Are you a third-country citizen from a country where the epidemiological situation has gotten much worse? And do you want to come to Czechia? As of 4 May, the Czech Ministry of Health released a new measure amending the old decision concerning the travel of citizens from countries with extreme or low risk of infection. The new rules are slightly more convenient, so more third-country citizens will be able to enter Czechia.
The Czech government is relaxing more restrictions on 10 May than previously announced. These amendments concern face masks and travelling. Additionally, it looks like the original vaccination roll-out plan may be speeding up. What’s already relaxed? What’s being relaxed on 10 May? Who can get vaccinated at the moment? Read this article to make sure you’re up to date on everything related to #CoronavirusInCzechia.
After a special meeting, the government decided on further easements of the coronavirus restrictions. Middle school (6th to 9th grade) students will be allowed to return to school in 7 regions on 3 May. The reopening date of shops changed to 10 May. The reopening date of the bodycare services stays the same.
The recent diplomatic rift between Russia and the Czech Republic in connection with the Vrbětice case also affected the consular services for Russian citizens applying for residence permits in the Czech Republic. Additionally, the pandemic situation in India has become so much worse that the capital city, Delhi, was forced to announce a ban of movement. Therefore, accepting applications got more complicated in this country as well. What does it mean for Russian and Indian applicants? Let’s sum up all the information we know at this point. (Updated on 28 April – Moscow now accepting applications again, however there might be delays.)
According to the Minister of Industry and Trade, we can expect the opening of bodycare services such as hair salons and barbershops, pedicures, manicures, massage salons, cosmetic and regeneration services, animal care, and spa care, including rehabilitation services. All of these services will reopen on 3 May.
The Government has introduced a plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions in a 6-package process. Every Monday, the government will decide on the next step. Every Thursday, these steps will be approved based on the current epidemiological situation. For instance, on Monday, 26 April, the government is reopening kindergartens for all children in three selected regions.
Every foreigner living in Czechia for 5 continuous years has the right to apply for a permanent residence card. If you are a third-country citizen, however, you’ll need to pass a Czech language exam to be able to obtain it. The level of this exam will go up from A1 to A2 by the end of 2021. In fact, selected schools will increase the level to A2 as soon as this November. To take the easier level, you will need to apply for your permanent residence permit by the end of August 2021.
Moving to another country is always challenging. It’s like taking a big leap into the unknown. Everything becomes new and unexplored. The best way to limit stress or bad experiences is to prepare yourself as well as possible for this new adventure. As a new expatriate in the Czech Republic, I don’t necessarily have the required hindsight on some topics, but I will share with you my first impressions of the country.
The epidemiological situation in Czechia has been gradually improving. Therefore, the government has decided to no longer extend the state of emergency beyond 11 April. At the same time, we can expect some restriction relaxations from next Monday. This includes the relaxation of the limitation of movement, and the reopening of selected schools, shops, services, and businesses. What’s to open on 12 April? And what else is being relaxed?