The passport which traveled from Mauritius to Prague and back again

We have had many unusual proposals over the years, but the recent proposal from our client topped them all!

Last week, we received a phone call from Mauritius, with the proposal of arranging the Czech criminal clearance report as soon as possible.

The only way to arrange the criminal clearance report without his attendance in the Czech Republic is under the power of attorney and the original passport should be provided. There is no other option.

Therefore, our client notarized his signature by the Czech embassy in Port Louis. Then he sent us his passport by express postal service.

We received the mail in 48 hours and that same day we arranged his criminal clearance report, Apostille stamp, and legal translations, then we sent all the documents to Mauritius. The total process time, including both shipping times, took 96 hours!

The most surprising thing was, our team is not familiar with Mauritius itself. However, we did some research on the island and gathered some interesting information. The end result is that we highly recommend visiting Mauritius to the rest of the world! Let’s discover Mauritius this Year. 🙂

Czech driver’s license for foreigners

photo:MDČR

Foreigners have two option to obtain a Czech driver’s license. Option one is changing your driver’s license from home country for a Czech one. Option two is going through the full process as a first-time driver at a driving school.

A) Eu Citizens and citizens of some countries who have the agreement with Czech authorities

EU citizens and citizens of some countries can exchange their driver’s license which was obtained from their home country. The most important condition to get a driver’s license exchanged is proof of a 6 months stay in the Czech Republic. Be advised, a temporary residency certificate is not proof of a 6-month stay! The proof of stay in the Czech Republic can be a lease agreement, bank statement, or work contract for the past 6 months. If you are a Trade license holder, you can provide your income tax report from the previous year or health insurance payment statements for the last 6 months.

B) Citizens of Third countries

Most citizens of third countries should go through the procedure as new drivers. According to the current law, you should have 26 hours of driving experience with an accredited driving school instructor, plus a study of theoretical tests. You should bring the general letter of health and eligibility of the driver from GP to the school. The form can be downloaded here. Both these services are provided by the driving school. The school will make an appointment for both the tests and the exam.  

You don’t speak Czech?

If you don’t speak Czech, you can hire the translator for the tests.  After you pass the tests, you will be able to continue with the second part of the exam which is the driving skills portion. After successfully passing the driving skills aspect, you will get an application form with the stamps from school and the examination results.

After successfully passing these steps, you can apply for your driver’s license. The procedure of registration and producing your driver license takes approximately 20 days.

Foreigners must proof of 6 months stay in the Czech Republic, therefore have a biometric card that’s older than 6 months. Most third-country nationals have residency permits for 2 years and renew them for the next 2 years each time. If you have just collected your new biometric card and it is not older than 6 month, the only solution is getting a confirmation of your full legal stay history from the immigration office.

Confirmation of full legal stay in the Czech Republic for Third nationalities

You can download the confirmation from here and apply for it any immigration office. The service fee of immigration offices is 15 CZK that will be paid with stamps once collected! if You are visiting the MOI offices without an appointment, you should get number/ticket OTHERS.




Proof of funds for Czech visa renewal – Change the number of normative costs for housing

Czech business visa renewal and income proof. The highest amount of normative costs for housing since 1 January 2019 according to Government Regulation No. 320/2018  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

Full information of income proof for Czech visa renewal can be find here

Most common immigration rule mistakes of EU citizens

1. Expired passports and permanent residency permits

Permanent residency permit of EU citizens in Czech republic is valid for 10 years. That’s a long time and it might be easy to forget to review. However, if you wish to maintain your permanent residency permit, you should apply for an extension before it expires.

Currently, we had a client whose UK passport had expired 6 months ago and his permanent residency had expired 2 years ago. Luckily, the rules are not restricted for EU citizens and we were able to fix the situation with 3,000 CZK fine.

2. Trade license holders, employed EU citizens and health insurance rules

Your unemployed EU spouse should be registered with the public health insurance as a self-paying if you are officially employed in the Czech Republic or if you are working under a trade license.

