#LifeInCzechia News regarding the compulsory health insurance! The insurance monopoly of PVZP (a subsidiary of the General Health Insurance Company of the Czech Republic) is now canceled. Foreigners from non-EU countries who have long-term or permanent residence in the Czech Republic can now choose the insurance company on their own.
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.
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.
Have you thought about getting insurance before relocating to the Czech Republic? If not, then add it to your to-do list! Insurance isn’t usually something you have on your mind until you really need it. Or, in other words, before it’s too late. In fact, Comprehensive Health Insurance is mandatory for foreigners coming to the Czech Republic to receive a visa. Additionally, you can subscribe to liability insurance to cover health, property, or financial damage you may encounter during your time in the country.
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.
Considering the current epidemiological situation, deadlines for filing the income tax return have been postponed until May 3 for paper fillers and June 1 for electronic ones. However, some other submitting deadlines can still change throughout the year depending on the development of the coronavirus crisis in the Czech Republic.
While the Czech government keeps relaxing the previously introduced restrictions and countermeasures that were put in place to stop the coronavirus from spreading, it is important to remember that the disease might return and it might return soon. After all, it’s still not even gone in the first place. So what can you expect to happen in the foreseeable future?
In the last couple of weeks, we have released articles about changes regarding the coronavirus pandemic. As changes are constantly being made to the gradual lifting of the previously introduced restrictions, it is difficult to stay up to date with the most recent news, which is why we made this summary in which you’ll find all the important information plus some other news.
In connection with the latest news regarding Brexit, rules of medical treatment in the Czech Republic will change. Previous access to health care for non-EU citizens may have differences if there is no-deal Brexit. Brits should get the new health insurance before October 31, otherwise, the previous one will not be valid.