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Frequently asked questions

How does Brexit affect me?

You have British citizenship as well as citizenship of another European Union Member State
As an EU citizen, you will continue to have the right to freedom of movement that is to move and reside freely anywhere in the European Union, regardless of Brexit. You will also be able to keep your British citizenship.

What you should do
If you have not yet done so, ensure that the Czech authorities, in particular the Ministry of the Interior, are notified of your other citizenship. If you intend to stay in the Czech Republic for more than three months apply for a certificate of temporary residence. Registration of residence is not obligatory for the EU citizens but we recommend you to register. Otherwise, the authority will not be aware that you have an ongoing right to freedom of movement.
 
 
You have both British and Czech citizenship
As a Czech citizen, you have right to reside, to enter and to leave the territory of the Czech Republic. All Czech citizens are the EU citizen, which means you will continue to have the right to freedom of movement that is to move and reside freely anywhere in the European Union, regardless of Brexit. As a British citizen, you may nonetheless be able to invoke additional rights from the withdrawal agreement (concerning recognition of professional qualifications, etc.) You will be able to keep your British citizenship.


You are a British citizen and a family member of an EU citizen
If you are a family member of an EU citizen, you will retain the right to freedom of movement regardless of Brexit. You will be entitled to move and reside freely anywhere within the European Union if you accompany or join your family member who is an EU citizen. For more information who is an EU citizen and his family member, please, check relevant section of our website.

What you should do
If you are a family member of Czech or another EU citizen with a permanent residence permit and you have been living in the Czech Republic for more than two years, please, apply for a permanent residence permit.
 
 
You are a British citizen, you do not have citizenship of any other European Union Member State and you are not a family member of an EU citizen
During the transition period until the end of 2020, you will continue to have the right to freedom of movement that is to move and reside freely anywhere in the European Union. For the time after the transition period, you can invoke rights from the withdrawal agreement (Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community) such as the right of residence, right to enjoy equal treatment and right to take up employment or self-employment.

What you should do
If you intend to stay in the Czech Republic for more than three months, please, apply for a certificate of temporary residence.
 
 

Right of residence

Will I be allowed to stay in the Czech Republic as a British citizen?
Yes, you will. When the withdrawal agreement came into force, a transition period began and it will last until 31 December 2020.* During this time, the United Kingdom will essentially be treated as an EU Member State. In terms of residence law, for the duration of the transition period set out in the withdrawal agreement, British citizens and their third-country national family members will be treated as though the United Kingdom were still a European Union member state. EU freedom of movement regulations will continue to apply during this time.

For the time after the end of the transition period, the Ministry of the Interior is currently drawing up legislation for those people whose rights are governed by the withdrawal agreement. Generally, British citizens and their family members who had the right to free movement before Brexit will be in a very similar legal situation to the present one within the Czech Republic, in line with the withdrawal agreement.

British citizens who have never resided in the Czech Republic before or during transition period, will be treated as the third-country nationals from 1 January 2021* and they will be subject to same rights, obligations and procedures as other third-country nationals without right to free movement.


* Disclaimer: The transition period is due to last until 31 December 2020. The transition period can be extended according to the withdrawal agreement if the European Union and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland agree to extend the transition period by 1 July 2020.
 
 
Who will be able to invoke rights under the withdrawal agreement?
The withdrawal agreement applies to all British citizens and all EU citizens who currently have the right to freedom of movement and who are living in the UK or in the EU at the end of the transition period, as well as to their family members.

If you are a British citizen or a family member of a British citizen and you moved to the Czech Republic before the end of the transition period, you will be able to invoke the rights set out in the withdrawal agreement as long as you continue to live in the Czech Republic.

To be able to invoke any rights under the withdrawal agreement, please, apply a certificate of temporary residence or a permanent residence permit, if you have not yet done so.



Entering the Czech Republic

What will change when entering the Czech Republic?
EU freedom of movement regulations will continue to apply during the transition period, which means that as a British citizen you continue to have the right to enter the Czech Republic.

There will be no change in the process at passport control for British citizens during the transition period. You will be treated the same as before and can continue to use the EasyPASS system, for example.

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