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Resettling in Czech Republic

As a company with more than 14,000 Ukrainian team members, EPAM understands the challenges faced by millions of people across Ukraine, including the many who have been forced to leave the country. Our teams on the ground and around the world have been doing everything possible to support our Ukrainian colleagues and their families. Their safety is our top priority. 

In supporting our colleagues, we have collected a vast amount of information about arriving and resettling in a new country, either temporarily or permanently. We are now sharing it here in the hope it could be valuable to you or someone you know.

Please note that the information is subject to change at any given time due to rapidly changing circumstances.

 

Entering the Czech Republic

FOREIGN POLICE REGISTRATION

Ukrainian citizens must register at the foreign police department (address: Olšanská 2176, 130 00 Praha 3-Žižkov) or at any MOI department of asylum and migration policy within 30 days after the arrival.

Registration needs to be done in person and for the registration you need to fill in Přihlašovací_tiskopis.pdf. In the case of accommodation in hotels or other facilities, this obligation is handled by the landlord. We recommend that you make sure that the landlord has completed this task.

Registration can be also done at the Assistance Center located in the Congress Center Prague at Vyšehrad (address: 5.května 1640/65, 140 21 Praha - Nusle).

VISAS AND DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Ukrainian citizens can legally remain on the territory of CZ without a Visa for 90 days but are not eligible to work for Czech companies. 

Toleration Visa

Ukrainian citizens can apply for a toleration visa (účel strpění) at the Assistance Center located in the Congress Center Prague at Vyšehrad (address: 5.května 1640/65, 140 21 Praha - Nusle).

  • Required documents: passport, 1 passport sized photo 3,5x4,5 cm, application form and if, registered by the landlord, confirmation of registration.
  • The Visa is issued on a spot, the expected period of validity is 1 year. Personal presence of each applicant is mandatory. For details, please check MOI website. 
     

Work Permit Application

As of March 21, 2022, toleration visa holders have free access to the labor market and do not need a separate work permit.

ARRIVING WITH PETS

  • For dogs, cats, and ferrets, a 10-day quarantine is required after entering the Czech Republic. Within 72 hours, the animal shall be clinically examined by a private veterinarian to rule out the presence of rabies. A mandatory re-examination of the animal for rabies will follow between the fifth and tenth day of quarantine. Completed form with the information about the animal must be hand over to the State Veterinary Administration. More details and the needed form can be found on website of the State Veterinary Administration.
  • There is no quarantine requirement for animals that are not a dog, cat or ferret.
 

TRANSPORTATION

Train Travel to Czech Republic from Ukraine

Daily sleeping trains from Lviv to Prague, free of charge, https://novy.regiojet.cz/uk/ukrayina.

Trains and Public Transportation Within Czech Republic

UA citizens who travel to/from UA can take any trains from Ceske Dráhy in the entire CR free of charge. 

Citizens of Ukraine can travel for free within the entire system of Prague Integrated Transport in Prague and the Central Bohemian Region, both in public transport in Prague and in suburban and regional buses and trains.

The same applies for public transport in Brno (zones 100 a 101) and the Integrated Transport System of the South Moravian Region (IDS JMK).

Ukrainian citizens will need to provide one of the following for free transportation:

  • A Ukrainian passport with a toleration visa issued by the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic or the Police of the Czech Republic
  • A border ticket (hraniční průvodka) with an affixed visa sticker with a toleration visa issued by the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic or the Police of the Czech Republic

Driving 

For traveling by car on highways, you would need to get an Electronic Vignette. For example: https://edalnice.cz/en/index.html#/validation.

Currently, Ukrainians are not required to have car insurance.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Temporary Accommodation

You can find temporary accommodation at these assistance points:

REGION

CONTACT

Jihočeský kraj / Південночеський край / South Bohemian Region

  • kacpu@jck.izscr.cz
  • Jihočeské letiště České Budějovice, a.s., areál letiště, odletový a příletový terminál, 370 01 Planá

Jihomoravský kraj / Південноморавський край / South Moravian Region

Karlovarský kraj / Карловарський край / Karlovy Vary Region

Královéhradecký kraj / Краловоградецький край / Hradec Králové Region

  • kacpu@hkk.izscr.cz
  • Kongresové centrum Aldis, Eliščino nábřeží 375/1, 500 02 Hradec Králové

Liberecký kraj / Ліберецький край / Liberec Region

Moravskoslezský kraj / Мораво-Сілезький край / Moravian-Silesian Region

Olomoucký kraj / Оломоуцький край / Olomouc Region

Pardubický kraj / Пардубицький край / Pardubice Region

  • kacpu@pak.izscr.cz
  • Krajský úřad Pardubického kraje, Komenského náměstí 120, 530 02 Pardubice

Plzeňský kraj / Пльзенський край / Plzeň Region

  • kacpu@pmk.izscr.cz
  • Americká 2186/47, 301 00 Plzeň

Praha / Прага / Prague

  • kacpu@aak.izscr.cz
  • 5. května 1640/65, 140 21 Praha 4-Nusle

Středočeský kraj / Середньочеський край / Central Bohemian Region

  • kacpu@sck.izscr.cz
  • Legionářů 400, 261 01 Příbram
  • Kremnická 239/7, 284 01 Kutná Hora
  • ZŠ a MŠ Pastelka, 17. listopadu 1325, 293 01 Mladá Boleslav

