While the vast majority of the COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed, some matters still need clarification. You can especially get confused if you’re an expat in Czechia, since some of the official Czech coronavirus websites have not yet been translated into English. For example, do you know which certificates you need to present for which activities? And where to actually get these certificates?
Getting vaccinated is the easiest way to get access to places and services.
The O-N-T system
You may have heard this acronym before but felt confused about what it actually means, since the initial letters do not correspond with the English translation. The O-N-T system stands for “Očkování, prodělaná Nemoc, Test”, which translates to “vaccination, past disease, test”.
This is the system restaurants and other services in Czechia have adopted to be able to let their customers and guests in after the lockdown. In other words, these are the conditions to which you as a customer need to adhere to be able to be let in.
Let’s look at each of these conditions individually below.
1. Vaccination (O)
You can use your vaccination certificate if it has been:
- At least 22 days since your first dose in case of a two-shot vaccine
- At least 14 days since your vaccine in case of a one-shot vaccine
To prove your vaccination status, you can either show your vaccination card or present your certificate.
2. Past disease (N)
You can use your past disease status if you prove that you have undergone COVID-19 within the last 180 days.
You can prove your past disease status by presenting a lab-certified confirmation. This confirmation needs to be based on a PCR test.
You can present either a text message from your lab or a certificate.
3. Test (T)
The third option is to present a negative COVID-19 test result. This can be either:
- A PCR test undergone 7 days ago maximum
- An antigen test undergone 72 hours ago maximum
You can prove your negative test status by presenting a text message from your lab or a certificate.
In most situations (including restaurants, body care services, etc), you can also undergo a self-test. Make sure the service you want to use accepts self-testing before you use the services! In this case, you need to present a written and signed solemn declaration where you solemnly declare that the self-test you undertook was negative. This self-test cannot be more than 72 hours old.
Where to get your certificate
Since the vaccination and testing system in Czechia became unified and centralized, you can now download your vaccination status and/or test result as a certificate result online. You can do this anytime after you undergo your test in an official lab. The certificate will typically show up on the website within 24 hours.
You can download all your certificates at the ocko uzis website. Unfortunately, the website is currently in Czech only. However, the process is very easy. All you need to do is sign in – in your case this will probably mean inputting your email address, phone number, and date of birth (DD.MM.YYYY) (see below).
Once you’re in, you can scroll down to find your current certificates. All of these certificates are in both Czech and English and are also equipped with a QR code.
Move your second Pfizer dose
According to the Minister of Health, it is now also possible to move your second vaccination appointment to an earlier date. You can move your date by as many as 8 days. All you need to do is call the vaccination hotline at 1221.