New Year ‘s Fireworks Prague 2019


The theme of the fireworks show is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.

and will be accompanied by musical accompaniment. The Show will take 10 minutes and 42 seconds

WHEN: 1. 1. 2019 at 6 pm

WHERE: Letenské sady, Prague 7

OUR TIP:  They are best viewed from Dvořákovo nábřeží, Pařížská Street, Čechův most, Mánesův most, Štefánikův most Petřín hill, Vítkov hill or from Riegrovy Sady.

Proof of funds for Czech Business visa renewal

Dear PraguExpats,

If you hope to extend your business visa or long-term residency in 2019, make sure that you don’t forget about any income invoicing for your annual tax report 2018.

Your proof of income will be your annual tax report for 2018 for your visa extensions in 2019!

The Immigration office has a fixed income calculation. If you are single, your final monthly income should be at least 18 000 CZK according to your annual tax report for 2018.


For family couples or families with children, clean income calculations are as follows


1.The amount of the subsistence minimum

According to Government Regulation No. 409/2011 Coll. , the amount of the subsistence minimum for an individual is 3 410 CZK.


The amount of the subsistence minimum of a person who is determined to be first in order is CZK 3140 a month.

The monthly amount of the subsistence minimum of a person who is determined to be second in order is


CZK 2 830 for a person over 15 years, who is not a dependent child,

CZK 2 450 for a dependent child from 15 to 26 years,

CZK 2 140 for a dependent child from 6 to 15 years

CZK 1 740 for a dependent child under 6 years.


2.Costs for housing * updated January 1st, 2019


The highest amount of normative costs for housing since 1 January 2017 according to Government Regulation No. 449/2016 Coll. is:


CZK 8 233 for one person

CZK 11 444  for two people in a family

CZK 15 288 for three people in a family

CZK 18 805 for four and more people in a family
And you should add 2189 CZK for social tax monthly and VZP Health insurance 2024 CZK ( if you are US citizen) monthly.


For example; You are a family of US citizens living in the Czech Republic, you, your spouse and 4 years old child. Your clean income should be as follows:


Subsistence minimum 7 710 CZK + Costs for housing 15 116 CZK= 22 816 CZK

And if it is your first visa renewal you should add 4378 CZK social tax (in case both parents are business visa holders under trade license) and 4048 health insurance (in case both parents are business visa holders under trade license).

So the amount 31 242 CZK is your family’s monthly income according to immigration office calculation. And amount 31 242 CZK x 12 months= 374 904 this should be your minimum annual income after income taxes for 2018.


The Czech trade license holders can choose various types of tax options. Income tax is 15% from net income and there is 24 840 CZK tax discount.
Method 60/40 is the most common. The collection of payment receipts or invoices from  expenses is not necessary
It means a fixed  60% cost allowance and 40% income. For example, if total gross income for last year was 300 000 CZK, then 300 000 – 60% cost allowance( fixed expenses) = 120 000 clean income. 15% tax will be paid from 120 000 which means 120 000 -15%= 18 000 (tax amount)- 24 840 (tax discount) = 0 CZK (final tax amount).

In this example, taxes will not be paid. This method is convenient and the best solution for EU citizens and EU family members(partner visa)
We don’t recommend this method for other nationalities who need to renew their visas or residency permits in the future because of income proof is required if they don’t have at least 500 000 CZK.  For the situation and calculation which was used above, other nationalities should use the method tax from the full amount for avoiding visa renewal rejections due to insufficient funds.


DIY Bridging visa and Trade license renewal without speaking Czech

PraguExpats provides complex services at a fixed price since August 2018.
But We always having emails with questions from clients of other agencies or individuals who are extending their residency permits themselves

How to extend both the bridging visa and trade license?

Your trade license‘s expiration date is always according to your Czech residency or visa. You can have 2 years of long-term residency or 2 months bridging visa, your trade license will expire with your bridging visa or residency permit.

How to extend both of them without speaking any word of Czech?

