Updates for freelancers/self-employed people during the Covid-19 crisis

financial aid for czech trade holders

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Czech parliament has confirmed that freelancers (živno-holders) affected by the government’s coronavirus measures qualify for a one-time payment of up to 25,000 CZK. Complete instructions can be found here

Freelancers (holders of a trade licence) including foreigners may apply for financial aid of 15,000 CZK per month if their business was affected by the Czech government’s coronavirus measures.

The financial aid is for self-employed persons whose workplace was closed or who were unable to work because of the state of emergency.

Some examples: You have a barber shop and have had to close the shop so are unable to run your business. 

You teach and have had to stop work because the schools you cooperate with are shut.


  • Your trade licence must be the main source of your income. You cannot apply if you’re a full-time employee and your trade licence is your side gig.
  • You’re not eligible for this aid if you’re already receiving other social and financial support from the government.

Where to apply?

At the Tax Office in the district of Prague where you officially reside.

When to apply?

More details about the relief package will be available when Czech Parliament confirms the decision on 7 April 2020.

PraguExpats will update you as information is released.

We are here to help if you need support with your financial aid application.

Contact us for more advice – and stay healthy and safe!

The Czech government has waived the minimum monthly prepayments for health insurance (2,544 CZK) and social security (2,352 CZK) for all Czech trade licence holders including foreigners from March to August 2020

There is no need to make any prepayments for these months If you paid only the minimum amounts up to now.

If you’ve been paying more than the monthly minimums, we recommend you pay the difference each month. This will save you from having to make a large payment at the end of the year.

There’s no need to submit any application.

Your public health insurance will remain active and you’ill get the same treatment you were getting before!

Next steps

  1. If you haven’t made your social and health insurance prepayments this month (March), only pay for health insurance. This takes care of your payment for February. (Social prepayments are for the current month and health insurance prepayments are for the previous one.)
  2. Stop all social and health insurance prepayments if you only pay the minimum amounts.
  3. Restart your prepayment for social in September 2020.
  4. Restart your prepayment for health insurance in October 2020.

In these situations, it’s important that you de-activate your trade licence and inform all the relevant authorities. This will prevent any misunderstandings and unexpected debts to the health insurance and social security offices. More info is here

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