Requirements for Czech Business Visa Application and Renewal

The requirements for application or renewal of a visa or residence permit depend on the type of visa / residence permit. Especially since the January 2011 a lot of new, confusing rules have become active, making especially renewal a even bigger hassle than before.

Czech Business Visa Requirements

Application of a D-Visa for Business purposes (director of SRO or trade license):

  • Being director of a czech company OR having a personal trade license (živnostenský list),
  • a Health Insurance of a czech insurance company ( VZP, Maxima, AXA Insurance offer here),
  • Proof of Financal Means (min 110.000 CZK per person for living expenses),
  • a Foreign Criminal Extract + apostille stamp, both translated into Czech (we translate)
  • Owner's permission of your Residence Address in Czech Republic,
  • Report Duty - within 3 days of arrival in Czech Republic.

Renewal / Extension of a D-Visa for Business purposes for directors of SRO:

  • Proof of being director of a czech company (commercial court extract),
  • a 'Complex Care' Health Insurance (We sell VZP, Maxima, AXA Health Insurance),
  • Proof of income (depends on how many people you support, at least 9.600 CZK / month NET),
    in the form of director's salary and/or other forms of regular (foreign) income.
  • Proof of financial reward for the function of director (the contract itself),
  • Proof of no debts at the tax office, social office, health office,
  • Corporate Income Tax Return of last year (optionally also 6 months of bankstatements),
  • Notarized owner's permission of a Residence Address in Czech Republic.


Renewal / Extension of a D-Visa for Business purposes for Trade License:

  • Offical copy of the personal trade license (živnostenský list),
  • Proof of Trade license renewal,
  • a 'Complex Care' Health Insurance (We sell VZP, Maxima, AXA Health Insurance),
  • Proof of no debts at the tax office, social office,
  • Personal Income Tax Return of last year (optionally also 6 months of bankstatements),,
  • Proof of income (depends on how many people you support, at least 9.600 CZK / month, counted from the TAXBASE, not from the total revenue - taxbase is 40% of the total revenue) and/or other forms of regular (foreign) income.


Business Visa Application Rejection / Approval

We know from experience that if the applicant is from Africa, South America, the Far- or Middle East or Asia the Business Visa has a much higher rejection rate than average.

Citizens from US, CAN, AUS, NZ, SA hardly ever get refused, unless documents are missing from the application.

Whether a visa is rejected or approved is determined by the Foreign Police - an appeal can be filed if you feel the rejection is based on wrong reasons. We recommend to hire a lawyer for the appeal, and not one of the many visa agents - many of them do not have the experience or knowledge to successfully appeal.

Alexio forms companies and registers trade licenses, and provides all necessary papers for the visa application and renewal. However, for complex cases (such as earlier visa rejection / fines / refusal of entry to the Schengen zone) we recommend hiring a lawyer.

'Complex Care' Health Insurance for Visa application

When entering Czech Republic you must have a valid health insurance by a Czech health inusrance company or an approved foreign one (for EU Citizens only).

3rd-Country Nationals are obligatory to pay in advance health insurance for the duration of their stay.
The Foreign Police does not accept a foreign insurance anymore, it must be a Czech one.

By far the largest insurancec company is VZP, but there are many others, like OZP, Slavia and Maxima.

Note that the visa will be shortened if your health insurance in not long enough. Therefore it is wise to take some months extra, since the processing of the visa application can easily take 3-4 months (!)

The basic emergency insurance is not accepted at all embassies, some require also for the first visa 'complex care'. We advise to call the embassy for details.

When employed at a czech company, the company will pay social- and health charges for you, and you do not have to pay the basic insurance for the duration of your stay in advance yourself. However, we recommend having it anyway in case your employment ends. You will be uninsured the day your work stops.

When self-employed with a trade licence, you are not obligatory to pay monthly health contributions (only EU-Citizens pay monthly charges), because you already paid for the basic health insurance for the entire duration of stay as Visa requirement.

Proof of Financial Means for living expenses

If you apply for a Visa for employment purposes, you do not need to provide proof of financial means. However, if your purpose is business or some other purpose you need to provide proof on paper that you have a minimum of 110.000 CZK or equivalent for costs of living. This 110.000 CZK needs to be on your account at the start of your stay here and can be used during your stay here for living expenses. During your stay you do not have to keep constantly this sum on your account!

From 1.1.2011 bringing cash as proof when extending a visa is not accepted anymore. Also, when extending a business visa there must be proof that you earn more than the costs of living + prepare at least 6 months proof of business activities.

Some embassies accept a creditcard or money on a foreign account instead. Contact the Emabssy and ask if they accept this form of proof - not all Embassies implement the rules the same.

Proof of Residence Address in Czech Republic

An applicant must must have from the building owner a written permission with a notarized signature (and a rental contract) of a an address in Czech Republic where he will live.

Alexio can not help you with finding accomodation or a residence address. We are not a realestate agent.

Hereby we want to warn especially for companies / people that offer fake residence addresses for a fraction of the cost of normal rent. In many cases those addresses do not exist and proof is falsified or 100s of people are registered at that address. If you make use of such 'services' you run the risk of the Foreign Police rejecting your Visa application or retracting your Visa immediately. Do not do this. Find a real address. If you are moving to Czech Republic you need to live somewhere anyway!

Report Duty, within 3 days after arriving in the Czech Republic.

In case your stay exceeds 30 days you must report your presence at the Foreign Police. If you don't require an entry Visa you have 30 days, otherwise you must report within 3 working days, unless the accomodation provider does this for your (which they rarely do).

For all short-term C Visas (shorter than 90 days) you need to report at the Olšanska Foreign Police, Olšanská 2, Praha 3-Žižkov (so not at the Foreign Police that handles the disctrict where you have a residence address).

For all long-term D Visas (longer than 90 days) you need to report at the Foreign Police that handles the disctrict where you have a residence address.

Having a Residence Permit or a D-type Visa does not mean you can freely travel to another Schengen country. For this, you still (or again) need to apply for a C-type Visa, but fortunately this can be done at the consulate in Prague (this used to be not the case)

Not complying to 'Schengen' rules may have serious consequences: penalties at best, being expelled from the entire Schengen-area (not just CZ) for several years at worst.