COVID-19: Updates & Information

 

 

This page is being regularly updated. Latest update: November 29, 2021, 11:27

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 November 29, 2021, new conditions for entering the territory of the Czech Republic come into force. Please check here the levels of risk for each country.

After the arrival

  • All passengers arriving to the Czech Republic 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 & Vaccination Recognition

 

Test centres

  • The places where you can undergo the test are available on this website (in English) and also here. We recommend you to go to GHC GENETICS at Václavské náměstí open daily from 8:00 until 18:00 phone: (+420) 739 500 500, e-mail: covid@ghc.cz.
  • Please follow these rules when you visit a test centre:

Vaccination Recognition

  • Persons who are fully vaccinated with one of the EU approved vaccines in one of the countries given here can arrive with no additional requirements for any purpose. They will only be required to fill out the Passenger Locator Form before arriving.
  • More information related to the vaccines recognized by the Czech Republic is available here.

Current Development and Measures

 

Restrictive measures valid in the Czech Republic from November 26, 2021:

The Government of the Czech Republic declared a state of emergency, which comes into force on November 26. The reason for its announcement is the worsening epidemic situation.

1. FACE MASKS

  • It is required to wear at least a FFP2 or KN95 respirator while indoors (shopping centres, offices, public transport including outdoors at stations, dormitories) and to keep distance of 2 m from other people.

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 20 people inside without any restrictions (or up to 100 people inside*).
  • Shops, shopping malls and services with the restriction of 1 person per 10 m2. The customers must keep distance of 1.5 m from other people. It is not possible to consume food inside of the shopping malls.
  • Restaurants and clubs must be closed between 22:00 and 5:00.*
  • Christmas markets are not allowed.
  • Swimming pools, saunas and fitness gyms are open by keeping distance of 1.5 m from other people. Cloakrooms and showers can be used.*
  • Hotels are open. The test result must not be older than 72 hours and must be presented every 7 days.*
  • Galleries, museums, zoos and monument sites are open by keeping distance of 1.5 m from other people. Group tours are allowed for up to 20 people without any restrictions (or more*).
  • The operation of libraries is not limited. It is necessary to use respirators in the study rooms. Information related to the VŠE library is available here.
  • 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.

* To use this service, the people must be able to present either a vaccination certificate or a declaration of recovery from COVID-19 in last 180 days. As a full vaccinated is considered a person having at least 14 days after the last dose. PCR or antigen tests are not accepted to prove the non-infectious status.

Lectures and Seminars in AY 2021/2022

 

At present, VŠE is providing an on-site teaching in accordance with the current hygienic measures.

Entry to the campus
  • Only persons who do not show clinical signs of COVID-19 can enter the VŠE premises.
  • Entry to the campus is possible only with FFP2 or KN95 respirator. Everyone is obliged to observe hygienic measures throughout their presence at all indoor premises, including library and corridors.
  • The obligation of using respirator does not apply to:
    • students in education who sit on a bench or are otherwise seated and there are less than 50 of them in one space,
    • academics and other teachers who have been vaccinated in the provision of education
    • students and academic staff in the framework of an educational activity, the nature of which does not allow the wearing of a protective equipment (e.g. physical education),
    • the examiner and the examinees during the test, provided that all persons maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters,
    • persons during the performance of work at the workplace when keeping distance of 1.5 m from other people in one office,
    • persons for the time strictly necessary to take a photograph/video at events organized by the school.
  • More details are available on the main VSE covid website – updated on November 22, 2021
Staying at VŠE dormitories
  • All people staying at VŠE dormitories must be able to present either a negative test result, or a declaration of recovery in last 180 days, or a vaccination certificate. In case of presenting a negative test result, this has to be submitted when moving in and then every 7 days. The self-tests are not accepted.
  • In case you are obliged to submit a negative test result after your arrival from abroad, and if you are staying at VŠE dormitories, please send it among others to ubytovani [at] vse.cz.
  • All documents shall be uploaded in the ISKAM system (picture guide here).
  • Check these instructions about move-in to the dormitories.

Psychological Counselling

 

Psychological Counselling runs online as well as in person 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.
  • Information related to the vaccines recognized by the Czech Republic is available here.

Other sources of information and news:

I was tested positively/I don’t feel well

 

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 were tested positively

    1. 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.
    2. Isolate yourself from other people in your household. If you need to buy something, you must ask another person for help (your buddy or friend). You can also order online (see the List of online delivery services below). The delivery instructions must state that the purchase is to be left outside or on the porch or in another suitable place.
    3. Contact all your lecturers, inform them about your situation and kindly ask them to share with your the study materials.
    4. From the day you have received a positive Covid-19 test, your 14 days quarantine starts (there is no need to visit or call anyone about your test result).
      • 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.
      • If you do not feel well even after 14 days, stay home a bit longer and if needed, contact a doctor.
    5. Only when you feel okay and your 14 days of isolation are gone, get back to normal life.

 

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 encounter. Risky encounter means a contact with a distance of less than 2 meters, where one of the parties does not have proper respiratory protection, such as disposable mask or respirator (a cloth mask or a scarf are not considered proper protection)

If so, contact 1221 by phone and follow the home quarantine (unless you have been fully vaccinated or had a positive test result in the past 180 days).

 

Advice and recommendations for home quarantine

  1. Home quarantine lasts for 14 days, or for 7 days after receiving a PCR test negative result.
  2. 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 (see the List of online delivery services below). The delivery instructions must state that the purchase is to be left outside or on the porch or in another suitable place.
  3. 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.
  4. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.
  5. Wash your hands.
  6. Avoid sharing household items.
  7. Do not invite anyone to your home.
  8. 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.
  9. Separate your waste.
  10. Watch for the signs of the disease.

 

List of online delivery services

  • Wolt – offers the delivery from restaurants as well as shops.
  • Bolt Food – offers the delivery from restaurants.
  • Dáme jídlo – offers the delivery from restaurants as well as shops.
  • Rohlik – offers the delivery of groceries and other goods including the delivery from the BENU pharmacy.
  • iTesco online store – offers the delivery of groceries and other goods.