The government announced that all foreigners who are living here legally can now get the COVID-19 vaccine for free. Additionally, as the epidemiological situation in the Czech Republic is once again getting worse, the Ministry of Health has toughened mask mandates at universities, valid from 15 November, and decided on new measures at ski centres, valid from 1 December.
You can now get the jab for free if you’re in CZ legally.
More foreigners to get the jab for free
According to the Czech Government, all foreigners who are staying in the Czech Republic for over 90 days and at the same time:
- Have a valid long-term or permanent residence permit
- Are holders of a valid long-term visa
- Are EU citizens with a registration certificate or a residence permit
Can get vaccinated for free. Their vaccination will be covered by public health insurance.
However, it is necessary to know that while you won’t be paying for the vaccine itself, you’ll still need to cover the cost of the administration. As of now, we don’t know how much this is going to be, so make sure to bring your card.
Respirators at universities
University students already have to wear respirators in the hallways and before they sit down in the lectures halls. Once they’ve sat down, they can take them off.
However, from 15 November, they will also have to wear them during class if they’re attending a lecture or a seminar with over 50 people in the room.
Antigen tests insufficient at events
Last week, the government also decided that at events with over 1000 attendees, antigen tests are no longer sufficient as evidence of non-infectious status. To be able to attend these events, you need to have a PCR test.
Vaccination certificates and certificates of illness are also accepted.
This restriction is valid from 22 November.
Restrictions in ski centres
Finally, from 1 December, ski centres will ask visitors to prove their non-infectious status by showing a test, vaccination, or illness certificate. You will be obligated to show your certificate as you purchase your passes for the ski tow.
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Article source: Czech government, Ministry of Health