#ImmiUpdatesCzechia We’re bringing you a big summary of what’s good to know about the current immigration situation regarding the war in Ukraine. Are you a Ukrainian refugee or planning to get your family here from Ukraine? Are you a Russian or Belarusian national working or hoping to work in Czechia? Then keep reading.
Good news! The number of new coronavirus infections in Czechia has been steadily going down and so the Ministry of Health has decided upon new restriction relaxations. In addition to unlimited events, which have been allowed from 1 March, you will now be able to take your respirator off in some public indoor spaces, including stores and shopping malls. You still have to wear your respirator on public transportation, however.
ABSL – the Association of Business Service Leaders – connects companies from all over Czechia operating centres of shared business services, outsource information technologies or focus on research. The Foreigners agency recently joined this association so that we can more intensely share our know-how regarding the employment of foreign workers and their integration into the Czech society. Our common goal is to make sure that you feel at home in these companies.
The numbers of new COVID-19 infections per day are still quite high. Still, countries all over Europe have slowly begun relaxing ongoing restrictions, including the Czech Republic. The Czech government is canceling the obligation to present a COVID-19 certificate in restaurants and other establishments. The Ministry of Health is also ending mass testing in schools and companies.
In our regular sum-up of recent coronavirus news, you can read all about the decrease in the intensity of mass testing, new vaccination certificate expiry date, and a new partially-Czech COVID-19 vaccine called Novavax about to become available soon. The article also explains the ins and outs of relocating to Czechia with a foreign vaccination certificate.
Are you planning on coming to Czechia on a temporary residence permit for a family member of an EU citizen? Unfortunately, with the recent immigration law amendment, this has become more complicated. It is now necessary to distinguish between so-called “close” and “distant” family members. And distant family members will have to adhere to tougher conditions to get this residence permit.
Due to the spread of the omicron variant of coronavirus, the Ministry of Health has opted to launch mass testing in companies once again. In addition, the government has shortened the time for which you have to stay in isolation or quarantine from 14 to 5 days. Vaccinated individuals will now be entitled to 5 PCR tests a month.
The number of newly infected individuals in Czechia has been steadily going down. However, due to the threat of omicron, the new government has announced tougher restrictions for New Year’s Eve celebrations as well as the entering and re-entering of the country for foreigners and non-vaccinated. In addition, the EU has shortened the validity of vaccination certificates to 9 months from 1 February.
The epidemiological situation in Czechia is not good. The government announced a new State of Emergency on 26 November, which should last for 30 days, and released a new batch of restrictions, including the closure of all Christmas markets and the limitation of cultural events to 1 000 vaccinated individuals. In addition, due to a new strain of coronavirus known as omicron, the Czech Republic has issued a travel ban for 8 African countries.
As of 22 November, the Czech government has implemented additional restrictions in reaction to the growing numbers of new COVID-19 cases. These include the end of acceptance of negative test results in services (including e.g. restaurants, hair salons, and concerts) and the relaunch of blanket testing in schools and companies for non-vaccinated individuals.