FAQ General Measures

FAQ General Measures

What are the latest measures regarding COVID19?

As of Thursday, October 22, 2020, 6 a.m. the new restrictive measures have been announced by the Czech government.

  • All retail stores in the Czech Republic must remain closed with exception of grocery stores, drugstores, pharmacies, and other shops providing essential goods. 
  • The same applies to hairdressers, nail salons, and other venues providing similar services. In larger shopping centers, only the allowed shops may be open.
  • Restaurants in shopping centers may still operate take-away windows (as well as restaurants outside of shopping centers).
  • The freedom of movement is limited. It is possible to get groceries or hygienic or pharmaceutical products, go to work and back home, to a doctor, or go for a walk or to the nature, however no travelling for leisure is allowed (hotels and accommodation capacities will be closed for tourists).
  • Outside groups will be limited to a maximum of two, with the exception of family members from the same household.

Previously-announced measures that remain in effect through November 3 include the closure of restaurants, pubs and bars (though they may serve takeout and delivery), as well as gyms and cultural venues including cinemas, theaters, museums and galleries.

Public gatherings of more than two people are now banned, as is the consumption of alcohol while in public spaces.

Face masks are now required at most locations in the country, both indoors and out, for anyone coming into contact with others outside of those family members.

Where can I be tested?

Students and empolees of Charles university can be tested for coronavirus at 1st Faculty of Medicine. Sample collection will take place each working day in the Sample collection room of the Department of Occupational Medicine, General Faculty Hospital, located Na Bojišti 1, Prague 2. Analysis of the samples will be carried out at the Institute of Immunology and Microbiology (75UK1LF), 1st Faculty of Medicine UK, and the results will be announced one day after the sample collection.

Price of testing:

Students and employees of First Faculty of Medicine 600 CZK

Students, employees of Charles University and their family members 1000 CZK

Other private payers 1700 CZK

Other information and registration for the testing is available on webpage of the Institute of Immunology and Microbiology (https://uim.lf1.cuni.cz/en).


Other several suggested testing points are to be found here or more at the official website (in Czech only). Should you need assistance please contact the International Office.

What are the restrictive measures related to COVID19?

According to the Resolution of the Czech Government from October, 12 (No. 1022):

  • in person form of education is forbidden 
  • exams can take part at the 10 people presence in maximum
  • the courses of a lifelong education are forbidden in a present form
  • exception for a clinical and practical courses in study programmes of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and other medicine study programmes
  • exception for pedagogical courses with practical stays at preschools, primary, secondary schools

The Resolution also restricts dormitory measures -  students who have other place of residence in Czechia are asked to move out from the dormitories. This measure does not apply to students who live in the halls of residence and it is their only place of residence in Czechia, i. e. in general, this measure does not apply to all our English-degree and Exchange students.

The new measures largely affect leisure and cultural activities, and the operation of related businesses. Here is the brief summary of the most important restrictions for your everyday life.

From Wednesday, October 14, all restaurants are closed for public. They can sell only the meal as a takeaway until 8 p.m.

In general, all gathering of more than 6 people both indoor and outdoor is forbidden from Wednesday, October 14.

It is forbidden to consume alcohol in a public space.

It is still obligated to wear face masks on the public transport, at the stops of public transport of all kinds, and anywhere indoors (shops, gyms, including the corridors and kitchens of the halls of residence!) aside of place of residence (room, flat). But it is mostly advisable to wear the face masks everywhere, where you cannot guarantee the distancing of 2 meters from other people.

From Monday, October 12, all theatres, cinemas, and other venues organizing cultural events must halt their operation as well as ZOOs.

The entrance to all shopping malls, shops and similar can enter groups of a maximum of 2 people.

Also from Monday, October 12, public offices will restrict their operations to two days per week. They will be open for five hours per day on dates they are open.

From Friday, October 9, indoor swimming pools, gyms, and fitness centers must close.

Please, be also aware that any crossing of Czech borders will likely mean for you to stay in quarantine and/or obligatory Covid-19 testing at the visiting country as Czechia is considered an unsafe country by most of the other countries at this point. We highly recommend to not travel.

Where can I find the governmental restrictions and measures

The declaration of the State of Emergency starting from October 5, 2020, for a period of 30 days is here.

All the important protective measures are listed here. Unfortunately, the English translations are issued with some delay after the Czech originals. The Czech originals can be found here.


Stay in the self-quarantine, the self-isolation must not be less than 10 days and the last 3 days of your isolation you shall not have any symptoms of the disease. You are OBLIGED to avoid any contact with others (no visits, no classes, no hanging out with friends) and the necessary shopping shall be arranged online or via friends. The start of the isolation is counted from the date of the last contact with the infected person. If the infected person reported meeting with you at the Public Health Authority, wait for their instruction.

What does quarantine mean?

Unless absolutely necessary, do not go outside to public places (no shopping, no public transport use, no walks unless you live in a house with its own garden).
If you need to go outside (e.g. for the PCR test) WEAR THE CLEAN FACE MASK at all time.

The quarantine is 14 days long if you do not undergo any testing and do not have any symptoms during the end of the quarantine, or 10 days long if you undergo the testing (day 5-7 or until day 10) and your result is negative and you are symptoms free.

If you have been tested positive, follow the orders of the doctors and hygienic officials. In general, the quarantine is at least 10 days from your positive test result as long as you have no symptoms by the end of the quarantine.



Below you can find contacts of the particular hygiene stations depending on your residency in Prague (Prague's district where you live). That is for the case you would wait too long for the response from the Public Health Authority of the City of Prague.


Prague district



Central office

Prague 1

Rytířská 404/12, Prague 1

296 336 700


Center and West

Prague 2, 3, 7

Prague 5, 13, 16, 17

Dukelských hrdinů 347/11, Prague 7

233 087 720

233 087 758



Prague 8, 9, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21

Měšická 646/5, Prague 9                           

286 883 001-2



Prague 4, 11, 12

Němčická 1112/8, Prague 4

241 010 346-7



Prague 10, 15, 22

Rybalkova 293/39, Prague 10

271 087 144



Prague 6

Nechanského 590/1, Prague 6

235 365 828

You can find the contacts at the hygiene station's website here.

Where can i buy groceries while being in quarantine or self-isolation?

If you need any shopping order it online and inform them that you are in quarantine, so that they leave it behind your door or at the reception of the hall of residence (the reception will deliver it behind your door) or ask friends to do it for you the same way so there is no contact.

Online grocery stores:






(Should you feel unwell the most typical medicine for fever and flu symptoms are called Paralen, Panadol.)