(Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Yemen, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Syria)


Visa

Before arrival

Short term visa - visa for a stay up to 90 days

Visas for a stay of up to 90 days, also called short-term, are valid for one or several entries, entitling the holder to stay in the Schengen area for the period indicated in them, whilst the period of a continuous stay or the total period of consecutive stays in the Schengen area shall not exceed 90 days in any 180-day period.

A short term visa is not required for Israel and the United Arab Emirates. For these countries there is a visa-free stay of up to 90 days.

More information on visa requirements is available here.

 

Long term visa- visa for stays of over 90 days

Students of the Near East are obliged to submit an application only at the Czech Embassy in the state where they have citizenship or which issued their current travel document or in the state where they have a long-term or permanent residence permit.

Students should submit the application on the completed form along with the necessary requirements laid down by law.

More information on visa requirements is available here.

 

Long term residence permit – visa provided for up to 1 year

Students of the Near East are entitled to submit an application for a long-term residence permit:

  • at an embassy, if you intend to stay in the Czech Republic temporarily for a period longer than 3 months or
  • inside the Czech Republic at the Ministry of the Interior (Department for Asylum and Migration Policy), if:
    • you have been residing in the Czech Republic on a visa for a stay of over 90 days and
    • you intend to live temporarily in the Czech Republic for more than 1 year including the previous visa
    • and if, at the same time, the purpose of your stay remains unchanged (exceptions are made e.g. for a Blue Card, family members or scientists).

More information on visa requirements is available here.

The list of Czech embassies is available here.

Forms for visa applications

 

After arrival

Reporting your arrival

Foreign students have to register their arrival with the Foreign Police.

  • If the foreign student is staying in halls of residence, the registration will be made by the halls of residence.
  • If the foreign student is staying in private accommodation, it is compulsory to REGISTER by himself/ herself:
    • Students from non-EU countries have to register their arrival in the Czech Republic within 3 working days after entering the Czech Republic

 

Besides the abovementioned obligation all foreign students applying to receive a long-term residence permit have to fulfil the following requirements:

  • Within 3 working days of entering the Czech Republic, all foreign students applying to receive a long-term residence permit are obliged to report to the Ministry of the Interior’s office in person for the purpose of carrying out activities associated with issuing a biometric residence card.
  • Foreign students applying for a long-term residence permit have to present themselves at the Ministry of the Interior (Department for Asylum and Migration Policy) to collect the residence card within the specified limit but at the latest within 60 days of the biometric data being collected.

 

What to bring with you for the purposes of registration:

  • National identity card or passport (with visa)
  • Travel health insurance contract and confirmation of its payment

 

Visa Extension

If you want to prolong your stay you have to apply for a long-term residence permit at the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy.

You can apply for an extension of your current visa 90 days at the earliest and at the very latest 14 days before the expiration of your current visa. We recommend that students fill in the application for an extension of their residence permit at the beginning of the legally required period. It is not necessary to submit the whole documentation with the application form. It is possible to complete the documentation subsequently.

Please be aware that the visa fee amounts to 2 500 CZK.

More information about visa extension is available here.

 

Changes in Student Status

If some changes occur such as change of address, change of travel document/passport etc. please follow the instructions given at this link.

If you intend to stay in the Czech Republic for a purpose other than the one for which you have been granted permission, you are obliged to apply to the MOI for a new long-term residence permit. Please follow the instructions given at this link.

 

Travel during your stay

Travelling around the Schengen countries is allowed with a valid Czech long-term visa or a long-term residence permit.

The Schengen area is made up of these countries: 

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Other EU or EEA Member States, i.e. Bulgaria, Croatia, Ireland, Cyprus, Romania and Great Britain, are not members of the Schengen area.

 

Visitors

If your family members wish to pay a short visit, they can apply for a Schengen visa at a Czech Embassy. The inviting person (e.g. you) must fill out an invitation form, available at any Foreign Police office.


Medical insurance

Students of the Near East who intend to stay in the Czech Republic have to have comprehensive insurance. This insurance also has to be arranged because of visa purposes.

A valid insurance card is required when going to a doctor or a medical facility in the Czech Republic.

More detailed information is available at this link.

You can also choose one of the following recommended insurance companies:


Living costs

The cost of living in the Czech Republic is much lower than in the old EU member states and you will be able to live comfortably without spending large sums.

For basic expenses such as food, accommodation and transportation, students will need approximately 250 - 300 EUR per month. Of course it depends on location, accommodation choices, lifestyle, etc.

The Czech currency is called "koruna" (crown, abbreviated Kč).