COVID-19: Updates & Information
Current Development and Measures
Last update: July, 03 2020 at 13:50. This page is being regularly updated. Please be patient with us.
As of Thursday, March 12, 2020 the government of the Czech Republic declared a State of Emergency in the Czech Republic to prevent the coronavirus spread. State of Emergency is a situation of national danger or disaster in which the government suspends normal constitutional procedures.
As of May 17, 2020, the State of Emergency ended, however, some of the restrictions and recommendations continue to remain in force.
What does it mean:
1) Coming to the Czech Republic
The map of countries divided into green and red ones can be found here.
- EU citizens (citizens of Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican are regarded as EU citizens):
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. However,
- If the EU citizen stayed in the last 14 days 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.
- 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 facemasks and limit their free movement in the territory until they submit the PCR test result to a regional hygiene station.
- Regarding transits through the Czech Republic, all restrictions are no longer applicable for green zone countries. The existing rules continue to apply to red zone countries – this means that only journeys to a country of origin or to an EU country with permitted residence are allowed. If the person is transiting through the Czech Republic to a country of origin, a diplomatic note by the embassy of the country of origin in Prague must be issued. If the person is transiting through the Czech Republic to an EU country of residence, a diplomatic note by the embassy of the country that issued residence permit must be issued. All persons must wear face masks during the time of their transit through the Czech territory.
2) Going abroad
You can leave the Czech Republic, however, bear in mind information regarding entry to other countries and their restrictions.
OECD compiled an overview of the measures in different countries – see the Country Policy Tracker.
As of July 1, 2020, it is permitted:
- the presence of persons in the areas of catering establishments between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.;
- the removal of masks or other nose and mouth protection on all outdoor and indoor premises, with the exception of hospitals.
It is still necessary to cover your mouth and nose during the entire stay in all areas of the Prague metro. The face masks are not mandatory anymore in surface public transport vehicles, i.e. buses, trams, trolleybuses or the funicular, with respect to mutual courtesy and safety of both passengers and drivers, we still recommend wearing them.
The obligation to wear masks will remain in effect only in local focal points (Prague and Karviná).
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.
At VSE, we continue planning the Fall Semester 2020 in the usual covid-19 free scenario. We look forward to seeing you in Prague!
- For updates regarding the VISA Application submissions, please inform yourself here.
As for Fall Semester 2020, VSE will not offer online courses for students, who will not be able to come to Prague from abroad.
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
- Emergency: 1212 (in case you do not feel well)
- For 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 and recommendations.