Moving To Czech Republic

Historically known as Bohemia, The Czech Republic is a stunning Central European country. It is known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and beautiful landscapes. Prague, the capital city, is a popular tourist destination with its fascinating historic sites such as Prague Castle and Charles Bridge.

The country is also known for its beer culture, and it is home to many famous breweries. The Czech Republic is part of the European Union and uses the Czech koruna as its currency. It has a high standard of living and is ranked as one of the safest countries in the world making it a heaven for the expats wanting to relocate here.

Moving to Czech Republic from USA

The International Sea & Air Shipping Advantages

Looking for an international mover for your upcoming move to the Czech Republic from the USA? We can help. At International Sea & Air Shipping we have extensive and years of experience to handle international relocation of any scale.

A relocation whether it is a domestic or an international relocation can be a lot to process. When you are undertaking an international move the scale of challenges just gets bigger. It may sound overwhelming but at International Sea & Air Shipping we are here to help with comprehensive moving services.

To minimize the hassle we offer you a wide range of moving services for your move to The Czech Republic from the USA. Hiring a good international mover can take away a lot of tension from your international move. When you hire our services our team of moving professionals ensures you get top-notch services.

Starting right from offering you free moving quotes to moving your belongings and car, our experienced team is well-versed with each and every step of an international relocation. So, sit tight and let our professional team handle your move to the Czech Republic from the USA.

About Czech Republic

A landlocked country in Central Europe, Czech Republic was known previously as the Kingdom of Bohemia. Czech Republic is bordered by Poland, Slovakia, Austria and Germany.

The Czech Republic is known for its individually made, mouth blown and decorated art glass and crystal. The saying that “Every Czech is a musician,” represents the importance of music in Czech Republic, which is the most popular form of art. The main festivals celebrated by the people of Czech Republic are Christmas, Easter, and the Feast of Three Kings.

Czech Republic is a member of NATO, the European Union and OSCE and is one of the most stable and prosperous countries in Europe, with much of its population earning a high income per capital. Tourism is a source of substantial income for the Czech Republic-Prague is the fifth most visited city in Europe after London, Paris, Istanbul and Rome.

Customs Regulations for Czech Republic

  • Passport (original or copy) or official travel document
  • Work or residence visa (valid for minimum 90 days)
  • Lease or rental contract with terms stating the customer will stay in the country for at least two years
  • Letter from customer’s employer stating the customer’s position within the company and length of stay on company’s letterhead
  • Bill of Lading or Air Way Bill (original)
  • Complete valued inventory list of shipment (must be in Czech, signed and dated by customer and detailing all items enclosed in the shipment)
  • Declaration letter from customer attesting to length of stay
  • Authorization letter Customs destination agent ability to clear shipment (must be stamped by Czech Republican bank where customer previously opened account)
  • Bank guarantee for at least 50 percent of the total value of the shipment, which will be returned once all required documents have received a stamp of approval from customs’ office at the point of entry
  • All household goods and personal effects may be imported duty-free provided the customer has lived outside the Czech Republic for the last year and the items have been owned for at least six months prior to importation
  • All goods must be imported within one year of the customer being issued a Czech visa
  • Any household goods or personal items imported may not be sold for the length of the customer’s stay in the Czech Republic
  • For household goods to be imported, the customer’s employer must have a license to do business in the Czech Republic
  • Before arrival, the customer must be accredited and registered with local authorities in the Czech Republic to import household goods

The following items are prohibited from being imported into the Czech Republic and may be seized upon arrival:

  • Weapons, explosives & ammunitions
    • Firearms may only be imported after a gun license has been issued
  • Narcotic/illegal drugs
  • Pornographic material

These items may be imported in limited quantities or may require additional duties, taxes or fees before they are cleared by customs officials. The following items are restricted and dutiable by the Czech Republic:

  • All firearms require prior authorization from the Czech embassy in the customer’s origin country before importing; firearms are held by police until the proper Czech firearms license is obtained by the customer and an exam is passed
  • Artwork, paintings and antiques may be imported, as long as they are accompanied by two photographs of each item, one set of photos to be placed with the inventory list and the other to be kept for later re-exportation
  • All plants being imported into the Czech Republic will require a FITO certificate
  • All new items and food products will be restricted and subject to taxes and duties
  • Alcohol may only be imported duty-free in the following amounts:
    • Wine: 2 liters per person
    • Liquor: 1 liter per person
  • Tobacco may only be imported duty-free in the following amounts:
    • 200 cigarettes
    • 250 grams of loose tobacco

In the Czech Republic, the following rules apply to importing motor vehicles:

