Short-term schengen Visa information and Visa fees
08.01.2013 / 08:15
Applying for a Visa
Short-term Visa (Schengen Visa)
Because the Czech Republic does not have any external Schengen land or sea borders, the controls on land border crossings are abolished since December 21 st, 2007. At present the controls are done only in relation to flights from/to non-Schengen countries.
However, the immigration status of every foreigner can still be checked within the Czech Republic, so it is necessary to have proper documentation stating the identity and the legal status of the holder with proof of stay in our country.
Visa-free travel of non-EU nationals
1. Countries whose nationals do not require visa for a stay up to three months:
- EU countries (27), Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland (also for stay exceeding 3 months);
- Andorra, Antiqua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Holy Seat, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Macedonia (FYROM), Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, SanMarino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore , Republic of Korea, U.S.A.,Uruguay and Venezuela. Unless stated otherwise, nationals of these countries may stay in Schengen area for up to three months within a six month period counted from the day, when they first entered it. Duration of individual stays in different Schengen states cumulates.
- Students (pupils) residing in EU who will visit the Czech Republic as participants of short- term school However, they will be requested by the Czech immigration officer to present their passport;
- holders of EU permits for "long-term residents" (Council Directive 2003/109/EC);
- holders of long-term visa (D+C) issued by Schengen state can use it for initial 3 months also as a Schengen entry visa;
- holders of long-term visa (D) issued by Schengen state can use it as one-way transit visa (max. 5 days of transit) to that Schengen state;
- EU family members with long-term or permanent residency permit issued by EU (non-Schengen) member state;
- holders of UN Laissez-Passer, members of armed forces traveling on NATO business, holders of diplomatic/service passports of some countries, refugees with travel document issued by a contracting party of the Council of Europe "European Convention on Abolition of Visa Requirement for holders of Geneva 1951 Convention Travel Documents".
2. Holders of Residency Permits issued in Schengen area
Holders of long-term or permanent residency permit issued in any of the Schengen countries are allowed to stay in the Czech Republic up to 3 months. Prior to your journey, please make sure, that your passport has a sufficient validity (min. 3 months) and your long-term residency permit is valid for the whole time, you plan to stay in our country.
3. Holders of Schengen visa
Nationals of third countries with visa obligation may enter and stay in the Schengen area only on the basis of a uniform Schengen visa, which allows the holder to stay in Schengen area for the period mentioned in the visa, which cannot exceed the period of 3 months starting from the day of their first entry.
4. Family members of EU nationals
Family members of the EU citizens with permanent residency in EU country do not need a visa for stay up to three months . However, it is required to have a proof of the family relationship either in your passport or in a form of separate document issued by the EU country.
Schengen and national short-term visa requirements
Please be informed that minimum time for schengen Visa application processing and issuing of Visa is 5 working days. It is not possible to guarantee the issuance decision ofschengen Visa if application is submited less than 5 working days before expected date of departure!
All documents which are submitted together with Visa application form must be translated into the English language (for example airline e-ticket, accommodation etc.) !
The application for Schengen visa must be submitted by an applicant in person. Personal presence is not required in case of persons under 15 years of age whose application can be submitted by their legal representative.
- The Application Form must be completed duly, truthfully, in legible Roman capital letters and must be signed by an applicant (in case of persons under 15 years of age by his/her legal representative).
- The photograph(s) must have size of 3.5 x 4.5 cm, the backround must not be red or dark blue, one fhotograph must be glued on the designated space of an application form.
- Validity of a travel document must exceed the possible period of stay in the Czech Republic by at least 90 days.
- The application for visa for up to 90 days shall be dealt with within 5 working days of the submission of the application.
- The application for visa for over 90 days shall be dealt with by the Police of the Czech Republic within 90 days of the submission of the application. The application for a visa for over 90 days for the purpose of studying shall be dealt with within 60 days of the submission of the application.
- The application should be submitted together with other required items / documents.
- Applicants are required to present photocopies of all original documents that will need to be returned to them after the visa application procedure (e.g. invitation letter, insurance, airtickets, …).
