International students coming from EU countries do not need visa. Other international students can get information about the visa application at the Czech embassy or consulate in their home country. The basic information can also be obtained from the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic www.mzv.cz ; the information for foreign citizens see at http://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/information_for_aliens/index.html.
Since December 21, 2007, the Czech Republic has become a fully participating member of the Schengen area that enables visitors to travel free among 24 member countries - more information at http://www.euroskop.cz/8427/1390/clanek/the-czech-republic-joins-the-schengen-area/.
Citizens of the USA and other more than 50 countries (see their list at http://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/information_for_aliens/list_of_states_whose_citizens_are_exempt/index.html ) do not need visas to visit the Czech Republic for a limited period of time, usually 90 days. Other foreign visitors are required to have a visa. No visa can be obtained at the border or at airports.
For more information on Entry, Stay, Permanent Residence and International Protection in the Czech Republic see the website of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic at http://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/changes-in-conditions-for-the-entry-and-stay-on-the-territory-of-the-czech-republic-from-2011.aspx.
All international students must have health insurance covering their entire stay in the Czech Republic.
Students from the EU should bring either the E 111 form or their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which they need to submit when seeing a doctor. Other international students are advised to take out an insurance policy covering medical care in their home country. If necessary, it may be arranged in the CR with a local insurance company. More information can be found at the following websites - www.cmu.cz and www.mzd.cz.
If you need to see a doctor you can contact one of the members of the International Student Club and ask for assistance or you can visit the practitioner at the Student Halls of Residence Pod Palackeho vrchem, building A03/A06, door no. 138 and 139 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 8:00–11:30, Thu 13.00-16.00). If you need immediate help at a time when doctors' offices are not open or you are confined to bed, call the first-aid service at 155; a doctor will come to see you if necessary.
Medical help 24 hours a day 7 days a week is available at St. Anne's University Hospital, 53, Pekarska Street, telephone: +420 543 181 111, +420 543 182 096.
Most of the medicines available in other countries can be obtained in Brno, though not in every pharmacy. In case you need some kind of medicine in the evening, at night or over the weekend, you can visit a non-stop pharmacy located in the centre of the city at 7, Koblizna Street, telephone: +420 542 212 110.
Orientation week at Brno University of Technology
All international students are invited to take part in the Orientation week, organized by International Students Club VUT (ISC) at the beginning of each semester. All students will be contacted with more information by the club. For more details please visit the web of ISC. During the orientation week students are introduced to the basics of the Czech language and culture and meet other foreign students. ISC will also help the incoming students when they first arrive in Brno.