Country Guide: Czech Republic

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Updated: November 24, 2015

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Passport
  • Packing list
  • Inventory list
  • Copy of Lease Agreement
  • Letter of Employment
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Czech ID card (instead of a Lease Agreement for Czech nationals)
  • Customs Import Declaration provided by the local embassy (Diplomats)

 

Specific Information

  • Shipments are duty free if documentation requirements are met.

 

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Passport
  • Packing list
  • Inventory list
  • Copy of Lease Agreement
  • Letter of Employment
  • Czech ID card (instead of Rental Contract for Czech nationals)
  • Vehicle Title
  • Original OBL / AWB
  • Purchase Invoice
  • Vehicle Operations Manual

 

Specific Information

  • Vehicles must pass a Czech Technical Inspection (STK) inspection.
  • Vehicles passing inspection will be issued a certificate valid for 3 months to allow time for registration; the operations manual and technical specifications of the vehicle are required.
  • Persons residing in the Czech Republic for more than 1 year must register motor vehicles.
  • Vehicles must be less than 5 years old for some types of vehicles and 8 years old for others.
  • The import tax is CZK 10,000; however, an import tax is not required if shipper has resided abroad for at least 1 year and has used it within the 6 months prior to importation.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Vaccination Record
  • Veterinary Health Certificate

 

Specific Information 

  • Pets must be identifiable through tattoo or an electronic identification system.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Coats, fur, leather shoes made of animal products from protected species (authorization required).
  • Medication for personal use only is permitted.
  • Limits by land: cigarettes (40), cigarillos (20), cigars (10), smoking tobacco (50 g)
  • Limits by air or sea: cigarettes *200), cigarillos (100), cigars (50), smoking tobacco (250 g)
  • Items for personal use of a non-commercial nature may be imported within the limits indicated:
    • Air or sea: 430 euro
    • Land: 300 euro
    • Age 15 and younger 150 euro
  • There are no restrictions currently from another EU country; other countries must not exceed 10,000 euro.
  • Food products may be permitted if in original sealed container; check with agent.

Prohibited Items

  • Meat and dairy products from non-EU countries; some exceptions apply.
  • Protected species and products identified by CITES (e.g., ivory, tortoise shells, etc.).

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

 

Helpful Website(s):

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1099.html

http://www.mzv.cz/washington

http://www.mzv.cz/consulate.newyork/en/visa_and_consular_information/import_of_motor_vehicles_i nto_the_czech/index.html

 

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.