COVID-19: Updates & Information

 

 

General Information and Recommendations

What is COVID-19, its symptoms and what are the preventive measures?

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:

 

Important Contacts and Links

  • Nonstop help line of the National Institute of Public Health: +420 724 810 106 or +420 725 191 367
  • Emergency: 1212 (in case you do not feel well)
  • For questions related to migration please contact pobyty[at]mvcr.cz

 

 

State of Emergency in the Czech Republic

 

Last update: March 30, 2020 at 20:28. This page is being regularly updated. Please be patient with us.

Currently, the gatherings of more than two people in public are forbidden. The prohibition to leave the accommodation was prolonged on March 30, 2020 until April 11, 2020. For details see below.

As of Thursday, March 12, 2020 the government of the Czech Republic declared a State of Emergency in the Czech Republic for 30 days to prevent the coronavirus spread. State of Emergency is a situation of national danger or disaster in which the government suspends normal constitutional procedures.

What does it mean:

1) Coming to the Czech Republic

  • Quarantine for everyone who has come back to the Czech Republic from the high risk country (this list is being updated) and for those coming from safe countries in case of disease symptoms.
  • No entry for foreigners/tourists to the Czech Republic
    • Crossing border will be possible for students who present:
      • Health insurance card provided by a Czech insurance company
      • Accommodation agreement for property in the Czech Republic
      • Employment contract
  • For further information contact pobyty[at]mvcr.cz

2) Going abroad

  • International transport such as trains, buses and boats is cancelled: it will still be possible to travel by car up to 9 people. Planes are being restricted, please contact the airlines.
  • Czech citizens are banned to travel abroad from the Czech Republic.
  • Foreigners/tourists can leave but will be without the possibility to return during the state of emergency.

3) General

Free movement of persons is forbidden in the entire area of the Czech Republic with the following exceptions of vital trips:
  • to visit family members
  • to shop groceries, pharmaceutical and medical products, drugstore products (no other shops open)
    • between 08:00 – 10:00 a.m. the above mentioned shops are open only for eldery people 65+ years old
    • closure of all bars and restaurants, only take away possible
  • to ensure the neccessities mentioned above for another related/close person
  • to medical providing services, including vital accompanying of another related/close person
  • to visit authorities if this cannot be postponed to a later date

When necessary to go out it is obligatory to have the face covered with a scarf.

The government has suspended issuing visas and residence permits. For updates regarding the VISA Application submissions, please inform yourself here.

 

Lectures and Seminars

 

Online teaching activities should be available. Please check your VSE email regurarly for information form the lecturers.

It is the VSE ultimate effort to enable all Exchange students finish their courses online. More details will be shared by the respective lecturers. Please be patient and check your VSE email regurarly.

Psychological Councelling

 

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.

 

Travelling

 

Please see the official website of the Ministry of the Interior for information regarding travelling to and from the Czech Republic here.

List of high risk countries can be reached from here.

Recommendations by the Ministry of Health for citizens of the Czech Republic and other persons returning from affected regions can be found here.

You can also contact the Embassy of your country for more information.

 

FAQ

  • I returned to the Czech Republic from the high risk country. What should I do?
    • In view of the current epidemiological situation, the Ministry of Health requests all citizens who are now returning from affected regions to stay at home after they return, and to contact and consult their doctor or the hygiene station in their region by TELEPHONE, or call the emergency number 1212 (in case you do not feel well). A doctor/epidemiologist at the respective hygiene station will then decide on the further course of action.
    • If you stay at the the dormitory, please let them know as well.
  • How will the classes be held in the meantime?
    • Online teaching activities should be available. Please check your emails regularly for information form the lecturers.
  • When will classes resume?
    • At this moment it is difficult to foresee.
  • Will it be possible to finish the semester online from home?
    • It is the VSE ultimate effort to enable all Exchange students finish their courses online. More details will be shared by the respective lecturers. Please be patient and check your VSE email regurarly.
  • Will the academic calendar be extended?
    • We are waiting to see if the preventive measures work or not, this will be decided later.
  • Can I leave the Czech Republic and come back when the situation settles?
    • We hope the borders will reopen soon as well as the classes resume, however, it depends on the development of the situation.
  • I returned home. What should I do?
    • Let us know via email (exchange[at]vse.cz) and wait for the instructions from the lecturers as well as from the Exchange Office Team.
  • I returned home. Will the dormitory return the rest of the rent?
    • It is too soon to advise now. VSE management is waiting to see how the situation with closed borders and universities will develop. Please wait for more information.