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Information for Ukrainian Citizens

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Citizens of Ukraine who hold a valid biometric passport can stay in the territory of the Czech Republic for a period of 90 days without a visa. It is only necessary to register with the Foreign Police within 30 days, unless the provider of your accommodation registers you instead. If you want to stay in the Czech Republic and participate in everyday life, it is possible to apply for temporary protection. You can find more information below.

  

  1. News

  2. General Information

  3. Questions and answers

  4. Contacts

  5. Support from other countries to citizens of Ukraine

  6. Further Information Related to the Russian Agression in Ukraine

  

I. News

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Reduction of deadlines to 3 days - Registration upon arrival and change of residence
From the May 2nd, 2022, the time limits for registration with the Foreign Police upon arrival and for reporting a change of residence will be shortened. The new deadline for both is three days.
This means that it is necessary to register in person with the Foreign Police within three days of arrival and to report a change of residence also within three days. How to report a change of residence.
SURVEY
Have you recently fled from the war in Ukraine and seeking protection in Europe? European Union Agency for Asylum want to hear your story. Visit the following page to complete the survey https://tellusyourstorysurvey.eu/index_lp.php.
The EU Agency for Asylum - EUAA's Survey of Arriving Migrants from Ukraine is a platform where you can share your experiences of your journey, your arrival in Europe and your relocation plans.
Your participation will help EU+ countries to improve services and provisions for displaced persons seeking protection in the Europe.
REGIONAL CENTRES FOR HELP AND ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE
The Regional Assistance Centres for Help and Assistance to Ukraine (KACPU) were established to register Ukrainian citizens coming to the Czech Republic due to the Russian aggression in Ukraine. List of the Centres and further information can be found here.
NOTICE
From March 22nd, 2022, a visa for a stay over 90 days for leave to remain in the territory (so called special long-term visa for citizens of Ukraine) will no longer be issued in the simplified regime. Act No. 65/2022 Coll. (the so called Lex Ukraine) has come into force and establishes temporary protection for citizens of Ukraine fleeing armed conflict from Ukraine as well as for certain other categories of persons. It will still be possible to apply for a visa for a stay over 90 days for leave to remain in the territory but in the standard procedure.
On March 30th, 2022 the Government adopted a crisis measure replacing two Government resolutions on the suspension of the acceptance and processing of applications for visas and residence permits for long-term and permanent residence of nationals of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus. As of April 1st, 2022 it is possible for nationals of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus who have already been issued a visa for the purpose of collecting a residence permit, to collect their residence permit and thus complete the procedure.

  

II. General Information

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I am a Ukrainian citizen fleeing Ukraine. Can I apply for temporary protection in the Czech Republic? Here I can find out basic information about the possibility of staying in the Czech Republic. I can also find out how to fill in the application form for temporary protection, how to report changes to the Ministry of Interior and other useful information about staying in the Czech Republic.

  

Am I eligible for temporary protection?

In the Czech Republic, temporary protection will be provided especially to the following persons:

  1. To the citizens of Ukraine who resided in Ukraine before February 24th, 2022 and then left Ukraine.

  2. To third-country nationals, stateless persons and foreigners who were granted some form of international protection in Ukraine and who resided in Ukraine before February 24th, 2022 and then left Ukraine.

  3. To family members of persons referred to in points 1-3 who stayed together in Ukraine before February 24th, 2022 and then together left Ukraine.
    - Family member means a spouse, registered partner, unmarried minor child and adult dependent relative living with the family.

  4. To citizens who were holders of a permanent residence permit in the territory of Ukraine by February 24th, 2022 and travelling to their country of origin is not possible due to the threat of actual danger according to the Act on the Residence of Foreigners

Temporary protection may also be granted due to family reunification with the holder of temporary protection, or exceptionally in other cases.

Foreigners who, by February 24th, 2022, were holders of a valid residence permit (long-term visa/, long-term/permanent residence) issued by another country and such residence permit expired or was revoked after February 24th, 2022, are not entitled to be granted temporary protection. The same applies for foreigners that had a long-term residence permit in the Czech Republic and after February 24th did not extend the validity, or this residence permit was cancelled. These foreigners are not persons who lived / resided in the territory of Ukraine before the date of February 24th, 2022.
 

How can I apply for temporary protection?

For temporary protection apply in person.

In other cases, I apply for temporary protection in person at the Ministry of the Interior (hereinafter referred to as MoI), Department for Asylum and Migration Policy (hereinafter referred to as DAMP), where they will help me individually to resolve the situation.

Citizens of Ukraine who have applied for a different residence permit (for example an employee card) deal with any matters related to the residence permit at the MoI DAMP Offices.
 

What do I need to apply for temporary protection?

