All foreigners, whether from outside the EU or EU citizens, are legally obliged to register their place of accommodation with the Foreign Police (FP) unless an accommodation provider (hotel, hostel, dormitory) has registered them in their books.
EU/EFTA citizens and their family members
EU citizens and their family members planning to stay in the Czech Republic for more than 30 days must register their place of residence in this country with the Foreign Police within that period (unless you have been registered by your accommodation provider/receptionist). Here in Brno the Foreign Police are located at Cejl 62b (locate on a map). Bring just your passport or ID with you and fill in the little form at the counter. Make sure you know your exact address and the name of your accommodation provider (landlord). Subsequent change of the address has to be reported in 30 days to the Foreign police again, unless a certificate of temporary residence was issued – in that case you deal directly with the Immigration office.
If you intend to stay in the country for more than three months, you have the right to apply for a certificate of temporary residence (“potvrzení o přechodném pobytu”). This is done at the regional Immigration office of the Ministry of the Interior (located at Hněvkovského 65, locate on a map). Though possession of the certificate is not obligatory, you will find that it may well simplify your life in the future, because it goes with the much needed “rodné číslo“. Together with the residence certificate you are applying for a Czech personal birth number “rodné číslo“. This is useful, for example, for such things 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.
Citizens from “third countries”
Foreigners from outside the EU and EFTA must register (“start”) their visa with the Foreign Police (Cejl 62b, locate on a map) within three working days of their arrival to the country (unless you have been registered by your accommodation provider/receptionist). You just show your passport, your long-term visa and fill in the little form at the counter. Make sure you know your exact address and the name of your accommodation provider (landlord).
First long-term visas are issued only at a Czech embassy, ie. of the CR, likely in your home country. Residence permits (long term, temporary, permanent) following the long-term visas are issued at the Immigration office of the Ministry of the Interior (located at Hněvkovského 65, locate on a map). Arranging appointment beforehand may save you couple hours of waiting time. More information about the residence permits are to be found directly at the Immigration’s office website: www.immigrationportal.cz.
For more details, your options and duties you can download the infosheet on registering with the Foreign Police. If you don’t find what you’re looking for there, send us an inquiry.