The certificate of a past infection is now issued based on a positive antigene test result as well, provided the test had been carried out by a medical professional and due to COVID-19 symptoms noted previously.
The O-N-(T) requirements have mostly been lifted. Since then, certificates still remain necessary upon entering some other facilities (e.g. medical and social care facilities, asylum facilities, etc.) as proof of having got vaccinated, got tested, or survived a COVID-19 infection. Furthermore, they still remain important for traveling as well. To find out detailed information on conditions of entry to each country you can use the Traveller's Information Hub (powered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Czech only).
The easiest way to prove having met the O-N(-T) requirements (either by vaccination or test) are the Tečka (Dot) and čTečka applications. The čTečka application, which is used to scan QR codes by which someone proves having met the O-N(-T) requirements, can recognize whether the QR code on the certificate (downloaded in Tečka (Dot) app, or printed on a paper, for example) is really genuine, not forged. Vaccination and testing serve to reduce the Covid-19 pandemic, and the fact that we must prove having met the O-N(-T) requirements with them is a necessary restriction. But since this limitation is already in place, please, use these applications to prevent possible certificate forgery. Detailed user guides to the apps can be found at ockodoc.cz (in Czech only).
After the first dose of vaccination, you can go to ocko.uzis.cz (Citizen's vaccination portal) and apply for a certificate. From June 1st, new certificates will be issued to make life easier - both when lifting the rules and regulations and when travelling. These new certificates will be in accordance with the newly adopted rules for certificates within the EU. There are 4 types of certificates, depending on what can be proven by the certificate:
1. Certificate of having survived a Covid-19 infection in the past
issued no longer than 180 days after your first positive PCR or (if the person having been tested has noted any COVID-19 symptoms and the testing has been carried out by a medical professional) antigene test result. The certificate will be generated 10 days since the sampling. These 10 days count hourly, i.e. the actual timespan is equivalent to 24 hours multiplied by 10. Thus, certificates of past disease are available on days 10 to 180 after the first positive PCR test.
If the person does not note any COVID-19 symptoms, no certificate will be generated upon a negative antigene test result.
2. A negative test result certificate, which can be both:
- Certificate of having undergone an antigen test
- Certificate of having undergone a PCR test
Especially in the case of a certificate of a negative PCR test, its generating may take longer, mainly due to possible time delays in the registration of the test result by the laboratory. Additionally, the evaluation of the test by the laboratory usually takes several hours. Therefore, if you do not find a certificate of the performed test on the portal, we recommend that you contact the laboratory that evaluated your test to find out whether the result was properly sent to the Information System of Infectious Diseases (Informační systém infekčních nemocí - ISIN).
3. Vaccination Certificate, two types according to the vaccination phase:
- Certificate after full vaccination
Certificates are available after both the first and second dose of vaccine. The certificate is considered valid (when checked via the QR code it lights up green) 14 days after the Janssen vaccine dose or the second dose of any vaccine being administered in a two-dose vaccination scheme. The certificate after the booster dose becomes valid (i.e. lights up green) immediately. If you have been administered the second dose, only the certificate for the second dose is visible.
During February, the validity of certificates issued within the basis vaccination scheme will gradually get shortened. They will remain valid for 270 days since the second (or, in case of the Janssen vaccine, first) dose. This measure does not apply to certificates issued after a booster dose. It, however, applies to all basis-scheme certificates issued to a 18+ person.
The timeline of the validity shortening goes as follows:
- February 1, 2022 - the shortening applies in other EU member states, the Czech Republic had decided to postpone the measure by 2 weeks
- February 10, 2022 - in the Tečka (Dot) app, the rules valid within the Czech Republic are replaced by these for entering the Czech Republic, pursuant to them, the certificate validity gets shortened
- February 15, 2022 - the validity shortening of all basis-scheme certificates within the territory of the Czech Republic applies.
4. Certificate about Contraindications
This type of certificate can be issued only to persons whose practitioner has saved to the ISIN system an information stating that they, due to possible medical issues (mostly an allergy to any of the vaccine components), cannot get vaccinated against COVID-19. It cannot be used itself separately as proof of having met the O-N(-T) requirements - this is the role of the certificate about a negative PCR test result. Should a person's Tečka (Dot) app not contain a certificate about contraindication (visible as yet another certificate) together with a negative PCR test result, the test result will be accepted only to the extent that vaccination is not contraindicated in him/her.
The certificate will state your name, surname and date of birth. You will use it to prove yourself (whether in paper form or downloaded on your phone, tablet or the Tečka (Dot) application when entering establishments, during possible inspections, etc.
If you come across the terms Covid pas (Covid Pass), Digital Green Certificate and Green Number Certificate in the texts, these are the same as certificates issued after June 1st. These already meet the requirements imposed by the EU.
NEW CERTIFICATES FOR CITIZENS OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC FROM June 1st.
Any type of the certificate is available at ocko.uzis.cz. Thanks to the connection to the ISIN, it will appear there automatically as soon as one of the certificates becomes relevant to you. You can log in to the vaccination portal (ocko.uzis.cz):
1. by entering the ID card number and birth number. (A text message is sent to you with a code, which you will need to access the portal) and then you can download your certificate. The condition is to state your mobile phone number in the request or just before getting vaccinated. If you do not receive a one-time code or need to change your registered phone number or e-mail, you can contact the toll-free line 1221. This is only a temporary option, available till the end of the year.
2. via an Citizen's Identity solution (in Czech only) (e.g. NIA, MojeID, BankID, a Czech ID card with a chip, etc.), verification via bank identity is possible only for persons who are verified via the population register (ROB),
3. You can apply for a certificate directly at the vaccination point (on request only). This is the best option for children and foreigners not possessing a Czech ID card. Please pay attention when entering your data - it is important to enter the same ones upon each appointment.
How long does it take to issue certificates?
Vaccination certificates (first and second dose) are usually issued within a few minutes after vaccination (after a record of vaccination is ready in the ISIN OČKO system) at the vaccination point. However, within the validation app will it light up green only 14 days after the Janssen vaccine dose or the second dose of any vaccine being administered in a two-dose vaccination scheme. This does not apply to the certificate issued after the booster dose, such a certificate will light up green immediately.
The certificate of the performed POC antigen test is issued on the same day (day of sample collection).
The certificate of the PCR test is issued after the examination in the laboratory and the delivery of the result to the central system. Laboratory tests can take up to 48 hours after collection. It is not guaranteed that the text message with the result, sent directly by the laboratory, is sent at the same time as the results to the central system. After receiving the text message with the result, it may take several hours (up to half a day) to issue the certificate.
The certificate of a past disease is issued on the basis of a positive test result. The certificate is available on the 10th day after the positive test result (from the day of sample collection). The period counts hourly, thus it actually equals to 24 hours since the sampling multiplied by 10.
If you are unable to obtain your certificate (most frequent reasons: a typo when entering your name, ignored case sensitivity, another of your multiple e-mail addresses entered, bad punctuation, etc.), you can contact the 1221 hotline. You can spare your time if you check and remember the data the vaccination point personnel enters to the ISIN.