COVID 19 Information & Updates
This page is being regularly updated. Latest update: September 17, 2020, 16:00
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 August 24, 2020: Spain is removed from the list of countries with a low risk of COVID-19 (The autonomous community of the Canary Islands are however exempt from this measure.)
- 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:
- As of 24 August, a new protective measure of the Ministry of Health will come into effect. All persons coming from the countries with a high risk of COVID-19 still have to undergo PCR test for the presence of SARS CoV-2 after they enter the territory of the Czech Republic and their free movement on the territory is limited. Please, check the current information here. Newly, Spain (except Canary Islands) was excluded from the list of countries with a low risk of contagion of COVID-19.
After your arrival, follow these steps:
- Please, undergo the PCR test for the presence of SARS CoV-2 no later than 72 hours from entering the territory of the Czech Republic.
- If you stay at the dormitory, you will be accommodated in a special area. Please, cooperate with the dormitory staff, follow their instrusctions and do not leave your room until your test is negative and you are allowed by the dormitory to do so.
- Email (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) your test results to:
- After 14 days from the entring the Czech Republic, you will need to undergo a second RT-PCR test.
- 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 (reachable by tram 9 from the dormitory) open daily from 8 AM until 6 PM, phone: (+420) 739 500 500, e-mail: email@example.com. The list of places in Prague is available here.
- Quarantine measures and RT-PCR test conditions are the responsibility of the Ministry of Health.
- Extraordinary and protective measures of the Ministry of Health are regularly updated here.
COVID-19 testing points – recommendation
- If you are travelling to Prague by plane, the quickest and easiest way to get tested is right after your arrival to the Prague airport.
If you are not arriving to Prague by plane, you can get tested at various sites around Prague, such as GHC Genetics on Wenceslas Square which is intended for foreigners and tourists. Full list of all testing places (in Czech) can be found here.
- 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.
2) Going abroad
You can leave the Czech Republic, however, bear in mind the information regarding entry to other countries and their restrictions.
OECD compiled an overview of the measures in different countries – see the Country Policy Tracker.
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.
As of September 10, 2020, face-mask-wearing will become compulsory again for preventative measures in all interior, public transportation, medical institutions and public offices. Regulation regarding the use of protective respiratory equipment is available here.
As of September 14, 2020, face-mask-wearing will be compulsory in all indoor premises of the university (including all corridors, toilets etc.)
Restrictions on the number of people at mass events will continue to be applied with maximum of 1 000 people outside and 500 inside.
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
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.
See the information leaflet by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic:
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.