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Stay of citizens of the EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland in the Czech Republic

 

(This article expired 12.06.2010.)

Stay in the territory of the Czech Republic is governed by Act No. 326/1999 Coll., on the Stay of Aliens in the Territory of the Czech Republic (henceforth the "Alien Act").

Citizens of the EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland may stay temporarily in the territory of the Czech Republic without any permit on the basis of a travel document or an identity card.

The sole duty arising from the Alien Act to the citizens of the EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland is the reporting duty in case the stay exceeds 3 months. In such situation, there is an obligation to report the presence to the competent branch of Alien Police according to place of stay in the Czech Republic within 3 months of an entry.

Following categories of aliens are exempt from this requirement: children below 15 years of age; aliens registered by accommodation provider (for example hotel), staff of diplomatic missions or international organizations accredited in the Czech Republic, their family members or aliens whose accommodation is provided by the Ministry of the Interior. Alien who has been issued a long-term visa for the purpose of collecting a long-term residence permit registers his/her presence by collecting this permit.

If the above-mentioned aliens wish to stay in the territory of the Czech Republic for a period longer than 3 months, they may apply for the issue of a temporary residence certificate. Particulars of the application are governed by the Alien Act.

Above-mentioned aliens may apply for the issue of a permanent residence permit. Particulars of the application are governed by the Alien Act.

For more information, see the web page of the Ministry of the Interior www.mvcr.cz.

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