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What is a visa?

 

Visa is a permit to enter, stay, and leave the territory of the Czech Republic or the Schengen area, provided that the terms and conditions stipulated by the Czech law and/or the European Community laws have been met. All applicants must meet all the required conditions to be granted a visa. Every alien requiring a visa travelling with an individual travel document must possess his/her own visa.

Visa is issued to a travel document of an applicant. Individual visa must be held by a child below 15 years of age not in possession of his/her own travel document and registered in the travel document of a parent/legal guardian. Two visa stickers will be affixed to the passport. Such a child shall file through his/her parent/legal guardian a separate visa application, supported by the prescribed supporting documents.

Types of visa

Short-term visa - issued as Schengen visa for stay up to 90 days in the Schengen area (more information can be found here)

1. Airport transit visa (visa "A")

Airport transit visa can be issued for one or two entries (list of countries whose citizens need to have an airport visa while being in transit at the international airport in the Czech Republic can be found here).

2. Short-term visa for stay up to 90 days (visa "C")

•   for the purpose of tourism

•   for the purpose of visit (invitation)

•   for the purpose of culture

•   for the purpose of sport

•   for the purpose of study

•   for the purpose of employment

•   for the purpose of scientific research

•   for the purpose of business journey

•   for the official/political purpose

Long-term visa - issued as national visa with Schengen visa properties (i.e. grants a possibility of stay in other Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days within any 180 days). More information can be found here.

1. Visa for a stay over 90 days (visa “D”)

•   for the purpose of employment

•   for the purpose of entrepreneurship

•   for the purpose of participation in a legal entity (managerial position)

•   for the purpose of study

•   for the purpose of scientific research

•   for the purpose of family unification

•   for the purpose of sport

•   for the purpose of medical treatment

2. Visa for a stay over 90 days for the purpose of collecting a long-term or permanent residence permit. Once a residence permit is granted, the foreigner enters the territory of the Czech Republic in order to collect the residence permit.

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