We registered a trade license for EU citizen who was employed for 2 years at Czech company. His wife stayed at home to take care of the kids. He was shocked when he learned he owed money once we visited the VZP office to register him as a trade license holder. He probably  misunderstood the situation between him and his previous employer regarding his status. He was required to pay the full amount for his wife’s insurance the time when he was employed, but he was not aware of this fact. Both the husband and wife thought that she wasn’t insured, therefore, they scheduled limited doctor’s appointments and paid for them with cash. Always. However, even unemployed spouses are automatically insured as a self-payer.

You should be aware of this fact and be sure to pay for your spouse’s public health insurance monthly. This way both of you will feel more comfortable when he/she needs to visit the doctor’s office. If you are just finding out this information, don’t worry; you simply pay for previous months right now and you’ll both be up-to-date and covered.

3. Comprehensive health insurance for  kids of EU citizens

We are a legal and direct health insurance provider. We get so many emails regarding price proposal for EU kids. Children with EU citizenship can be registered with public health insurance as long as one of the parents is registered at public health insurance already. According to Czech law and regulations, the EU child’s health insurance is paid by the Czech government. Comprehensive health insurance is for third nationalities. The rules for the third nationalities with the permanent residencies are the same as EU foreigners and Czech citizens.

4. Czech language tests for permanent residency and stamps for 2500 CZK

EU citizens who apply for permanent residency don’t need to pass the Czech language tests or pay any fees.

5. Trade license misunderstood with debts.

The trade license of EU citizen doesn’t have an expiration date. If you decide to cancel it, you should definitely announce the first trade license office and other social tax and health insurance office. Otherwise, it may still be active and will accrue debt on payments.

These are the most common mistakes of EU clients who are living in The Czech Republic. We hope, the post will help to avoid future misunderstandings

The real purpose of stay VS cheating the Czech immigration system

Some third-country nationalities hope to receive EU residency permits as an investment or as convenience even if they really don’t want to live in the Czech Republic. What they don’t realize is that the system is designed to detect those who have ulterior motives.
So here are the most common situations.

1.Millionaire from Dubai

This is the person who wants to register a company and obtain a business visa. She will not be living actually living in the Czech Republic and the company will not have any activity. It is a false business entity.
To renew the business visa, He visits Prague every 2 years.  It seems like a great plan but it doesn’t work. There are 2 problems.

Problem 1: The likelihood that he will pass the interview at the Czech embassy is not high. He doesn’t have any business partners, a real business plan, or even a real business. Authorities will investigate all these aspects of the business through questions and documentation.


Problem 2: Even if he has luck and gets a business visa, it cannot be renewed if the company doesn’t have any legit activities or earning income.  There must be an official income for the CEO of a company. Therefore if the company pays out the salary plus all social, financial taxes and health insurance.  He will be spending thousands of Euros monthly from his pocket (there is a 45% difference between super gross and clean salary); authorities will catch this detail. When he tries to renew the business visa after a couple of years, it will be rejected.

2.Wolf of Wall Street

This person is a financial and marketing expert in the US. Most of the work she/he does is online; so working in Prague is not necessary. This person only wants to live in Prague for a couple of years and register a trade license for easily obtaining a business visa.


Problem: This person will spend thousands of US dollars for all the visa and relocation services. It is not an investment, but an expenditure.
She/he will get your visa but it cannot be renewed because there will not any activities or invoices registered in the Czech Republic. Proof of funds will be missing in your visa renewal file and your visa renewal file will be rejected.

3. New Boyfriend from last Friday

The love from first sight may exist. But, it is not sufficient for applying and obtaining a Partner visa(Temporary residency of the EU family member)

Problem: Paragraph 87 of the immigration law book states the relationship must be permanent!

After applying for the temporary residency, this person will receive a rejection letter a week because there is not enough evidence of a permanent relationship. If this is a real, lasting relationship, a year later for better results.

Be warned! Each foreigner must have a real and legal purpose of stay! If you think that getting a residency permit is easy and you can cheat the system, think again. If you don’t wish to reside in the Czech Republic, but think you can get away with applying under false pretenses, don’t even try. Your story will be transparent to authorities and rejection is highly probable.

Visiting the hospitals with Czech commercial health insurance for foreigners

If you have comprehensive health insurance for foreigners , We highly recommend that you visit hospitals Which have a contract with your insurance company . The Fakultní nemocnice Královské Vinohrady hospital has the best reputation in the Czech Republic; they have all types of doctors including GPs. They have a separate department especially for the English and Russian speaking expats.

