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Health insurance for Ukrainians in the Czech Republic: rules of use

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Health insurance for Ukrainians in the Czech Republic: rules of use

Refugees from Ukraine staying in the Czech Republic on the basis of temporary protection are entitled to free health insurance. Find out more about how to get an insurance card and extend its validity

An insurance policy is a guarantee of your safety and peaceful stay outside of Ukraine
An insurance policy is a guarantee of your safety and peaceful stay outside of Ukraine
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Temporary protection in the Czech Republic guarantees Ukrainians basic social rights, including health insurance. The temporary protection visa issued last year is valid until March 31, 2023, so all refugees must renew it. Ukrainians have begun to wonder whether they need to apply separately to institutions to renew their health insurance. Read on to find out what steps to take.


The availability of health insurance depends on the validity of the temporary protection status. As soon as it is extended, the refugee will be insured and will receive a new insurance card.


We emphasize that the validity period of state insurance is equal to the period of temporary protection.


European Health Insurance Card. Read here how to get preferential medical care in the EU countries.


How do I get an insurance card?


5 working days after the temporary protection is extended, submit an application online on the website of the State Health Insurance Company. The OAMP (Department of Migration Policy and International Protection) will check the data, and then the applicant will be able to download the insurance card to a gadget or print it out.


A new card can be issued during a personal visit to a VZP branch. Bring your current insurance card and the document on the extension of temporary protection.


Be sure to inform the insurance company how the premiums will be paid for you. This must be done within 150 days of obtaining temporary protection in the Czech Republic. Failure to notify the insurer risks incurring a debt in the health insurance system, which will grow every day.


Useful contacts for refugees in the Czech Republic


You can get answers to your questions by contacting the hotline at 952 222 222. 


In addition, we recommend following the news on the website pomocukrajine.vzp.cz, where important information and updates are published.


Benefits provided by temporary protection


Ukrainians who arrived in the Czech Republic after February 24, 2022, were granted temporary protection. This status allows Ukrainians to:


 Stay in the country for one year;

 use medical services;

 have access to the educational system;

 work legally.


We remind you! Temporary protection for some refugees will expire on March 31, 2023. To extend it, you need to reissue your documents. Read how to do this in our article.



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