The Ins and Outs of Compulsory Education for Children of Foreigners in Czechia

Some foreigners choose to relocate to the Czech Republic with their entire families, including children. If that’s your case, you should have at least a basic idea of how things work with compulsory education here. In this article, we’ll explain under which conditions your children must attend kindergarten and primary school and what are some alternatives to their education if you don’t wish to send them to public state schools.

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: More Changes Regarding Respiratory Protection

The Czech government introduced some new changes regarding the planned respiratory protection. Originally, the new measure ordering people to wear either two face masks or one respirator was supposed to come into effect at midnight between February 22 and February 23. However, after the government’s Monday meeting it will come into place on Thursday, February 25.

Coronavirus in Czechia: New State of Emergency Instituted from February 14

On February 14, the Czech government instituted a new state of emergency that will be in place for two weeks, that is until the end of February. This happened the same day the previous state of emergency expired after the proposal for its extension was rejected by the Chamber of Deputies on Thursday, February 11. The new state of emergency was introduced after a long debate with regional governors, who eventually asked for a new state of emergency to be put into effect.

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.