Ústecký kraj / Устецький край / Ústí nad Labem Region

  • kacpu@ulk.izscr.cz
  • Hoření 3083/13, 400 11 Ústí nad Labem

Kraj Vysočina / Край Височина / Vysočina Region

  • kacpu@jik.izscr.cz
  • Tolstého 1914/15, 586 01 Jihlava

Zlínský kraj / Злінський край / Zlín Region

  • kacpu@zlk.izscr.cz
  • Krajský nemocnice T. Bati, 1. pavilon, budova U14, Havlíčkovo nábřeží 600, 760 01 Zlín


You can also find temporary accommodation on www.booking.com or www.airbnb.com.

Long Term Accommodation

Long-term accommodation is defined as any place where you are staying for more than 30 days. If it is less than 30 days, this change should not be reported by you, the online registration by landlord is sufficient.

For long-term accommodation, Ukrainian citizens and all foreigners are required to report any change of address to the Ministry of the Interior within 30 days after moving. 

The process for reporting address changes is as follows:

  • As a citizen of Ukraine, you can use the form below to report a change of residence in the Czech Republic. Send the completed form, including attachments, by post to the address of one of the workplaces of the Ministry of the Interior (not to the Regional Assistance Center). The offices of the Ministry of the Interior are overloaded, please do not visit them in person for this matter.

The manual form is available here (pdf, 225 kB). Form for electronic completion here (pdf, 879 kB).

Send it by registered post (doporučená pošta) to the respective Ministry of the Interior office (according to your new address):

  • If you moved to Prague 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 and Praha-Východ, Praha-Západ – MVČR OAMP Žukovského 888/2, 161 00, Praha 6
  • If you moved to Prague 9 - MVČR OAMP Kolbenova 942/38a, 190 00, Praha 9-Vysočany
  • If you moved to Prague 4, 5, 10 - MVČR OAMP Cigánkova 1861/2, 148 00, Praha 4 - Chodov
  • for other regions please see the respective MVČR OAMP addresses HERE.
 

HEALTHCARE

Medical Care

Ukrainian refugees, who apply for the special long-term visa, automatically become part of the public health insurance system with access to free health care in the Czech Republic. The insurance for them is covered by the Czech state. However, it is necessary to visit any public health insurance company within 5 days after the special long-term visa is granted and receive a document confirming your insurance.

A list of VZP offices can be found here: https://www.vzp.cz/kontakty/pobocky.

More information (including details on urgent care for foreigners without insurance) can be found on the website of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic or on the line +420 226 201 221 or line 1221. If you press option 8 immediately after connecting the call to this line, the line is also in Ukrainian.

A list of doctors who are providing free medical care to refugees in case of need, is being updated on this page: http://lekariproukrajinu.cz/.

 

BANKING AND MONEY EXCHANGE

Banking

For these banks: UniCredit Bank, Moneta Money Bank, Československá obchodní banka (ČSOB) and Raiffeisenbank: The only mandatory documentation needed to open an account is a Ukraine passport (no proof of residence permit or visa is required). 
 
For this bank: Česká spořitelna: If you have applied for Toleration Visa (účel strpění), you will only need your passport with a special long-stay visa for the purpose of tolerance.

For Komerční banka, if you have applied for Toleration Visa (účel strpění) or TPS, you will need to bring your passport with one of the following: 

  1. a special long-stay visa for the purpose of tolerance
  2. a border ticket with the stated address in the Czech Republic 
  3. a confirmation of compliance with the obligation to report a place of residence by a foreigner in the Czech Republic

 
For this bank: Air Bank: Mandatory documents are passport or residence permit, plus one additional document: passport, driving license, residence permit or temporary residence certificate (no photo needed). Air Bank requires you to come with an accompanying person who speaks Czech. 
 
To open a bank account in Czech Republic you need to have Czech phone number (visit the Phone Services section of this page for information on how to get pre-paid sim card).

Exchanging UAH

To transfer e-money to cash, use ATMs belonging to well-known banks.

NOTE: Česká spořitelna and ČSOB does not charge a rate mark-up (DCC) or a withdrawal fee from their ATMs for cards issued by Ukrainian banks. However, the withdrawal fee may be charged by the bank that issued the card.

To transfer cash to cash, use exchange offices in Czech Republic. Always check the rates and reviews online. You can also return the exchange if you are not happy within an hour.

 

PHONE SERVICES

You can purchase a T-Mobile Twist card 10 GB. Card contains 10 GB of data for the first 30 days. After 30 days, the Twist internet package for 10 GB will be automatically renewed with a 10% discount for CZK 422.1 per month.

The card has a pre-charged bonus credit of CZK 100, valid for 12 months.

Basic rates to all local networks: Call - CZK 3.90 / min;  SMS - CZK 1.90 / SMS;  Calls to Ukraine are for free from the Czech Republic and EU countries until further notice.

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