  • All vehicles can be imported to the Czech Republic duty-free, however they will be subject to re-exportation
  • Vehicles more than five years old are prohibited
  • Vehicles must be at least six months old
  • The following documents are required when importing a vehicle to Czech Republic:
    • Original owner’s manual
    • Original certificate of title and vehicle registration
    • Original commercial or purchase invoice providing proof of the date and location of vehicle’s purchase
    • Power of Attorney granting permission to Destination Agent to clear the vehicle through Customs
    • Valid driver’s license
    • Residence permit
    • Passport
    • Housing contract

The following information is applicable to those travelling with pets or importing pets (cats, dogs or ferrets) from the USA or Canada to the Czech Republic:

  • Completed veterinary certificate signed by a veterinary doctor that contains:
    • Country of dispatch of the animal
    • Owner/responsible person accompanying the animal
    • Description of the animal
    • Identification of the animal; microchip, tattoo, etc.
    • Rabies Vaccination
  • For animals other than dogs, cats or ferrets:
    • Pets other than those can enter Czech Republic with a health certificate issued by customer’s local veterinarian, unless the species or subspecies is listed under the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) or he US Endangered Species Act

NOTE – Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and Customers. Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, International sea & air shipping cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.

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Moving to The Czech Republic, a few things that you need to know

Moving to the Czech Republic from the US can be an exciting yet challenging experience for expats. Here are some key things to consider:

Visa requirements

Check the Czech Republic’s immigration laws and regulations to determine the type of visa needed.

Cost of living

Prague is generally more expensive than the US, so it’s essential to factor in the cost of living.


Research different neighborhoods and find a place that suits your needs and budget.


Learn about the Czech Republic’s healthcare system and if you need health insurance.

Let us discuss some of the major information that will help you to move to The Czech Republic from the USA.

All about visas and residency permits

The different types of visas to move to The Czech Republic from the USA

Czechia offers four distinct visa categories for entry into the country, and we will delve deeper into the specifics of each type below:

SCHENGEN visa or short-term visa

Applicable for visits lasting up to ninety days

Long-term visa

Designed for stays exceeding ninety days but not exceeding one year.

Long-term residence permit

Applicable to individuals with intentions of residing in the country for longer than one year.

Residence permit

Appropriate for individuals who aim to secure permanent residency in Czechia.

Long-term Visas for the Czech Republic

This visa cater to individuals planning an extended stay in the country, surpassing a duration of ninety days. To be eligible, you must demonstrate a valid and substantiated purpose for your visit. These purposes encompass medical treatment, cultural endeavors, sports participation, invitations, family reunification, educational pursuits, training, internships, or volunteering.

The application process for long-term visas entails the submission of the following documents:

  • Your valid passport.
  • A fully completed application form.
  • Two passport-sized photographs.
  • Fingerprint records.
  • Detailed information on the purpose of your stay.
  • Evidence of suitable accommodation arrangements.
  • Documentation verifying your financial means.
  • A clean criminal record certificate.
  • Compulsory medical insurance coverage (upon visa approval).

It is important to note that if you apply for this visa from outside of the Czech Republic, you are required to pay a fee of Kc 1000. However, if you are already in the country and seeking an extension, no additional fee is applicable.

Expat’s life in The Czech Republic

Top places to move to The Czech Republic from the USA

The Czech Republic offers a diverse range of places to live, each with its unique charm and attractions. Some of the top places to consider include

  • The vibrant capital city of Prague,
  • The historic city of Brno,
  • The picturesque town of Cesky Krumlov,
  • The spa town of Karlovy Vary.

Each of these locations offers a high quality of life, excellent transportation links, and a rich cultural heritage.

Cost of living and accommodation in Czech Republic

The cost of living in the Czech Republic for American expats can vary depending on personal circumstances and lifestyle choices, but on average, it is relatively affordable compared to other European countries. Rent, food, transportation, and utilities are generally cheaper than in the US, while healthcare and amenities are more expensive. Expect to pay around $1,500-$2,500 per month for a one-bedroom apartment in a major city, and $800-$1,500 per month for a small apartment outside of the city centre. Transportation costs are relatively low, and groceries are around 20-30% cheaper than in the USA.

Public transportation

Public transportation in the Czech Republic is well-developed and efficient. The country has an extensive network of buses, trams, and trains that connect cities and towns within the country, as well as international destinations. In major cities like Prague and Brno, there are comprehensive public transportation systems consisting of trams, buses, and metro lines. The Czech Republic also offers various types of transport passes for frequent travelers.

Happy with the company

“Happy with the company as well as the one that handled my container in Czech Rep. We ran into some delay and extra charges issues, but I do understand that Custom and port fees and delays wasn’t the company’s fault. I think that the customers need to be very aware these charges can occur. Jeanine on the US side and Edita from Gosselin Group in Czech Rep were both very helpful with my container. I would definitely recommend this company.”

– Katerina Petrasova