1. Make an appointment at the immigration office online for at least 2 months earlier than your bridging visa or residency permit expiration date.
You will avoid waiting and wasting all day without an appointment. Online appointment is in English, convenient and you can register yourself here

2. Visit the immigration office at least 20 minutes earlier of your appointment time and get your ticket/number. Bridging visa procedure is free of charge. You should try to get your bridging visa for the maximum period for avoiding his extension after 1 month.

Your Czech is not good enough for asking for the maximum period? Here you can download the Note and show it at the window during the bridge visa procedure. Bridge visa procedure is free of charge.

3. Visit The Trade license office for your trade license renewal with your new bridging visa. If you are going to office close to Namesti Miru, you should get ticket/number Registrace.

You are not confident with your Czech?

Here you can download the Note and show it to Trade license officer.

4. Visit trade license office a week later for collecting your extended trade license.

Extend your trade license on time, otherwise, or else it will be canceled and you will have to go through with the first registration procedure you had on your initial visa when you first arrived in the Czech Republic. You may have an issue with your current or future Czech visa extensions.

The Czech language exams for permanent residency applicants

Czech language exams and the awarded Certificate for a successful pass are the main requirements for obtaining permanent residency in the Czech Republic for citizens from outside the EU. The level of the examination is A1 and it is the most basic level using phrases and conversations in our everyday life in the Czech Republic.

The total duration of the examination is 90 minutes and it is divided into 2 parts.

Part 1

Reading                                            25 minutes
Listening                                          35-40 minutes
Writing                                             15 minutes

Each section is worth a maximum of 20 points. An applicant should earn at least 12 points in each section. The applicant who does not earn at least 60% of each part (reading, listening, writing) will not be allowed to participate in the second part.

Part 2

Oral examination                                   10 minutes.

During the oral examination, you will have a conversation according to a photo or describe a situation in the photo.

A certificate proving the required knowledge of the Czech language is not required

who is under 15 years old,

studied at least one academic year in the elementary school or high school, or had studied university in the Czech language,

has a physical or mental handicap affecting his/her ability to communicate

who is over 60 years old

citizens of the EU

temporary residency holders as EU family member.

The First Examination is paid by the government and is for free. You will only need to obtain a VOUCHER from MIO immigration offices. In case you could not pass the exam the first time, you will have to pay 1500 CZK for another attempt.

The Czech language is one of the hardest European languages. We highly recommend finding good private Czech teachers, schools which are focused on these tests or communicating and practicing it with local people. Locals like teaching foreigners to their languages.

Useful links

 Free interactive-model exam of the year 2018 can be tried here

Schools that are authorized examination centers here

Addresses of Czech MIO immigration offices where you can collect your voucher here.

Author’s own experience: 

I relocated to Prague in 2007 as a student of the international university. As my studies were in English and most people spoke basic English in Prague, I didn’t find the Czech language so important. After 3 years of living and studying in Prague, I understood that I would definitely live the next ten years 10 in Prague. I decided to learn Czech in order to understand the locals and to apply for Permanent residency in the future. I took 3 months of Czech classes but it did not improve my Czech that much. Perhaps, the school was focusing more on Czech grammar.

So I tried to learn it by myself. I was watching the evening news on TV every day, listening to the Czech radio even if I did not understand at the beginning. I was learning two new words every day and repeated them every morning from my notes. In one year, I had come to learn more than 700 words!

With my vocabulary improved, I then decided to learn Grammar. I was inspired to read my favorite author, Vlastimil Styblík, author of many elementary schools textbooks. Later, I passed the exam for Permanent residency and 5 years later the exam for Czech citizenship

What is your experience with learning Czech or exams for Permanent residency?

Christmas and New Year closures of MOI

Dear Prague Expats,

Every December, the MOI Immigration Offices shorten their hours during the holiday season. If you need to renew your Czech Visa, Bridge Visa or any other services offered by the Immigration Office; you have until December 19.

