Registering at the Foreign Police

The entire registration process can take as little as 15 minutes and it is nothing to worry about

Registering at the foreign police is obligatory for anyone who is staying in the Czech Republic for more than 30 days. Non-EU citizens are supposed to register within three days within arrival. EU citizens on the other hand have 30 days but still need to register.

The registration process is relatively quick and is done at Olšanska 2, Praha 3 not far from Flora metro stop. Opening hours are 8:00 – 17:00 Monday and Wednesday, 8:00 – 15:00 Tuesday and Thursday and 8:00 – 12:00 on Friday. It is a good idea to get there early to avoid long lines.

When you get to the station you will need to get a number and fill out a form that you can get at the information desk. Although they will likely not speak much English you can request an English registration form. The process is simple enough without mastering the language but there are agencies such as Foreingers.cz (more relocation agencies in Prague) who can go with you for a fee.

All you need to register is the short form, your passport or ID card and your rental contract signed by the landlord. Depending on the purpose of stay, you may also need to show proof of health insurance or an employment contract.

There is a 3,000 CZK fine (penalty) for not registering on time - you can read more about the exact rules on the Czech Police website in English. Foreigners are not only obliged to visit the foreign police to register at arrival but also when changing employment and address. Changes must always be announced within 30 days.

Registration is not only obligatory but offers various perks such as being able to rent a car. Even exchange students who are not planning on staying in the country for longer than 4 months need to register.

The police are allowed to stop you on the street and ask to see your passport and check your registration under various circumstances: if they suspect that you are undocumented, if you are in the proximity of a governmental buildings, travel terminals or other areas of importance. It is also common for police to check your documents late at night especially near popular bars.

If you are stopped without your passport, the police will either take you to the station or will escort you home and check your documents there. You can get an extra fine of up to 2,000 CZK for not having a passport or ID card on you at all times – this law is applicable almost everywhere in the EU.

The entire registration process can take as little as 15 minutes and it is nothing to worry about.

For more information visit www.policie.cz (ENG)

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