Immigration is in the competence of Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic (MoI). The requirements for entering, staying and working in the Czech Republic depend on your nationality, and the purpose and duration of your stay in the Czech Republic.
EU citizens, as well as citizens of Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, may stay and work in the Czech Republic without a special permit. A valid travel document (passport or national identity card) is sufficient. For all information for EU citizens and their family members click here.
Third-country nationals need to contact a Czech Embassy in their home country and apply for one of the following visa or residence types there:
- Short-term visa – for a stay of up to 90 days, the procedure usually takes from 10 to 60 days, for all information click here
- Long-term residence for the purpose of “scientific research“ – for a stay of over 3 months if you have signed a hosting agreement with a research organisation, the procedure usually takes around 60 days, for all information click here.
- Employee Card – an Employee Card combines both the residence and work permits, it is a long-term residence permit (over 3 months) for the purpose of employment in the Czech Republic, however it is issued for a specific job vacancy listed in the “central record of vacancies available for employee cards“, for all information click here.
The application for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of scientific research can also be submitted to the MoI office in the Czech Republic, if you are already a holder of long-term visa or long-term residence permit issued for a different purpose.
If you are a researcher planning to move to live and work in the Czech Republic, we recommend getting in touch with EURAXESS, a network of professionals ready to help researchers with all aspects of their life in the Czech Republic. Their advice and services are free of charge and include advice in all areas of living and working in the Czech Republic (e.g., Visas / residence permits, Accommodation, Banking, Health insurance, Medical care, Children / family, Czech culture and language, Studying in the Czech Republic, Employment conditions and work permits, Tax, Social security, etc.).
Contact EURAXESS Prague: Mgr. Zuzana Maršálková: +420 739 329 857. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Wiehlův dům; Vodičkova 40/792, 110 00 Prague 1, www.euraxess.cz.
EU citizens can work in the Czech Republic without a special permit.
Third-country nationals who have long-term residence for the purpose of scientific research may work without a separate work permit. In other cases, third-country nationals need to get one of the following documents to be entitled to work in the Czech Republic:
- Work permit – issued by the Labour Office of the Czech Republic, cooperation of the individual and the employer is necessary, for all information click here
- Employee Card – an Employee Card is issued for a specific job vacancy listed in the “central record of vacancies available for employee cards“
Travel health insurance
When you first arrive in the Czech Republic and are not yet employed you must have travel health insurance from a commercial insurance company or the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC, only for EU citizens).
After your arrival
EU citizens are obliged to fulfil a “reporting requirement“ in the event that the length of their intended stay in the Czech Republic is longer than 30 days. In this case, within 30 days of entering the Czech Republic, the individual is required to report his/her presence to the appropriate Foreign Police Department in the location of his/her stay in the Czech Republic. For all information click here. All changes, such as a change of address, marital status, etc., need to be reported in time, always check the deadlines (click here for EU citizens or third-country nationals).
EU citizens can request a certificate of temporary residence (or a permanent residence permit) to be issued if they intend to stay in the Czech Republic for longer than 3 months and if they fulfil all application requirements. It is recommended to do so, because it will enable the individual to obtain an identity number (called a “rodne cislo” in Czech) which is useful for many other administrative procedures during their stay in the Czech Republic. For more information click here.
Third-country nationals are obliged to register their accommodation address in the Czech Republic with the nearest Foreign Police Department within 3 working days of entering the Czech Republic. For all information click here.