We highly recommend planning your visit between November and the first two weeks of December in order to avoid any misunderstandings with your legal status in the Czech Republic. Thursday, December 19th is the last working day of the week and Christmas Day falls in the middle of the week.
Hours of operation for Immigration offices from December 20 – January 2 in Prague:

MOI office Praha I (Delta)
Responsibility for districts, Prague 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 and 9
Žukovského 888/2

Office hours:
Thu: 19. 12. – 8.00 – 15.00
Fri: 20. 12. – 8.00 – 14.00 (only for clients with an appointment)
Mon: 23. 12. – 8.00 – 14.00 (only for clients with an appointment)
Tue: 24. 12. – public holiday (closed)
Wed: 25. 12. – public holiday (closed)
Thu: 26. 12. – 8.00 – 14.00 (only for clients with an appointment)
Fri: 27. 12. – closed
Mon: 30. 12. – 8.00 – 14.00 (only for clients with an appointment)
Tue: 31. 12. –closed

Wed: 1. 1. – public holiday (closed)

MOI office Praha II (Chodov)
Responsibility for districts; Prague  4, 5 and 10
Cigánkova 1861/2

Office hours:
Thu: 19. 12. – 8.00 – 15.00
Fri: 20. 12. – 8.00- 14.00 (only for clients with an appointment)
Mon: 23. 12. – closed
Tue: 24. 12. – public holiday (closed)
Wed: 25. 12. – public holiday (closed)
Thu: 26. 12. – closed
Fri: 27. 12. – closed
Mon: 30. 12. – closed
Tue: 31. 12. – closed

Wed: 1.1 -public holiday (closed)

MOI office Praha III
Responsibility for foreign students with the residence address in Prague.
Hládkov 682/9

This office is closed from December 23th, 2019 – January 1st, 2019!

From Prague to up north, then back to Prague again

By Gracie Roberts

Prague is a city that I’ve had an on-again-off-again relationship with since the autumn of 2014. My experience moving to, away from, and back to Prague during these past few years has been a wild personal journey – one filled with surprises, disappointments and a great number of achievements along the way. Now that I’ve managed to come out of it in one piece, I’d like to share some details about that journey with you, whether you’re a fellow expat living in Prague or someone interested in knowing more about life in the Czech capital.

After living and working in Prague for nearly two years, I made the decision to move up to Helsinki, Finland. It been a long-term goal of mine to live in the Nordics, and when I found a job in Helsinki, I jumped on the chance to move my life up north. Upon my departure from Prague, I wrote a bittersweet ode to the city and my experience living in it. As with any city or country that one chooses to live in, there are obvious ups and downs that come with day-to-day living. This can be especially true when one becomes an expat and decides to put down roots in a place that’s nowhere near where they grew up.

The following year spent in Finland came and went. Life in Helsinki offered several significant perks, including beautiful nature in and around the city, a private sauna in my own flat (!) and a highly-organized bureaucratic system that actually functioned as it should. Yes, the winter was as cold and dark as one might expect, but I managed to make my way through it and find beauty in the frigid landscape. However, there was a big problem that I could no longer ignore after having lived in Helsinki for about five months: I was bored.

I found myself asking, “Is this it?” in regards to many different aspects of Finnish life. What’s more, the quality of living that I was able to attain in Helsinki wasn’t measuring up to that which I had in Prague. It was then that the choice to move back to the Czech Republic became clear. My time in Helsinki was an adventure that I don’t regret in the least, but I’m fully relieved that living in the north is no longer my reality.

So, what is it about Prague that makes living here so great?

This list could go on, but I’ve chosen a few aspects of life in Prague that continue to impress me.
High life quality. In this year’s Inclusive Development Index released by the World Economic Forum, the Czech Republic ranked as the 15th most developed country in the world, topping France, the UK and Japan (more info here). Looking at life quality from an individual perspective, I have things such as work-life balance and living costs in mind. Living in the Czech Republic, going out to eat or drink several times a week is an easily attainable lifestyle for most steady jobholders. Obviously, spending habits are a very personal matter, but when I speak for myself, I can confidently say that my earnings, spendings and savings have never been more proportional than while living in Prague. If you’d like to get a better idea of what living in Prague will cost you and/or compare this to other cities, check out this comprehensive list.

