June 25, 2019

Acquiring and Losing Citizenship of the Czech Republic

Acquiring and Losing Citizenship of the Czech Republic

The Act No. 186/2013 Coll., on Acquiring and Losing Citizenship of the Czech Republic (“Act“), does not allow the former Czechoslovak citizen´s children or grandchildren to gain the Czech citizenship even if they are able to evidence, that at least one of their parents is a former Czechoslovak citizen. Descendants related to the Czechoslovak refugees who left the country after the year 1948 experience obstacles when returning back to the Czech Republic to settle here or when studying at Czech universities. The Czech Republic is losing its chance to attract a young motivated generation with international education and experiences.


This shows that the current Czech citizenship law is not optimal and requires changes. An example of such a change is represented by the Chamber of Deputies bill no. 260, an amendment of the Act entitling a natural person, whose, at least one parent or grandparent is or has been a Czechoslovak citizen, to gain the Czech citizenship by an affidavit. The only prerequisite the applicant will have to meet is to submit the evidence of the date and why or how their parents´/ grandparents´ Czechoslovak citizenship had been abolished.


We consider the aforementioned amendment as a significant step forward and an opportunity for descendants to become double citizens of their current country and the Czech Republic.


Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.



For more information please contact:



Monika Rutland, partner

rutland & partners, advokátní kancelář s.r.o.

tel: +420 226 226 026

email: monika.rutland@rutlands.cz

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