Information for foreign nationals in English
What are radio licence fees?
The radio licence fees serve to finance the public broadcasting service of Czech Radio.
The radio licence fee is paid by persons for the possession/ownership of a radio receiver, whereby a radio receiver, according to Article 2(1) of Act No 348/2005 Coll., on radio and television fees, as amended (hereinafter referred to as the "Act"), is considered to be, for example, a VHF/FM or SV/AM radio, clock radio, car radio, mini/micro tower, radio enabling reception of digital broadcasts in DAB/DAB+ format, computer/laptop with VHF/FM or DVB-T/T2/C tuner, television with set-top box or tuner for reception of digital DVB-T/T2/S/C or IPTV or television with reception of cable TV programmes, if they enable reception of radio broadcasts.
Foreigners permanent or long-term residence (any visa residence more than 90 days) are required to pay the radio licence fee pursuant to Act No. 326/1999 Coll., on the residence of foreigners in the territory of the Czech Republic and on amendments to certain acts, as amended (hereinafter referred to as the "Foreigners Act").
How to pay the radio licence fee?
Households pay one radio licence fee regardless of the number of radio receivers they own, possess or use. In contrast, business entities are required to pay for each radio receiver they own or use for the purposes of their business.
The radio fee is CZK 45 per month per radio receiver. You can pay the radio fee for your household monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually. Businesses may pay the fee quarterly, semi-annually or annually.
- Account number: 107 100 5073 / 5500 (Raiffeisenbank a.s.)
- IBAN: CZ15 5500 0000 0010 7100 5073
- SWIFT: RZBCCZPP
Have you received a message from Czech Radio?
Have you received an Electricity Consumer Notice?
Czech Radio, as a broadcaster, is entitled to ask citizens – electricity consumers – whether they own/possess a radio receiver under the Act.
In the event that you receive from Czech Radio an electricity consumer notice, you are legally obliged to respond to the notice within 30 days by applying for the radio fee or by a written affidavit.
If you do not register your radio receiver (or if you register it late or unlawfully deregister it), Czech Radio is entitled by law to issue you with a surcharge of CZK 5,000.
Have you received a document entitled Communication on the Notification Obligation?
Pursuant to Section 2(2)(b) of Act No. 484/1991 Coll., on Czech Radio, as amended (hereinafter referred to as the "Czech Radio Act"), Czech Radio sends communications to business entities to inform them of the obligations imposed by the Act. It follows from the above that Czech Radio, in accordance with Section 2(2)(b) of the Czech Radio Act, contributes to the legal awareness of the population of the Czech Republic and that the above communication is of a preventive and educational nature, as many owners or holders of radio receivers are unaware of the legal obligation and do not comply with the Act.
In what cases can you exempt yourself from paying the radio licence fee?
Foreigners who do not have permanent or long-term residence in the territory of the Czech Republic and live either alone or in a household with other foreigners who also do not have permanent or long-term residence according to the Foreigners Act do not have to pay radio licence fees.
How to respond to Czech Radio?
Link: Odpovězte na výzvu/sdělení.
- You can submit an application form to pay the radio licence fee here.
- You can insert an affidavit as proof of exemption from paying the radio licence fee here.
- You can insert a scanned proof of residence permit or residence card issued by the Czech authorities according to the Foreigners Act here.
Do you have any other questions?
Please contact us in writing
- data-box: rnaadje,
- e-mail: email@example.com
- or postal mail: Český rozhlas – rozhlasové poplatky, Vinohradská 1409/12, 120 99 PRAHA 2.
Call us on the following phone number: +420 221 553 636.