NOVEL CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION AND RECOMMENDATIONS for foreign students
we would like to briefly inform you of the situation at our institution and in the Czech Republic regarding reported cases of Coronavirus. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Regional Public Health Authority of the South Moravian Region are providing regular updates and detailed information and instructions for citizens and institutions in the Czech Republic. We are in close contact with our regional public authorities and the Ministries. We tried to sum up for you all important information.
ENTRY INTO THE TERRITORY OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC AFTER 3 AUGUST 2020
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DURING YOUR STAY AT THE BRNO UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY or if you went home
Please read regularly Recommendation of the Rector of BUT due to the spread of coronavirus
You can find there all important information on the study agenda, about the accommodation at the BUT Halls of residence, etc.
Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- If you need to cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use your sleeve, not your hands!
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Maintain at least 2-metre distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
- More recommendations can be found HERE.
Steps to follow if you have been in contact with a confirmed case of infection:
- You should go into quarantine. You must not be in contact with other people. Please inform immediately your faculty coordinator and the receptionist in the BUT dormitory (phone number: +420 541 142 978 (block A03). We will inform the Regional Public Health Authority of the South Moravian Region and it will decide if you will be tested for coronavirus. You should remain in quarantine for two weeks after your last contact with the confirmed case of infection.
- Please inform International relations office +420 778 788 945 or email@example.com
Steps to follow if you have symptoms of any respiratory infection:
- If you have symptoms of lower respiratory tract infection (fever, cough and breathing difficulties), and are accommodated in the BUT dormitory, please call the receptionist– phone number: +420 541 142 978 (block A03). (The receptionist will call emergency service 112 or public health office 1212. They (the doctors or regional public health authority will decide if the testing or hospitalization is needed.) ; if you are accommodated in a private accommodation please call your general practicioner or 1212- public health office or 112 (medical and rescue service).
- If you are experiencing increased dyspnoea (shortness of breath), call 112 (medical and rescue service). Hospitalization is usually required in this case.
- The BUT Crisis Staff appointed RNDr. Mgr. Daniela Dvorská as the contact person for the spread of coronavirus, who you can contact in case of any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org or 778 790 510).
- Please inform International relations office +420 778 788 945 or email@example.com and your faculty coordinator.
- Calling in advance will help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.
MEASURES OF THE CZECH GOVERNMENT and MINISTRIES - NEWSFollow the measures adopted by the Czech Government against coronavirus:
- As of 12 March, the State of emergency was declared. It has been prolongated by the Czech Government until 30 April 2020. As a part of the state of emergency, the movement of people with some exceptions in the Czech Republic has been restricted as of 16 March 2020, presently until 17 May 2020.
- The restrictions on the free movement of persons with some exceptions has been extended till 11 April 2020 6.00 in the morning. You can leave your residence in exactly specified cases: You can go shopping at the supermarkets, pharmacies or drugstores. Note: As of 25 March, all shops over 500 m2 are reserved from 8:00am to 10:00am for seniors and disabled persons above 50 years of age. In stores below 500 m2, employees are ordered to give priority to the above-mentioned persons. You can visit the doctor or walk alone in the park or in the countryside.
- The effect of the ban of retail sales and sales of services on the spot (with exceptions such as foodstuffs, drugstores, pharmacies etc.), as well as of the ban of presence of the public in restaurants and other catering premises, has been extended to Saturday 11 April 2020, too.
- It is mandatory to wear face/surgical masks (or at least scarves or bandannas) fully covering the nose and mouth when going out in public.
- More information can be found at the website of the Czech Government.
As of Tuesday 7 April, individual outdoor sports have been allowed. When respecting keeping a safe distance of two meters and the presence of a maximum of two people, these sports can be performed without respiratory protection. The ban on use of common spaces like showers and lockers is still in force.
As of Friday 24 April: Movement outside and during sports will be limited to a maximum of ten members, unless it is family members or the profession, and people must keep a distance of at least two meters from each other. It is still mandatory to wear face/surgical masks (or at least scarves or bandannas) fully covering the nose and mouth when going out in public.
As of Monday 27 April will be re-opened:
gym and fitness centres (without using showers and changing rooms), libraries, zoos, botanical and dendrological gardens (only outside areas), shops up to 2 500 m2 (including tourist information centers), if not in shopping centres over 5 000 m2
As of Monday 11 May will be re-opened:
museums, galleries, and exhibitions halls, castles, chateaux, open air museum (outdoor enclosures only), all shops in shopping centres (in case of a positive epidemiological situation and under specific hygienic conditions), restaurants, pubs, cafés, snack bars, etc. selling through the door and with outdoor seating, hairdressers, pedicure, manicure, regenerative or reconditioning services
As of Monday 25 May will be re-opened:
restaurants, pubs, cafés, snack bars, etc. (including interior spaces), castles, chateaux, theatres and other cultural activites under specified conditions, zoos, botanical and dendrological gardens (indoor areas included), cultural, sports and social events (the number of people will be specified)
- The state of emergency came to the end on 17 May 2020. More information concerning the handling of foreign nationals residence-related matters in the Czech Republic until 16th July can be found at this link.
- Most of EU foreigners may enter to the Czech Republic without any restrictions after 15 June 2020. You can find conditions for entry at the website of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic.
More information can be found at the special website of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.
Foreigners – visa and residence arrangements
Question 1: How should I proceed as a foreign student who is in the Czech Republic at the time of the declared state of emergency?
Answer: All the foreigners, including students, who were legally in the territory of the Czech Republic at the moment of the declaration of an emergency state, may remain in the territory for the duration of the emergency state without having to deal with their residence issues. The state of emergency on the whole territory of the Czech Republic is declared since 12th March 2020 from 14:00 hours for 30 days.
More information regarding your stay in the Czech Republic can be found here.
Please be in touch with your embassy in the Czech Republic.
You can find useful information from the Czech Government, Ministry of Health of Czech Republic and other institutions on the links below:
- Special website of the Ministry of Health of Czech Republic
- Information for foreign nationals of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic
- Website of the Czech government (Measures adopted by the Czech Government against coronavirus)
- Website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
- Website of the World Health Organization
- Website of the European Centre for Disease Prevetion and Control
- Website CORONA HELP (reliable English news on Czech internet about COVID-19, leisure, free psychological online consultations, online grocery e-shops, delivery services, etc.)
- Website of the Brno City Municipality
- Website of the Brno Expat Centre
For further detailed information regarding current information you can also contact:
- Regional Public Health Authority of the South Moravian Region
- Phone number: +420 773 768 994 (Mon-Fri 8.00-15.00), E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- National Infoline
- Phone number: + 420 224 972 222 (Mon-Frid 9.00-- 17.00)
- COVID-19 Brno Infoline
- Phone: +420 800 140 800 (Mon-Fri 7.00-17.00, Sat-Sun 9.00-13.00), e-mail: email@example.com
If you have any questions or problems in this matter please get in touch with your faculty coordinator or the firstname.lastname@example.org address or BUT emergency phone +420 778 788 945.
The BUT Crisis Staff appointed RNDr. Mgr. Daniela Dvorská as the contact person for the spread of coronavirus, who you can contact in case of any questions (email@example.com or 778 790 510).
Affected countries and territories in Europe and all countries
Foreigners can leave the Czech Republic. However, you can not return during the state of emergency. More information regarding traveling during the state of emergency can be found at the website of the Ministry of the Interior if the Czech Republic.
What to do if you are travelling from regions affected by the new coronavirus infection by bus.
What to do if you are travelling from regions affected by the new coronavirus infection by train.
Responsibility: Ing. Alexandr Tokár