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Passports for Czech children in foster care or adopted in the United Kingdom

Applications should be made in person by the holder of parental responsibility at the consular section of the Czech Embassy in London. The application forms and information sheets are in Czech only, the help of a translator or an interpreter might be needed.

A list of translators and interpreters can be found on the Embassy website. The length of the procedure will depend on the documentation already available. If the child has only a UK birth certificate, more steps will be required and the whole procedure may take 4 ‑ 6 months.


Description of what to do in three typical situations

  1. The child has a Czech birth certificate and a valid Czech citizenship certificate.
  2. The child's birth is registered in the Czech Republic; the child does not have a Czech birth certificate and valid Czech citizenship certificate.
  3. The child was born in the UK and has a UK birth certificate only.


Proof of parental responsibility

Matters of parental responsibility are regulated by Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 of 27 November 2003 concerning jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility. Article 39 of the Regulation specifies that when an attest of parental responsibility is needed "The competent court or authority of a Member State of origin shall, at the request of any interested party, issue a certificate using the standard form set out in Annex II (judgments on parental responsibility)."

The person with parental responsibility has to present this certificate when applying for a passport or any other document relating to the child. The birth parents are legally entitled to apply for the child's passport and other documents. Therefore, the procedure can be simpler when the birth parents are willing to cooperate with the Embassy.


Legalisation of UK documents for international use

Documents issued by British authorities, such as the certificate according to Annex II of the Regulation or a birth certificate, must be certified with a UK apostille (see https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised). Both the original document and the apostille must then be translated into Czech. The translation should be done by an authorised translator (list of translators is available on the Embassy website). If the translation is not done by a Czech court-appointed translator, the Embassy can verify the translation for an additional fee.


How to submit the application

It is necessary to make an appointment in advance, preferably by email to consulate.london@embassy.mzv.cz. All applications are subject to a fee. Before applying for the passport, the child's birth has to be registered in the Czech Republic and a valid certificate of Czech citizenship must be obtained. 


Schedule of fees

Following are application fees as of February 2015. The fees are set in Czech Crowns and the actual amounts may vary according to the current exchange rate.


Birth registration

£ 8

Citizenship certificate       

£ 10

Birth certificate

£ 10

Passport, under 15

£ 13

Passport, 15 or older        

£ 36

Translation verification

£ 5 per page.


Consular Section Contacts (including telephone numbers)

Email: consulate.london@embassy.mzv.cz

Address: 30 Kensington Palace Gardens, W8 4QY London

Opening hours (except for Czech national days and bank holidays):

•          Monday - Thursday: 9:00 - 13:00, 14:00-16:00 (by appointment only),

•          Friday: 9:00 - 13:00 (by appointment only).


Czech children in care 191 KB PDF (Adobe Acrobat document) Feb 25, 2015