More specific and up to date information available in English on Ministry of Interior webpage.
After the end of the transition period, the citizens of the United Kingdom and their family members who have resided in the Czech Republic and continue to reside here after 31 December 2020 retain all their existing rights associated with their stay in the Czech Republic, including the right to work and social security.
Legal residence can be proven primarily through a certificate of temporary residence, or permanent residence permit issued for the UK citizens before February 1st, 2020, or a residence document issued after February 1st, 2020 in the same format, with an „EU Withdrawal Agreement" stamp on page 2 for a temporary residence certificate and page 4 for a permanent residence permit. For this reason, it is important for all UK citizens who have been long-term residents in the territory of the Czech Republic to hold a temporary residence certificate or, in case of citizens residing in the territory of the Czech Republic for over 5 years, a permanent residence permit after December 31st, 2020.
For those residing legally, it will be possible to submit the application after January 1st, 2021 as well. However, a longer examination process of these applications can be expected due the need for a more detailed evidence to prevent the abuse of rights and fraud, and higher degree of discretion in case of application deficiencies.
- a temporary residence, if they indend to stay longer than 3 months (more information at https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/temporary-residence.aspx)
- a permanent residence, if they have been living here for more than 5 years or 2 years with an EU family member (more information at https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/eu-citizens-and-their-family-members-permanent-residence.aspx)
The temporary residence certificate will label the entitled person as falling under the Withdrawal Agreement. This status will be confirmed by a red stamp in this certificate.
Since 2 August 2021 the Ministry will issue biometric documents.
However, the Withdrawal agreement does not cover UK citizens coming to the Czech Republic after 31 December 2020. UK citizens travelling to the Czech Republic after 31 December 2020 will fall into the third country citizens’ category. For stays in the territory of the Czech Republic exceeding 90 days the UK citizens will have to request a long-term visa or long-term residence at the diplomatic mission of the Czech Republic. See "visa" section.
UK citizens who have travelled or will travel to the Czech Republic for the first time after 31 December 2020 fall into the third country citizens’ category. For stays in the territory of the Czech Republic exceeding 90 days, the UK citizens will have to request long-term visa or long-term residence permit. The UK citizens will be entitled to submit the long-term residence applications at all diplomatic missions of the Czech Republic abroad, i.e. the applications can be submitted not only through the Czech embassy in London, but also at other diplomatic embassies of the Czech Republic within the EU, e.g. in Berlin, Brussels, Bucharest, Dublin, Sofia, Warsaw, Vienna or Zagreb.
As far as short-term stays not exceeding 90 days during any 180-days period are concerned, UK citizens will be obliged to apply for a Schengen visa only if they travel to the territory of the Czech Republic to perform profit-making activities. The above mentioned period includes stay in both the Czech Republic and other countries of the Schengen area.
As from 1 January 2021, UK nationals and British citizens benefitting from the Withdrawal Agreement may not undergo border checks at the designated EU/EEA/CH checkpoints. They may neither use the easyGO system for automatic border control.