FAQ

APPLICANTS

  • Will the deadlines for entrance exams be postponed?
    For now, the original terms apply. We will discuss the postponement of deadlines on March 16, and we will post any changes thereafter.
  • Can I come to the Study Department?
    All inquiries are handled only by e-mail and telephone, it is not possible to come in person.
  • I should be given a long-term visa, but currently I cannot come to the Czech Embassy abroad, what should I do?
    You will pick up your long-stay visa at the embassy until the state of emergency finishes and the border is opened.

STUDENTS

  • Until when will the measure be valid?
    The deadline for measures is not known. We will inform you according to the current situation.
  • Does the deadline for submission of theses (bachelor, diploma, dissertation) change?
    16. 3. 2020: The deadlines for entering the final thesis into the information system and the date of the state final examination have been modified. Details can be found in the university information system. If you have any questions, please contact the faculty study department.
  • The library is closed, what are the possibilities of using the library and resources for writing theses?
    For students of the 3rd and 5th year of study, individual arrangement with the library is possible. In addition, you can use electronic resources.
  • The Regulation mentions that the exemption will „apply to foreigners staying temporarily over 90 days". So, in the case of students, does it also apply to those who have a long-term visa for the purpose of study, or only those who have a long-term stay for the purpose of study?
    Answer of the Ministry of Interior Czech Republic: Temporary stays over 90 days can be considered long-term residence permits and long-stay visas for stays over 90.
  • What should I do if my residence permit ends during the emergency and I do not intend to stay in the Czech Republic after it ends?
    All foreigners (including students) who were legally in the Czech Republic at the moment of the declaration of emergency may stay in the country for the duration of the emergency without having to deal with their residence issues. Emergency in the whole Czech Republic is declared from 12. March 2020 from 14:00 for 30 days.
  • How do I proceed if my existing residence permit expires during the emergency and I want to stay in the Czech Republic after the end of emergency?
      We recommend to apply for the issue or extension of the long-term residence permit or for the extension of a long-stay visa as early as possible during the emergency. Applications must be delivered to the relevant departments of the Ministry of the Interior by post with all requisites and the fee paid. Contacts for departments: https://www.mvcr.cz/clanek/sluzby-pro-verejnost-informace-pro-cizince-kontakty.aspx Contact details of regional offices: https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/contacts.aspx All these measures are only valid for the duration of emergency
  • The regulation declares „a ban on entry for all foreigners coming from risk areas". Will this be considered according to the citizenship/passport, or where a person travels from? For example, a foreign student from a risky country stays visa-free in the Czech Republic, for example, as part of an exchange program, is now abroad in a non-risk country and will fly to Prague after 13. March. Will he/she be allowed back to the Czech Republic?
    Ministry of Interior CR reply: If a foreigner from a risky country is staying in the CR for a longer visa-free stay in the CR, e.g. as part of an exchange program and is currently outside the CR, he/she will not be able to return to the CR. He/she has a residence permit in his/her country, not in the Czech Republic, so he/she will not be able to prove to the authorities at border the legitimacy of his/her stay in the Czech Republic.
  • Where can I find further/up-to-date information regarding my stay as a foreigner in the Czech Republic at a time of emergency measures?
    Please contact pobyty@mvcr.cz , https://www.mvcr.cz/docDetail.aspx?docid=22239194&doctype=ART .
  • Can I return to the Czech Republic?
    Yes, the return of Czech citizens to their home country and persons with the appropriate residence permit will be allowed. The Ministry will send special buses abroad to pick up Czech citizens and holders of appropriate residence permit when boarder will be closed. The Embassy or Consulate shall be contacted for return. If you fail, call hotline: +420224182605https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/coronavirus-information-of-moi.aspx

  • Is current situation covered by MENDELU travel insurance?
    Pandemic is listed in the General Insurance Terms and Conditions annexed to the Contract as an event excluding insurance payment. However, students and employees who choose to stay in high-risk countries (despite MFA warnings) and who had gone there before the pandemic was declared are still insured and the insurance company will pay medical expenses/remains, etc.; The insurance company warns that assistance services in these countries are close to zero (only contact by phone is possible). The insurance company will not reimburse cancellation of airline tickets/accommodation etc. due to the closure of borders (ours or the country where it was supposed to fly); in case of tickets bought before the pandemic was declared, it will depend on a liquidator to assess (chances are rather low); it is recommended to contact the accommodation or airline (they should allow rebooking). Issue of insurance policies must be dealt directly with the insurance company In case of Covid-19 (not only), report to the ERV Assistance Service immediately. If necessary, please contact directly the assistance service +420 221 860 606 at any time and not the International Office staff.

