As of 4 May, new slightly updated rules go into effect regarding entry to the Czech Republic from abroad – for Czech citizens and non-citizens alike. They apply to all those visiting or returning from abroad for stays longer than 12 hours. The entire measures can be read in this PDF (in Czech).
The updated measure newly distinguishes the conditions of entry into the Czech Republic for citizens/residents of the Czech Republic and for other foreigners. For citizens/residents of the Czech Republic it also distinguishes whether the journey to the Czech Republic is made by public, or individual transport. The rules of arrival in the Czech Republic clearly summarize the following tables of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic:
- Rules for entry to CZ for Czech citizens, EU citizens with temporary residence or foreigners with permanent residence permit.
- Rules for entry to CZ for foreigners without temporary or permanent residence permit.
Within this newly updated rules there is still an exception valid for border-crossing students who regularly (at least once a week) cross the Czech border – see point I.5. f) of the above-mentioned measures.
Countries are divided into 5 categories according to risk of infection levels – low (green), medium (orange), high (red), very high (dark red) and extreme (black) – and accordingly, there are separate conditions for entry to the Czech Republic (points I.2., I.3., and I.4.). When returning from medium, high, and very high risk countries, travellers are also required to fill out an electronic Public Health Passenger Locator form.
Obligations and duties of employers and employees are described in points I.14, I.15 and I.16.
- I.14 and I.15 point out the requirement of employers in regard to their employees returning from abroad (entry forbidden to workplaces in lieu of providing necessary documents and confirmations).
- I.16 points out the requirement to inform the employer of trips lasting longer than 12 hours to countries with medium, high, and very high risk levels.
All information on the conditions for entry to Czechia can be found on a special webpage of the Ministry of the Interior.
Possibilities for Covid-19 testing in Olomouc/Czech Republic
In the Czech Republic one can currently submit to an antigen or PCR test. Antigen testing is free only for those who have Czech public health insurance (i.e. Czech citizens, people with permanent residency in the Czech Republic, employees of firms with headquarters in the Czech Republic). International students (including Slovaks) must pay for the tests themselves. The price is around 351 CZK. PCR testing costs about 1500 CZK.
In Olomouc, antigen and PCR tests can be arranged at Fakultní nemocnice Olomouc (University Hospital Olomouc), Vojenská nemocnice Olomouc (Olomouc Military Hospital – Hradisko) or in Šantovka Shopping Centre. Antigen testing also can be arranged in AGEL Health Centre. The complete list of testing centres in the Czech Republic can be found on this map.
There is also regular weekly testing of employees and students taking place at UP.