Prague: The Dog Lovers Capital of Europe

Last summer, Prague was named the 4th most Dog-Friendly city in the World. For locals, this comes as no surprise: in 2019 it was reported that over 40% of households in the Czech Republic included a dog.

Czechs simply  love dogs, and this translates into the culture.

Dogs are allowed almost anywhere in Prague, including the Prague Zoo, and where they are not welcome (mostly Supermarkets and mini Markets), it is clearly indicated and a space is arranged for the dogs to wait for their owners. At bars and restaurants, it is common for patrons to have a furry friend under their table and for waiters to bring out water bowls for them unprompted (and often even before the customer’s order makes it to the table).

Dogs are also allowed on almost all means of transport with a muzzle, leash and a special ticket, however on some occasions it can even be for free. Visit the public transport in Prague website to learn more about the restrictions. 

Dogs are allowed to run free in most parks, making Prague a true paradise for dog lovers.Note that the parks have special signs showing where the dog must be walked with leash (mostly on the asphalt path where people are cycling) and where it can run free. As dogs are welcome in parks, and with so much nature around the city and within the city, there are no parks dedicated to dogs only in the Czech Republic. 

This is great news for expats, who often live alone or far from their families. After all, having a four legged friend in the city is not just great company, it’s also the perfect way to break the ice with neighbours and get to know the community. 

I just got a dog…now what?

If you get a dog in the Czech Republic, you will need to register it at the municipality closest to your address. You will then be required to pay a yearly fee that will contribute to the city expenses for dog-friendly services such as free dog waste bags and cleaning. You will find the bags in parks or in gardens in the neighborhoods, however they can also be placed on special marked columns on the streets. 

The only dogs not subjected to the dog registration fee are approved guide dogs assisting people with special needs, trained rescue dogs, and police dogs. 

How much is the annual dog registration fee?

  • 1500 CZK for the first dog
  • 600 CZK or the first dog if kept in an independent family house
  • 200 CZK if the first dog is registered by a pensioner whose only income is their pension

For any additional dog registered by the same owner, the fee will be half the price of the basic dog registration fee.

On a special note, dogs coming from shelters in the Czech Republic are exempt from paying the fee for a two year period. 

All dogs must have a chip by law, and you may be subject to a fine if you have not arranged it. If you have adopted a dog from a shelter or adult dog from another family, the dog most probably will already be chipped, but you have the obligation to update your new ownership at the registry. If you adopted a puppy, you have to arrange the chip yourself. Your vet may be able to guide you or simply contact ReloCare for chip and registry support.

Adopting a Dog in Prague

As a foreigner, however, adopting a dog in Prague might be challenging as most of the shelters and organizations do not speak English. The dogs are often hosted in foster homes and you will require to travel to the specific location to meet with the dog. Normally there will be few “enquiries” for the adoption, and the most fitted match will be chosen by the shelter/organization. They will do their best to fit the specific dog needs to reduce the risk of the dog returning to the foster home.  Non EU individuals with a valid permit and EU members with a resident permit can adopt, but must provide a proof of the permit.  Fortunately, there are many private shelters you can contact if you do not have a valid permit. The adoption normally costs a symbolic fee to help the non-profit organization to continue their important animal saving activities.

ReloCare can recommend Cool Critters, a safe-haven for unwanted, abandoned and neglected dogs and cats. It is based in a countryside farmhouse about one hour from Prague and is run by a fellow expat from the UK, Jaq, together with a group of dedicated volunteers. 

For adoption, they require the completion of an adoption application to best match you with potential new furry friends. They also require that you agree that in the case you end up leaving Czech Republic you will take your adopted pet with you.

To contact or support Cool Critters you can visit their website www.coolcritters.org or you can email hello@coolcritters.org

Seminář: Jak na pracovní víza?

Seminář: Jak na pracovní víza?

Pracujete v oblasti HR a chtěli byste rozšířit své znalosti o tom, jak zajistit zahraničním zaměstnancům pracovní vízum? V ReloCare vám rádi pomůžeme! Kromě zajištění celého procesu žádosti o víza do České republiky a dalších zemí pořádáme také vzdělávací semináře zaměřené na hlavní imigrační procesy pro občany zemí Evropské unie a občany ze zemí mimo EU.

