If you have a job that allows you to work remotely and seek an extended stay in a country rather than frequent relocation, then the Czech Republic might be a good option for you. The country has recently launched a new Digital Nomad Visa, giving freelancers and remote workers the opportunity to reside in its territory for an extended period. In this piece, we’ll outline the steps to apply for a Digital Nomad Visa specifically in the Czech Republic.
In this post:
- What is a Digital Nomad Visa?
- Requirements to Apply for a Digital Nomad Visa in Czechia
- Applying to the Digital Nomad program: What to Know
- How Long Does It Take to Get the Visa Approved?
- Next Steps. What Happens After the Visa is Approved?
- Is the Czech Republic the Right Choice for Me as a Remote Worker?
What is a Digital Nomad Visa?
But first things first, what exactly is a Digital Nomad Visa? In essence, digital nomad visas occupy a middle ground between work visas and tourist visas. While acquiring work visas tends to be challenging, the application process for a digital nomad visa is often more straightforward. Unlike tourist visas, typically limited to 90 days, digital nomad visas permit more extended stays. Additionally, unlike tourist visas that usually prohibit work activities, holders of digital nomad visas can work independently and remotely while abiding by specific conditions.
Nevertheless, technically, it’s also feasible to work under a tourist visa provided the work is remote, independent, and not under local employment. Hence, if your stay duration in a country doesn’t exceed three months, a tourist visa might suffice. However, for individuals aiming to stay longer, we recommend pursuing a digital nomad visa, offering more extended residency than a regular tourist visa.
Each country outlines its eligibility criteria for digital nomad visas, but in this article, we’ll focus solely on the Czech Republic.
Requirements to Apply for a Digital Nomad Visa in Czechia
A new Digital Nomad Visa program was launched in July 2023 with the purpose of attracting highly skilled IT professionals to the Czech Republic.
At the time of writing this article, the digital nomad program solely caters to individuals from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, the UK, and the US.
Nature of Employment and Professional Field
To be eligible for the program, digital nomads must either hold employment with a foreign company or operate as freelancers. Both employees and freelancers must demonstrate either suitable education in a STEM field or a minimum of three years of experience in the IT sector.
They’re also required to maintain an income that’s at least 1.5 times the average gross annual salary specified by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. This figure undergoes annual changes, so it’s advisable to consult official sources for the most up-to-date information (you can refer to this document).
Applying to the Digital Nomad program: What to Know
The application procedure varies slightly based on whether you’re employed by a foreign company or operate as a freelancer.
For employees, it’s required to work for a foreign company with a minimum of 50 employees, engaging in work for the company through telecommunication means while in the Czech Republic. A comprehensive step-by-step guide and a list of necessary documents are available at the bottom of this page.
Freelancers, on the other hand, must be self-employed and additionally obtain a Czech business license. Applications for this license should be submitted to a Trade Licensing Office. Generally, freelancers must demonstrate their business acumen and a clean criminal record. A guide and the application form link are provided here. Only upon receiving an invitation to document a visa/residence in the Czech Republic can freelancers initiate the application process. A detailed step-by-step guide and document checklist are accessible at the bottom of this page.
Whether an employee or a freelancer, upon submitting the application form (also available at the bottom of this page) and meeting the program’s eligibility criteria, individuals must apply for a residence permit at the Czech Republic embassy. An interview will also be conducted during this process.
How Long Does It Take to Get the Visa Approved?
Upon the completion of a fully submitted application, the Ministry of the Interior will process it within 45 days from the submission date, provided that all necessary documents are accurately completed and submitted.
Next Steps. What Happens After the Visa is Approved?
Once the bureaucratic tasks are behind you, it’s time to pack your bags and prepare for a fresh start in the Czech Republic! Remember, within three working days of your arrival in the country, it’s essential to report your new place of residence to the Police of the Czech Republic.
Is the Czech Republic the Right Choice for Me as a Remote Worker?
While we’re sure you’d love it, you won’t really know until you try! Before getting involved in the whole bureaucratic process, we highly recommend staying for a few weeks and giving it a try. A great way to do that is by joining one of Nomad Month programs. These retreats cater to digital nomads and remote workers, providing a chance to immerse in the city alongside a diverse global community. Nomad Month handles accommodation and coworking spaces, alleviating the burden of research, and it’s a great opportunity to experience life in the city and make an informed choice before delving into the process of obtaining your digital nomad visa.
ABOUT NOMAD MONTH
We’re Mathias and Eva and we’re the creators of Nomad Month. We come from Belgium and Spain but have found our home in Prague, where we run an international coworking space together.
Nomad Month was born from our desire to invite remote workers from all over the world to join us in Prague for a few weeks and experience the city like a local while they focus on their work. By participating in a Nomad Month program, you’ll be part of a community of professionals from over 25 different countries and discover all the hidden gems in Prague. Nomad Month takes care of everything else: booking your accommodation and giving you access to the best-rated coworking space in town, along with other perks of being a Nomad Month participant.
Sounds like something for you? Learn more about the program here