COVID-19: Updates & Information
This page is being regularly updated. Latest update: October 6, 2020, 10:00.
As of October 5, 2020, the Government declared a state of emergency for 30 days. 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.
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 September 14, 2020: Spain is removed from the list of countries with a low risk of Covid-19.
- 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 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 high risk countries 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:
- 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.
* Contact information of the Prague hygiene station: +420 227 272 065 – from 8:00 till 18:00 every day.
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 must fill in Public Health Passenger Locator Form before you enter the Czech Reupblic. 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 must present 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:
- After 14 days from the entering the Czech Republic, you will need to undergo a second RT-PCR test if you arrived before and including Monday, September 21, 2020. If you arrived on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 and later, you have to submit only one test (see point 2).
- * Contact information of the Prague hygiene station: +420 227 272 065 – from 8:00 till 18:00 every day.
- 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 going to GHC GENETICS at Václavské náměstí open daily from 8:00 until 18:00, phone: +420 739 500 500, e-mail: covid[at]ghc.cz.
- The list of places in Prague is available here.
- Rules for visiting the test centers:
- 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
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.
- As of September 10, 2020, Belgium as a high risk region. People traveling to Belgium are required to present a negative test no more than 48 hours old.
- s of September 12, 2020, Denmark classifies the Czech Republic as a high risk country. Travels to Denmark will be possible if duly justified. Please inform yourselves on the details before your journey.
- As of September 14, 2020, Switzerland classifies the Czech Republic as a high risk country. People traveling to Switzerland will have to stay in a mandatory 10-day-quarantine after arrival from the Czech Republic. The quarantine cannot be substituted by a negative test.
- As of September 22, 2020, the Netherlands classifies the Czech Republic as a high risk country. People traveling to the Netherlands should stay in a self quarantine for 10 days after arrival from Prague, even though they have a negative test.
- As of September 25, 2020, Germany classifies the Czech Republic as a high risk region. People traveling to Germany are required to present a negative test no more than 48 hours old.
- As of September 28, 2020, Austria classifies Prague as a high risk region. People traveling to Austria (except for transit) are required to present a negative test no more than 72 hours old.
As of September 10, 2020, face mask wearing is compulsory in all indoor premises, incl. public transportation, all common areas at schools and universities etc.
As of September 18, 2020, indoor events where more than ten people have to stand will be banned. Exceptions are exhibitions, markets, fairs, and other similar events. The measure also applies to restaurants, bars, and clubs. Events where people can be seated have to sell tickets with the specific seat marked.
As of September 21, 2020, face mask wearing is compulsory in all organized outdoor events with more than 100 attendees.
As of September 24, 2020, restaurants and bars must be closed between 22:00 and 6:00.
Obligation to wear a face mask applies to restaurants as well, except for when consuming food and/or beverages.
As of October 5, 2020, until October 18, 2020, mass events held in a number of more than 10 people indoors and in a number of more than 20 people outdoors will be banned. Concerts, theater performances and other artistic performances with singing will also be banned. If singing is not included, maximum of 500 attendees is allowed. Maximum of 6 people is allowed to sit at one table (in restaurants etc.)
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.
Current development of Covid-19 cases in the Czech Republic can be found here.
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.
Information for incoming students (Academic year 2020/2021):
Information on measures taken by the VSE crisis staff on September 1, 2020– see here.
Teaching in Fall Semester and information on measures taken by crisis staff of VSE on September 17, 2020– see here.
The beginning of teaching is postponed to September 29, 2020 – see here.
Measures of Rector following HSHMP Regulation No. 12/2020 of September 18, 2020 and valid measures of Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic – see here.
Information for incoming students (Academic year 2020/2021 – Spring 2021):
At VSE, we continue planning the Spring semester 2021 as usual.
For updates regarding the VISA Application submissions, please inform yourself here.
Psychological Counseling 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.
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.
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.