#LifeInCzechia Sometimes you can feel stuck in your comfort zone. If you surround yourself with visionaries, inspiring books, and movies, you suddenly jump to the place where the magic happens. I found myself in Brno as an Erasmus exchange student from Istanbul while I was doing my Ph.D. four years ago. Now I am back in the city as an intern at the Foreigners agency. I would like to share my experiences and also what made me come back to this beautiful place? So let’s dive right in!
The number of newly infected individuals in Czechia has been steadily going down. However, due to the threat of omicron, the new government has announced tougher restrictions for New Year’s Eve celebrations as well as the entering and re-entering of the country for foreigners and non-vaccinated. In addition, the EU has shortened the validity of vaccination certificates to 9 months from 1 February.
Expats often talk about the Czech Republic as their home away from home. But have you ever thought about buying or selling an apartment here? Whether you’re planning on settling here long-term or you’re looking for a safe investment, we can guide you through the world of Czech real estate. Our Property Sales Division Manager Marek has a lot of experience with assisting foreigners in buying and selling property. He’s ready to help you find your dream home!
Let us help you stay on top of the most recent COVID-19 news! While fully vaccinated citizens of selected countries will be allowed to enter Czechia for any reason without restrictions, international airports are coming up with stricter checks. Additionally, the Ministry of Health announces the option to get a booster shot after 8 months and the black category has been eliminated from the traveler’s map.
Are you a third-country citizen planning to study in the Czech Republic or are you already studying here? One way or another, you should double-check that you know how to apply for your visa, what to do when you get to the Czech Republic, how to extend your permit once it expires, and what to do when you want to leave the country for a vacation and your visa extension hasn’t yet been approved.
If you aren’t covered by public health insurance, you need to purchase comprehensive health insurance from a commercial insurance company. According to the new version of the Czech immigration law, you can only buy this insurance from the PVZP from 2 August 2021. If you don’t want the PVZP insurance, you can still get insured with Slavia for cheaper if you close your contract by 1 August 2021.
Most people don’t enjoy housework. However, regularly cleaning your apartment is a necessary part of adult life. Especially if you’re renting. You need to make sure your place is clean so that you prevent any damage and don’t lose your deposit when moving out. And obviously, as an expat in Czechia, it can be difficult to distinguish between different cleaning brands and cleaners. One can get easily overwhelmed. Worry not, because we’re here with tips that will help you keep your apartment in mint condition.
Due to the growth in the delta variant of COVID-19 infections, the government has decided to amend the O-N-T system (the vaccination-disease-test system). Specifically, one dose of the two-dose vaccines will no longer be sufficient to travel and use services from 9 July. Blanket testing in companies has ended, but some testing will still be required. Two different mobile apps were launched to help display and check one’s COVID-19 status.
Are you a third-country citizen who has been transferred to Czechia from abroad within one big corporation? Then you’re most likely here on an intra-company employee transfer card. This long-term residence permit allows you to stay and work in this country under specific conditions. What are these conditions? And what if you decide to switch to a different type of residence permit or change your employer?
Would you like to purchase internet services, apply for a mortgage, register your car or be able to return to Czechia in case of emergencies? If you are an EU citizen or a family member of an EU citizen living in Czechia, you will be able to with a residence permit. Although applying for one may seem like too much of a bother, the benefits greatly outweigh the bureaucracy. Above all, they will make your life in Czechia much easier.