- Located in Central Europe between Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Austria
- The weather is temperate cool summers with cold, cloudy and humid winters
- Flooding is a natural hazard in Czech Republic
Marriage to a Czech Citizen
Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Czech citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps. The Czech government imposes strict requirements on foreigners who marry Czechs as an indirect way of discouraging Czech citizens from moving to other countries.
You must demonstrate to Czech officials that they are not currently married to anyone else - either you have never been married or all divorces are finalized - that your identity is proven, and that you have never committed any crimes in Czech. This is done by providing various documents including an Affidavit of Single Status to the Czech government either in Czech Republic or via a Czech embassy.
If you want to bring your Czech spouse or partner to live in Canada, you must then file a sponsorship application for them to become a permanent resident. If they would like to visit you in Canada while their application is in process, they must also apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). For more information, please see our family sponsorship page and our eTA page.
Czech Marriage Basic Requirements
Foreigners in Czech Republic staying for more than 30 days are obliged to register within those 30 days on arrival with the alien and border police.
In order to marry a citizen of Czech Republic, you must demonstrate to the Czech government that you are eligible to do so. This includes:
- Proof of country of birth
- Proof of single status
- Proof of age requirement
Czech Republic Marriage Ceremony
The marriage ceremony to a Czech citizen can legally take place in Czech Republic, Canada, or any other country as long as both parties have the necessary visas to enter this country legally. This marriage can then be recognized when applying for a permanent residence or an Electric Travel Authorization (eTA) for your Czech spouse. To learn more about ceremony customs, see below.
If your Czech spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Czech Marriage document application.
If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry a Czech citizen.
How long is the Czech Marriage document valid?
The document is valid for 6 months from the date of issue. If you do not marry your Czech fiancé within 6 months of the issuance of the Czech Marriage document, you must apply again with new supporting documents.
List of Czech Consulates in Canada
Calling the Czech Republic from Canada
- The country code is 420 so to call you dial 011 – 420 – area code – local numbers
List of Area Codes for Major Centres in the Czech Republic
|Prague (Praha)||2, 31, 32||Liberecky||48||Stredocesky||2, 31, 32|
|Jihocesky||38, 39||Moravskoslezsky||55, 59||Ustecky||41, 47|
|Jihomoravsky||51, 53, 54||Olomoucky||58||Vysocina||56|
Calling Canada from the Czech Republic
Call 00 - 1 - Canadian area code - local number
List of Canadian Area Codes
403 / 587 (southern Alberta)
587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)
236 / 250 / 778 (majority of BC)
236 / 604 / 778 (Metro Vancouver)
226 / 519 (southwestern Ontario)
249 / 705 (northeastern Ontario)
289 / 365 / 905 (Greater Toronto Area)
343 / 613 (eastern Ontario)
416 / 647 (Toronto)
807 (northwestern Ontario)
|Manitoba||204 / 431||PEI||782 / 902|
418 / 581 (eastern Quebec)
438 / 514 (Montreal)
450 / 579 (Greater Montreal)
819 / 873 (remainder of Quebec)
|Newfoundland and Labrador||709||Saskatchewan||306 / 639|
|Nova Scotia||782 / 902|
The Czech Republic uses Central European Time (GMT+1) and practices Daylight Saving Time from March to October. Saskatchewan does not practice DST so please note that there is a change of time difference in the summer for Czech DST, an increase of 1 hour.
|Canadian Time Zone||
# of Hours the Czech Republic is Ahead
# of Hours during last week of March and last week of October
|Pacific (BC, Yukon)||9 hours||8 hours|
|Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan)||8 hours||7 hours|
|Saskatchewan||7 hours*||7 hours*|
|Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario)||7 hours||6 hours|
|Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec)||6 hours||5 hours|
|Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec)||5 hours||4 hours|
|Newfoundland||4.5 hours||3.5 hours|
Emergency Information for Canadians in the Czech Republic
Embassy of Canada in Prague
Ve Struhach 95/2
Telephone: 420 272 101 800
The Government of Canada's Travel Alerts for the Czech Republic
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