  • Along with the application, you must submit a completed form, a valid passport, if you hold it, and we recommend having your own photograph in the format 45 x 35 mm.

  • To make the whole process faster, I can complete the form in advance.

The temporary protection application form for manual completion is available here (pdf, 194 kB). The application form for temporary protection for electronic completion is available here (pdf, 1,6 MB).

If I do not submit a valid travel document to the application, the process of issuing temporary protection might be prolonged. The Ministry of the Interior cannot guarantee that the application and temporary protection will be processed on the spot.
 

Information on the Travel Identity Card

If you have been granted temporary protection and you do not hold a valid travel document, the Ministry of the Interior or the Police will issue Travel Identity Card but only after proving that you need to leave the Czech Republic (by plane ticket, bus / train ticket, professional reasons). Local conditions at workplace do not allow the Police or the Ministry of the Interior to issue Travel Identity Cards in other than truly well founded cases.
 

It is important to report a change of residence within three days. How do I report these and other changes to the Ministry of the Interior?

As a citizen of Ukraine, you can report a change of residence in the Czech Republic, as well as report other changes to the Regional Assistance Centres for Ukraine (KACPU). But only on working days when the staff of the Asylum and Migration Policy Department of the Ministry of Interior is present. It is not possible to process here on weekends.

You can also use the form below to report changes. The completed form, including any attachments, should be sent by post t to the address of one of the Ministry of the Interior Offices, or you can visit the office in person. Please do not report any changes by email. They will not be considered.

The form for manual completion is available here (pdf, 230 kB). Form for electronic completion can be found here (pdf, 1,6 MB).
 

How to get a free health care?

All the necessary information to ensure free health care is well-described here (pdf, 28 kB).
 

What should I do if I do not meet the conditions for temporary protection and cannot return to Ukraine or another country?

You have the option to apply for a visa for a stay over 90 days for leave to remain in the territory at the MoI DAMP Office according to your place of residence.

Apply in person. It is necessary to fill in the application form (pdf, 527 kB) and bring stamps in the amount of CZK 300 to pay the administrative fee for accepting the application and one passport-size photograph (45 x 35 mm).
It is also necessary to submit a passport, if you hold it, and a document or documents proving the existence of an obstacle that impedes you from leaving the territory of the Czech Republic. This document can be replaced by your sworn statement, but only if the facts are generally known.

An application for this type of visa will not be processed on the spot unless you submit one of the above-mentioned application requirements or unless you pay the administrative fee. Such a request will be considered unacceptable and will be returned back to you.

The visa for a stay over 90 days for leave to remain in the territory is valid only within the Czech Republic and it expires upon departure from the territory. Holders of this type of visa ware not participants of public health insurance, therefore it is necessary to arrange the health insurance individually. They also cannot apply for humanitarian benefits or be provided with any further assistance. This visa does not entitle its holders to have a free access to the labor market, they have to apply for a work permit at the relevant branch of the Labor Office.

  

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III. Questions and answers

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1) I was granted a special long-term visa, but Ukrainian refugees are newly granted temporary protection. Is there a difference? Should I go to the MoI DAMP Office and apply for temporary protection?
  • As of Tuesday March 22nd, 2022, citizens of Ukraine and their family members arriving due to the armed conflict in Ukraine are granted a temporary protection visa. Persons who have already obtained a special long-term visa will be automatically transferred to the temporary protection system. Therefore, there is no need to do anything or apply for temporary protection, you will get it automatically and you can prove it with the original visa sticker or visa stamp you received when you were granted the special long-term visa.
2) I have been granted temporary protection in the Czech Republic. What does this mean for me? Can I move to another EU country and stay there?
  • As a person granted temporary protection, you will be able to stay in the Czech Republic for up to 1 year (however, with regard to the validity of the lex Ukraine Act, until March 31st, 2023 at the latest) you will have access to the public health insurance system, education, free access to the labour market and the right to additional assistance, such as accommodation.

