The Czech Republic recently introduced new identification documents and a health insurance policy required for many foreign nationals.

Key Points:

  • As of Aug. 2, new identification documents containing biometric data will be issued to all third country nationals, including family members of EU citizens.
    • Family members of EU citizens who are not EU citizens themselves are required to exchange their current permit for the new biometric permit.
    • All non-biometric permits will expire on Aug. 3, 2023.
    • British citizens must exchange their non-biometric permits by Aug. 31, 2022.
  • As of Aug. 2, foreign nationals must have proof of health insurance from Pojišťovna VZP, a.s. (PVZP) when collecting their long-term visa or residence permit.
    • This requirement does not apply to foreign nationals covered by Czech public health insurance, those with insurance paid for on the basis of an international agreement or people who hold a valid Global or European Health Insurance Card.
    • Individuals who already live in the Czech Republic on a long-term visa or long-term residence permit and have health insurance from another provider will not have to switch to health insurance provided by PVZP. Such individuals will only have to switch to PVZP if they apply for a visa extension or permit extension.

BAL Analysis: The health insurance requirements are expected to be challenged in the coming months. BAL will continue to monitor these changes and will provide additional information as it becomes available.

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