It’s Europe’s “sweet spot”. My boyfriend refers to life in Prague as the best of both worlds when it comes to living in Europe. In other words, Prague has the organized infrastructure and many beneficial social amenities that the northern European countries are known for, yet it retains the personal freedom and laidback lifestyle that are often connected with countries in southern Europe.

The resources and support systems available to expats never cease to amaze me. Living in Prague, one quickly comes to recognize the substantial, diverse community of expats who have chosen to make a life for themselves in the Czech Republic. While it’s immensely important to make an effort to acclimate to Czech culture (no matter what anyone says, learning to speak Czech is always a good idea), the amount of communities, services and amenities made available to foreigners living in Prague is truly amazing.

To name a few examples, this could be anything as small as companies having (functioning) English versions of their websites and support channels. On a bigger scale, you can find English-language media outlets that keep readers up to date on relevant news throughout the Czech Republic. There are also agencies who provide immigration services to those moving to the Czech Republic. PraguExpats is a great example of this type of agency – they assisted me in setting up my first trade license (Živnostenský list) upon moving to Prague in 2014 and continue to help me with immigration or visa-related questions that occasionally pop up.

I’m always happy to come back. Whether I’ve landed at Vaclav Havel Airport after an exhausting, jetlag-filled journey back from the U.S. or have pulled up at Florenc bus station after a weekend trip outside the city, I’m always filled with a sense of comfort and relief upon returning to Prague.

Now that I’ve settled back into the city, I feel thankful for a second chance to dive deeper into the things I care about in a place that has truly begun to feel like home. I’m also grateful for my circle of friends in Prague who have accepted me back with open arms and am happy to be making new friends, too.

When all is said and done, there’s nowhere else that I’d rather be living.


Gracie Roberts is a native of Portland, Oregon who moved to Europe in 2013. In addition to being a communications professional, Gracie is a pianist, linguistic enthusiast and lover of anything with claws.


Speaking the local language

Whether you were posted to Prague by an employer or just find yourself lingering here after a period of study the first obstacle you will have noticed will be the language.

Anyone proficient in English will probably recognise words in Spanish, Italian and French that share Latin roots. But isn’t Czech, Slavic in origin, a different beast entirely?

Those of us not making any effort to learn Czech is doomed to a life of mixing mainly with other expats, without fully participating in the wider experience of this culturally rich Central European country.

There are those for whom learning a new language is easy. I am not one of them. My school French is still, after many years, good enough to get me into trouble, but progress in Czech is slow.

I’ve been here in Prague for just over five months now. My original idea was to study how to teach English, though I quickly abandoned that ambition when I noticed my tutors wore tattered clothes (not a good earner, then!).

Indeed, nearly a quarter of people in the Czech Republic speak are able to speak English and a majority of them probably live in Prague.

So I find that my new city is quite easy to navigate without much Czech. Apart from the expat community, workers in shops and restaurants have enough English to know what I want or need.

But I make an effort nonetheless. To date I have about a dozen useful words (and perhaps another half-dozen I’ve had absolutely no cause to use).

The handy ones include: please, yes, no, sorry, thank you, hello, goodbye, bag (good for supermarkets and potrivny corner shops), beer and tobacco. Yes, a jumble – but they help get me through each day.

As I said earlier, I’m not a natural with new languages. Yet I feel ready to dedicate time learning Czech now that my survival instinct has forced me to acquire useful words.

I will be well on my way when I can use Czech’s shortened grammar (especially verbs and diminutives), get my tongue around long vowels and soft consonants and stress my pronunciation.

Ultimately, I look forward to the day when I am able to activate the language well enough to be able both to speak and think in Czech.

So I’m making an effort to attend free classes in Czech kindly offered at The Spot Cafe ( . I know it’ll be worth it and that doing so will open up Prague and the Czech Republic for me in ways I cannot imagine right now.


Bez práce nejsou koláče!


guest post by Russell Cavanagh

Another Workshop at The Spot

Dear Pexpats,


together with EXPALEGAL and we are running another workshop for you.