    However, these rights are valid only in the Czech Republic. As a general rule, you can apply for temporary protection in any EU country (except Denmark), but you can only benefit from the temporary protection in the country that granted it. Temporary protection beneficiaries can travel to another EU country for a maximum period of 90 days (for example, for the purpose of tourism), but they cannot enjoy other rights, such as access to labour market, unless the country decides to allow it.
3) Do you have a valid residence permit (a long-term visa, a long-term / permanent residence) in the Czech Republic that can be extended?
4) Do you have a valid residence permit (a long-term visa, a long-term/permanent residence) in another EU Member State or other non-EU country?
  • In this case, you cannot be granted temporary protection in the Czech Republic. In such situations we recommend you to contact the competent authorities of the state where this residence permit was issued.
5) I am a citizen of Ukraine who have arrived in the Czech Republic after February 24th, 2022 and I am staying here visa-free or on a short-term visa issued by the Czech Republic. What should I do if I cannot return to Ukraine?
6) I am a citizen of Ukraine who arrived in the Czech Republic and I do not have a valid travel document. What should I do if I cannot go back to Ukraine?
  • If you are able to prove your identity with a Ukrainian identity card, you can apply for temporary protection. If you do not have any identity documents, please contact the Embassy of Ukraine in the Czech Republic to confirm your nationality.
7) Can my family member who is not a citizen of Ukraine apply for temporary protection?
  • Yes, but they must be considered as so-called immediate family members who resided in Ukraine before February 24th, 2022 and subsequently left Ukraine together. Spouses / registered partners, a minor unmarried child of a citizen of Ukraine, a parent of an unmarried minor citizen of Ukraine, and under certain circumstances, other dependent relatives of a citizen of Ukraine, are considered as so-called immediate family members, assuming they can prove a family connection
8) Do I have to arrange health insurance after arriving in the Czech Republic?
  • To stay in the Czech Republic, you must have health insurance.

    In the case of a visa-free stay, it is necessary to arrange travel health insurance.

    If you have been granted temporary protection, you are automatically included in the public health insurance system. If a person who has been granted a visa does not have proof of health insurance yet, they can apply for it via online registration with the General Health Insurance Company of the Czech Republic (VZP) or in person at any branch of VZP ČR or other health insurance companies.

    If you have been granted a visa for a stay over 90 days for leave to remain in the territory according to § 33 par. a) of Act No. 326/1999 Coll., on the Residence of Foreigners, you are not included in the public health insurance system and you must arrange your own insurance.

    More information regarding health insurance and the provision of health services can be found on the website of the Ministry of Health.
9) Do I have to report my arrival to the Czech Republic?
  • Yes. Every foreigner arriving in the Czech Republic is obliged to register with the Police of the Czech Republic at the Foreigners` Residence Unit of the Department of Foreign Police (in the case of hotel or other type of accommodation facilities, the provider of accommodation is responsible for reporting). We recommend to make sure that the provider of accommodation has done so. The deadline for registration is 3 days.

    A person who provides accommodation to refugees fleeing Ukraine and meets the conditions of Section 99 of Act No. 326/1999 Coll., on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic, is also considered an accommodation provider. The accommodation provider is subject to the obligations set out in Section 100 of Act No. 326/1999 Coll.
10) Do children under 15 have to come to the foreign police registration?
  • No. According to Section 93 (1) of the Act on the Residence of Foreigners 326/1999 Coll., a foreigner under the age of 15 is not obliged to report his/her place of residence. Therefore, he/she does not have to register.
11) Do children under 15 have to come to the Ministry of the Interior (Department for Asylum and Migration Policy) or to the KACPU?
  • It is highly recommended that you bring your children in case their personal presence is necessary for certain tasks. This may avoid the need to come back repeatedly. If you apply for temporary protection for children without them being present, you must bring their travel document or birth certificate and a passport-size photograph.
12) I need to travel out of the Czech Republic, for example, to help my acquaintances. Will this affect the validity of the temporary protection granted?
  • Temporary protection does not expire when the foreigner leaves the Czech Republic.

    If you have been granted a special long-stay visa with the code D/VS/U - special visa for citizens of Ukraine with the number of entries "00", you can travel from the Czech Republic but only within the Schengen area. To travel outside the Schengen area, the exchange of a visa would be enabled only in emergency situations and with providing proof of the necessity to leave the Czech Republic (business trip, urgent medical procedures or family reasons) and presentation of the purchased airline or travel ticket. For travelling to Ukraine, it is enough to submit a sworn statement about the reason. In such situations, visit one of the Ministry of the Interior DAMP Offices, where you will be issued a new visa with an unlimited number of entries ("MULT"). The same applies to foreigners who have been granted a visa in the form of a stamp in a passport. For travelling abroad that is required due to your exercise of a profession (truck/bus drivers), it is necessary to prove it with your employment contract and a certificate of your professional competence. In all cases, you need to have a valid travel document.
13) I want to renounce the temporary protection granted to me by the Czech Republic. Is this possible?
14) I am leaving the Czech Republic permanently back to Ukraine and have been granted temporary protection. What are my obligations towards the Czech Republic?
  • You should waive the temporary protection. Otherwise, you will be required to comply with the obligations related to your stay in the territory, including the obligation to pay municipal fees, or to ensure that your children attend compulsory school, etc. If you have a biometric passport, please come to the Regional Assistance Centre for Ukraine to discuss this matter. If you do not have one, you must come to the OAMP office.

