Prague is a necessary stop on any European trip, but why pass through when you can stay and live there? The Czech Republic is a country rich in culture and history, and the capital city of Prague is the center of this extremely interesting past. Since it joined the European Union in 2004, moving to the Czech Republic is easier than ever for fellow EU nationalists. While anyone can stay in the Czech Republic for 90 days without a visa, those EU nationalists looking to stay quite a bit longer need to apply for either a short term or long term residency permit. For individuals who hail from non-EU countries, yet wish to set up new roots in the Czech Republic, they must apply for a long-term visa. Along with a passport and photos they also must provide proof of purpose of stay, of sufficient financial means, of address in the Czech Republic, of good character, and of health insurance. The whole process typically takes between 2 to 3 months to be completed.
Finding a place to live is not too difficult, though housing prices have been on a steady increase since 1990 and are doing so at a faster rate than the increase in real wages. Obviously housing is more expensive in larger cities like Prague so seriously affordable housing will more likely be found in an outlying small city or town. Similar to the residency permit, non-EU nationals looking for work in the Czech Republic need to obtain a work visa first, while EU nationals do not.
While learning to speak Czech would be an obvious advantage, if you are planning to live in Prague it is not necessarily required. Many Czechs speak enough English for effective communication to occur, so if you are looking to learn and practice Czech, heading out to one of the smaller cities would be a better way to go.
Aside from the rich cultural allure of Prague, the Czech Republic has a lot of history in its outlying towns and the natural beauty of the country is another strong point of interest. The numerous mountain ranges offer some great options for outdoor sports from skiing to hiking depending on the season. The national parks are another great choice for getting outside and checking out the landscape. Prague itself is filled with enough historical buildings and arts shows to keep a person busy for quite a while. Living in Prague means living where some of the world’s greatest artists worked, such as Mozart. Being a relatively new addition to the European Union, the Czech Republic is a wonderful and now much easier place to consider moving to.