Harmonogram

  • 09:30 – Úvod, orgány v imigračním řízení, povinnosti zaměstnavatele, dokumenty
  • 10:30 – Přestávka na kávu
  • 10:40 – Zaměstnávání cizinců ze zemí Evropské unie + cizinců ze zemí mimo EU, vládní projekty
  • 11:45 – Přestávka na kávu
  • 11:55 – Rodinní příslušníci, jednatelé, studenti
  • 12:30 – Q&A, ukončení semináře

Termín semináře

  • Napište nám, připravíme termín semináře dle vašich časových možností

Seminář se koná na adrese Business Centrum Klamovka, Plzeňská 155/113, Prague 5 – Košíře

Naše semináře jsou vedeny jak v češtině, tak i v angličtině. Naším cílem je pomoci HR personalistům zjistit, jak mohou usnadnit proces vyřízení pracovních víz svých zaměstnanců a jejich rodin při stěhování do České republiky.

 

Proč se zúčastnit?

HR profesionálové v mezinárodních společnostech se často snaží usnadnit svým zahraničním zaměstnancům stěhování do České republiky. Stěhování se do jiné země je vždy velkým krokem a v této fázi je rozhodující dodržení stanovené časové osy. Většina odborníků v oblasti lidských zdrojů čelí řadě překážek, které mohou vyřízení víz zpozdit. 

Účast na imigračním semináři vám pomůže pochopit základní aspekty imigrace do České republiky. Poskytne vám základní pochopení očekávaných harmonogramů a překážek spojených s vyřízením pracovních víz. Tyto informace využijete k lepšímu plánování procesu přestěhování zahraničních zaměstnanců. Kromě toho vám také pomůžeme najít systém, jak se orientovat v hlášení změn a včasném prodloužení víz cizinců, kteří již na území České republiky pobývají. Tím zajistíte, že pobyt vašich zahraničních zaměstnanců a jejich rodinných příslušníků bude na území České republiky po celou dobu legální.

A co víc, můžete s našimi odborníky sdílet vlastní zkušenosti či se zeptat na postup při získávání víz pro své nové i současné zaměstnance. Naši odborníci vám rádi pomohou tak, abyste pro své zaměstnance zajistili hladký průběh celého procesu.

Jak se přihlásit?

Každý seminář má omezenou kapacitu (6 míst). Vždy se s námi můžete spojit a zjistit, kdy se bude konat příští seminář, a zaregistrovat se. Pro rezervaci místa prosím klikněte zde.
Cena semináře je 2 500 Kč.

V případě dotazů můžete kontaktovat Kristýnu na emailu kristyna@relocare.cz nebo na telefonu: +420 608 874 860.

Kristýna Richtrová
Head of Immigration

kristyna@relocare.cz
+420 608 874 860

Registered Mail in the Czech Republic

What is a registered mail (“Doporučený dopis”)?

Registered mail is a form of a delivery of the mail by the Czech Post to the hands of the receiver. 

To send a letter as registered, a small form called “Podací lístek” has to be filled out. “Podací lístek” also includes an option of notifying the sender that the mail has been delivered. Thus you can be sure that the recipient received the letter. 

You can find the “Podací lístek” at the Czech Post branch (usually near the clerks’ windows), or you can fill it out online on the Czech Post website and print it then.  

The cost of sending a registered mail is around CZK 55-80, according to the weight and size of the envelope. 

How to fill out “Podací lístek”? 

The only part you have to fill out is “odesílatel” (sender) and “adresát” (receiver). 

State full name (first name + surname) and full address (street + street number + town + postcode) of the sender and the receiver as well. 

If you wish to receive an sms confirmation that the letter was delivered to the receiver, state also your phone number.

When you may need to use the registered mail? 

Using a registered mail is recommended when sending official documents to the authorities or when sending a termination letter to the landlord for example. However it is wise to use in any other case when you need evidence for the delivery of  the mai.

Tracking number

The Post office will issue a tracking number on the “Podací lístek”, usually it starts with R and followed by digit numbers. 

You can follow your letter on the Czech Post website

What are the other options?