15) I have submitted an application for a residence permit at the Embassy in Ukraine. What should I do?
  • If you have submitted a long-term residence permit application, we recommend you to wait for its decision because it is possible to finish this process in the territory of the Czech Republic (information about the status of your application can be checked here). When a decision is made, you can visit the MoI DAMP Office, and collect the decision.

    If you have submitted a long-term visa application, you can collect it at the chosen Embassy, which will be available during the time of closure of the Embassies in Ukraine. More information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
16) Can Ukrainians who do not have a biometric passport or have expired their visa-free stay, or have children who do not have a passport, arrive in the Czech Republic?
  • We cannot guarantee that they will be allowed to cross the external border of the EU. It is necessary to take all available documents proving their identity.
17) Do Ukrainians arriving in the Czech Republic have to provide proof of vaccination against Covid-19, PCR or antigen (RAT) test?
18) A Ukrainian arriving in the Czech Republic with a biometric passport cannot legally work in the Czech Republic. How can they arrange a work permit?
  • If you have been granted temporary protection, you have free access to the Czech labour market.

    If you have been granted a visa for a stay over 90 days for leave to remain in the territory of the Czech Republic under the Act on the Residence of Foreigners because you do not meet the conditions for temporary protection, you must apply for a work permit at the relevant regional office of the Labour Office.
19) Should incoming Ukrainians apply for asylum?
  • In the current situation, asylum procedure is not an optimal solution. It is faster and more efficient to request temporary protection which will give you free access to the labour market. However, every foreign national has the right to apply for asylum (information regarding the international protection procedure can be found here, international protection application can be submitted here).
20) My residence permit application has been submitted at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Ukraine and my passport has been handed over to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Where can I collect my passport? Can I arrive without a passport?
21) When a Ukrainian citizen receives a summons, is his/her employment card cancelled, for example, if he/she leaves and therefore, does not fulfil the purpose?
  • No, it will not be cancelled. If their residence permit is valid, they can return.
22) Accepting new visa applications of Russian and Belarusian citizens has been suspended. Does this apply only for applications submitted at Embassies or also in the territory of the Czech Republic? Will it be possible to extend the stays of those already staying in the territory (students, family members, etc.)
  • Accepting new visa and residence permit applications has been suspended at Embassies of the Czech Republic in these countries. Other proceedings continue as before.
23) I am a citizen of Ukraine, and I am travelling by train to/from or across the Czech Republic?
  • From the 1st of April, new rules apply to travel by Ukrainian citizens on trains to/from or across the Czech Republic. The new regulations specify who is entitled to free travel and for how long this benefit can be used. More information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Transport.
24) I am arriving in the Czech Republic and I have a pet with me. What do I need to do?
  • Due to the extraordinary situation in Ukraine, The State Veterinary Administration has simplified the entry conditions for dogs, cats, ferrets in hobby breeding which accompany their owners / other persons from Ukraine. Everything can be arranged in the Czech Republic.

    More information can be found here, the form is here.
25) It is my first time arriving in the Czech Republic. Where can I find some basic information?
  • You can watch the film and read the leaflet called "Next Stop Czech Republic". The information is meant for all foreigners newly arriving in the Czech Republic. The circumstances of arrival from Ukraine are different but these materials can still help you navigate your new home.
26) As a holder of temporary protection or visa for a stay over 90 days for leave to remain in the territory, do I have to take the adaptation and integration course?
  • No, there is no need in these cases.
27) What happens to my temporary protection when the war in Ukraine ends?
  • Temporary protection allows you to stay in the Czech Republic for up to 1 year, until 31 March 2023 at the latest, according to the law. Only the European Union can decide to end temporary protection before March 2023. You will be informed well in advance as possible - of any extension or non-extension of temporary protection beyond 31 March 2023.

  

IV. Contacts

Do you need more information?

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Contact the helpline set up for Ukrainian citizens.

  

NOTICE
Due to technical reasons, on the 18th of May 2022, the operation of the information line for citizens of Ukraine is limited.

Telephone hotline: +420 974 801 802

Operating hours: Mon - Fri: 8:00 - 20:00, Sat - Sun: 8:00 - 16:00
Out of these operating hours, The Ministry of the Interior's virtual assistant is available for you.

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Email hotline: ukrajina@mvcr.cz

  

For help with navigating the Czech system or for everyday life support, you can also contact Človek v tísni's HELPLINE +420 770 600 800 (Mon-Fri, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.). For more information about the services provided (png, 54 kB).

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List of Regional Centres for Help and Assistance to Ukraine

  

  

V. Support from other countries to citizens of Ukraine

  

VI. Further Information Related to the Russian Agression in Ukraine

  

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