VISA

Students from EU countries (plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland) are not required to have a long-term VISA for the purpose of study or a long-term RESIDENCE PERMIT for the purpose of study in order to travel to the Czech Republic (or to other Member States of the European Union) to study.

 

Students from non-EU countries are required to have a long-term VISA for the purpose of study or a long-term RESIDENCE PERMIT for the purpose of study in order to travel to the Czech Republic (or to other Member States of the European Union) to study.

(Please note that citizens of the following countries are extempt from the visa requirement for coming to the Czech Republic as tourists for a period shorter than 90 days - link

However, students usually come for one semester, which invariably lasts longer than three months, and therefore they need a long-term VISA for the purpose of study or a long-term RESIDENCE PERMIT for the purpose of study.

1. Where to apply for a long-term VISA or a long-term RESIDENCE PERMIT

  • At the Embassy or Consulate of the Czech Republic in your home country.
  • Please check the list of Czech embassies and consulates on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: link

2. When to apply 

  • As soon as possible, after reading all the instructions properly and preparing all required documents.
  • The process of obtaining a long-term VISA or a long-term RESIDENCE PERMIT can take up to 60 days.

3. How to apply

  • The registration for a meeting for filling an application for a long-term VISA or a long-term RESIDENCE at the Embassy or Consulate is done by means of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs online system VISAPOINT, if this system is available in the country concerned. Contact the Embassy or Consulate of the Czech Republic in your home country to find out if they use the VISAPOINT system. In that case, register for a meeting for filling an application as soon as possible!

4. What to apply for - a long-term VISA or a long-term RESIDENCE PERMIT!!! Not a short-term VISA!!! 

a. Long-term VISA for the purpose of study

  • The form is available here
  • Students pay no consular fee for a long-term VISA for the purpose of study (but please note that there is a 2,500 CZK fee charged for a long-term visa for purpose other than study).
  • The required Emergency travel medical insurance is cheaper (around 100 Euro per 6 months for students under 26 years of age, depending on the insurance company) than the Comprehensive/complex travel medical insurance required in case of applying fo a residence permit (please read the guidelines "Travel medical insurance for incoming students").
  • VISA must be picked up before your departure personally by the student at the Embassy or Consulate of the Czech Republic in your home country.
  • A long-term VISA is intended for exchange students whose period of stay lasts from 3 months to 1 year.
  • Detailed information on the requirements for an application for a long-term VISA can be found here:

On the webpages of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

On the webpages of the Ministry for the Interior

b. Long-term STAY (RESIDENCE PERMIT) for the purpose of study

  • The form is available here
  • The consular fee is 500 CZK. Additional 2,500 CZK is charged after arrival for the residence permit card.
  • The required Comprehensive/complex travel medical insurance is more expensive (around 200 Euros per 6 months for students under 26 years of age, depending on the insurance company) than the Emergency travel medical insurance required in case of applying for a long-term visa (please read the guidelines "Travel medical insurance for incoming students").
  • The RESIDENCE PERMIT must be picked up within 3 working days after your arrival in the Czech Republic personally by the student at the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior. Biometric data is taken during the visit, and within further 30 days the student is invited to pick up the biometric residence card.
  • A long-term RESIDENCE PERMIT is intended for exchange students whose period of stay lasts from 6 months up to 1 year.
  • Detailed information on the requirements for an application for a long-term RESIDENCE PERMIT for the purpose of study.

On the webpages of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

On the webpages of the Ministry for the Interior

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After your arrival in the Czech Republic

 

Students from the European Union Countries + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland without VISA:

  • stay in the university halls of residence - do not need to register at the Foreign Police, the registration will be made by the halls of residence
  • stay in a private accommodation, need to register at the Foreign Police within 30 days after arrival

 

Students from non-EU countries with a long-term VISA:

  • stay in the university halls of residence - do not need to register at the Foreign Police, the registration will be made by the halls of residence
  • stay in a private accommodation - need to register at the Foreign Police within working days after arrival

 

Students from non-EU countries with a long-term STAY (RESIDENCE PERMIT):

  • stay in the university halls of residence - need to register at the Ministry for the Interior (Department of Asylum and Migration Policy) within 3 working days after arrival
  • who stay in a private accommodation, need to register at the Ministry for the Interior (Department of Asylum and Migration Policy) within 3 working days after arrival.