You can come to our office/center The Spot and be part of the  event November 12th at 10 am. You can register at

This time we will talk about how to start the business in the Czech republic and tell you more details about how to obtain a long term visa with the business purpose. EXPATLEGAL will provide you a general overview of the Czech Business law and more details how to run a business in the Czech republic.

More about the venue find here:


Looking forward to see you soon!


Your Team of PraguExpats

Meet us at The Spot

The idea behind The Spot isn’t radical, but it is unique. Nestled in the neighborhood of Vinohrady, The Spot aims to provide a comfortable and relaxed place for friends to meet up and enjoy some coffee or even a bite to eat. But what sets us apart is that we aren’t here just to serve you delicious food and drinks. We are also a community center geared towards providing expats with the resources they need to adjust to life in their new home.

Our mission is to do everything we can to make expats feel comfortable while living abroad. We brought together and PraguExpats to do exactly that. Our café, run by, provides our visitors with a cozy atmosphere to do work or catch up with friends. Our menu offers more than just coffee. We also serve breakfast and lunch all day long. There are even vegetarian options, something of a rarity it seems around Prague.

Being an expat in Prague is an exciting and rewarding experience. The more you explore the city, the more beauty you will find. It may seem like one big holiday at first, but eventually the immigration process has to be taken care of. This is the tedious part of being an expat that includes lots of visas, permits, other confusing paperwork. Luckily, PraguExpats is located in The Spot, and they help expats navigate through this difficult process. The friendly staff provides visa services in a personal and detail orientated manner. Their goal is to make your life easier so you can continue to enjoy your new home.

Bringing people together is an important aspect of what we do here at The Spot. Not only do we want to bring expats together, but we also want to help integrate the expats with the local community of Prague. This can be intimidating for expats when they don’t know how to speak Czech. To help them overcome this obstacle, we offer free Czech lessons twice a week for beginners. Though it may be difficult at first, learning Czech is the best way for expats to feel more comfortable in Prague, and this is a great way to start learning the language.

Our services for expats don’t stop with our language lessons. Free workshops for expats and locals alike often take place at The Spot. On June 25th, there will be a workshop discussing how to find a job in Prague. Breaking into a new job market can be difficult, and this workshop will clear up any questions that expats may have about the job search, taxes, contracts, and other work related topics.

Sometimes, you need to just relax and watch a movie or read a book. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered here at The Spot. Czech movie nights will return soon to provide expats with the chance to learn a bit about Czech culture and cinema. We also have a small library of books where customers are encouraged to take books and leave books as they please. For those who are really feeling stressed out, perhaps it’s time to escape the city for a weekend. The Czech Republic is full of spa towns and beautiful hiking trails. We have a collection of brochures and tourist information to help you plan your weekend getaway.

During the 1920’s, Prague had a thriving café culture. People would gather at cafes to discuss art, music, writing, and more. Inspired by this, we would like to create a similar setting where art, music, and culture are commonplace. Coming up in the months of June and July, we will feature artists and musicians at the café. The Spot will host art exhibitions for local artists to display their work. Live music will also be coming to the café in the next month. An open piano will also be added to The Spot. Anyone who would like to play and share their music will be able to. Through art and music, The Spot looks to become a place that brings people, expats and locals alike, together to enjoy an evening of culture.

Nowhere else in Prague will you find a place like The Spot. It’s a community center where expats can get the resources needed to feel at home in Prague, but it is also a cozy café where anyone can hang out with friends and enjoy themselves.  We are always looking for ways to make expats’ lives easier as they enjoy their new lives in Prague. We are confident that you will find that The Spot is the right one for you.

Please feel free to visit our webpage or simply come for a coffee or two!

Team of The Spot

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Czech for Free

Hello everyone,

we offer another great opportunity to get more familiar with the Czech language. Just come to our center The Spot (!

You can come to our Czech lessons for beginners on Wednesday 27th April at 6 pm for FREE. The class is for 1 hour and the lessons will continue every week on the same day, at the same time!

If you are interested please contact us ([email protected]) and we will confirm your attendance!


Have a nice day!


Your team of PraguExpats