No more paper booklets! Foreigners must now have biometric cards

The amendment to the Act on the Residence of Foreigners, which came into force on 2 August 2021, introduced the obligation for foreigners to exchange paper residency permits for biometric cards by 3 August 2023. If you were not aware of this obligation until now, the following article will bring you important information on how to proceed now.

If you are a family member of an EU citizen and you hold a paper booklet, please note that its validity expired on 3 August 2023. Your stay in the Czech Republic is still valid, but you have to visit the Foreigners’ Residence Unit of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic and exchange your current document for a biometric one. We recommend that you do so as soon as possible.

The exchange of documents was free of charge until 3 August 2023, but now you must pay for it. So, what is the procedure?

To replace a paper document, you need to enclose a fee stamp of CZK 200, which can be purchased at the Czech Post Office. In case you have changed your address in the meantime, and you will be reporting this change while replacing your permit, another 200 CZK stamp will be required.

If you need assistance regarding this agenda, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will help you arrange an appointment with the Ministry of the Interior and provide you with all the related assistance.

Since 1 July 2023, a number of new rules in a foreigners’ law have come into force as a result of amendments to the Act on the Residence of Foreigners, the Employment Act, the Public Health Insurance Act and other related laws. Stay up to date and keep track of all the important changes we have summarised in our article.

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