Coming to the Czech Republic

The conditions applying to a foreign national’s entry to the Czech Republic and their long-term stay in the country are set by Act No. 326/1999 Coll., on residence of foreign citizens in the Czech Republic, as amended. The Czech Republic became part of the Schengen area. Therefore checks were abolished at the internal land borders on December 21st 2007. By joining the Schengen area, the Czech Republic applies common rules concerning the movement of persons in the entire Schengen area, including the conditions for crossing external borders.

For further information about residence of foreigners from third countries (non-members of the EU/EEA or Switzerland) and citizens of EU member states please view our information brochure Visas and Work Permits for Investors.

Fast Track - Intra-corporate transfer and localization of employees

Ministry of Industry and Trade in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have created project Fast Track. The project is based on the Czech Strategy of International Competitiveness and aims at establishing a business environment enabling a faster transfer of highly qualified leading employees from third countries that are sent within their company to the Czech Republic on a temporary basis. 

The objective of the project is to streamline the procedure of the entry by and employment of statutory bodies, managers and key specialists from third countries in the Czech Republic, thus providing the Czech Republic with enough of skilled workforce to maintain and increase its competitiveness. In the event of the positive result of the relevant application assessment, the employee will obtain employment permit and visa/ employee card in the accelerated period.

For further information about this project please open the file Fast Track or proceed to the Ministry websites


Welcome Package project

CzechInvest has created Welcome Package project whose objective is to improve the procedure for the entry and employment of key foreign persons who need to obtain the necessary permits (residency, work) as quickly and easily as possible in connection with the placement of an investment in the Czech Republic. The project was approved on 20 May 2013 by the Coordination Body for the Protection of the National Borders of the Czech Republic and was officially launched on 1 July 2013.

The main target group of the project are statutory bodies, managers and key specialists of newly established companies. Benefit of the project is the reduction of the time required for issuance of work permits (within 10 business days) and long-term visa/ employee card (within 30 calendar days). An employee card will be issued for a period of maximum 2 years and long-term visa for a period requiring residency in the Czech Republic longer than three months, though maximally six months.



Should you have any questions, you can contact us on or +420 296 342 485

Attached files

Description Type Size Date

Visas and Work Permits for Investors

648.74 kB 11 Jul. 2016

Fast Track

385.81 kB 6 Aug. 2014

Welcome Package for Investors

555.15 kB 3 Jun. 2015

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