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Am I obliged to register at the Foreign Police?

Yes, this is the only obligation for EU citizens.

If you are planning to stay in the Czech Republic for more than 30 days, you must register your place of residence in this country within 30 days after our arrival.

You have to do it at Foreign police office on Cejl 62b. Read further “How to”.

It is possible your accommodation provider has done it for you: commercial accommodation providers have to register their guests with the foreign police if they provide accommodation to 5 or more foreigners. Most hotels, hostels, dormitories carry out this duty. Landlords in private apartments don’t do it. You better check with the Foreign police if you have been registered and in any case better get a stamp in your passport.

How do I register?

Registering with the Foreign Police is easy. You can just visit the office (Cejl 62b) and fill in a short form. Bring just your passport or ID card and make sure you know your exact address, the name of the property owner, and the day of your arrival in the country. In exchange for the form, you will get a stamp in your passport with the address filled in or an extra sheet in case you came with your ID only.

The officers don’t usually speak English. The process is easy enough to manage without speaking Czech, though.

What if I later change my address? Or name or passport number?

Any subsequent changes (of address, family status, name, passport number) do not need to be reported to the Foreign police. However, if you applied and now hold the Certificate of temporary residence issued by the Immigration office, you have to report the changes – read how to do that in a different guide.

What's the next step?

If you intend to stay in the country for more than three months, you have the right to apply for a residence card: The certificate of temporary residence (“potvrzení o přechodném pobytu”) should be requested through the regional office of the Ministry of the Interior – the  Immigration office, located at Hněvkovského 65.

Though possession of the certificate is not obligatory, you will find that the card along with the national birth number (“rodné číslo“, a sort of a social security number) may well simplify your life in the future.  For example, for things such as obtaining a mortgage or registering your car you will require this certificate, or if you should wish to take out permanent residence in the Czech Republic down the line sometime, the certificate will provide proof of the length of your stay in this country.

Click here to read a separate guide about obtaining your temporary residence card.

Am I obliged to register at the Foreign Police?

You are obliged to register your place of residence with the Foreign Police, or the Immigration office (particularly with visa for Employee card or after arrival with visa for acceptance of any long-term residence card) within 3 working days of your arrival in the country.

This applies for visa holders as well as for visitors with no visa requirement.

How do I register?

With a visa for arrival and collection of Employee card or any other long-term residence permit, skip the Foreign police visit and go directly to the Immigration office (Hněvkovského 65) and bring along a confirmation from your employer that you are going to start the work. You will receive a temporary certificate (a single page document before they issue a residence card) that will allow you to start working. 

With a short term visa, or if you cannot make it in time – within 3 days – to the Immigration office, visit the Foreign police (Cejl 62b) and register the arrival there.

Registering with the Foreign Police is easy. You can just visit the office and fill in a short form. Bring just your passport or ID card and make sure you know your exact address, the name of the property owner, and the day of your arrival in the country. In exchange for the form, you will get a stamp in your passport with the address filled in or an extra sheet in case you came with your ID only.

What if I later change my address? Or name or passport number?

Any subsequent change must be reported to the Immigration office (Hněvkovského 65) within 3 days, in case of name, marital status and passport number; or 30 days in case of change of address. Read our guide for Residence permits to find out more.

What's the next step?

The Foreign Police are in charge of everything regarding a short-term Visa up to 90 days. Anything longer has to be sorted through the Immigration office.

For long term residence permits (following the visa) contact the Immigration office of the Ministry of the Interior (located at Hněvkovského 65).  Arranging an appointment beforehand may save you a couple of hours of waiting time – use the server Foreign Registration System to arrange a meeting.

All visas to enter the country have to be applied for at a Czech embassy abroad. Visa requirements are listed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs web site.

More information about the residence permits can be found directly at the Immigration’s office website: immigrationportal.cz.

General info

Shortly after your arrival to Brno, you should head over to the Immigration office or Foreign Police to validate your visa and register your place of residence.

Ministry of the Interior “MOI”

Department for Asylum and Migration Policy – “OAMP” aka Immigration office; Office hours: Mon and Wed 8:00-17:00 Tue and Thu 8:00-14:00

  • Hněvkovského 65
  • Appointments may be scheduled at +420 543 213 313 or 543 214 316
  • they don't communicate through emails
  • Official website

Foreign Police

Office hours: Mon and Wed 8:00-17:00 Tue and Thu 8:00-14:00

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