On October 28 a night curfew and several other coronavirus countermeasures will come into effect as decided by the government on October 26. Besides that, the government plans to start testing residents and staff of retirement homes and curb non-acute surgeries at hospitals in order to increase the number of hospital beds available.
The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the restriction on the entry of expats to Czechia if they have no essential reason to enter the country. As they explained, this is a result of the crisis measures issued by the government. As of October 21, it is not possible to travel to the Czech Republic for the purpose of tourism or visiting friends.
Due to the recently implemented lockdown, the Ministry of the Interior in the Czech Republic had to introduce some precautionary measures in their offices as well. These precautions mostly affect appointments and the extent of services they will be providing during the next few weeks. What do you have to remember if you need to visit them?
On Monday, October 5, a state of emergency will come into force. The state of emergency was declared on September 30 by the Czech government and together with that, new restrictions will be introduced, but as announced by the Minister of Health, Roman Prymula, they won’t include the closing of borders. He, however, admitted that other countries may impose restrictions on travelling from and to the Czech Republic.
Some expats living in the Czech Republic will have to undergo special integration courses that are expected to start taking place from January 2021 according to a new decree proposed by the Ministry of the Interior. During these courses, they should learn for example, about customs and the Czech language, but also about the issue of domestic violence. The draft of this decree was recently sent for the comment procedure.
Besides the government mandatory requirements, quite a lot of companies in the Czech Republic require their employees to have a driving license. Due to the price accessibility, the privilege of taking the driving course in English, and the benefit of getting an international driving license, we recommend you to get it as soon as possible!
In the past couple of weeks, the number of people newly infected with coronavirus has been rising in several countries, the Czech Republic being no exception. For this reason the Czech government announced that certain countermeasures will be reintroduced in order to prevent another massive spread of the new disease.
One of the things those people who – just like me – live in a rented apartment had to pay was the caution money. Most tenants, however, don’t have an idea what it can be used for and are often unpleasantly surprised when leaving the apartment and being told that they won’t get all of their money back. So what can the caution money or simply called a deposit actually be used for?
The member states of the EU have mostly reopened their borders for the other EU member states which makes traveling across Europe much easier. Many people are therefore using the opportunity to travel as much as they can. This is despite the fact that the numbers of newly infected people are rising again in many of these European countries. Lots of people are now wondering whether there will be a second wave of COVID-19, or it will be just the continuation of the first one.
Submitting a new application for a visa or residence permit or their extension might be still problematic even though the restrictions on traveling in regards to coronavirus are being gradually lifted. Some embassies have, however, resumed normal operation. Citizens of the “safe” countries can also arrive in the Czech Republic with no restrictions which means that they don’t have to prove the purpose of their stay.