Online appointment and visa status check for Czech visa

The Czech Ministry of internal has two online services for foreigners which you may not know about.

1. Online appointment system for immigration office services. 

Most of the foreigners already have experiences visiting the immigration office without an appointment and waiting almost all day until they call thier numbers. Staying at the MOI with many people may be so stressful and confusing. 

So, here the best way to make an appointment and arrange your application or bridging visa for less than 5 minutes.

You should register your personal account on the foreigners’ reservation system and make your appointment reservation and it is in English. 

The suggestions of PraguExpats. 

The appointment slots for next month are always available in current months. If you want to get a more available appointment slots, then you should make your appointment a month earlier. 

Appointments for bridge visa renewal.
According to immigration rule, there should not be a time gap more than 30 days between the expiration of your current bridge visa and start date of your new bridge visa. For Example, Your current bridge visa expires on September 30 and you can get a new bridge visa only after September 1. So, your appointment for bridge visa can be any day after September 1.

You can get your account registered here: https://frs.gov.cz/en/user

2. Check your visa status online


For checking your visa status, you don’t need to visit or call to MOI offices. You file status can be checked online. The day of your visa or residency application you receive confirmation from MOI officer. You can find your file number on the left bottom of the confirmation. It has a format OAM-XXXX/XX-2019. You can check your application status online here: https://frs.gov.cz/en/ioff/application-status


9 Prague Swimming Pools will help you stay cool this summer

Sports and recreation area Pražačka – Prague 3

With sports and sauna in the same place, this is a popular spot during the summer months. The swimming pool provides a newly separated children’s play area (paddling pool with a climbing frame, giant water mushroom). The straight swimmers have 4 lanes and are open for the morning swimming on weekdays from 600 to 800 h and every evening until 2130. Another pride is the elevated terrace overlooking Prague. 

Open: Mon-Fri 6: 00−8: 00 and 10: 00−21: 30, Weekend 10: 00−20: 00                     

Entrance 

Full Day:  CZK 140 (CZK 100 after 16:00) 

Family 2 + 1:  CZK 300 

Swimming pool Petynka – Prague 6

Heated swimming pool 50 x 21 m, sunbathing on the roof, paddling pool, water slide, aquapaddler, trampoline and football pool makes this a very exciting place to take a dip. You can buy tickets using the online form without queues. The only swimming pool in Prague with a view of Prague Castle. 

Open: daily 7: 00-21: 00

Entire day: 160 CZK (140 CZK after 16:00) 

Divoká Šárka Swimming Pool – Prague 6

The swimming pool is located in the Šárka valley called Divoká Šárka.The beautiful location creates the quietest swimming pool in Prague. The bottom of the valley is still 10-15 minutes on the way down, both from the bus stop and from the parking lot. The water into the concrete tanks (2 swimming pools for swimmers, children’s paddling pool) flows from the stream, safe, clean, but cold. Romance is plentiful, and there’s no lack of entertainment around (water slides, playground for children and sports, refreshments). 

Open: daily 9: 00-19: 00 for favorable weather 

Admission 

Basic all day: 120 CZK 70 CZK after 16:30) 

Free: for children under 5 years

Swimming Pool Ladvi – Prague 8

A housing estate with an outdoor swimming pool (with an ice rink in winter) and happy visitors. For straightforward swimmers fitness swimming 900-1300 with an inexpensive entry. They thought of the children when constructing this water wonderland (paddling pool, water mushroom, and water slide).  

Open: daily 9: 00-20: 00 

Entrance 

Full day: 150 CZK (80 CZK after 16:00) 

Free: for children under 3 years


Swimming pool Stírka  – Prague 8

Swimming pool Stírka  – Prague 8

Favorite place for several generations. The youngest here can swim in around the shallow pool with mushroom and slide. In the large swimming pool fitness swimming 900-1300. Sauna reopens again in winter. 

Open: daily 9: 00-20: 00       

Entrance 

Full day: 150 CZK (80 CZK after 16:00) 

Family 2 + 2: 390 CZK 

Free: for children under 3 years

Swimming Pool SK Slavia – Prague 10

50 × 21 m pool and two children’s pools: a paddling pool and a second one with a max depth of 0.8 m. For those who want to see what they’re up to, webcam HERE. 

Open: Mon-Fri 06: 00-20: 00, Weekend 09: 00-20: 00 

Entire 

Full Day: 160 CZK (120 CZK after 16:00) 

Family 2 + 2: 400 CZK 

Free: for children up to 1 year

Swimming and Sports Complex Hloubětín  – Prague 9

You will not miss the sea or the sun after you experience this gem in Prague. Indoor pools with salt water (25 x 15 m with a depth of 120-360 cm and 7.5 x 15 m shallow 60-80 cm) remain accessible to the outdoor pool.

