Coronavirus in Czechia: New State of Emergency with Stricter Restrictions on Movement between Districts

Due to a rapid number increase of confirmed cases of coronavirus and shortage of capacity in hospitals in the Czech Republic, the local government was compelled to announce another state of emergency and tighten the rules in the country. Stricter measures that are effective from March 1 ban traveling between districts and order the wearing of proper respiratory protection.  

What to Pay Extra Attention to as an Expat or Future Expat in the Czech Republic

Getting familiar with all your responsibilities and paperwork when coming to a new country can be rather confusing sometimes. So we decided to make this write-up with tips that you should always keep in mind when you are an expat in the Czech Republic or planning to arrive here.

Coronavirus in Czechia: Government to Tighten Restrictions Again

In response to the South African mutation of COVID-19 being detected in the Czech Republic earlier this week the Czech government is planning to introduce several countermeasures or a stricter curfew. These new restrictions mostly concern freedom of movement. While it is not yet clear whether the Chamber of Deputies approves them in the first place, they should supposedly come into effect on Monday, March 1. 

Coronavirus in Czechia: Mandatory Wearing of Respirators or Two Face Masks

The Czech government decided to further tighten the mandatory wearing of face masks due to the highly contagious British mutation of COVID-19. This means that in some places, people will be obliged to wear either one respirator or two face masks. The new measure comes into effect on Monday, February 22.

Coronavirus in Czechia: State of Emergency to Expire on February 14

The Chamber of Deputies rejected the proposal for another extension of the state of emergency, which means that the state of emergency will expire on February 14. According to opposition parties, the government has failed to establish any sensible solutions to stop the pandemic, including a law on the basis of which the measures would be introduced without the state of emergency. Now the government has to decide how to proceed after the state of emergency ends.

Coronavirus in Czechia: New Category on the Coronavirus Travel Map

The Czech coronavirus travel map, also known as Coronavirus Traffic Light System, will see some major changes as of Friday, February 5. The most noticeable of these changes is a completely new category of countries being added. This was announced on Monday, February 1, only a few days after conditions for travelling into the country were tightened due to the more contagious British mutation of COVID-19.

Coronavirus in Czechia: Non-Essential Travels to Country Now Banned

All travels to the Czech Republic for non-essential purposes are now banned as decided by the government on Thursday, January 28. Without an essential purpose, foreigners won’t be, therefore, allowed to arrive in Czechia. This measure was announced on Friday and came into effect already on Saturday, January 30, 12:00 AM. It will remain in place until stated otherwise along with the other countermeasures which are now in effect.

When, How and Who Can Apply For a Permanent Residence Permit? All Your Questions Answered

Did you know that after 5 years of continuous stay in the Czech Republic, every foreigner can apply for a permanent residence card? By obtaining permanent residence, an individual gets almost the same rights and responsibilities as a citizen of the Czech Republic. Keep reading to find out more about the permanent residence card. 

Czech Language Exams for Expats Will Be More Difficult

After six years of consideration, the Czech Ministry of Education has decided to make Czech language exams more difficult for expats interested in getting a permanent residence permit. This means that instead of passing a level A1 language exam expats will have to prove their knowledge of the Czech language at level A2.

Mandatory Integration Courses for Expats Have Started

The Czech Ministry of the Interior’s proposal for mandatory integration courses for expats living in the Czech Republic was finally approved after a few months-long silence. The courses started taking place on January 1 as originally planned and are mandatory for some non-EU expats who have received or will receive a residence permit in the Czech Republic after January 1, 2021.