The government has updated its immigration policies and requirements for some foreign nationals.

Key Points:

  • As of May 11, the Key and Scientific Personnel program will be renewed. Foreign nationals and their family members who are registered in this program and whose entry DV/R visas will be issued after May 11, will be allowed to enter the Czech Republic.
  • Highly qualified and qualified staff programs will only be renewed for select medical and social service workers.
  • Entry will be granted to DV/R visa holders.
  • Entry will be granted to citizens of the European Union who enter the Czech Republic to carry out an economic activity or to study at a university.
  • The Czech Republic has introduced an extra 60 days after the state of emergency ends May 17, for foreign nationals whose residence permit/visa expired during the state of emergency and were not able to leave the country. Within these 60 days (i.e., until July 17) they should obtain an exit order and leave the Czech Republic in accordance with the Act on Foreigners.

Additional information: All foreign nationals mentioned above must provide a medical certificate issued by a doctor or public health authority, confirming the completion of an RT-PCR test with a negative result not more than four days old for the presence of SARS CoV-2, together with confirmation issued by the relevant laboratory. Foreign nationals must complete the test at their own expense. Employers are reminded that they must provide employees with accommodation, medical care and transport to and from work.

Analysis & Comments: The response to COVID-19 continues to develop and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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