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A visa for a stay of over 90 days (long-term)


Purpose "sports"

You should apply for a visa for a stay of over 90 days (long-term), purpose sports, if you want to stay in the Czech Republic more than 3 months and if it is exercising of professional sports activities.

Along with the application, you must submit:

  1. a travel document (original),

  2. a document on the purpose of your stay,

  3. proof of finance,

  4. proof of accommodation,

  5. photograph; not necessary if a pictorial recording has been made of the foreign national,

  6. a consent of parents,

  7. an application fee, if needed,

  8. document similar to an extract from the Penal Register record, issued by the state of which you are a citizen. The obligation to submit an extract from the Penal Register record does not relate to a foreign national under 15 years of age and does not have to be submitted if the embassy itself publishes that it can be replaced by an affidavi.

Upon request you are further obliged to submit:

  • a document similar to an extract from the Penal Register record, issued by the states in which, in the last 3 years, you have resided for a period longer than 6 months in its summary, or a signed affidavit in the event that this state does not issue such a document (not required from a foreign national under 15 years),

  • a document proving the fulfilment of conditions set out in the measure of Ministry of Health on prevention of the spread of infectious illnesses.

As a document on the purpose of your stay it is necessary to submit player contract you signed with sports club. This contract must be properly registered by relevant Sports Association which operates in given sport sector as responsible authority. Player contract must be signed with sports club, or Sports Association operating in given sport sector, and from that contract must be obvious you will exercise professional sports activity. That means sports activity within the competition which is marked as professional by relevant Sports Association (it is usually the first or the second highest level of competition in the given sport sector).

Athletes whose exercising of activities does not correspond with conditions above, but are paid by sports club for their sports activity, can apply for Employee Card.

If your application is approved, prior to affixing the visa, you are obliged to submit a proof of medical travel insurance that corresponds to the specified conditions (not required if the foreign national subscribes to public health insurance or if the costs for health care are covered on the basis of an international agreement or if the foreign national can demonstrate that health care is covered in another manner), and, upon request, a document on paying the insurance presented in the proof of medical travel insurance.

The Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals (pdf, 1.4 MB) sets a standard deadline of 90 days for processing an application for a long-term visa from the day it was filed.

The requirements for the application shall not be older than 180 days except for the travel document and the photograph of the foreign national if it corresponds to his/her actual appearance.

It is not possible to apply for a visa for a stay of over 90 days (long-term), purpose sports, as a trainer (coach) or as a sports physiotherapist, etc. These persons cannot apply for a long-term visa, purpose sports, because they do not exercise sports activities directly. It is necessary to apply for a long-term visa, purpose business, or apply for Employee Card in these cases.


Department for Asylum and Migration Policy, July 28th, 2023

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