Although third-country citizens living in Czechia have been able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 since 11 June, some things are still not completely clear. For example, many expats don’t know that if they’ve purchased comprehensive health insurance for foreigners, they might be able to get reimbursed. Here’s a look at how different Czech insurance companies handle COVID-19 reimbursements and what you need to do to get yours.
Due to the growth in the delta variant of COVID-19 infections, the government has decided to amend the O-N-T system (the vaccination-disease-test system). Specifically, one dose of the two-dose vaccines will no longer be sufficient to travel and use services from 9 July. Blanket testing in companies has ended, but some testing will still be required. Two different mobile apps were launched to help display and check one’s COVID-19 status.
While the vast majority of the COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed, some matters still need clarification. You can especially get confused if you’re an expat in Czechia, since some of the official Czech coronavirus websites have not yet been translated into English. For example, do you know which certificates you need to present for which activities? And where to actually get these certificates?
The government has decided to relax some of the last restrictions valid in Czechia. These changes will come into effect on 26 June. Travel will become significantly easier in Europe for summer holidays. Third-country citizens may be able to enter Czechia if they’ve been vaccinated with an EU-approved vaccine from 1 July. On the same date, vaccine registration will open for children over 12 years of age.
Have you thought about getting insurance before relocating to the Czech Republic? If not, then add it to your to-do list! Insurance isn’t usually something you have on your mind until you really need it. Or, in other words, before it’s too late. In fact, Comprehensive Health Insurance is mandatory for foreigners coming to the Czech Republic to receive a visa. Additionally, you can subscribe to liability insurance to cover health, property, or financial damage you may encounter during your time in the country.
Foreigners living in Czechia who do not have public insurance should finally be able to register for their COVID-19 vaccine. This should be possible from 11 June. People may be allowed to wear surgical masks in shops and on public transport as of 1 July. The European Union has approved the so-called “COVID-19 pass”. It should launch at the beginning of July.
As of 8 June, teachers, students and preschool children will no longer have to wear masks during class and exams. Employees sharing one office can also take off their respirators. The number of people who are allowed to gather for events and sports has gone up. The government has also decided that as of 21 June, people from all of the EU and Serbia will be allowed to enter Czechia.
The government decided that restaurant interiors should open this upcoming Monday, on 31 May. This decision happened in reaction to the Supreme Administrative Court’s verdict regarding this issue. Aside from restaurant interiors, music clubs, casinos, swimming pools, saunas, and wellness centers will also open on the same day.
Based on the government’s decision, people in the Czech Republic will have a right to two PCR and four antigen tests per month for free starting in June. The deputies also discussed the reopening of more services, although the original topic of the meeting was the wearing of masks in the summertime.
According to the government’s decision, those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Czechia, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Austria, Slovakia or Slovenia will be allowed to return to Czechia from orange and red countries without restrictions. That means they do not need to get tested or be quarantined when they get back.