In the last couple of weeks, the Czech government has been easing the restrictions and countermeasures previously introduced to fight the coronavirus. Due to the positive development of the pandemic situation, some of them were lifted a lot sooner than it was originally planned. Among these, for example, is the permission for foreigners to stay in the country until July 17 even if their visa or residence permit expires.
Staying in the country until July 17 without visas or residence permit
Possibly the most important and recent change is that all foreigners will be allowed to stay in the Czech Republic until July 17 even if their visa or residence permit expires during the state of emergency. These people won’t have to contact the Czech foreign police to have their visas or residence permits extended. Instead, at the time of their departure, they’ll receive an “exit stamp”, which will confirm the legality of their stay in the Czech Republic. This exit stamp will help them transit back to their home country without being penalized. The exit stamps are being issued by the Czech foreign police from May 4.
This does not mean, however, that their visas and residence permits will be prolonged automatically. Those expats who intend to stay in the country even after July 17 and need assistance with the extension process can contact us here.
Also, this 60 days time limit is not applicable for extension of employee cards – these must be extended in time. Therefore, if you meet the conditions for the extension of your employee card, submit the application via post as soon as possible so you can stay on the Czech territory until the status of your employee card is confirmed officially.
If you finish your job in the Czech Republic during the current state of emergency or 60 days before that (before March 13) and you are changing the employer we have good news for you. Newly, you have 60 days from the end of the state of emergency (May 17 currently) to find a new job that will allow you to apply for your new employee card. Find more details here(UPDATE, May 20: The document was removed from the Ministry’s website).
Border controls extended, non-EU nationals allowed into the country
While many restrictions are being lifted, on May 4 the government decided to extend border controls up until June 13. At the same time, it was also agreed that people residing in the Czech Republic will be allowed to cross the borders with neighboring countries from May 11. Previously, only Czech workers working abroad were allowed to cross the border.
The government has also relaxed the regime for the third country nationals (non-EU citizens) who can enter the Czech Republic from 11 May if they produce a negative test for COVID-19 upon their arrival. These are, for example, seasonal employees in agriculture or workers in health and social services.
The government’s decision on letting EU citizens return to the Czech Republic without having a residence permit still remains in place.
Despite extended border controls, the Czech government agreed to lift a ban on international bus and train travel from May 11.
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