Czech Freelance Visa or "Zivno"

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Talent Migration


The Czech Republic does not have a specific Digital Nomad visa, but SOME digital nomads can use the Zivno or "Zivnostenske opravneni" visa. This permit is intended for foreigners moving to the Czech Republic as non-EU citizens who intend to work as a contractor / freelancer or to carry out their own business. Please note that if you are a digital nomad who is not a freelancer with a business plan for the Czech Republic, you will not be able to apply.

The most common candidates are English teachers (as language schools usually don't offer jobs, only contract work), software developers or other freelancers (tattoo artists, etc.).

You must apply at the Czech embassy in your country. Some nationalities, such as the US, Canada and Mexico, can apply at any office worldwide. On the day of the interview, the broker will ask you about your business plan, education, experience and knowledge of the Czech tax system.



1 year





Processing time

3 months




What are eligibility requirements for the Czech Freelance Visa or "Zivno"?

3 Eligibility Requirements

  • Attend to an Embassy or Consulate interview for the visa.
  • Work in an approved freelance doctrine.
  • Have at least 149000 CZK or 6100USD in your bank account.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Czech Freelance Visa or "Zivno"?

8 Document Required

  • Visa application form.
  • 2 passport sized photos
  • A passport not older than 10 years, with at least 2 blank pages and valid for another 1.5 years.
  • Proof of accommodation arranged for at least 1 year.
  • Proof of enough funds in your bank account.
  • When collecting your visa, you need to show proof of health insurance.
  • The Ministry of Immigration might required your Criminal Background Check apostilled before arriving in the Czech Republic.
  • All documents must be officially translated to Czech.

Talent Migration data for Czechia

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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