 

Foreign Police (Cizinecká policie)

Address: Cejl 62b, 602 00 Brno

Public transport:

  • from JAK: tram 5 to Jugoslavska stop and change for tram 11 and go to Tkalcovska stop
  • from TAUFER: tram 12 to Ceska stop and change for tram 11 and go to Tkalcovska stop

Please note that it is recommended to ask a Czech student (your buddy) for assistance and help with translations and interpretation.

 

Ministry for the Interior - Department for Asylum and Migration Policy (Ministerstvo vnitra-odbor azylové a migrační politiky)

Address: Hněvkovského 30/65, 617 00 Brno

Public transport:

  • from JAK: tram 5 to Moravskeho namesti stop and change for bus 67 and go to Knevkovskeho stop
  • from TAUFER: tram 12 to Komarov stop and change for bus 40 or 63 and go to Knevkovskeho stop

Please note that it is recommended to ask a Czech student (your buddy) for assistance and help with translations and interpretation.

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Students from EU countries (plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland)

It is highly recommended to arrange and purchase an additional commercial travel medical insurance that suits your needs and covers more than the urgent care provided automatically to all European Health Insurance Card holders


Students from non-EU countries

  • All students applying for a long-term VISA for the purpose of study need to arrange and purchase the EMERGENCY travel medical insurance. For detailed information, please read POINT 2 on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairslink
    and/or ask at the embassy/consulate of the Czech Republic in your home country.
  • All students applying for a long-term RESIDENCE PERMIT for the purpose of study need to arrange and purchase COMPREHENSIVE/COMPLEX travel medical insurance. For detailed information, please read POINT 3 on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: link   and/or ask at the embassy/consulate of the Czech Republic in your home country.
  • Concerning EXCEPTIONS mentioned under POINT 2, please check the following list of countries and exchange programmes to find out whether you are extempt from the travel medical insurance that meets the conditions required for applicants for a Czech long-term visa or a long-term residence permit: link and/or ask at the embassy/consulate of the Czech Republic in your home country.

 

Please note that although you might be extempt from arranging and purchasing the travel medical insurance meeting the conditions required for applicants for a Czech long-term visa or a long-term residence permit, it is highly advisable to arrange and purchase an additional commercial travel medical insurance with the coverage that suits your needs, unless it is provided by the Exchange programme.

  • Concerning the INSURANCE COMPANIES licensed to provide the required medical travel insurance in the Czech Republic mentioned under POINT 2, please note that their up-to-date list can be found at the Czech National Bank webpages

(Choose "Order by sectors" from the pull-down menu. The relevant categories in the listing of the types of subjects are: "Insurance companies and branches of foreign insurance companies" and "Foreign insurance companies and branches of insurance companies providing cross-border services in the Czech Republic.")

 

Examples of insurance companies offering the service in English and online:


http://www.slavia-pojistovna.cz/en/ 
  
http://www.uniqa.cz/home/obcane/zdravi/foreigners.php#tabs-2

https://www.pvzp.cz/on-line-pojisteni/zzpcvpip/zzpc/basedata.aspx?language=en
https://www.maxima-as.cz/online_cizinci_add.php

http://www.ergo.cz/en/privatni-klienti/nabidka-produktu/welcome-medical-insurance-for-foreigners/

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 After arrival

Students from EU countries (+ Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland)

Bring your blue European health insurance card to register at VZP (Všeobecná zdravotní pojišťovna - General Health Insurance Company). It is a very easy procedure, free of charge. It simplifies all possible appointments and covers costs by doctors. You will be given your personal health insurance number which you should show to doctors or in hospitals.


Please carry your European insurance card and the number (and your passport or a national identification card) with you at all times.


You may be asked to pay in cash when you visit the doctor. All costs will be reimbursed from your health insurance company on your return (please make sure to ask the doctor for the receipt for the reimbursement purposes). The reason is that not all doctors have an agreement with all insurance companies.

Students from non-EU countries

The registration at the General Health Insurance Company is NOT necessary.


Please carry your medical travel insurance card (and your passport or a national identification card) with you all the time. 
You may be asked to pay in cash when you visit the doctor, all costs will be reimbursed from your health insurance company on your return (please make sure to ask the doctor for the receipt for the reimbursement purposes).

The reason is that not all doctors have an agreement with all insurance companies.

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