Czech Republic: providing services and travelling for business

Guidance for UK businesses on rules for selling services to the Czech Republic.

Read this page in combination with the general guidance for the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

The authoritative source for Czech market regulations is the Czech government. This guidance links to official Czech sources wherever possible.

Trade and services regulations in the Czech Republic

If you are a UK business providing services in the Czech Republic, you need to follow regulations about:

  • getting authorisations or licences to provide a service
  • complying with specific local business regulations
  • EEA nationality requirements which could prevent you from providing services in some sectors

The Czech e-government portal for service providers (in Czech) can help you to:

  • find out about providing services in the Czech Republic
  • understand local regulations
  • complete the relevant administrative procedures online

Consider appointing an English-speaking lawyer in the Czech Republic to help you comply with specific regulations.

To find out if EEA nationality requirements apply to you, contact the appropriate competent authority.

You can also read guidance published by the Czech government for foreign nationals and foreign companies.

Trade reservations

To sell or provide services to customers in the Czech Republic, you must follow local laws. If in doubt, you should get professional advice.

Reservations are part of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. They reserve the right of each party to keep or make new laws restricting investment, or the sale of services, in ways that would otherwise breach the rules in the agreement.

Check which reservations apply to the sale of services from the UK to the Czech Republic. This includes an interactive tool to find reservations that are already in place.

VAT on sales of digital services

To use the UK’s VAT Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS) to declare sales of digital services to EU consumers, businesses need to register for MOSS in an EU member state.

Find out more about paying VAT on sales of digital services.

Ownership of companies registered in the Czech Republic

If you have a UK business, you might face restrictions on your ability to own, manage or direct a registered company in the Czech Republic or any other EEA country.

For information about setting up and running a business in the Czech Republic, visit CzechInvest.

Read more about this in our guidance relating to the EEA and Switzerland.

If you are a UK legal professional who has investments in law firms in the Czech Republic, you should contact the Bar Association of the Czech Republic (site in Czech) for information on the implications for your investment.

Business travel and entry requirements

UK business travellers and service providers may need a visa, work permit or other documentation.

Check our travel to the Czech Republic for work guide for detailed information on:

  • types of visa and work permit routes available
  • exemptions that may apply to you or the activity you are planning to undertake

The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs and State Labour Inspection Office have more information about:

  • visas including intra-corporate transfers
  • work and residence permits
  • supporting documentation
  • other conditions

Check which actions travellers visiting Europe need to take.

Social security payments for employees

Find out if you need to pay National Insurance in the UK or social security contributions in the Czech Republic.

Recognition of professional qualifications

To check what you need to do in the Czech Republic read:

If you need to take action to secure the recognition of your professional qualification in the Czech Republic, these sources can help you:

UK statutory auditors working in the Czech Republic

For UK statutory auditors, the Public Audit Oversight Board of the Czech Republic should be able to provide further information.

UK lawyers working in the Czech Republic

If you are a UK-qualified lawyer working in the Czech Republic, using either a Czech or UK professional title, you should contact the Czech Bar Association (site in Czech) for specific advice.

Data transfer and GDPR

On 28 June 2021, the EU formally adopted ‘adequacy decisions’ for the UK, delivered through:

‘Adequacy decisions’ allow for the ongoing free flow of personal data from the EU/EEA to the UK.

Read guidance on using data in your personal business or other organisation.

Published 11 March 2019
Last updated 13 July 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated Business travel and entry requirements.

  2. Removed 'Czech rules' section

  3. Added 'Trade reservations' guidance. Updated 'Recognition of professional qualifications' with new UK contact point.

  4. Updated the following sections to reflect the changes created by the UK and EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement: overview, trade regulations, VAT on sales of digital services, business travel and entry requirements, social security payments for employees, recognition of professional qualifications, and data transfer and GDPR.

  5. Guidance for ‘Recognition of professional qualifications’ and ‘Social security payments for employees’ updated.

  6. Change to title to include travelling for business

  7. Update to 'Business travel and entry requirements' section

  8. First published.