Obligation to Register
After arrival, most incoming internationals are obliged to register at the Foreign Police Department. This obligation varies depending on the country you come from, the length of stay and other factors, as explained below. The Foreign Police department officers will speak with you solely in Czech as it is the official language. To simplify this situation please take along somebody to interpret for you or come during Monday or Wednesday mornings when there are social workers from CPIC in Ostrava who can provide free of charge help with the paperwork. Please check below the particular conditions for the registration.
One of the obligations for citizens of the EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, or Switzerland is the “reporting requirement” in the event that the length of the intended stay in the Czech Republic is longer than 30 days. In this situation, an individual is required to report his/her presence to the Foreign Police Department – MOI Office Ostrava, Výstavní 55, Ostrava within 30 days of entering the Czech Republic.
This obligation does not apply if the person providing accommodation submits the registration forms on your behalf (eg. hotels, dormitories). The reporting requirement also does not apply to persons younger than 15 years of age.
You have to visit the Foreign Police Department (MOI office at Ostrava, Výstavní Street 55) in person and fill in a short form (please download it here). Please bring along your personal documentation (passport or ID) and lease agreement. Later changes, e.g. a change of your surname, marital status, etc. have to be reported to the Foreign Police.
Alternatively, you can send the form by post to Milíčova 1231/20 (Police of the Czech Republic – Regional Directorate of the Foreign Police) as a “Registered Letter“.
Citizens of the EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland can temporarily stay in the Czech Republic without any special permit, solely on the basis of a travel document or an identity card. However, more and more internationals choose various forms of registration especially when they want to stay longer.
Third country nationals are obliged to register their accommodation address in the Czech Republic with the nearest Foreign Police department within 3 working days of entering the Czech Republic. This applies to visa holders, as well as to visitors with no visa requirements.
This obligation does not apply if a third country national has already satisfied this obligation via his/her accommodator (hotel, dormitories). The obligation of registration also does not apply to persons under the age of 15.
You have to visit Foreign Police Department – MOI Office Ostrava, Výstavní 55, Ostrava in person and fill in a short form, please bring your personal documentation (passport or ID). Later changes, e.g. a change of your surname, marital status, etc. have to be reported to the Foreign Police.