Entry Formalities

Visa and duties of foreign students, the acquiring process

Students from European Union countries, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and certain other states do not need a visa to come and study in the Czech Republic. To enter the Czech Republic, EU students only need a valid passport or a national ID card.

The Czech Republic is a part of the European Union which means that students from other EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are entitled to the provision of necessary and urgent health care under the same conditions and for the same price as people insured in that country. They only have to have a European Health Insurance Card.
 

After being accepted for studies in the Czech Republic, the student must turn to the local Czech embassy or consulate and apply for the visa/long-term stay permit. The whole procedure for obtaining a visa for study purposes can take up to 60 days, it is thus recommended to apply for the visa well in advance. The regulations for obtaining visas change from time to time. This means that the regulations listed below should be considered as guidelines only and students should consult their local Czech embassy or consulate for the latest information regarding visa requirements.

There is a short-term visa (for stays up to 90 days) and a long-term visa (for stays over 90 days). Students arriving for a period longer than 3 months can also apply for a long-term residence permit for study purposes.

The following documents are mainly required for receiving a student visa or a residence permit:

  • An application form
  • A letter of acceptance for studies
  • A valid passport and passport photos
  • A proof of financial resources for the stay (e.g. in the form of a bank account statement or confirmation of being beneficiary of a grant)
  • A confirmation of guaranteed accommodation
  • A valid international health insurance
  • An abstract from the Register of Criminal Records
Please note that some documents (e.g. the abstract from the Register of Criminal Records) must be translated into the Czech language by a translator with an official stamp. The Foreign Police examines the visa applications and notifies the Czech embassy or consulate to issue the visa.

Health Insurance

Czech Republic is part of the European Union which means that students from other EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are entitled to the provision of necessary and urgent health care under the same conditions and for the same price as people insured in that country. They only have to have a European Health Insurance Card.

Students from non-EU countries staying in the Czech Republic for less than 3 months should have a supplementary travel health insurance. They should get one before they leave the country of their origin. Students from non-EU countries, staying in the Czech Republic longer than 3 months must be insured with an insurance company licensed to operate in the Czech Republic according to a special legal regulation, i.e.:
 
  • national insurance companies and insurance companies from non-EU countries that obtained a license to carry on insurance business by the Czech National Bank;
  • insurance companies from other EU countries, who are legally entitled to set up a branch office or are free to temporarily provide their services in the Czech Republic
  • It is recommended to consult the Czech embassy or consulate and verify whether the insurance meets the requirements for an application for a visa or residence permit for stays longer than 90 days.