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Moving to the Czech Republic

Emigration to the Czech Republic. Description of visa programs of the Czech Republic. Questions and answers. Registration of documents. Opportunities to move to the Czech Republic.
The difficulty of moving
A relatively simple country for emigration, but there are difficulties with the local bureaucracy
Quality of life/price ratio
A fairly inexpensive life, developed infrastructure and a good level of medicine
Moderate-continental, close to Russian, with an interesting feature - almost no windy days

Visa programs of the Czech Republic

Information about resident visas for study, work and family reunification

Immigration to Czech Republic

A handy compilation of practical information


Imigrata Immigration Specialist

Visas to the Czech Republic:
You can get a Schengen visa at the consular section of the embassy or at the visa application center. At the moment, the Czech Republic has temporarily suspended the issuance of visas to citizens of the Russian Federation (except in humanitarian cases).

Transit conditions:
Transit is allowed for a period of no more than 12 hours. If you do not leave the transit zone, then a PCR test or PLF will not be required.

The Czech Republic has banned flights of Russian aircraft over its territory, flights from Russia have been canceled. You can get into the country through Turkey, the UAE or from other European countries.

Epidemiological situation:
  • entry to the Czech Republic is allowed with a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours, upon arrival at the airport you will need to take another PCR test;
  • Johnson &Johnson, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Oxford/AstraZeneca or Pfizer/BioNTech will also require a vaccination certificate recognized by the EMA.

The best cities to live in the Czech Republic

The top 5 best cities to live in the Czech Republic include:
Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic, one of the most popular tourist cities in Europe with quiet daytime squares, parks, cathedrals, bridges over the Vltava River, loud evening streets and stunning architecture;
Brno is the birthplace of the royal dynasty of the Czech Republic, translated from the ancient Czech language meaning "armor", the former capital of Moravia with more than a thousand years of history. The second largest city in the country, surrounded by castles and fortresses, especially beautiful in spring;
Cesky-Klumlov is the most fabulous city on the Vltava River with many narrow streets, cozy parks, majestic cathedrals and caves. The historical center of the city is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, so if you love history and the Middle Ages, this is 100% your place;
Ostrava is unlike many other cities with an industrial past, coal plants and atmospheric pubs. The third largest city in the Czech Republic with a 700-year history, once called the "steel heart of the republic", and three universities, one of which houses a science and technology park with branches of international IT companies;
Pilsen is the "beer capital" of the Czech Republic with a medieval atmosphere and the largest central square in Europe, the industrial, commercial, cultural and administrative center of Western Bohemia with a large number of museums.

Pros and cons of moving to the Czech Republic

Advantages of living in the Czech Republic:
  • The very center of Europe with a temperate climate, rich culture and a developed tourism sector. A couple of hours away - Germany, Austria, Poland and Slovakia;
  • A well-developed public transport system, thanks to which you can easily and with pleasure travel around the country relatively inexpensively;
  • Safety: low crime rate and a safe situation on the roads, where everything is quite measured and unhurried;
  • A lot of Russian-speaking emigrants who regularly arrange meetings, organize cultural events, communicate and help each other feel more comfortable in the Czech Republic;
  • An industrial country with a diverse developing economy;
  • Free higher education in state universities for local citizens studying in the Czech language;
  • Low-cost living compared to other European countries: low cost of housing, medicine and food.

Cons of living in Czech Republic:
  • Salaries in the Czech Republic are lower than, on average, in Europe and neighboring countries;
  • The local population does not speak English very well, so learning Czech is a must for normal integration into society;
  • A leisurely lifestyle - no one is in a hurry, including in public institutions;
  • Low interest rate on bank deposits (but also low on loans %);
  • Convenience stores are almost impossible to find, supermarkets close at 22:00, and sometimes at 20:00, most pharmacies do not work for выходным.

Housing in the Czech Republic

Finding an apartment in the Czech Republic is not too difficult, but some features still exist:
  • While searching for housing, you may encounter strange abbreviations or designations denoting the layout: KK is a kitchen unit, that is, 1+KK is a studio, 2+KK is an apartment of two rooms, one of which is a kitchen-dining room combined with a living room (two-room studio), etc. "2+1" will mean a standard two-room apartment with a separate kitchen, which will be distinguished from 3+ KK by the smaller size of the room for cooking and eating;
  • An apartment rental agreement is mandatory, as it will be required for obtaining a long-term visa, obtaining / extending a residence permit and obtaining permanent residence. At the same time, it is not required to notarize the contract. It is often issued in Czech, so it's worth translating and making sure that all the points of the contract suit you;
  • When renting an apartment, you will need to pay an insurance premium in the amount of the monthly payment + you may need to pay for 3-4, and sometimes 6 months of residence. If you use the services of a realtor, be ready to pay for his services in the amount of a month's stay in the apartment.

The cost of renting an apartment:
Apartment prices vary greatly depending on the region: the average cost of renting a studio apartment in the center of Prague is 20,000 kronor (820 euros), on the outskirts - 15,000 kronor (615 euros), in other cities of the country - cheaper.

The cost of utilities:
A studio apartment will cost about 2,700 kronor (110 euros), and the cost of a communal apartment for a three-room apartment will start from 5,000 kronor (200 euros). In some cases, the cost of utility bills is included in the total cost of renting housing. Please specify the speed and cost of the Internet additionally.

Where to look for housing:

Medicine in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic ranks 14th in the index of healthcare consumers in Europe. Free medical care for foreigners is available only if there is insurance, but most Czech companies pay for it to their employees.

There are several types of insurance:
• The basic one is emergency care insurance, which is usually used for short-term tourist and study visas up to 90 days. It covers only emergency cases;
• Comprehensive - covers a wide range of medical services: examination for preventive purposes, treatment, payment of sick leave. This type of insurance should be available to all foreigners who permanently live in the Czech Republic on a residence permit.

Pharmacies in the Czech Republic work, as a rule, 5 days a week, on Friday they close a little earlier. The vast majority of drugs are sold only by prescription, which can be obtained from a local doctor. The prices of medicines in the Czech Republic are among the lowest in Europe, there are loyalty programs and discounts.

Education in the Czech Republic

The education system in the Czech Republic consists of:
  • Preschool education, which lasts from 3 to 6 years, but is not mandatory - parents voluntarily send the child to kindergarten.
  • Basic school, which is mandatory for admission and attendance, study lasts from 6 to 15 years;
  • High school, which is of two types: in the first case, a teenager receives secondary school education - lasts 2 years, in the second - secondary vocational, the duration of which is 2-3 years;
  • Higher education, which in the Czech Republic, as in other countries, is not mandatory. To enter a university, you need a secondary school education, and education in all state universities in Czech is free of charge.
In the Czech Republic there is no division into "budget" and "contract" forms of education. All places in the specialty with training in the Czech language in state universities are free of charge.

Diplomas of Czech universities are recognized in all European countries.

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