COVID-19: Updates & Information

 

 

Current Development and Measures

This page is being regularly updated. Latest update: September 18, 2020, 13:45.

 

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:

  1. Contact the regional hygiene station after coming to the Czech Republic by telephone* and undergo the PCR test for the presence of SARS CoV-2 no later than 72 hours from entering the territory of the Czech Republic.
  2. 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.
  3. Email your test results to:
    1. the given hygienic station: covid-hc[at]hygpraha.cz
    2. arrivals[at]vse.cz if you are accommodated at the dormitory
    3. exchange[at]vse.cz if you are not accommodated at the dormitory
  4. After 14 days from the entering the Czech Republic, you will need to undergo a second RT-PCR test
  • * 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 (reachable by tram 9 from the dormitory) 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
  • 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 and Germany classifies Prague as a high risk region. People traveling to Belgium and Germany are required to present a negative test no more than 48 hours old.
  • As 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 15, 2020, the Netherlands classifies Prague as a high risk region. People traveling to the Netherlands should stay in a self quarantine for 10 days after arrival from Prague. The quarantine cannot be substituted by a negative test.

 

3) General

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, face mask wearing is compulsory in classrooms as well.

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.

Restrictions on the number of people at mass events will continue to be applied with maximum of 1,000 people outside and 500 inside.

Restaurants and bars must be closed between midnight and 6:00 AM. Obligation to wear a face mask applies to restaurants as well, except for when consuming food and/or beverages.

 

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 (updated link).

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.

Lectures and Seminars in Fall Semester 2020

 

Information for new incoming students (Academic year 2020/2021):

At VSE, we continue planning the Fall Semester 2020 with on campus face-to-face teaching.

Information on measures taken by the VSE crisis staff on September 1, 2020 – see here.

CANCELLED: Teaching in winter 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.

 

For updates regarding the VISA Application submissions, please inform yourself here.

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.

General Information and Recommendations

 

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

 

 

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