  • What if I will leave? Can I finish the semester also from my country?
    Yes, you can via e-learning. You should be in intensive contact with your teachers and you should be receiving instructions for e-learning from your teachers. 

  • Can I still leave to my country if the borders are closed?
    Check the webpage of Czech Ministery of Interior for more information: https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/coronavirus-information-of-moi.aspx

  • I left the Czech republic and did not manage to come back - my things are still at dormitory, what should I do?
    Please contact the accommodation office: vladimir.hradsky@mendelu.cz (TAK) or iva.jarolinova@mendelu.cz (JAK)

Questions and answers related to the residence of all foreigners, including students in the Czech Republic

Some examples of questions were prepared by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports together with the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic.

  • How should a student - a foreigner who is in the Czech Republic at the time of the declared emergency state - proceed?
      All foreigners (including students) who were legally in the Czech Republic at the moment of the declaration of emergency may stay in the country for the duration of the emergency without having to deal with their residence issues. Emergency in the whole Czech Republic is declared from 12. March 2020 from 14:00 for 30 days.
  • How do I proceed - a foreigner student whose expiry of the existing residence permit in the Czech Republic expires and wants to stay in the Czech Republic after the end of emergency?

https://www.mvcr.cz/clanek/informace-ministerstva-vnitra-k-zadostem-o-pobytova-opravneni-podanym-cizinci-na-uzemi-ceske-republiky-v-dobe-nouzoveho-stavu.aspx

      Applications must be delivered to the relevant departments of the Ministry of the Interior by post with all requisites and the fee paid. Information is also available in English language at:

https://www.mvcr.cz/docDetail.aspx?docid=22241518&doctype=ART.

https://www.mvcr.cz/clanek/vizum-k-pobytu-nad-90-dnu-dlouhodobe.aspx?q=Y2hudW09OQ%3d%3d.

Contacts for departments:

https://www.mvcr.cz/clanek/sluzby-pro-verejnost-informace-pro-cizince-kontakty.aspx, you can find them also here:  

Oznámení o úpravě provozu pracovišť MV ČR v souvislosti s vyhlášeným nouzovým stavem in pdf. All these measures are only valid for the duration of emergency.

Information regarding the extraordinary situation can be found on e-mail - pobyty@mvcr.cz

        Information on the obligations for foreigners: 

https://www.mvcr.cz/clanek/nove-povinnosti-a-informace-pro-cizince-prevence-rozsireni-covid-19.aspx.

  • I should be given a long-term visa, but currently I cannot come to the Czech Embassy abroad, what should I do?

You will pick up your long-stay visa at the embassy until the state of emergency finishes and the border is opened.

Your staff can contact the Ministry of the Interior about the visas by e-mail above.

We also recommend you to follow the website of the Ministry of the Interior https://www.mvcr.cz/clanek/sluzby-pro-verejnost-informace-pro-cizince-informace-pro-cizince.aspx, which is updated regularly.

COVID - 19

    • What is Coronavirus and COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses known to cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). This new coronavirus originated in Hubei Province, China and the disease caused by the virus is named COVID-19.

    • How is COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:

· close contact with a person while they are infectious or in the 24 hours before their symptoms appeared

· close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes

· touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.

    • What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other colds and flus and include:

· fever

· sore throat

· cough

· tiredness

· difficulty breathing.

While coronavirus is of concern, it is important to remember that most people displaying these symptoms my be suffering with a cold or other respiratory illness – not coronavirus.

    • How long does it take for symptoms of the COVID-19 to appear?

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days, or as long as 14 days after exposure.

    • I think I have COVID-19. What happens now?

Do not visit your doctor, call them. Your doctor will arrange for you to be tested for the infection.

If your symptoms are serious you will remain in hospital isolated from other patients to prevent further spread of the virus.