  • Common letter – the most common method of buying stamp and dropping the letter at the postbox, no tracking is possible 
  • Letter with a delivery note – you will receive a paper confirmation with the signature or the recipient confirming the letter has been handed to the recipient – this form of letter is recommended when sending an official documents to authorities

How To Verify Signature or Document in the Czech Republic?

Do you need to officially duplicate a document or have your signature verified? Here is a brief guide on how you can easily do that without speaking Czech!

What is Czech Point?

Czech Point is a branch of the Czech Ministry of Interior that allows certain authorities such as Czech Post, notaries and other legal entities to verify signatures or documents and issue certain official documents such as Criminal Record or an official extract from the business registry.

You can determine whether a certain Czech Post office offers Czech Point services by spotting this blue mark on the entrance door. 

Not all service windows at the Post office are offering Czech Point and you shall check before queuing which window holds the Czech Point logo.

Czech Point Logo

Documents Verification

What for? When authorities require a duplicate of a document or when you do not wish to submit an original, verification of a document can be a proper solution. Verified duplicate has the same status as the original. 

What to bring with you? Make sure the document you wish to verify is an original hard copy.

In Czech ask for: Úředně ověřená kopie dokumentu

Signature Verification

What for? Verification of the signature is a process of official confirmation of the authenticity of the signature. This can be required for instance on a Power of Attorney, Confirmation of Accomodation, Sworn statements and such. The verification is done by providing the clerk with your passport or ID card and signing the document in front of them. 

Note that signature must be in Latin letters! 

What to bring with you? Beside the document to sign on make sure to bring a passport or other identification card. You must sign the document in front of the official; do not sign the document before. 

In Czech ask for:  Úředně ověřený podpis

TIP: Note that some Post offices may not allow duplicate documents or verify your signature on a document that is not in Czech language. Visit the Municipality or a notary office directly if your document is in a foreign language.

Good to Know:

  • The verification will be confirmed in the verification book which the clerk will fill in and you will have to sign. 
  • The officials may request that you will stay at the waiting room while they prepare the documents registry. 
  • Some Post Offices and Notaries have a queue management system. You can identify the logo of the Czech Point as one of the service options on the standing machine and click on it to receive a service number.

How much verification costs?

  • At the Czech Point: CZK 30 per page
  • Notary: CZK 40–50 per page

Stáž v Relocare

Stáž ve firmě ReloCare

ReloCare bylo založeno v roce 2008 s cílem poskytovat imigrační a relokační servis klientům ze zahraničí. V současné době spolupracujeme zejména s těmito společnostmi: ExxonMobil, CME – TV Nova, Adecco, Doosan, Sberbank, Škoda Auto, Scania, ale i mnoha dalšími.

V období od 1. 3. do 31. 8. 2021 nabízíme studentům vysokých škol a absolventům možnost placené stáže.

Stáž je zaměřena na pomoc imigračnímu a relokačnímu týmu při přípravách žádostí o víza a s tím spojené administrativy i zajištění ubytování pro klienty z celého světa na začátečnických pozicích až po vrcholový management. Úkolem stážisty bude i kancelářská práce a zajištění běžného chodu kanceláře.

U zájemce oceníme:

  • angličtinu na úrovni B1+,
  • zájem o práci a zaměření na detail,
  • chuť se učit a schopnost komunikace na více úrovních,
  • důvtip a kreativitu.

Stážista bude mít na starosti:

  • pomoc s přípravou žádostí o víza,
  • možnost podílet se na business developmentu firmy,
  • pomoc v procesu relokace manažerů ze zahraničí (např. hledání bydlení)
  • běžná kancelářská práce.

Kromě osvojení si anglického jazyka v mluvené i psané formě a zlepšení komunikačních dovedností si stáž klade za cíl rozvinout schopnosti v oblasti vyjednávání, analyzování, oficiální komunikace s úřady a péče o zákazníky.

Naše společnost sídlí na Praze 5, Plzeňská 155/111-113, Business Centrum Klamovka, pracovní doba od 9:00 do 17:00.

Na přihlášky na stáž spolu s krátkým motivačním dopisem (rozsah 200–300 slov) se budeme těšit na e-mailu kristyna@relocare.cz. Bližší informace rádi poskytneme i na našich sociálních sítích (FB, Instagram).

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