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Working abroad – Physiotherapists – Czech Republic

Updated : 10/03/2014

Professional qualifications

Only if you want to work abroad, not for study purposes.

If you obtained your professional qualifications outside the EU, you should check with the relevant authority whether you must apply to have them recognised.

Documents you must provide [permanent stay]

If you wish to work as a physiotherapist in the Czech Republic on a permanent basis, you must submit the following documents:

  • proof of nationality - copy of identification card or passport
  • evidence of professional qualification(s) (for example: diploma, certification, proof you are or have been a practising physiotherapist)
  • if the profession of physiotherapist is NOT regulated in your home country, proof that you have worked as a physiotherapist for at least 2 years in the last 10
  • evidence of other relevant professional skills
  • proof you have paid the application fee (original receipt, not a copy)
    To find out how to pay this fee, contact a Czech consulate in your country.

All documents – except your identity card/passport – must be in Czech or Slovak . If you submit documents in other languages, the Czech authority will contact the relevant authorities in your home country to check their validity. If they cannot obtain the information they need directly from your home authorities, they may ask you to submit a notarised translation of all the documents – within one month of receipt of your application.

If the documents you submit are copies, the competent authority can ask for certified copies. You can have your copies certified by the Czech authorities or by your home‑country authorities.

Responsible authority [permanent stay]

Ministerstvo zdravotnictví (Ministry of Health)
Odbor vzdělávání a vědy (Education and science section)
Oddělení ošetřovatelství a dalších nelékařských povolání a uznávání kvalifikací (Recognition of qualifications)
Palackého náměstí 4
128 01 Praha 2
Tel.: +420 224 971 111

Czech Ministry of Health čeština

When can you expect an answer? [permanent stay]

Once you have sent your documents, the authorities have:

  • 1 month (from the time they receive your application) to acknowledge receipt and ask you for any other documents they require
  • 3 months to take a decision – from the time they have a complete application in their possession.

Cost [permanent stay]

CZK 2 000 (approx. €80)

Documents you must provide [temporary stay]

If you wish to work as a physiotherapist in Czech Republic on a temporary basis, you must submit the following documents:

  • proof of nationality - copy of identification card or passport
  • attestation certifying you are legally established as a physiotherapist (that is, that your home country has authorised you to work without restriction as a physiotherapist)
  • evidence of professional qualification(s) – certified copy
  • if the profession of physiotherapist is NOT regulated in your home country, proof that you have worked as a physiotherapist for at least 2 years in the last 10.

All documents – except your identity card/passport – must be in Czech or Slovak . If you submit documents in other languages, the Czech authority will contact the relevant authorities in your home country to check their validity. If they cannot obtain the information they need directly from your home authorities, they may ask you to submit a notarised translation of all the documents – within one month of receipt of your application.

If the documents you submit are copies, the competent authority can ask for certified copies. You can have your copies certified by the Czech authorities or by your home‑country authorities.

Responsible authority [temporary stay]

Ministerstvo zdravotnictví (Ministry of Health)
Odbor vzdělávání a vědy (Education and science section)
Oddělení ošetřovatelství a dalších nelékařských povolání a uznávání kvalifikací (Recognition of qualifications)
Palackého náměstí 4
128 01 Praha 2
Tel.: +420 224 971 111

Czech Ministry of Health čeština

When can you expect an answer? [temporary stay]

Once you have sent your documents, the authorities have:

  • 1 month (from the time they receive your application) to acknowledge receipt and ask you for any other documents they require
  • 3 months to take a decision – from the time they have a complete application in their possession.

Cost [temporary stay]

Free of charge.

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