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Information for visa applicants

Information for visa applicants

All foreigners whose residence permit expired during the state of emergency may stay in the Czech Republic for additional 60 days after the end of the state of emergency. This applies both to those who require a visa and those who are visa-free. Expired Schengen visa and visa-free stay does not need to be extended. Instead a so-called “exit stamp” will be issued at the time of departure. When the exit stamp is issued a foreigner must leave the country within 24 hours. More information can be found on the MOFA website.

Government visa programs are re-activated. Embassies accept selected residence permit applications:

  • Visa/residence permit in Program Key and Scientific Personnel
  • Employee card or blue card in Program highly qualified workers
  • Employee card in Program qualified workers
  • Visa’s for the purpose of seasonal work
  • Short term visa’s for family the purpose of: family, interest of the Czech Republic, international transport, critical infrastructure, diplomats and international organization staff, emergency situations, work in food industry, healthcare or social services, work on highly qualified positions in CZ-ISCO 1-3
  • Residence permits for purpose of scientific research (including family members)
  • Long term visa for purpose of study, culture, sports and working holiday
  • Residence permit/permanent residency/long term visa for family purpose
  • DV/R visa for purpose of collecting residence permit

Work permits which expired after March 12, 2020 remain valid until September 16, 2020 as long as the employment contract is extended for the same period of time. This applies to holders of following visa types:

  • Short term schengen visa for purpose of work
  • Short term visa for purpose of seasonal employment
  • Long term visa for purpose of seasonal employment
  • Special work visa

All above mentioned foreigners must leave the country by September 16, 2020

Third country citizens or residents of green zone countries, which apply reciprocity towards the Czech Republic ((list of low risk countries – vložit přílohu) and they stayed in the last 14 days in their territory, they can enter the Czech Republic without the need to prove the purpose of entry or to limit the duration of stay on the territory, and without additional obligations from the epidemiological point of view.

There is an entry ban on citizens or residents of third red zone countries (countries not included in low risk countries list). These persons can enter only based on specific visa or residence permit based on Ministry of Health Protective measure.

  • Test results on entry not needed
  • Obligation to contact a respective regional hygiene station, undergo a PCR test and submit the test result to the regional hygiene station within 72 hours from the day of entry.
  • Obligation to wear facemasks and limit their free movement in the territory until they submit the PCR test result to a regional hygiene station.

Access of Foreigners to MoI offices: Solving residence matters of foreign nationals in the territory of the CZ from July 17th, 2020

Obligatory submission of document against introduction of infectious disease upon application submission

Applicants for Schengen visas and long-term visas and residence permits for purposes of economic and education activities are obliged to submit, upon lodging the application document on fulfilling requirements against introduction of infectious disease.

The document is to be issued by the receiving entity in the Czech Republic, i.e. employer or school (university).

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