Instructions for AXA clients in case of health problem,

Please, Call to nonstop AXA client support. You can find the phone number at the back side of your insurance card or call directly +420 292 292 220

Once you connected to customer support of AXA , they will ask your insurance number. You can find your insurance number on the right top of your insurance card. After explaining your pain or health problem. They will help you to choose The Best English speaking hospitals and give you all instructions.

When visiting hospital you do not need to have a recommendation from your GP because the receptionist of the Expats department will arrange that you see a GP in the same Building.

In case you prefer using a hospital of your choice which does not have a contract with AXA , you will pay cash and you will need to contact AXA for payment refund. You can download an application form for a payment refund here  i You should fill out the application form, sign it, attach the pictures of invoices and email to [email protected]

In case if you have any emergency or a misunderstanding occurs, please contact us by email [email protected] or call our phone number +420 777 776 245

How to get to The Fakultní nemocnice Královské Vinohrady hospital?

If you visit the hospital with public transportation:,

  • From north side of the hospital from street U Vinohradské nemocnice, Šrobárova – MAP

Metro A line – metro station Želivského
Tram number 4, 5, 16, 26 – tram stop Želivského
Bus number 124, 139, 150, 163, 188, 213, 297 bus stop Želivského

  • From south side of hospital from Ruská street MAP
    Tram number 4, 7, 22, 24 – tram stop Kubánské náměstí
    Bus number 136- bus stop Kubánské náměstí

If you visit hospital by car or taxi you should go to Šrobárova 1150/50, 100 00 Praha 10-Vinohrady

Paternity leave for fathers in the Czech Republic

The exciting news is forthcoming and it will directly affect the modern day family unit in the Czech Republic. It looks like mothers will get more support from fathers and simultaneously fathers will have the chance to bond with their newborn.

One study reveals that even minimal father involvement in early care increases the likelihood that he will be more involved in the child’s life later on. If fathers do not create a bond from the beginning, they may feel that the mother is better at caregiving and fathers will then take a step back.

Under the existing rule, a father can take parental allowance, but not at the same time as the mother.  However, according to the new act, this will change.

Normally a paternity leave meant fathers could take seven days free following the birth of a child. Now men will be able to choose one week, with a six-week time frame that follows the birth, during which they would draw benefits. Mothers and fathers can have more liberty and flexibility when the father decides to use his paternity leave.

There are even cases when fathers receive 70 percent of their income as well as maternity welfare. And they can take a break of up to six weeks after the birth of the offspring.

As long as the father is registered to be the child’s father, the benefits are easy to obtain.

Prior, most fathers took holiday or unpaid leave following the birth of a child. They were not entitled to paid leave and they were less entitled to bond with their newborn child. This put a strain on the immediate family where the mother was the sole caretaker of the child and the father was nearly forced to return to the workplace.

Current labor code regulations state that fathers are given to paid leave for two reasons and two reasons only. One, to transport the mother to the hospital, and two, to drive the family home. Even to attend the birth of the child, fathers had only one option -to take unpaid leave.
In a modern world where both parents typically work, this seems both unfair and antiquated. Now officials are changing their tune and recognize that fathers deserve time off. In the case of a single father or separated couple, the newly approved act could even provide a new batch of health insurance benefits for fathers that are independent of those being claimed by mothers.

Despite being entitled to parental leave, only 1.8 % of Czech men take advantage of it. Perhaps with a new code in place, fathers will be more active in the child’s life which will give some much-needed relief to mothers who are usually the primary caretaker.

Parental Leave Benefits and Maternal Bonuses

If you are pregnant or have a newborn, there’s good news on the horizon. Maternity support in the Czech Republic is about to get a serious adjustment, one that will make many mothers, and fathers, very happy.  

By the year 2020, parental benefits are set to rise from 220,000 CZK to 300,000 CZK. That’s right around the corner. So now is an ideal time to start planning children if that’s part of your life plan.

