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.
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.
Masaryk University Brno recently announced that they are about to launch a new life-hack for graduating students – electronic diplomas. If you are studying at this university, you will therefore be able to download a digital copy of your degree in addition to receiving your paper diploma. This digital copy will have the exact same content as the hard paper copy and will be equipped with a qualified seal.
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.
From 1 June, the Czech Republic is launching QR codes that will allow people vaccinated in the country to access their vaccination certificates. Travelling from the Czech Republic to other countries and vice versa, arriving in Czechia, will be much easier. The current situation will allow people who have received the first coronavirus vaccine dose in the Czech Republic at least three weeks before this Monday, 31 May, to enter seven countries, namely Germany, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia. Croatia should join the list of countries accepting vaccinated people from Czechia soon, too.
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.
Life throws us many challenges to the point where living can sometimes feel like a Sysiphian boulder we are rolling up a hill for eternity. But the truth is different. Often, all that’s staying in our way is ourselves. What’s important is that we don’t back down from a challenge and that we don’t give up. If you persevere and focus on finding new ways of succeeding, you will, ultimately, find your way up. And that’s exactly what we did last spring when COVID-19 hit Czechia.
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.
Monday, 24 May will mark more restriction relaxations in Czechia. High school students will be allowed to return to schools in full regime. Universities will also be allowed to reopen. On the same day, hotels and other types of accommodation will resume their business as well and indoor gyms and sports areas will be able to welcome up to 30 people at a time.