As of 15 November 2021, all foreign nationals who reside in the Czech Republic legally can apply for a Czech version of the Covid-19 digital certificate. In this article, you will find the steps foreign nationals need to take to get the Czech certificate.
Who can apply for this certificate?
The application for the digital version of the vaccination certificate is open to all foreign nationals (from the EU or third countries) who have a residence permit in the Czech Republic for more than 90 days and meet one of the following criteria:
- they have a valid long-term or permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic;
- they have a valid long-stay visa;
- they are an EU citizen with a certificate of temporary residence or a permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic;
- they are a family member of an EU citizen with a certificate of temporary residence or a permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic.
Which certificates are accepted as a basis for issuing the Czech version of the digital certificate?
- EU COVID Digital Certificate
This certificate of completed vaccination is issued by all EU countries, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican as of 1 July 2021.
- EU COVID Certificate equivalents
These certificates have been approved by the European Commission and are recognised as equivalents to the European ones if the vaccination was administered using one of the authorised vaccines. These include Vaxzevria (previously AstraZeneca), Spikevax (previously Moderna), Comirnaty (producer Pfizer/BioNTech), Janssen (producer Janssen Pharmaceutical) and Covishield. You can find the complete updated list on the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic website. The list is continually growing.
- Accepted remotely verifiable certificates from other countries
For the purpose of entering the Czech Republic and accessing local services, it is also possible to use certificates issued by other third countries issuing verifiably valid certificates of vaccination using an authorised vaccine. The complete list can be found on the Ministry of Health website and is continually growing.
- There is also a list of countries with certificates that require a further confirmation for the issuance of the Czech certificate. The additional confirmation will make the certificate verifiable (eg a medical report issued by the facility that administered the vaccine). This document must be at least in English. An exact list can be found on the Ministry of Health website.
This also applies to certificates of recovery according to articles 1 and 2, if more than 11 days and less than 180 days have passed since the positive PCR test.
Who issues the digital certificate?
The digital certificate is usually issued by a general practitioner.
What if my certificate is not issued by any of the aforementioned countries?
If you do not have any of the aforementioned certificates, then you have the same responsibilities as non-vaccinated persons in accordance with the currently valid extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.