Medical care in the Czech Republic is on a very good professional and technological level. Results of Czech doctors in some fields can be considered as top-ranking worldwide. Health care is provided by state-run and private medical facilities. In the event of sudden illness or injury out of surgery hours it is ensured in the emergency departments in hospitals. In cases of sudden serious illness you can any time call an ambulance on 112 all over the country.
Medicines to relieve flu or a cold and other similar preparations can be purchased without a prescription in pharmacies. A prescription from a doctor is required to purchase other medicines.
The Czech public health insurance system is based on obligatory participation of insured persons. Most medical facilities have concluded a contract with an insurance company on provision and settlement of costs for healthcare and only provide insured patients with the essential care subject to settlement of the excess as stipulated by law.
Up-to-date COVID-19 measures are available at the official information website Covid Portál.
Students from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland
If you have a valid health insurance in your home country, you should apply for the EU health insurance card (EHIC). This free card gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, under the same conditions and at the same cost as people insured in that country. Cards are issued by your national health insurance provider. Please note that EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. It does not cover any private healthcare or costs such as a return flight to your home country or lost/stolen property.
Students from countries outside the EU
Medical travel insurance is not required from citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cuba, Japan, Macedonia, Montenegro, Turkey, Republic of Tunisia and Serbia. The same exception applies to participants of the Erasmus Mundus program, Fulbright scholarship program, European Voluntary Service of the EC Youth in Action programme, as well as holders of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued by another EU member state and a GHIC card issued by the UK. If you wish to use these advantages you should follow these instructions.
All other international students who intend to stay in the Czech Republic for more than 90 days are required to purchase comprehensive health insurance coverage within 90 days from entry to the territory. You will be asked to submit a proof of Czech health insurance when you apply for visa. The coverage limit is minimum EUR 60,000 and the insurance must be purchased for the entire period of stay.
You should conclude your travel medical insurance in the scope of comprehensive healthcare as required by the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals exclusively with the company Pojišťovna VZP, a.s. Please read up more on the medical insurance here.
medical care for czech government scholarship holders
International students who were granted the Czech Government scholarship are entitled to free use of standard medical care in the Czech Republic throughout the duration of their scholarship. The Ministry of Health will pay the expenses of health treatments to the same extent as for the Czech insured person. This involves COVID-19 testing as well. Unpaid care (e.g. co-payments for medicines, co-participation in the case of certain medical devices) will be covered by the scholarship recipient. Czech Governement scholarship holders must always present to the health care provider their valid Decision of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports on granting a scholarship.
Details about the procedure to get free medical care:
- Medical care for Czech government scholarship holders - leaflet for students in English
- Medical care for Czech government scholarship holders - leaflet for health care providers in Czech
- List of recommended COVID-19 testing providers
In case of questions, please contact the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic at email@example.com or call +420 224 972 850.