- Insurance (travel medical insurance with cover of at least 30,000 EUR and covering the cost of any emergency medical treatment or repatriation for medical reasons) can be obtained in China from an insurance company according to the applicant s choice. It must be valid in the Schengen states and it must be submitted together with the receipt for payment of the insurance.
- The official Invitation Form is available at branches of Czech Alien and Border Police and must be certified by this institution. It is up to the host (inviting) person or company in the Czech Republic to arrange it.
- Applicants whose passports were issued in Shanghai, Zhejiang, Anhui and Jiangsu should apply for visa at the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Shanghai ( www.mfa.cz/shanghai, firstname.lastname@example.org).
- The fee for acceptance of the respective visa application is collected at the time of its submission. In case of visa refusal the fee will not be returned to the applicant. The fee is collected in cash and in CNY. The amount of fee is subject to exchange rates fluctuations.
- Submission of a completed visa application and all other documents does not guarantee that a visa will be issued. Holding of a visa does not guarantee the right to enter the Czech Republic, the final decision is up to the Czech Alien and Border Police at a border crossing.
- Please note, that all visa applicants are checked in the Schengen Information System. Before that the security checks were done in Czech Database only. For more information on SIS and the Schengen related issues, please log on the official website of the upcoming Czech membership in the Schengen cooperation network - www.euroskop.cz/schengen and download this booklet in Acrobate Reader.
- Comprehensive information about the laws and regulations applicable to the entry, stay and the residence of foreigners in the Czech Republic can be found on the web address www.mvcr.cz/rady/cizinci.
- Third country nationals should register with local office of " Služba pohraniční policie" (Alien's Police Service) within 3 working days of their arrival in the Czech Republic. In case a foreign national intends to stay in a hotel or similar facility, the owner or manager of the hotel shall register him/her with immigration authorities . Nationals of EU+EEA+Switzerland and their family members, who are traveling with them, should register with Alien´s Police for stay exceeding 30 days.
The family members of the EU citizens who need Visa for traveling to the Schengen area (and do not posses valid permanent residency in EU country) will submit only :
1 recent photograph (3.5 x 4.5 cm, the backround must not be red or dark blue) and Visa Application Form
Proof of family relation with EU citizen and proof of his/her EU citizenship
This Visa is granted free of charge.
List of supporting documents to be submitted by applicants for short stay visas in
When the visa is refused
- The visa procedure is governed by Act No. 326/1999 Coll., on stay of foreigners in the territory of the Czech Republic and amending certain acts (Aliens Act). According to Section 51 (2) of the Aliens Act, the issuance of visas is discretionary.
- The processing fee cannot be returned in case of visa denial or when the applicant does not use the issued visa for travel to the Czech Republic.
Protection of personal data
- Personal data of applicants included in the visa application are submitted to appropriate Czech authorities in accordance with the Act. No. 101/2000 Coll., on protection of personal data. The data are used solely for the purpose of decision on the application
List of visa and consular fees for Chinese Citizens
· Short-term single entry visa (one, two or multiple entries) : 60 EUR (518 CNY)
- Children from Age of six years and below the age of 12 years: 35 EUR (302 CNY)
· Long-term visa : 2,500 CZK (868 CNY)
· Super-legalization of a document : 600 CZK (208 CNY)
· Residence permit application : 500 CZK (174 CNY)
· Czech non-criminal record application : 200 CZK (69 CNY)
The fees are fixed in CZK (Czech crown) or EUR. A new exchange rate is set at the beginning of every month based on the Czech National Bank exchange rate. The fees in CNY therefore fluctuate accordingly on a monthly basis.
All fees are collected in cash in CNY at the time of submitting the corresponding application.
The visa fee shall be waived for applicants belonging to one of the following categories:
a) children under six years;
b) applicant is family member of the EU citizen (or citizen of Island, Norway, Lichtenstein);
c) school pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training;
d) researchers from third countries travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research;
e) holders of Diplomatic or Service Passports (Passports for Public Affairs are not exempted)