Regionalisation of the visa sections in the countries of the Member States of the Schengen area
16.12.2010 / 09:33
(This article expired 17.12.2011.)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic informs that from January 1, 2010, applications for the visa to enter the Czech Republic and application for the long-term and permanent residency in the Czech Republic can be lodged only at visa sections of the Embassies of these Embassies of the Czech Republic in the Schengen area: Athens, Berlin, Bratislava, Madrid, Stockholm, Warsaw and Vienna.
The regional visa centres will be established as follows:
- Embassy of the Czech Republic in Athens (at present locally competent for Greece only)
- Embassy of the Czech Republic in Berlin (Germany, Denmark)
- Embassy of the Czech Republic in Bratislava (Slovakia, Hungary)
- Embassy of the Czech Republic in Brussels (Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands)
- Embassy of the Czech Republic in Madrid (Spain, Portugal)
- Embassy of the Czech Republic in Stockholm (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Iceland)
- Embassy of the Czech Republic in Warsaw (Poland, Latvia, Lithuania)
- Embassy of the Czech Republic in Vienna (Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Malta, Slovenia).
Visa sections of all the other Embassies and Consulates General of the Czech Republic in the Member States of the Schengen area will be closed by December 31, 2010.
The regionalisation will by no means influence other consular services of the Czech Embassies/Consulates General.
The regionalisation will refer to applications of all kinds of residence permits in the Czech Republic (visa up to 90 days of stay, visa over 90 days of stay, long term residency permit and permanent residency permit).
The decision about regionalisation was motivated by a significantly lower number of visa applications at the Czech Embassies/Consulates General in the Member States of the Schengen area and by the efforts in order to improve the efficiency of the Czech Embassies/Consulates General.