Insurance and health system

Both state-run and private medical facilities are available in the Czech Republic. By law everyone entering the Czech Republic is expected to have medical coverage and the police have the right to ask anyone for proof of this.

EU/EEA citizens

Citizens from EU/EEA countries are automatically entitled to the provision of necessary and urgent health care free of charge. All that is required is a certified E128 from their country of origin, or a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). It must be stated that this will only cover an individual for essential care. Copayment may therefore be required.

Visit to a GP – 30 CZK
Emergency treatment – 90 CZK
Stay in hospital – 60 CZK per day

It is therefore advised that you arrange additional commercial insurance which is able to cover these fees. It is highly recommended that you contact your local Czech embassy or consulate to verify whether the insurance meets the requirements for a residence permit for stays longer than 90 days.

Medical travel insurance is also not required from citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cuba, Japan, Macedonia, Montenegro, Turkey, Serbia and Yemen.

Non EU/EEA citizens

If you are planning to stay in the Czech Republic for less than 3 months you should arrange supplementary travel insurance before you leave your country of origin. As stated before, it is a legal requirement to have medical coverage when you enter the Czech Republic. If you have no insurance you will have to pay for all care on demand in cash.

If you are planning to stay in the Czech Republic for more than 3 months you must arrange insurance with an insurance company which is licensed to operate the insurance in the territory of the Czech Republic according to legal regulations. It is highly recommended that you contact your local Czech embassy or consulate for more detailed information and to verify whether the insurance meets the requirements for a student visa for stays longer than 90 days.

Be carefull, within 3 working days after arrival in the Czech Republic students are required to present a contract with a Czech insurance company and the confirmation of insurance payment at the time of their check-in as foreigners with the Czech police. The insurance must cover the dates indicated on the visa sticker.

For more information go to:

Czech embassies and consulates abroad
Ministry of the Interior
Czech Insurance Association

Pharmacies can offer medicines to treat a cold/flu without prescription. Prescriptions are required to purchase other medicines.

Essential numbers

Emergency calls – 112
Medical first aid – 155
Fire brigade – 150
Police - 158

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