If your doctor says you are well enough to return home while you are waiting for your test results:

· remain in your home and do not go outside

· wash your hands often with soap and water for no less than 20 seconds.

· cough into your elbow

· avoid cooking for or any form of contact with others

· wear a mask (provided by your doctor) if close contact with other people is unavoidable.

    • Should I be tested for COVID-19?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, try calling your general practitioner or medical provider. While supplies of these tests are increasing, it may still be difficult to find a place to get tested.

    • Someone I live with is getting tested for COVID-19. Should I self-isolate as well?

Yes. Stay at home and don't meet up with other people for 14 days if you share your home with someone who has symptoms of Coronavirus.

    • What does isolate in your home mean?

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you must stay at home to prevent it spreading to other people. You might also be asked to stay at home if you may have been exposed to the virus.

Staying at home means you:

· do not go to public places such as work, school, shopping centres, childcare or university

· ask someone to get food and other necessities for you and leave them at your front door

· do not let visitors in — only people who usually live with you should be in your home

You do not need to wear a mask in your home. If you need to go out to seek medical attention, wear a surgical mask (if you have one) to protect others.

You should stay in touch by phone and on-line with your family and friends.

    • What is social distancing?

Social distancing is one way to help slow the spread of viruses such as COVID-19. Social distancing includes staying at home when you are unwell, avoiding large public gatherings if they're not essential, keeping a distance of 1.5 metres between you and other people whenever possible and minimising physical contact such as shaking hands, especially with people at higher risk of developing serious symptoms, such as older people and people with existing health conditions.

    • Should I wear a face mask?

When you leave your home, you must wear a face mask at all times. A mask is not necessary when you are home unless you are told otherwise by a medical professional.

    • Who is most at risk of a serious illness?

Some people who are infected may not get sick at all, some will get mild symptoms from which they will recover easily, and others may become very ill, very quickly. From previous experience with other coronaviruses, the people at most risk of serious infection are:

· people with compromised immune systems (e.g. cancer

· elderly people

· aboriginal and torres strait islander people, as they have higher rates of chronic illness

· people with chronic medical conditions

· people in group residential settings

· people in detention facilities

· very young children and babies.*

*At this stage the risk to children and babies, and the role children play in the transmission of COVID-19, is not clear. However, there has so far been a low rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases among children, relative to the broader population.

    • How is the virus treated?

There is no specific treatment for coronaviruses. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses. Most of the symptoms can be treated with supportive medical care.

    • How can we help prevent the spread of Coronavirus?

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene and keeping your distance from others when you are sick is the best defence against most viruses. You should:

· wash your hands frequently with soap and water for no less than 20 seconds, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet

· cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser

· if unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people)

· exercise personal responsibility for social distancing measures.

· Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

    • What is an essential indoor gathering?

An indoor gathering takes place within a single enclosed area (a single room or area).

Essential activities include:

· healthcare settings

· pharmacies

· food shopping

    • What is social distancing and why is it important?

Social distancing includes ways to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. It means less contact between you and other people.

Social distancing is important because COVID-19 is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:

· direct close contact with a person while they are infectious or in the 24 hours before their symptoms appeared

· close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes, or

· touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.

So, the more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread.

    • What can I do?

If you are sick, stay away from others – that is the most important thing you can do.

You should also practise good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene:

· wash your hands frequently with soap and water (for no less than 20 seconds), before and after eating, and after going to the toilet

· cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser

· do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth

· if unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people).

These simple, common sense actions help reduce risk to you and to others. They will help to slow the spread of disease in the community – and you can use them every day.

    • How can I stay up to date with developments in Brno and the Czech Republic?

The official City of Brno website

www.brno.cz/coronavirus

Corona Help

Is a collection of links to information for foreigners living in Brno, South Moravia and the Czech Republic in general. www.coronahelp.cz/en

Facebook group 'Brno news CTV'

By Ceska Televize, Brno news CTV provides news for English-speakers in Brno.

Facebook group; 'Living in Brno'

This is an English-speaking community for foreigners in Brno. It is constantly up to date with various news and information about Brno.

The Ministry of Health of The Czech Republic

www.koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en/

The ministry of Interior of The Czech Republic

The ministry of interior is supreme office for the realms of public administration, internal security, border protection and eGovernment in the Czech Republic. www.mvcr.cz