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What is a TV or Radio licence fee? Do I have to pay?

EU citizens with no residence card or Temporary residence card are not obliged to pay the TV or Radio licence fee.

As a foreigner with a Permanent residence and a TV receiver, you are obliged to pay the so-called TV licence fee (135 CZK/month per household). No matter if you are watching only internet TV or foreign channels or not watching TV at all. Just the fact that you own a TV which can receive a TV signal is a ground for the TV licence fee. 

And not only that. As your TV can, probably, receive a radio signal too, you should pay a Radio licence fee, too (45 CZK/month per household). You can expect a letter from the Czech Radio to ask for that.

The point of both fees is to contribute to public and independent news service and broadcasting of Czech TV (Česká Televize, including local Brno News CTV) and Czech Radio (Český Rozhlas; including national broadcasting and news in English).

The penalty for evading the obligation can be up to 10 000 CZK (according to the 348/2005 Bill).

How to pay?

TV licence fee

Go to tvp.ceskatelevize.cz and click on “Přihláška NOVÉHO poplatníka”, choose the second option, and fill out the form about yourself.

You are supposed to start paying from the month following the month you got the TV. Then you choose how often you want to pay: monthly (měsíčne), quarterly, every 6 months (pololetně), or yearly and you may insert your account number (the one you will be sending the fee from): prefix – acc. number – bank code

Once this is done, you should receive your Variable Symbol from the Czech TV as well as the sum you are supposed to pay and the account number the money should be sent to plus deadlines for any further payments.

Radio licence fee

Go to zis-ext.rozhlas.cz, fill in the details about you and your household and continue to the frequency of payment and your bank account details. 

What is a TV or Radio licence fee? Do I have to pay?

As a foreigner with a Long-term or Permanent residence card and a TV receiver owner, you are obliged to pay the so-called TV licence fee (135 CZK/month per household). No matter if you are watching only internet TV or foreign channels or not watching TV at all. Just the fact that you own a TV which can receive a TV signal is a ground for the TV licence fee. 

And not only that. As your TV can, probably, receive a radio signal too, you should pay a Radio licence fee, too (45 CZK/month per household). You can expect a letter from the Czech Radio to ask for that.

The point of both fees is to contribute to public and independent news service and broadcasting of Czech TV (Česká Televize, including local Brno News CTV) and Czech Radio (Český Rozhlas; including national broadcasting and news in English).

The penalty for evading the obligation can be up to 10 000 CZK (according to the 348/2005 Bill).

How to pay?

TV licence fee

Go to tvp.ceskatelevize.cz and click on “Přihláška NOVÉHO poplatníka”, choose the second option, and fill out the form about yourself.

You are supposed to start paying from the month following the month you got the TV. Then you choose how often you want to pay: monthly (měsíčne), quarterly, every 6 months (pololetně), or yearly and you may insert your account number (the one you will be sending the fee from): prefix – acc. number – bank code

Once this is done, you should receive your Variable Symbol from the Czech TV as well as the sum you are supposed to pay and the account number the money should be sent to plus deadlines for any further payments.

Radio licence fee

Go to zis-ext.rozhlas.cz, fill in the details about you and your household and continue to the frequency of payment and your bank account details. 

General info

Did you know that you’re required to pay monthly TV and radio licence fees if you own a TV or radio?

The fees go towards funding Czech TV (Česká Televize, including local Brno News CTV) and Czech Radio (Český Rozhlas; including national broadcasting and news in English), the country’s public broadcasting services, which both run multiple stations and channels. To preserve their independence, almost all of the funding for Czech Television and Czech Radio comes from the licence fees, which apply to any household in the country with devices capable of receiving them.

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