Nearly two years of social distancing, isolation, and economic distress have taken their toll on our psyche. The Czech Republic is going through a brutal third wave of COVID-19 and with it come increasingly tougher restrictions, including partial lockdowns and cancellation of Christmas markets. We are all dealing with waves of despair and sadness. All this can easily turn into depression. How can we fight it?
The epidemiological situation in Czechia is not good. The government announced a new State of Emergency on 26 November, which should last for 30 days, and released a new batch of restrictions, including the closure of all Christmas markets and the limitation of cultural events to 1 000 vaccinated individuals. In addition, due to a new strain of coronavirus known as omicron, the Czech Republic has issued a travel ban for 8 African countries.
As of 22 November, the Czech government has implemented additional restrictions in reaction to the growing numbers of new COVID-19 cases. These include the end of acceptance of negative test results in services (including e.g. restaurants, hair salons, and concerts) and the relaunch of blanket testing in schools and companies for non-vaccinated individuals.
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.
Coming to the Czech Republic as a tourist? Or maybe as a new student? Due to the current coronavirus restrictions, which will probably stick around for a while, traveling abroad might be a bit more tricky than usual. However, you can still enjoy it as much as possible if you take care of some important matters first, such as filling out the Passenger Locator Form.
The epidemiologic situation in the Czech Republic has been steadily improving. There are no great increases in the numbers of new infections or hospitalizations. Therefore, the government has come up with a number of new restriction relaxations, which will be valid from 1 August. These relaxations are mainly related to culture and sports. Several vaccination spots without the need to register have opened all over Czechia.