If you’re wondering why the sudden change in maternity bonuses, the answer is simple. For almost a decade, the payout hasn’t been increased or addressed. Therefore, the readjustment is long overdue, indeed. Since the economy of the Czech Republic has fallen recently and prices, wages, and revenues of the state budget have risen, the maternal bonus reconciliation comes at the right time. It’s only fair to make life a little easier for young mothers and fathers.

Foreigners can benefit from this maternal bonus, too. 90% of foreigners don’t know about government financial support for newborns. These maternal bonuses can be received after 1 year of living and paying taxes in the Czech Republic. Maternal bonuses are a standard procedure for all Czech citizens. Not sure how to apply? Talk to a company who specializes in this service.

Currently, mothers in the Czech Republic are entitled to 20 weeks of postnatal maternity support. However, a shift has been made in parental leave. And it’s not just the mother’s who are getting time off. The new seven-day entitlement, which allows fathers to claim up to 70% of their salary while on leave, is intended to encourage the father’s early involvement in caring for young children. This shows just how forward thinking the Czech Republic is. By giving incentive to families, a new paradigm is being created. Involving fathers in the child-rearing process builds a stronger family unit. It also removes a lot of burden on the mother’s side.

After all, for centuries, it’s been the mother who typically assumes the majority the responsibility in raising a child. It’s about time that we start changing the way we’re doing things. The Czech Republic is taking big steps to make that possible.
For those who already have children and receive maternal support, the increase will happen automatically. Those who have exhausted their maternal allowance must reapply. Take notice, the child must be under 4 years old at the time of applying.

PraguExpats has the youngest client, her name is Rebecca and she was born today!

Rebecca’s father is Russian citizens who obtained permanent residency last year and her mother is a US citizen who was teaching English under trade license as a business visa holder.
So, her future family reunification visa status should fall under one of the parent’s residency status. Her visa status will not depend on the parent’s citizenship or parental legal rights.

The most convenient option in this situation will be attaching her legal status to her father’s permanent residency. She will get permanent residency and she doesn’t need to extend her long term residency under mother’s residency every 2 years. And she will have public health insurance from VZP free of charge until she graduates from her last year at university.

Each newborn’s health care is covered by the mother’s health insurance until they leave the hospital. It is important to arrange health insurance as soon as possible once you leave the hospital. We insured Rebecca’s mother for pregnancy health insurance which means before they leave the hospital she is insured.

Let us explain step by step the procedure :



Step 1.
Arrange health insurance for a newborn if none of the parents has a permanent residency or EU citizen who is registered with public health insurance. This can be done with a health insurance provider in person.


Step 2.
Collect the birth certificate from the local registration office. It must be official and not a photocopy.

Step 3.
Apply for Czech family reunification residency at the immigration office. Be sure to ask what is the maximum deadline for attaching your child’s passport. According to law, the deadline can be 180 days.

Step 4.
Skip this if you don’t have permanent residency.
With confirmation from the immigration office, register for health insurance, and get a temporary public health insurance card. Once you attach the permanent residency ID of the baby, you will get the permanent health insurance.

Step 5.
Apply for a baby’s passport and provide it to the immigration office before the deadline and get an appointment for the biometric procedure.

Step 6
Visit the immigration office at appointment date arranged through the  biometric card.

If both parents have been living in the Czech Republic at least 1 year before the baby was born, they have a chance getting financial support which was 220 000 CZK before January 1, 2019. For parents whose babies were born after January 1, 2019, 300 000 CZK is given.

The flu season has begun in the Czech Republic.

The number of respiratory diseases cases has already risen to epidemic proportions. There are 1,715 cases per 100,000 patients. Epidemic “status” is given at 1500 cases. Last Friday the country’s Chief Hygienist, Eva Gottvald, announced that in the past week, the number of patients rose almost one fifth. The highest mortality rate from the flu was reported from the Plzeňský, Liberecký, Jihomoravský and Moravskoslezský regions.

Last season, in 2017/2018, with a rampant severe flu, more than 600 people deaths in the hospital country-wide, about 260 were influenza related. Most of the Major hospitals in the Czech Republic are closed to visitors whose family members are staying in hospital. If you are using public transportation it is highly recommended to wash your hands with soap and warm after arriving home or before you consuming food.