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.
If you aren’t fully vaccinated, you now have to get tested upon returning to Czechia.
Changes in the O-N-T system
The R number (reproduction number – how many people get infected by one person) has gone up to almost 1.3, which means that the epidemic in Czechia is accelerating once again. This is mainly due to the spread of the delta variant of COVID-19 (formerly known as the Indian mutation), which is much more viscous and easier to catch.
For this reason the Ministry of Health has come up with some amendments concerning the O-N-T system – specifically, vaccinations and testing.
Only those who have been fully vaccinated for 14 days can use services and travel without restrictions from 9 July.
Blanket testing over, some testing still necessary
Blanket testing in companies ended at the end of June. Freelancers don’t have to get tested anymore either. However, according to the Minister of Health Vojtěch, people will need to prove their non-infectious status to their superiors upon their return from vacation abroad. If they do not present a negative test, they will not be allowed to return to the office. This rule is valid from 9 July.
Another area that abandoned blanket testing is school environments. However, universities have the right to create their own systems. For example, if you study at Masaryk University in Brno, you still need to upload your test or vaccination certificate into the university information system to be able to enter the premises.
Blanket testing in companies may return in the future if the incidence of cases per 100 000 inhabitants goes up to 25.
Traveling after one shot now more complicated
Due to the increase in infections, the Ministry of Health has also announced that all those vaccinated with only one dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine will need to get tested upon their return from abroad. This rule applies to all countries and is valid from 9 July.
The only people who do not have to get tested after crossing the border are those who have been fully vaccinated.
Two COVID-19 apps launched
You can now download a smartphone app that will significantly simplify the way you present your COVID-19 status in restaurants or when purchasing various services and travelling.
It displays the QR code from your certificates. You can download your codes into the app by logging in through your ocko uzis account. You can use this app without internet access once you’ve downloaded your codes. The app is available in English and is very easy to use.
Those needing to check their others’ COVID-19 status can download the app čTečka, which can read the COVID-19 pass QR codes. Once the app reads the code, it will either light up green or red, depending on the validity of the certificate.
Vaccinations without registration in Prague
Within two weeks, two special locations should open in Prague for people who want to get vaccinated without registration. These “walk-in” vaccination spots will be situated in the Chodov shopping center and at the main train station.
If you come to these locations, you should be able to get vaccinated with the one-shot vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.