Working Holiday Visa in the Czech Republic

About this visa

Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders can apply for the Youth Mobility program which allows them to work and travel in Czech Republic and other European countries within the Schengen Zone for up to one year.Ā 


Participating countries

Czech Republic has made Working Holiday visa agreements with the following 3 participating countries:

If you are a Citizen of Czech Republic and are considering a Working Holiday experience in one of the participating countries above, contact the Embassy of the country in question for more information.


With this visa you can

This visa allows you to:

  • Live in Czech Republic for up to one year
  • Work up to one year for one employer
  • Visit other European countries within the Schengen Zone
  • Enrol in one training or study course of up to 6 months of duration.

Things to note

  • Remember to register your residence with the Foreign Police competent for the place of your residence within three working days after arriving in the Czech Republic.

Canada and Australia have a yearly quota limit of the number of Working Holiday & Youth Mobility visa’s they can grant:

  • Canada: 1,150 visa’s per year
  • Australia: 500 visa’s per year

Conditions

In order to apply for the long term visa (Youth Mobility Program). You must meet the following requirements:

  • be a Citizen of New Zealand, Australia or Canada
  • intend to holiday in the Czech Republic, with employment being an incidental rather than a primary reason for the visit
  • be aged between 18 and 35 years (18-26 years for Australians)
  • not bring your children with you to the Czech Republic
  • possess a valid New Zealand, Australian or Canadian passport

Note: The visa conditions outlined above are subject to change without notice.


How to apply

  • Normal processing time: 6-8 weeks
  • Visa fee: 2,500 CZK

All applicants must apply directly to the Czech Embassy in either Canada, Australia, New Zealand. New Zealanders can also apply for the visa at the Czech Embassy in Berlin, Brussels and London.

  1. Fill out the visa application form
    Visa application form
  2. Collect the required documents which needs to be submitted together with the visa application form. Here is the checklist for each country:
  3. Once the visa application form is filled out and all the required documents are collected you must submit the application at the Czech Embassy from your respective country; don’t forget to pay the processing fee!

The immigration authority in Czech Republic for processing Working Holiday visa's is Ministry of Foreign Affairs Czech Republic.

Go to: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Czech Republic


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12 thoughts on “Working Holiday Visa in the Czech Republic”

  1. Hi team,

    I am hoping to apply for my WHV next year and was wondering if I need to send my passport away with the application? Just looking at the 6-8 week processing time.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Fran, from my understanding your Passport does not need to be physically posted as an insert is added my local Police on arrival to Czech Republic (within 3 days of arriving). I recommend you contact your nearest Czech Republic Embassy or Consulate and confirm whether they need the phyiscal Passport or if witnessed photocopies are acceptable. For my Working Holiday visa for Denmark they needed a photocopy of every page of my Passport. I hope this helps! šŸ™‚

  2. Hi! Thank you for the information it’s very helpful.

    I am 17 years old however by the time i will be in the Czech Republic i will be about 18 and a half, can i apply for the Youth Mobility while i am 17 as long as i am 18 when i leave? Or can i not apply until i am 18? I am Australian (but also have a dual citizenship with Canada) but will be living in the Netherlands before going to Czech Republic so would rather sort out the visas before i leave, however i will still be 17 at that time.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Jaydan, thanks for asking, you should be okay, since you will be living in the Netherlands before traveling to the Czech Republic confirm with the closest Embassy or Consulate here in Australia as ti how you can apply for your Working Holiday/Youth Mobility visa whilst abroad as they may ask you simply to complete it when you arrive in Czech Republic as is the case for Germany. Have a great adventure!

  3. Hey I am from New Zealand and am just finishing my work holiday season in Austria and want to go to Czech Republic. Can I register in my first three days with the police on a tourist 3 month visa and then apply for my work and travel 1 year visa while staying in Czech. Thanks heaps

    1. Hi Dominic, have you already been issued a Working Holiday/Youth Mobility visa insert in your Passport by a Consulate or Embassy of the Czech Republic? If you haven’t yet this will happen when you register on arrival to the local Police in Czech Republic. You do not need to stay in the Czech Republic for the duration of your visa but Police/immigration may require a permanent address in order to process your visa application.

  4. Hello and thank you for the information!
    My question is : does the visa begin on a certain date according to the application or will the visa officially begin when I enter the Czech Republic?

    1. Hi Jon, thanks for asking, in the case of the Czech Republic it is the date of issuance but this condition is agreed between participating countries so I would contact the Czech Embassy or Consulate in Canada to clarify whether this applies to you. So you can make the most of your Czech experience ask them if they can mark the issuance date to match your expected date of departure.

  5. Once entering the Czech republic on the WHV you have to register with police within 3 days. My question is I don’t have a landlord I’m just going to stay in hostels and such for most of the year. Should I just go to the office with confirmation of where I’m staying eg. (Hostels) with all the other required documents

    1. Hi Chris, 3 days is pretty short! I’ll get that information up on this page.

      Yes definitely approach the local Police station and make them aware that you are in transitional accomodation and will come back to them once you secure permanent accomodation; I did the same in Hamburg, Germany and while it’s not ideal it’s better than nothing. Have fun in the Czech Republic! šŸ™‚

  6. Hi,

    Iā€™m a Canadian citizen currently living in Prague under a Youth Mobility visa.

    What is the process to apply for visa to live here for second year or more (long-term) since the Youth Mobility only lasts a year?

    Thank you

    1. Hi M, thanks for asking. I hope you had a great year in Prague! Now is a good time to make an appointment with your nearest Czech immigration office and ask them what visa options are available to you as a Canadian Citizen. The months of June-August are the busiest for visa application processing so get any visa application in well before this period. If all fails and you’re still under 31 years old why not move to a neighboring country (e.g. Poland, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Slovakia or Hungary), you can always visit as you’re so close! šŸ™‚

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