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Visas, Residency, Immigration and Documentation

Czech Republic - Visas, Residency, Immigration and Documentation


Note: All foreigners entering the Czech Republic MUST provide proof of health insurance.

Foreign nationals from European Union countries and the European Economic Area can travel to the Czech Republic with a valid passport or ID card. No visa is required.

EU and EEA citizens whose stay in the Czech Republic will exceed 30 days are obliged to register within 30 days of their arrival in the Czech Republic with the Alien and Border Police.

Nationals from the following countries are required to have a visa for travel to the Czech Republic:

Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bhutan, holders of British National Overseas Passports, Dominica, Faer Islands, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Russia, Saint Lucia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, the West Samoa, Serbia and Montenegro, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Suriname, South Africa, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Ukraine, Vanuatu.

For these nationals short-term visas (90 days or less) require a passport valid for three months longer than the requested stay. For longer term visas (more than 90 days) passports must be valid for a minimum of 455 days.

If you are from a country not on the above list, and are a non-EU/EEA citizen, you are not required to have a visa to visit the Czech Republic. However, you must register with the Czech Alien and Border Police within 30 days if you intend to stay longer than 30 days, and your passport must be valid for 90 days longer than your intended stay.

Note: You cannot enter the Czech Republic with a Schengen visa.


Temporary Residence Permit

EU/EEA citizens are eligible for a Temporary Residence Permit (TRP) if they intend to stay in the Czech Republic for longer than three months. A TRP is not required of these citizens, but having one can be useful as proof of residence.

TRP applications may be filed with the Alien and Border Police in the Czech Republic, or with a consulate or embassy abroad. In the former case the request takes a maximum of 60 days to process, and in the latter up to 180 days.


Documents required for TRP:

- Application form (light purple color) completed and signed by the applicant
- Valid passport
- 2 recent passport-sized photographs
- Document detailing the purpose of stay
- Health insurance document
- Affidavit about not claiming social benefits in the Czech Republic by the individual


Permanent Residence Permit

This permit only applies to EU/EEA citizens and their families under the following circumstances:

- When the foreigner is employed in and maintains legal residence in the Czech Republic for three years or more
- When the foreign national is a business owner
- When the foreigner is a member of a statutory body or functions in a legal capacity
- When certain other specifics apply, e.g. retirement, disability, change in status from TRP (possible after 5 years continuous stay) and so forth


Documents needed for PRP application:

- Completed application
- Travel document or EU ID
- Documents related to the specific case of stay
- Two identical photographs (passport size)

For more details on permanent residency and other information visit this site: http://www.czech.org.uk/visa.htm#NULA


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