Every student is required to have health insurance coverage while enrolled at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, CTU Prague.
If you are coming from the EU, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Iceland, bring your European Health
Insurance Card (EHIC) and register at the Insurance Centre for Foreigners upon arrival. The centre will issue an official
document which will ensure you to get health service for free whilst in the Czech Republic.
If you are coming from a non-EU country, in order to get a visa, you are obliged to have health insurance coverage.
Upon arrival in the Czech Republic you have to get a "long-term complex health insurance" for the time of your
enrolment. The average price for one year insurance is approximately 300 EUR. There are several health insurance companies
which offer health insurance for foreigners, e.g. VZP/PVZP, Maxima/AXA, Slavia, UNIQA, and Victoria Volksbanken.
For further information regarding the medical insurance of expats living in the Czech Republic, please visit the following website
where you can choose from a variety of insurance plans. We can recommend you TARIFF KOMPLEX EXTRA from the
VZP insurance company.
- Public general practitioners (first-instance doctors) have a contract with one or more of the health insurance companies.
- You should sign up with a local doctor soon after you arrive – we recommend the student health centre on the
main Dejvice university campus.
- Before you sign up with a local doctor, check that he or she has a contract with your insurance company. You can visit a doctor
who has a contract with a different healthcare company only in cases of "essential" and "urgent"
treatment. You will probably have to pay, and then ask your insurance company to reimburse you (retain all documentation).
- Note that public healthcare insurance does not cover you if you visit a private clinic, dentist, or hospital. As far as dental
treatment is concerned, your insurance will probably only cover "emergencies", and not routine treatment or orthodontic
- Prescriptions are issued through doctors and dispensed by pharmacies. You will probably be asked to pay for the medicines and
reclaim the money from your insurance company.
- In the Czech Republic all medication, including aspirin, can be bought only in a pharmacy. Pharmacies sell some medicines
over-the-counter, without a prescription.