Open: daily 11: 00-19: 00 (ticket sale ends 17:45)  

Admission 

Adults: 160 CZK / 90 min 

Children up to 15 years: 140 CZK / 90 min 

Children up to 6 years: 80 CZK / 90 min

Summer swimming pool Čakovice

The Čakovice swimming pool is an outdoor swimming pool. It offers a water slide and two 50 m long pools. Take public transport from Anděl and you’ll arrive in about one hour. A reward for relaxation under the trees, a grassy area for up to 3,000 visitors, a 50m pool with half for browsing tiny and bigger ones, a second swimming pool and a water slide. 

Open: daily 9: 00-19: 00 for favorable weather 

Admission 

Basic all day: 110 CZK (50 CZK after 16:00) 

Family 2 + 2: 280 CZK 

Free: for children under 3 years

Swimming pool Klánovice

Swimming pool Klánovice is located in Prague 9 Klánovice, is one of the most beautiful Prague. Anděl Public transport helps you arrive in just over an hour where you’ll be rewarded with affordably priced refreshments. A swimming pool 25 × 10 m. A second 15 × 10 m designed especially for children. Playgrounds, trampolines, rocking animals, table tennis, mini-golf, and beach volleyball. 

Open: Mon-Fri 10: 00-19: 00, Weekend 09: 00-19: 00        

Entire Full Day: 120 CZK (70 CZK after 16:00) 

Family 2 + 2: 290 CZK (150 CZK after 16:00) 

Free: for children up to 100 cm



Statistics of Foreigners in the Czech Republic

Number of foreigners

Source: Český statistický úřad

Demographic events of foreigners

Source: Český statistický úřad

Acquisition of Czech citizenship

Source: Český statistický úřad

Employment

Source: Český statistický úřad

Criminality

Source: Český statistický úřad

Illegal migration

Source: Český statistický úřad

Education

Source: Český statistický úřad

Strawberry Season in CZ. Pick Your Own Strawberries

Most Czech know the secret to keeping their kitchens stocked with strawberries. A quick trip to Kunratice is enough to fill an entire kitchen, maybe even twice over. The season has already started, so it’s time to pack up the car, the kiddies, and your closest loved ones and head to the strawberry fields.

Season ends on the 31st of July. However, the picking season usually ends at the end of June.

The town of Kunratice is famous for its strawberry fields, so if you’re a fan of the fruit or the song, it’s well worth the visit. Most of the plantations offer ‘pick yourself form’ for a small fee, about 100 kc,  that is refundable in some cases.

You will need to bring your own basket.

In approximately 2 hours you find yourself in the middle of the strawberry fields, picking your own and filling up your basket. If you don’t feel like being out in the sun, then enjoy the scenery and purchase a few kilos. With prices around 42 CZK/ 1kg, it’s a bargain.

If you don’t have your own transportation, don’t worry, local buses can get you there. From Budejovicka metro station, take bus no. 193 that goes in the direction of K Seberaku and get off there. It’s only a bit of a journey to reach the strawberry farms of Kunratice.

Along the way, there is plenty of smaller strawberry field. Depending on the ripeness, farmers will guide you to the sections that are ready to be harvested. If you’d like to try other pick-your-own farms that are not Kunratice (which is very close to Prague) try the following: Rataje nad Sázavou, Klatovy, Turnov (Tiberecký Region), Brno, or Bratčice “Jahodárna” in South Moravian Region.

Letter from Rejstrik Obchodu a Zivnosti is a scam letter which you may receive

Most of you should have experience with different invoices, fines and regular tax payments in the Czech Republic. If you recently registered your trade license, you may have received this letter. The sender of the letter is a company called Informatic s.r.o.

The title of the letter uses the term “Rejstrik Zivnosti” which makes the receiver feel confident that it is from Trade license office where one may have registered a trade license recently. 

And the context of the text on the letter with your business details says, The company Informatic registers you on Trade license holders register system and you should pay the fees for that registration 1785 CZK. And you will find payment slip with all the details.  

The registration office mentioned in the letter does not exist anywhere in any official public register of the Czech authorities. 
If you have already paid it or have intentions to pay it, you will face real problems!

The letter also states that the form is a partnership proposal and with your payment, you agree on all terms and conditions including automatically extended yearly services payments. So, they will keep sending you invoices each year for non existing services.

Our suggestion:

IGNORE THAT LETTER! All registration fees are already paid to Government authorities during your trade license registration and you are already registered at the public Business register.

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

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