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?
All foreigners are obligated to register with the authorities when they enter the Czech Republic. This is true for both EU citizens and third-country citizens. Unfortunately, many people tend to forget about this rule. What are the deadlines for registering? Which authorities do you need to visit? And when will the owner of your apartment register for you and when do you need to do it yourself? Read our article to find out!
Are you a third-country citizen planning to study in the Czech Republic or are you already studying here? One way or another, you should double-check that you know how to apply for your visa, what to do when you get to the Czech Republic, how to extend your permit once it expires, and what to do when you want to leave the country for a vacation and your visa extension hasn’t yet been approved.
Are you a British citizen? The United Kingdom has officially left the European Union on 1 January 2021. Depending on whether you lived here before that day or not, you might still be able to use most of the benefits. When are you taken as an EU citizen and when are you taken as a third-country citizen? The rules aren’t as cohesive as it may seem…
If you aren’t covered by public health insurance, you need to purchase comprehensive health insurance from a commercial insurance company. According to the new version of the Czech immigration law, you can only buy this insurance from the PVZP from 2 August 2021. If you don’t want the PVZP insurance, you can still get insured with Slavia for cheaper if you close your contract by 1 August 2021.
The Czech government amended the law about foreigners living in Czechia, valid from 2 August 2021. These changes include for example the obligation to purchase comprehensive health insurance solely from the insurance company PVZP for the first five years of their stay, the renaming of a residence permit document for EU citizens, administration fees of 200 CZK for residence permits and their extensions, and new identification documents for third-country citizens containing biometric data.
The government has decided to relax some of the last restrictions valid in Czechia. These changes will come into effect on 26 June. Travel will become significantly easier in Europe for summer holidays. Third-country citizens may be able to enter Czechia if they’ve been vaccinated with an EU-approved vaccine from 1 July. On the same date, vaccine registration will open for children over 12 years of age.
Masaryk University Brno recently announced that they are about to launch a new life-hack for graduating students – electronic diplomas. If you are studying at this university, you will therefore be able to download a digital copy of your degree in addition to receiving your paper diploma. This digital copy will have the exact same content as the hard paper copy and will be equipped with a qualified seal.
Foreigners living in Czechia who do not have public insurance should finally be able to register for their COVID-19 vaccine. This should be possible from 11 June. People may be allowed to wear surgical masks in shops and on public transport as of 1 July. The European Union has approved the so-called “COVID-19 pass”. It should launch at the beginning of July.