FAQs about Schengen Visa
Which countries take part in the Schengen area?
Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Austria, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Do I need a visa to visit a Schengen country?
The citizens of the following countries are exempt from visa requirement for short stays up to 90 days of non-profit nature (in case of employment, visa is required!):
* Please, verify with us for details (e.g. biometric passports only, etc.)
What does the “90/180 rule” mean?
Since October 18, 2013, a new rule of “90/180” has been applied. A non-EU citizen traveller may stay in the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period. The notion of “any“ implies the application of a “moving“ 180-day period, looking backwards at each day of stay (be it at the entry or at the day of an actual check), into the last 180-day period, in order to verify if the 90 days/180-day requirement continues to be fulfilled.
Where shall I apply?
Submit the visa application at the diplomatic mission of the Schengen state in which the only or the main purpose (e.g. conference, business meeting) of your trip is located. If the main purpose of the trip cannot be determined, submit the visa application at the diplomatic mission of the state where you are going to stay the longest. Only if this formula cannot be used, submit the visa application at the diplomatic mission of the state where you will enter the Schengen area – i.e. at the diplomatic mission of the state you will visit first.
As a general rule, only applications from persons who reside legally in the jurisdiction of the competent Embassy/Consulate will be accepted.
When shall I apply?
Applicants can apply up to 3 months but no later than 15 days before the planned travel.
It takes up to 15 days (in specific cases up to 30 days) to obtain a visa after an application has been made.
Can I appeal visa refusal?
Decision about visa refusal can be appealed. The request for an appeal must be submitted within 15 days of the receipt of visa refusal, through a diplomatic mission, at which the visa application has been filed, and must clearly state the name and identification of the appealee, contact information and the nature of the disagreement with the visa refusal decision. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic shall review the request within 30 days from the receipt of the appeal. Information on the outcome of the review is sent through a diplomatic mission.
Please note that:
- No visa can be obtained at the airport or at the border.
- There is no possibility of an “express visa procedure”, nor any fee for such a service!
- Holders of Schengen visas are still subject to immigration controls and are not guaranteed entry into any of the Schengen Area countries. Immigration controls also try to eliminate the cases of “visa shopping”, e.g. Czech issued Schengen visa holders entering the Schengen area in Spain without any supportive documents proving the reason of their stay in Spain.