This section is intended for reference only. We strongly recommend that you contact the embassy directly for the most up-to-date information that pertains to your specific situation.
You must have a valid passport to travel abroad. A passport is an official government document that certifies one's identity and citizenship. The process and cost associated with getting a passport can be high, so start the process at least six months before you plan to leave. Your passport must be valid 6 months beyond your intended stay. Minors are allowed to travel on their parents' passports up until aged 15 years.
A visa is a stamp or endorsement placed by officials on a passport that allows the bearer to visit the Czech Republic. Visas are obtained from the Embassy or consulates. Visas, regardless of their purpose, are issued for a period of one year. To renew a visa, applicants must apply three months before the expiration date of the visa. The latest date for a renewal is 14 days before expiration.
EU nationals: Nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway do not need a Visa for their stay in the Czech Republic.
Other Nationalities: Visitors of the Czech Republic from the following countries do not need a visa for a stay up to 90 days:
All other nationals need to acquire a visa before entering the Czech Republic. Also, all foreigners need to provide proof of health insurance. Prices vary between countries, although most visa are between 60-180 euros. The Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic overseas the administration of visas. To contact one of their offices in Prague, contact info is listed here.
There are several types of short stay visas, including: Transit, tourist, and Works Visas.
This visa is issued to travellers only entering the Czech Republic to continue on to another country.
Each visa allows a to stay in the Czech Republic of a maximum of five days and is valid for 180 days. This visa can be applied for at a consulate or embassy in your home country or at any Czech consulate. The processing time is usually about one week.
If you are from a nation that requires a visa for stays under 90 days, this visa can be issued by the corresponding consulate or embassy in the applicant's home country. A tourist visa can be issued for a single or multiple entries into the Czech Republic. The total number of days may not be more than 90.
This visa is offered to people who want to work in the Czech Republic for no longer than 90 days. It may be issued as a single or multiple entry visa. EU citizens or nationals of Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland or Switzerland do not need to apply for this visa.
To get a short stay work visa, you need to obtain an employment permit from a Czech employment office before entering the country. There are several exceptions:
People who do not work more than 7 days in a row
People who do not work more than 30 days per year (if they are artists, students under the age of 26, athletes, academic personnel of a university, research assistants taking part in conferences, or service employees)
Longer visas, known as povoleni k dlouhodobemu pobytu, allow applicants to stay past 90 days. Applicants must submit the application form together with other required documents to a Czech diplomatic mission before entering the country. Long-stay visas are available for: employees, students, business people, self-employed people, or a dependant of someone who fits in one of the other categories.
Along with the long stay visa, you may apply for a work permit.
Additional Documentation: a work permit acquired by the prospective employer at the local employment office. In some cases, the reference number of the application and the name of the applicant are enough proof.
Along with the long stay visa, you may apply for a student visa.
Additional Documentation: a university confirmation letter.
Along with the long stay visa, you may apply for a business permit.
Additional Documentation: confirmation from an individual person or a commercial company registered in the Czech Republic is needed. Self-employed people need to have a trade licence.
A long-stay residence permit (trvaly pobyt) may be applied for if you have been staying in the territory under a visa for a stay over 90 days and intend to reside temporarily in the territory for more than 1 year based on the same purpose of stay. These visas are valid for 5 years.Long-term residence for study purposes may be filed at a diplomatic mission if you intend to reside temporarily in the territory for more than 3 months.
If an application for a visa is refused, you have the right to appeal this decision. Appeals are addressed to the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of Interior that made the decision about your application within 15 days after delivering the information about the application refusal.
The legal status of a long-term European Community resident staying in the Czech Republic can also be granted to a member of the family of a citizen of the European Union, who is not a citizen of the European Union himself or herself, provided that the above conditions are met.
The application should be filed with the regional office of the Asylum and Migration Policy Department of the Ministry of the Interior. Prague's Office
Nad Vrsovskou Horou 88/4
101 00 Praha 10
Telephone: 974 847 712; 974 847 714; 974 847 715
Hours: Mon, Wed: 8.00 - 17.00; Tu, Th: 8.00 - 15.00; Fr: 8.00 - 11.00
Once approved, permanent residency will be indicated on the residence permit card.
EU nationals, and those who do not require visas, but whose stay will exceed 30 days must register with the Alien and Border Police within 30 days of arrival.
All other nationals must register with the Alien and Border Police within three days of arrival, regardless of intended length of stay. Generally, accommodation providers will arrange this for their guests.
Dual citizenship is restricted under Czech law, although there are some exceptions.
A person is a Czech citizen by Jus sanguinis, or "right by blood", if they are descended from a Czech parent. Whether the person is born in the Czech Republic or elsewhere is irrelevant. Children born in the Czech Republic to non-Czech parents do not acquire Czech citizenship unless: the parents are stateless or at least one parent is a permanent resident of the Czech Republic.
Resident foreigners or stateless persons that have held a permanent residence and resided in the Czech Republic for five years can apply for Czech naturalization if they can prove:
They will give up their original citizenship upon being granted Czech citizenship
Are of good character with no criminal record
Proficient in the Czech language (current or former Slovak citizens are exempt from language requirements)
If an applicant does not meet these requirements, they may also apply if:
They were born in the Czech Republic
Lived there for at least 10 years continuously
Has held Czech citizenship before
Was adopted by a Czech citizen
His or her spouse is a Czech citizen
Has Czech children
At least one of his or her parents is a Czech citizen
Has relocated to the Czech Republic before 31 December 1994 on the invitation of the Czech government
They are stateless or has refugee status in the Czech Republic
Applications are made to Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic.
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