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Schengen visa (stay up to 90 days)

A Schengen visa issued by a diplomatic mission of the Czech Republic or of another Schengen state entitles its holder to stay in the territory of the Czech Republic for the period stated in the visa, unless the Czech Republic is excluded from the territorial validity of such visa.

Schengen short term visa (for stay up to 90 days)

Application for a Schengen (short-term) visa can be filed within 3 months of the planned trip. It is recommended not to file a visa application later than 15 days before the trip, as it cannot be otherwise guaranteed it will be reviewed in time. In most cases, visa applications are processed within 15 days. In individual cases, the review period can be extended up to 30 days and in exceptional cases up to 60 days. Holders of multiple Schengen (short-term) visa can file a visa application before this visa has expired, provided it has been valid for at least 6 months.

The number and type of supporting documents should be adapted to:

–                        the purpose of the intended journey;

–                        the length and destination of the intended journey;

–                        local circumstances.


According to the Visa Code, Article 24, a uniform visa allows the holder to circulate in the entire territory of the Schengen area.

With a Schengen visa, a visitor may stay up to a maximum of 90 days in the Schengen area within 6 months period. If the visitor used up all the 90 days, he/she has to leave the Schengen area and may only reenter after 3 months of being abroad.

The period of authorised stay should correspond to the intended purpose of stay or transit, while respecting the general rules in relation to the length of stay. Previous stays within the territory of a Member State on the basis of a national long-stay visa or a residence permit have no influence on the stays allowed by a uniform visa or a visa with limited territorial validity.


As listed by importance, the following rules apply by which you may determine at which office you should apply for the visa, according to the Visa Code, Article 5:

  1. If you intend to visit only one Schengen country, you must apply at the Embassy or Consulate of that particular country.
  2. If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you must apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country which is your main destination - main purpose of stay.
  3. If you intend to visit several Schengen countries but do not have a main destination (a main purpose of stay), you should apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country where you intend to stay the longest time (if the lenght of time is the same in each Schengen country then you have to apply at the Embassy or Consulate of the county which is your first point of entry).
  4. If you do not need a visa for the Schengen country which is your main destination or first point of entry, please note that you may require a visa for the other Schengen countries you wish to visit. You should then apply at the Embassy or Consulate of the first Schengen country which requires you to have a visa.


All visa applications must be made in person, during our business hours, well in advance at the Embassy or Consulate in which jurisdiction you reside.


Note that in some cases authorization is required from the competent authorities in the Czech Republic or other Schengen countries.

The visa process can take up to 30 days and the application can be submitted a maximum of 3 months before the date of departure.


Applications must be submitted in person.


The following documents should be submitted by each applicant:

1. Completed visa application form.This form can be completed and printed online but you have to sign the form in front of the visa officer.

2. Passport or official travel document
The applicant shall present a valid travel document satisfying the following criteria:

  • its validity shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory,
  • it shall contain at least two blank pages
  • it shall have been issued within the previous 10 years,

3. Documents proving the legal status in US - original Alien Registration Card (Green Card), a Green card Stamp in your passport, an Advance Parole, or a valid US Visa must be provided along with a valid I-94 departure record. Students should also submit the original validated I-20, DS-2019 or IAP-66. The US residence permit or visa must be valid at least 3 months beyond the intended departure from the Schengen territory.

4. One recent passport photograph of one's entire face, which shows a clear and exact likeness of the applicant (without sunglasses or head covering, unless it is on account of religious or medical reasons). The photo must be taken against a plain, light background with a good contrast in color or black and white. It must be of clear and good quality and printed on regular photographic paper.

Photos that do not comply with these standards should not be accepted!

Children travelling with their parents on their parent´s passport do need their own visa with a photo (free of charge under 6 years of age). However, applicants should also submit one recent passport size photograph for every child travelling with them. Please make sure that you have enough pages to affix the visas for you and your child(ren).

5. Proof that you can proceed to the next country after you have visited the Schengen countries, i.e. confirmed itinerary / airline reservation or airline ticket and required visa.

6. Proof of sufficient funds for your intended stay in the Czech Republic, e.g. personal bank statement (must show your name and address), travelers checks, etc.

7. Letter of continued employment including income statement. If you are self employed a business license and tax return forms are required.

8. Proof establishing the purpose of your trip:

  • tourism (confirmed hotel reservation, invitation letter with verified signature, itinerary etc.)
  • medical treatment (health/medical facility confirmation etc.)
  • business trip (business relations confirmation, invitation/application for participation in consultations, supporting letter from the hosting company)
  • seminar/conference (invitation/ticket for congress, expo, conference, seminar etc.)
  • culture/sport (confirmation about cultural/sport activities in the Czech Republic etc.)
  • study (acceptance letter from the school, registration letter etc.)
  • scientific research (hosting agreement with a research institution etc.)
  • emloyment (work permit issued by the Employment Office or employment contract, if the type of work is exempt from the work permit in accordance with Act. No. 435/2004 Coll. on employment)
  • official invitation (formal invitation authorized by the Alien Police)

-         the formal invitation replaces some required supporting documents as financial funds and proof of accommodation

-         the invitation form is submitted in its original by the visa applicant

9. Medical health/travel insurance that meets the following criteria:

  • It is valid throughout the Czech Republic/Schengen territory.
  • It is valid during the entire period that you will be in the Czech Republic/Schengen territory.
  • The coverage is at least € 30,000 (US $45,000).
  • The coverage includes evacuation, repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical care and/or emergency treatment in a hospital.

10. For the visa fee click here - cash or money order payable to Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York only.

Personal or business checks and credit cards are NOT accepted. Visa fees vary depending upon the exchange rate between the Czech and US currency.

Visa fees are non-refundable!

IMPORTANT: Additional documents can be required!!!

The applicant should in principle collect the travel document and other documents to be returned, if any, in person. However, exceptions may be allowed for and the applicant may authorise a third party to collect the travel document.

If you would like to send the passport back after the visa process you have to enclose a prepaid (USD 19.99 regular postage stamp - not purchased in a postal stamp machine), self-addressed US Postal Service Express Mail Envelope (NO FEDEX, NO UPS are accepted). For the future tracking we suggest to make a written record of the registration number for your record.

The Consulate does not accept any responsibility for lost or damaged documentation!

Please note:

The Consular Department has full authority to evaluate and request more documents than those submitted by the applicant. The applicant is hereby informed that submitting the aforementioned documents does not guarantee automatic issuance of the visa.