COVID-19: Updates & Information
This page is being regularly updated. Latest update: November 30, 2020, 13:20
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 arriving foreigner.
As of November 9, 2020, new conditions for entering the territory of the Czech Republic come into force. Click on the diagram below for the detailed information.
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 mustpresent 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:
As of October 5, 2020, the Government declared a state of emergency, which is now prolonged until December 12, 2020. 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.
- 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, 2020:
- 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
- As of November 23: Freedom of movement of persons is banned from 23:00 till 4:59 (during the NIGHT)
- except for:
- travel to work,
- urgent travels to save human life, property or other legally protected interest,
- walking a dog not further than 500 meters from the place of residence.
- except for:
- As of November 23: Freedom of movement of persons is banned from 5:00 till 22:59 (during the DAY)
- except for:
travel to work,
- travel to the place of residence,
necessary family visits,
doctor appointments, hospital, vet etc.,
travel to buy food and other necessary supplies,
urgent administrative issues,
- walks in parks or countryside,
- travel from the Czech Republic.
- All shops and services, such as public libraries, hair-dressers etc., in the Czech Republic must be closed
- Grocery stores, shopping centers, florist shops, and farm markets remain open on Mondays – Saturdays from 5:00 – 23:00. They must be closed on Sundays, and on Mondays – Saturdays between 23:00 and 4:59.
- This is not applied on pharmacies, gas stations, shops at airports, train/bus stations and in hospitals.
- As of November 18 , 2020, the number of people in the store has been limited to one person on 15 square meters. Some stores regulate the number of people in stores by the number of shopping carts – without it, the customer is not allowed to enter the store.
- Outside groups of people are now limited to a maximum of 2 with exception of family members from the same household
- Visiting hours of state administration offices remain limited to 2 working days, 5 hours each.
- except for:
- As of December 4:
- Shops, shoppings malls and services (hairdressrs, libraries, fitness centres etc.) are reopening with one customer per 15 m².
- Restaurants are open from 6:00 till 22:00. Only sitting persons can be served and maximum of 4 people can sit at one table.
- Outside groups of people are now limited to a maximum of 50 people.
- Free movement of people during night.
- Alcohol consumation in public places is allowed.
- Galleries and museums are reopening. Cinemas and theaters reamain closed.
- 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
- Covid Portal – detailed information related to Covid-19 in daily life
- 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.