What kind of visa will I need to teach English in the Czech Republic, and how can I obtain it?
The following are the most common types of visas that can be obtained for the Czech Republic. What type of visa one gets will depend on his or her nationality. Research is extremely important when deciding on which type of visa one will get.
It isn’t unheard of that a school or employer in the Czech Republic will hire an English teacher who is only in the country on a tourist visa but it is becoming less and less common. A tourist visa will be stamped in your passport upon entry into the Czech Republic and this allows you to stay in the country for up to 90 days. The Czech Republic is part of the Schengen Zone so a non-EU national legally allowed in this area for 90 out of every 180 days.
This type of visa is very uncommon for non-EU English teachers to receive in the Czech Republic as you need an employer to sponsor you in order to obtain one. If a teacher is able to find a school that will sponsor one, it will typically cost the teacher approximately 100 Euro. A downfall of this visa is that it usually takes a lot of convincing to make sure the school submits the necessary paperwork for a teacher to obtain the visa because it is expensive for schools to do. Teachers also
need to make sure that they have their original university diploma apostilled and translated into Czech.
Zivnostensky Visa (Business Visa/Trade License)
This visa is highly recommended for teachers to receive as it allows you to work legally at any school in the Czech Republic without having to depend on the school to sponsor it for you. It is
recommended to start the process at least a few weeks before you are looking to be in the Czech Republic. International TEFL Academy recommends two different options for obtaining your Zivno:
• Do it yourself by using Dream Prague’s Online Course. This course was created by two people with years of experience in navigating the visa process in the Czech Republic. This course is best for teachers who are willing to put in a bit of extra time to save money in their visa process (although the creators are available via email to answer questions during any stage of the process). The cost of the course is $60 USD if purchased in the EU (due to VAT tax) and $50 if purchased in the USA.
• Receive more comprehensive and step by step assistance by using a visa agency, Visa Guru. Visa Guru provides teachers with knowledge of the process, assistance at government offices, and makes sure steps are followed in the correct order within the proper timeline. This option is best for teachers who aren’t comfortable meeting deadlines on their own or want an extra sense of security. The cost to use Visa Guru is approximately $300 USD.
Working Holiday Visa
A working holiday visa is a permit that allows people with certain nationalities to legally work, and sometimes study, in certain countries around the world. Working holiday visas typically have restrictions and requirements, such as age limits (typically between 18 and 30 or 35), the need to prove one has sufficient funds, and more. Take a look at International TEFL Academy’s Chart on working holiday visas to see if you qualify.
Those who plan to study in the Czech Republic at a recognized language school, university, etc. may be eligible to legally work in the Czech Republic while studying. Typically, a student visa must be processed before departing for the Czech Republic. Contact a Czech Consulate for more information on recognized “study abroad” programs and what is required to obtain a student visa. International TEFL Academy cannot assist TEFL students with finding language schools or
processing student visas.
Citizens from the EU are able to work legally in the Czech Republic without getting a visa. Typically, your employer will assist you with these matters. General information about work permits throughout the EU can be found here.
Czech Embassies and Consulates
For more information on the Czech Republic and applying for a visa to the Czech Republic visit the Embassy of the Czech Republic website.
• Embassy of Czech Republic – United States
• List of Czech Embassies and Consulates throughout the world