25,000 Ukrainian refugees arrived in the Czech Republic

Dalibor Glück

The Foreign Police have registered 24,708 refugees since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. On Wednesday, 10,731 people registered, Foreign Police spokeswoman Renata Grecman said on Thursday.

The Interior Ministry has granted 13,614 special visas to people affected by the war. Tens of thousands of refugees have also been registered in Slovakia, while in Poland, the number is already in the hundreds of thousands.

Arriving people have to register with the foreign police within three days of their arrival. If they stay in an establishment, they will be reported to the accommodation provider. After that, people have 90 days to process their visa, which they can apply for at asylum and migration policy offices across the Czech Republic.

People from Ukraine are entitled to a special long-stay visa, which will automatically enroll them in the public health insurance system, and they can also apply for a work permit.

According to the Interior Ministry, the assistance centers, which are being set up in Prague and other regions, are to deal with accommodation, logistics, humanitarian aid, and transport, in addition to registration and health checks for new arrivals. In the capital, people can use the services of the center in the building of the Municipal Library on Mariánské náměstí, while in Brno, the center operates at the Exhibition Grounds.