As per a statement dated May 4, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic has allowed all foreign nationals to stay on for an additional 60 days – that is, till July 17 – in the Czech Republic after the state of emergency comes to an end on May 17. The statement issued is entitled “Stay of Foreign Nationals after the End of State of Emergency”.
This will be applicable to all foreign nationals – those who require visas or residence permits to stay in the Czech Republic as well as those foreign nationals that can stay in the country visa-free.
The stay of the foreign nationals in the Czech Republic between May 17 and July 17 will not be considered to be illegal.
Foreign nationals that have run out of the Schengen visa validity or visa-free stay in the Czech Republic while the state of emergency was in place [from March 12 to May 17] will not have to request an extension of the same from the Alien Police inspectorate.
In addition to visas not being extended, exit orders will also not be issued.
At the time of departure from the Czech Republic, each of the foreign nationals will be issued an “exit stamp” in their passport.
Including the date of exit from the country, it is this exit stamp that will be the indication of the legality of their stay in the Czech Republic to the authorities of those states which the foreign national might pass through when leaving the country. Any possible penalization for overstaying will thus be avoided through the exit stamp.
The exit stamp is being used by the Alien Police as of May 4.
The 60-day bridging period indeed brings relief to foreign nationals that are in the Czech Republic with their visas expiring. Now, they can stay on in the Czech Republic till July 17 without worrying about their legal status in the country.
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