There are so many qualities that attract both foreigners and international companies. Some of the most notable reasons why most foreigners and international companies are attracted to Czechia are because of its location in Europe, affordable cost of living, expat-friendly policies, and industrious population.
These are some of the reasons why the Czech Republic is a prime residency location. If you plan on relocating to Czechia but don’t know where and how to get started then this guide is for you.
We’re going to tell you all you need to know as expats relocating to Czechia, what visas work best for the type of business you intend to do in Czechia, the best regions to reside in, and the average salaries of employees in Bohemia.
What should you know
When you plan on moving to a new country, you get mixed emotions of both excitement and nervousness especially if it is your first time. Getting to know more about the location can help ease your tension.
The Czech Republic is a beautiful country located in the middle of Austria, Germany, Slovakia, and Poland. It is a prime location for expats who plan on residing in Europe for a long time.
The Czech Republic has a population of just over 10 million people. The most dominant group of foreigners in the country is the Ukrainians who make up about 6% of the country’s expat population, and then the Slovaks and Vietnamese follow.
People residing in Czech are not too excited about religion. Over 60% of the country’s population is atheists/non-believers. While the Roman Catholics make up almost 25% of the religious population.
Top residential areas in Czech are its elegant capital city, Prague, and the beautiful cities of Brno, Ostrava, and Plzeň. These four areas would reveal the true beauty of the enchanted country and would make you feel at home in no time.
The Czech Republic also has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world that is suitable for all businesses. It’s a diverse job market and ideal location makes it a good place to start a business in the heart of Europe.
Apply For a Visa/Permit
Depending on your nationality, you may not need a travel visa to relocate to the country. EU nationals can easily relocate to Czechia to live or work without a visa or work permit.
Citizens of Canada, the USA, Mexico, and some other countries may need a travel visa to visit Czechia if they plan on completing a business transaction in Czechia or stay less than 90 days within a 180 day period.
Non-EU nationals from these countries must have a passport issued within 10 years and valid for at least three months after their departure date.
Non-EU Nationals not listed in the agreement on the other hand must apply for a permit and visa before they even think of relocating to the country. If your application was approved, you can continue you’re planning and relocate to the Czechia in no time.
To continue your stay in the country, you must register your presence in Bohemia within 30 working days of your arrival at any police inspectorate.
Visa types and documents
The Czech Republic offers different types of visas depending on the business you intend to complete in the country and how long you plan to stay.
The long-term visa (type A VISA) applies to citizens who plan to stay for up to 90 days or on any diplomatic mission. While the short-term visa (type C VISA) allows you to stay in Bohemia for tourism purposes, business, sport, study, research, employment, internship, or training.
To apply for any of the visas offered in the country, you must come with the following documents:
- Four passports photographs
- Your valid international passport
- Captured biometric data
- Proof of financial sustenance
- Proof of accommodation
- Travel health insurance [if applicable]
- Criminal record [if applicable]
The cast of payment for this visa is €60 for adults and €30 for children between 6 and 12 years, while it costs about €25 to obtain a resident permit in Czechia. Most Bulgarian visa application takes about six months to process.
Cost of living
With a 60% employment rate, there are a lot of jobs for expats in Czechia in industries like metallurgy, machinery, telecommunication, glass, and armaments sectors. The average salary of employees in the Czechia is about €1,600.
Compared to other parts of Europe, the cost of living in Czechia is very affordable. The average monthly cost for a one-bedroom apartment in Czechia is around €500 while a three-bedroom apartment cost about €900.
In all, Czechia is an awesome place to live if you plan on retiring in Europe or starting a new life in one of the most advanced countries in Europe.