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Working Holiday Visas

This article provides all the information on a Working Holiday Program for Israeli citizens.

Information for citizens of the State of Israel who want to participate in the Working Holiday Program ("WHP") established by the Agreement between the Government of the Czech Republic and the Government of The State Of Israel Concerning A Working Holiday Program, signed in Jerusalem on 8 June 2015 ("Agreement")

General conditions for eligibility

To be eligible for a long-term visa under the WHP, you must

- be a citizen of Israel;

- intend primarily to holiday in the Czech Republic, with employment being only an incidental rather than a primary reason for the visit,

- be aged between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) years, both inclusive, at the time of the application;

- not bring your dependent persons with you to the Czech Republic;

- possess a valid Israeli passport with validity period at least six (6) months longer than the anticipated length of the visit and a return travel
  ticket or sufficient funds to purchase such ticket

How to apply for a visa

The visa processing office competent to receive applications for long-term WHP visas  is the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Tel Aviv. You can not apply for this type of visa at any other Embassy of the Czech Republic. The application can be made in person only.

Embassy of the Czech Republic
23 Zeitlin Street
POB 16361
Tel Aviv 6495518
Israel

Web: www.mzv.cz/telaviv
E-mail: consulate_telaviv@mzv.cz

Tel.+972-3-691 8282
Fax: +972-3-691 8286

 

Your application must include:

- valid Israeli passport
 

- visa application (can be downloaded here). Please note that question 29 (Purpose of travel) in the visa application form should be answered by writing "Working Holiday" in the box "Other (please specify)"
 

- a return ticket (i.e. an air ticket for your journey from the Czech Republic) or a proof that you have sufficient funds to buy an air ticket back to Israel (CZK 10,000 or an equivalent sum in other currency in the form of current bank statement, letter from financial institution and a proof that you will be able to withdraw these funds while in the Czech republic (for example copy of internationally recognized credit/debit card).
 

- a proof that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in the Czech Republic (at least CZK 81,400 or an equivalent sum in other currency in the form of current bank statement, letter from financial institution and a proof that you will be able to withdraw these funds while in the Czech republic (for example copy of internationally recognized credit/debit card)
 

- a signed statement that you have never been sentenced for a crime in Israel - can be downloaded  here: Čestné prohlášení - working holiday Israel (DOC, 25 KB)
 

- two photographs
 

- when submitting visa application, travel health insurance isn’t required, but the applicant must provide proof of holding travel medical insurance before the visa is affixed to his travel document. The insurance must cover the entire period of the applicant´s stay in the Czech Republic as determined by the validity of the visa. Travel medical insurance must cover the cost of emergency medical care, including medical evacuation or, in the event of death, repatriation of remains to the country that has issued the applicant´s travel document or to the applicant´s country of residence. The insurance policy must not exclude coverage for injuries and damage caused by the applicant´s intentional acts, injuries and damage caused by fault or contributory fault on the part of the applicant, and injuries and damage caused by the consumption of alcohol, narcotic and psychotropic substances by the applicant. The minimum coverage is EUR 60 000 per one insured event without any coinsurance or copayment.  Travel medical insurance may be purchased from an insurance company licensed to sell such insurance in the Czech Republic. Recommended way is to obtain medical insurance from a company that appears on a list of authorized companies maintained by the Czech National Bank

Samples of Czech subjects providing the insurance (some of them on-line) :

MAXIMA A.S.

Veřejná Zdravotní Pojišťovna (VZP)

SLAVIA pojišťovna

VICTORIA pojišťovna

Insurance can also be purchased from an insurance company licensed to sell such insurance in any other Member State of the European Union or in any Contracting Party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, or from an insurance company licensed to sell such insurance in the country that has issued the applicant´s travel document or in the applicant´s country of residence. Then the proof of travel medical insurance must be accompanied by a certified Czech translation of the insurance policy and general insurance terms and conditions, proving the existence of travel medical insurance, the scope of coverage, the amount of coverage (at least EUR 60 000), and proving that there is no coinsurance or co- payment.


- visa fee of CZK 2,500 (according to the current exchange rate the fee is around  390 ILS - check here for an exact amount).  This amount can be paid in ILS and in cash only.
 

 

The visa may be issued for a period of validity of maximum 12 months. It cannot be prolonged and you are not eligible to receive it more than once. If you find yourself in need of extending your stay in the Czech Republic, you shall apply for a new visa or long-term residence permit at any Czech Embassy. It will not be possible to file any application inside the Czech Republic. The immigration portal of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic lists useful information in this regard (www.immigrationportal.cz).

In case your application reaches the Embassy after the annual quota has been exhausted, the Embassy will inform you about the fact and offer to include you in the following year´s batch.

Living and working in the Czech Republic

During your stay in the Czech Republic on the basis of a WHP visa

  • You may be employed without a work permit. However, you shall not take up permanent employment, i.e. you cannot work for the same employer for more than three (3) months during the course of your stay. Your employer is required by Czech law to inform the local Employment Office ("Úřad práce") that you have taken up employment: http://portal.mpsv.cz/sz/zahr_zam/zz_zamest_cizincu/zz_mezinar_smlouvy
  • You may enroll in  training or study courses not exceeding a total duration of three (3) months during the course of your stay.

Text of the original Agreement on Working Holiday Scheme between the Government of the Czech Republic and the Government of  Israel (Agreement - WH Israel (PDF, 987 KB) can be found here.

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