Although third-country citizens living in Czechia have been able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 since 11 June, some things are still not completely clear. For example, many expats don’t know that if they’ve purchased comprehensive health insurance for foreigners, they might be able to get reimbursed. Here’s a look at how different Czech insurance companies handle COVID-19 reimbursements and what you need to do to get yours.
Third-country residents have been able to register since 11 June.
Foreign nationals without public insurance have been able to get self-paid COVID-19 vaccines in Czechia since 11 June. All you need to do is register on the vaccination registration website, wait for your confirmation text message, pick a date and location, and go get the jab, for which you will be asked to pay with a card.
Don’t forget to make sure you’ve been given proof of payment both times, because you’ll need them to get your reimbursement.
Once you’ve gotten your jabs, you can also download the certificates. These are available at the ocko.uzis.cz portal and can be accessed by inputting your birth date, email address, and a phone number.
Of course, the vaccine is not cheap and paying for both doses out of your own pocket can be disheartening. Worry not, though, because if you have commercial comprehensive health insurance, you should be able to get your money back by asking for a reimbursement!
Health insurance for foreigners
All Czech residents are obligated to have health insurance. This includes foreigners who are staying in Czechia for more than 90 days (and therefore are holders of a residence permit). Chances are that if you’re a third-country citizen, you probably have comprehensive insurance for foreigners, which you’ve purchased from a commercial insurance company here in Czechia.
According to our information, all commercial insurance companies in Czechia that provide comprehensive health insurance for foreigners will reimburse you for your COVID-19 vaccine. You just need to make sure your vaccine was administered to you at an official facility and that it was one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency.
The process for making a claim is very similar with each of these companies. However, there can be slight differences. Here’s a look at how all the commercial insurance companies in Czechia deal with vaccinations and what you can do to get your COVID-19 vaccine reimbursement.
If you’re insured with Slavia pojišťovna, the process is very straight-forward.
According to the company, they will cover the vaccination cost for all clients who have purchased their Comprehensive healthcare insurance for foreigners (coverage over 3 millions), valid for more than 90 days.
They will reimburse you 850 CZK for each vaccine dose (so, 1.700 CZK in total) and the reimbursement will take place after you’ve been fully vaccinated.
To apply for your reimbursement, you need to fill out an application (in English or here in Russian) and attach the originals of a proof of payment from both doses. Once you’ve done this, mail both to the health insurance headquarters at the following address:
Slavia pojišťovna a.s.
140 00, Prague 4
If you’re feeling confused about anything concerning your Slavia insurance, get in touch with us or contact the company directly at +420 255 790 111 (call between 8 am and 6 pm only).
According to PVZP, a.s., they are ready to fully reimburse all clients who have purchased their Foreigners’ Comprehensive Medical Insurance – Plus and Exclusive.
They will give you a refund only if you request it and support your request using valid documentation, including:
- proof(s) of payment – for both doses
- other documents (e.g. your vaccination card)
You can make your request at the PVZP by:
- reporting this insurance event on the PVZP website
- emailing PVZP the completed first page of a Notification of Insurance Event form and attaching all supporting documentation
- visit any branch of Pojišťovna VZP, a.s. and giving them the form in person along with the supporting documentation
If you provide all necessary documentation, you should be fully reimbursed for the full cost of your COVID-19 vaccine.
In case of additional questions, you can contact this insurance company at email@example.com or 233 006 311.
According to UNIQA, they will also reimburse their clients who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. These clients need to have purchased their product Complex health insurance for foreigners. They will give you a refund of 2 x 810 CZK maximum.
What do you need to do to claim your refund? UNIQA understands COVID-19 vaccination as an insurance event. Therefore, you need to fill out an insurance claim report form.
You can do this:
You will need to support your claim with a proof of payment for both doses of your vaccine (either scans or originals) as well as your vaccination card (or other documents proving that you received the vaccine on a specific date – either scan or a copy)
If you choose to fill out the paper form, send it (along with the other 2 documents) to the following address:
UNIQA pojišťovna a.s.
Oddělení cestovního pojištění
160 12 PRAHA 6
According to ERGO, those who have purchased their comprehensive medical insurance for foreigners Welcome (i.e. KOMPLEX, Dítě +, Baby and Prenatal tariffs) can get reimbursed for their COVID-19 vaccine as well.
According to an ERGO representative we’ve talked to – you will be fully reimbursed for both doses.
- an original of a proof of payment (both doses)
- a copy of your vaccination card (or medical report)
to the following address:
ERGO pojišťovna, a.s.
140 00 Praha 4
If you have any questions, you can reach the company at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maxima will also reimburse you for your COVID-19 vaccine if you report it as an insurance claim. You can claim your refund if you have purchased either their Standard Comprehensive Health Insurance of Foreign Nationals product or the Exclusive version of this product.
The only condition is that you have to buy insurance for 4 months minimum.
Maxima will reimburse you in accordance with the cost of the vaccine on the proofs of payment you’ll provide.
You can claim your refund by filling out the claim report form, including the number of your bank account, which the company will use for payment.
You should also attach:
- Medical report/copy of your vaccination card
- A proof of payment for both COVID-19 vaccine doses
According to the Maxima website, the insurance company prefers that you claim your reimbursement related to COVID-19 exclusively electronically. However, in case you cannot do it that way for some reason, the address for sending in your claim by post is as follows:
Maxima pojišťovna a.s.
120 00 Praha 2 Vinohrady
If you have any issues or questions, you can contact Maxima through this form.
According to an AXA Assistance representative, AXA will not at this time be reimbursing your COVID-19 vaccines. Not even if you’ve purchased their Complex Health Insurance for Foreigners. If you’d like to discuss this issue with them directly, contact them at email@example.com.
Are you anxious about finding the best health insurance for your specific needs? We can help you with that! As a part of our services, Foreigners offer help with Comprehensive health insurance in all major Czech cities.
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