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Information for foreigners - international students regarding the state of emergency in the Czech Republic due to coronavirus

Having regard to the current situation and the associated problems you may face in these days, please find below useful information relating to the residence of all foreigners (including students) in the Czech Republic, including model examples of common questions and answers, which were developed together with the Ministry of the Interior.

Question: How should a student - foreigner who is located in the territory of the Czech Republic proceed at the time of the declared state of emergency?

Answer: All foreigners (including students) who at the moment of declaring the state of emergency were legally in the Czech Republic, may continue to remain in the territory for the duration of the state of emergency without necessity to solve their residence issues. The state of emergency on the whole territory of the Czech Republic Republic is declared from 12 March 2020 from 14:00 hours for a period of 30 days.

Question: How should a student - a foreigner, who is expiring of the existing residence permit in the Czech Republic and wants to stay in the Czech Republic after the end of the state of emergency proceed?

Answer: We recommend to apply for the extension of the validity of a long - term residence permit or the extension of a long - term residence permit visa already during the state of emergency, i.e. as early as possible.

Up-to-date information from the Ministry of the Interior on the conditions for applying for residence permits in times of the state of emergency are available at https://www.mvcr.cz/docDetail.aspx?docid=22241518&doctype=ART Applications must be delivered to the relevant departments of the Ministry of the Interior by post with all the essentials and the fee paid (stamp).

Information is also available in English on website: https://www.mvcr.cz/docDetail.aspx?docid=22241518&doctype=ART.

In case of a prolongation of long-stay visas it is necessary to deliver all necessary documents to the relevant departments of the Ministry of the Interior also by post with all details and paid fee (stamp) - more information regarding filing requirements are available at https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/a-visa-for-a-stay-of-over-90-days-long-term.aspx?q=Y2hudW09OQ%3d%3d

Contacts to departments: https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/contacts.aspx

They are also available in the Working Hours Adjustment Notifications of the workplaces of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic in connection with the declared state of emergency (pdf, in Czech).

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All these measures are only valid for the duration of the state of emergency.

Information mentioned at: https://www.mvcr.cz/docDetail.aspx?docid=21679744&doctype=ART related to the state of emergency can be obtained at the email pobyty@mvcr.cz

Information on obligations for foreigners: https://www.mvcr.cz/docDetail.aspx?docid=22239194&doctype=ART

Question: I am supposed to be granted a long-term visa, but at present I am not able to come to the Czech Embassy abroad, what should I do?

Answer: You can pick up your long-term visa at the embassy only after the end of the state of emergency and when the border is opened.

We also recommend that you follow the website of the Ministry of the Interior https://www.mvcr.cz/docDetail.aspx?docid=21667282&doctype=ART which is regularly updated.

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