free movement is also limited. With the exception of activities and journeys necessary to obtain basic necessities of life.
- People coming from Spain can use public transport and a taxi service but must wear respiratory protective equipment.
- If the test is not passed, the person will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
*Contact information of the Prague hygiene station: +420 227 272 065 – from 8:00 till 18:00 every day
b) Third country citizens:
- If they are citizens or residents of green zone countries, which apply reciprocity towards the Czech Republic (currently this is the case of Montenegro and Serbia), and they stayed in the last 14 days in their territory, they can enter the Czech Republic without the need to prove the purpose of entry or to limit the duration of stay on the territory.
- If they are citizens or residents of green zone countries, which do not apply reciprocity towards the Czech Republic, (all other third green zone countries) and they stayed in the last 14 days in their territory, they can enter the Czech Republic only if they fall into one of the exceptions from the entry ban on third country citizens listed in the Ministry of Health Protective Measure. These exceptions are for example visa or residence permit issued by the Czech Republic.
- After the entry to the Czech Republic, all citizens or residents of green zone countries that stayed in the last 14 days more than 12 hours in the red zone country have the obligation to contact a respective regional hygiene station*, undergo a PCR test and submit the test result to a regional hygiene station within 72 hours from the day of entry.
- There is an entry ban on citizens or residents of third red zone countries.
- All persons entering the Czech Republic after stay in a red zone country that lasted more than 12 hours in the last 14 days must wear face-masks and limit their free movement in the territory until they submit the PCR test result to a regional hygiene station.
*Contact information of the Prague hygiene station: +420 227 272 065 – from 8:00 till 18:00 every day
What to do when you arrive from a high risk country:
Before the arrival
If you are arriving from any other country except from one of those listed here, or if you have stayed in this other country for more than 12 hours in the past 14 days, you need to fill in this Public Health Passenger Locator Form.
By filling in the form, you automatically inform the relevant hygiene station about your arrival. Proof that you have filled in the form must be submitted at the border or residence check, it will be possible to print or display on a mobile device.
After the arrival
- After coming to the Czech Republic, you must present the PCR test for the presence of SARS CoV-2 no later than 5 days from entering the territory of the Czech Republic. It is now possible to submit the result of a PCR test made in another EU Member State, however, it cannot be older than 72 hours.
- If you stay at the dormitory, you will be accommodated in a special area. Please, cooperate with the dormitory staff, follow their instructions and do not leave your room until your test is negative and you are allowed by the dormitory to do so.
- Email your test results to: (providing your first name, last name, date of birth, date of arrival to the Czech Republic, country from which you arrived, your address in Prague, and your contact information)
- After 14 days from the entring the Czech Republic, you will need to undergo a second RT-PCR test. If you arrived on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 and later, you have to submit only one test (see point 1).
If you are accommodated at dormitory, please, follow instructions listed here.
- 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:
2) Going abroad
You can leave the Czech Republic, however, bear in mind the information regarding entry to other countries and their restrictions.
As of September 12, 2020, Denmark classifies the Czech Republic as a high risk country. Travels to Denmark will be possible if duly justified. Please inform yourselves on the details before your journey.
- As of September 14, 2020, Switzerland classifies the Czech Republic as a high risk country. People traveling to Switzerland have to stay in a mandatory 10-day-quarantine after arrival from the Czech Republic. The quarantine cannot be substituted by a negative test.
- As of September 22, 2020, the Netherlands classifies the Czech Republic as a high risk country. People traveling to the Netherlands should stay in a self quarantine for 10 days after arrival from Prague, even though they have a negative test.
- As of September 25, 2020, Belgium and Germany classifies the Czech Republic as a high risk region. People traveling to those countries are required to present a negative test no more than 48 hours old.
- As of September 28, 2020, Austria classifies Prague as a high risk region. People traveling to Austria (except for transit) are required to present a negative test no more than 72 hours old.
- As of October 7, 2020, Romania classifies the Czech Republic as a high risk country. People traveling to Romania are required to stay in 14-day-quarantine. If they stay in Romania for less than 3 days, they do not have to stay in the quarantine if they present a negative test no more than 48 hours old.
- As of October 8, 2020, Italy classififes the Czech Republic as a high risk country. People traveling to Italy must present a negative test or undergo it after the arrival.
- As of October 21, 2020, it is required to wear a face mask while outdoors or in a car if less than two meters from other people.
- From October 14 until November 3, 2020 (i.e. during the state of emergency):
- Restaurants and bars are temporarily closed with exceptions of delivery and take-away-windows until 20:00
Drinking alcohol in public locations is prohibited
Majority of cultural, sports and other indoor and outdoor events has been banned
From Thursday, October 22, 6:00, until November 3, extended measures are taken on top of the ones mentioned above:
All shops and services, such as public libraries, hair-dressers etc., in the Czech Republic with exception of grocery stores, drugstores and pharmacies must close as of 6:00 on Thursday
In shopping centres only grocery stores, drugstores and pharmacies remain open
Outside groups of people are now limited to a maximum of 2 with exception of family members from the same household
Only necessary travel should be undertaken from now on, such as these:
travel to work
necessary family visits
doctor appointments, hospital, vet etc.
travel to buy food and other necessary supplies
urgent administrative issues
walks in the nature
travel from the Czech Republic
- Visiting hours of state administration offices remain limited to 2 working days, 5 hours each.
- Current measures differ from region to region. More details and updates can be found on this page of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.
- Current development of Covid-19 cases in the Czech Republic can be found here. For a detailed overview (in Czech only) visit this page.
- As of April 20, 2020, the Czech Government approved the “Roadmap for easing measures”. The explanation is available here.
- You can also contact the Embassy of your country for more information.
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
Statement from the Crisis Staff of the Prague University of Economics and Business held on October 20, 2020 regarding teaching until the end of the semester – here.
As of September 1, 2020, the Crisis team of the University adopted the following measures:
Obligation of employees and students to submit a negative result of the RT-PCR test – employees and students who entered the Czech Republic from August 25, 2020, either from high-risk countries (see the list of the Ministry of Health) or are nationals of these high-risk countries, after entering the Czech Republic, must undergo an RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS CoV-2 and are subject to restrictions on free movement in the Czech Republic. VŠE employee (including visiting professors) is obliged to submit the test result to his/her superior, student will send a scanned document to his/her study assistant (coordinator of the foreign language study program) by e-mail. Foreign nationals (employees and students) are then required to undergo a second test 14 days after entering the Czech Republic.
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-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.
- Extraordinary and protective measures of the Ministry of Health are regularly updated here.
- Quarantine measures and RT-PCR test conditions are the responsibility of the Ministry of Health
Important Contacts and Links
- 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 Interior of the Czech Republic
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Questions and answers in relation to the coronavirus in the Czech Republic
- Government of the Czech Republic
- Ministry of Health Czech Republic: COVID-19 situation.
Other sources of information and news:
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.
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.