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. More information can be found on the MOFA website or MoI website.
Embassies in selected countries resumed visa agenda
Residence permits withing Government visa programmes are accepted
- Programme Key and Scientific Personnel
- Programme Highly Qualified Worker
- Programme Qualified Worker (limited)
List of countries where diplomatic missions of the Czech Republic resume accepting and processing visa applications and extent of visa agenda
CzechInvest’s AfterCare Department offers visa support for investors. The department provides consultation particularly on the visa process in the Czech Republic and addresses the specific needs of investors throughout the process.
Visa Support Provided By The AfterCare Department:
- general consultation focused on the visa process in the Czech Republic, information service and mediation of contact with the relevant authorities and institutions involved in visa issues.
- communication with institutions of the state administration with respect to the visa process.
- consultation on and administration of visa programmes.
- arrangement of long-term stays for top management and statutory representatives of companies – preparation of supporting and invitation letters and necessary recommendations.
- organisation of priority dates for companies’ statutory representatives and their family members.
- upon arrival in the Czech Republic, arrangement of registration of foreigners with the Foreigners’ Police.
Note: CzechInvest is not able to provide comprehensive visa service in the full scope to all firms. The agency provides above-standard services to investors only in exceptional cases (for companies’ statutory representatives and top management).
The residence of foreigners on the territory of the Czech Republic is governed by Act No. 326/1999 Coll., on the Residence of Foreigner Nationals in Czech Republic and on the Amendment of Certain Acts, as amended (hereinafter referred to as the Foreigners Act). The current wording of the Foreigners Act and related amendments is available on the website of the Ministry of the Interior.
The residence of foreigners on the territory of the Czech Republic is further governed by the legal regulations of the European Union (EU) and the European Community (EC). In the visa area, this primarily concerns Regulation (EC) of the European Parliament and of the Council No. 810/2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code) and Regulation (EC) No. 539/2001 (as amended) listing the third-countries whose nationals must be in possession of a visa when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement.
All regulations of the Schengen acquis have been applicable in the Czech Republic since 21 December 2007, when the Czech Republic became part of the Schengen Area. More information is available on the websites of the relevant ministries: www.mvcr.cz and www.mzv.cz.
Programmes approved by the government of the Czech Republic for the purpose of achieving economic benefit for the Czech Republic
On 26 September 2019, the government of the Czech Republic approved programmes for the purpose of achieving economic benefit for the Czech Republic (hereinafter referred to as the “government programmes”) and regulations setting the maximum number of long-term visa applications for the purpose of conducting business and blue-card applications. With effect from 1 September 2019, the government programmes supersede the Ukraine and Other Countries Systems, Ukraine and India Projects and the Welcome Package and Fast Track projects).
The Qualified Employee Programme CZ-ISCO 4-8 for employees from Ukraine, Serbia, Montenegro, Mongolia, the Philippines, India, Moldova, Kazakhstan and Belarus supersedes and expands the Ukraine System and Other Countries System.
e-mail address for submitting applications: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Highly Qualified Employee Programme CZ-ISCO 1-3 supersedes the Ukraine and India Projects and expands them to all countries outside of the EU.
The Key and Scientific Personnel Programme CZ-ISCO 1-3 for statutory representatives, managers and key specialists of significant Czech and foreign investors, research organisations and start-ups supersedes and expands the Welcome Package and Fast Track projects.
e-mail for submitting applications: email@example.com