The digital nomad visa in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is a country in Central Europe, sharing borders with Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Austria. The richness of its historical heritage, which offers to see picturesque castles of unparalleled charm, is measured by its mountainous landscapes and its endless forests. Prague, its capital, is a clever mix of medieval, Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture which always attracts more visitors who come to admire its beauty.

Zivno Visa

Digital nomads with European citizenship or part of the European Economic Area have, according to European law, the right to enter and move freely on Czech territory; and are thus exempted from a visa application.

On the other hand, nationals of other countries must make an appointment with the Embassy or Consulate of the Czech Republic in their country in order to apply for a “Zivno Visa” which will allow them to live and telework legally in Czech Republic for a period ranging from three months to one year, and renewable once.

Visa fees are 80 € for a citizen of the Schengen Area, and 2,500 CZK or 100 € for citizens of other countries. The processing time for the “Zivno Visa” required by digital nomads is generally 90 days, but can be extended up to 120 days in exceptional cases.

> Visa eligibility requirements

  • Be from a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA), or the European Free Trade Association (EFTA);
  • Either have an active employment contract with a company registered outside the Czech Republic, carry out business through their own company based abroad, or work as a freelancer for clients located mainly in outside the Czech Republic;
  • Have sufficient income so that the digital nomad can support his life in the Czech Republic;

> Documents to provide

  • A valid passport;
  • The duly completed visa application form;
  • 2 identity photos (35mm x 45mm) dating from less than six months;
  • A work contract ;
  • Documents proving the reservation of accommodation for the entire duration of the stay;
  • Proof that you have sufficient income for the entire duration of your stay, i.e. 149,000 CZK (Czech crowns), the equivalent of €6,100;
  • An extract from a clean criminal record;
  • Valid health insurance;

All documents required to complete the visa application must be translated into Czech.

Internet coverage

The country has a developed telecommunications network through several providers, including O2, Vodafone, and T-Mobile; and major cities such as Prague, Brno, Ostrava and Pilsen benefit from a high-speed network. In addition, free Wi-Fi access is often available in restaurants, hotels, cafes and libraries.

Taxation

There is a tax treaty between France and the Czech Republic, signed on April 28, 2003, in order to avoid double taxation in terms of income tax. The digital nomad will be taxed on their income by the Czech government if they reside in the country for more than 183 days in a 12-month period. If the stay does not exceed 183 days, the digital nomad will remain subject to the French tax regime.

Useful links

Apply for a visa: https://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/information_for_aliens/long_stay_visa/entrepreneurship.html

Find a coworking space in the Czech Republic: https://www.coworker.com/czech-republic

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