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New travel document of the Czech Republic with biometrics

General notice - All agenda at the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in London is handled on the appointment basis. You can find all information about making appointment at the section Visa and Consular Information - Contact Details.

1. Introduction

1.1 Please note that this information is just a brief extract from the full version available only in Czech lanugage, which is available on the Czech version of this website.

1.2 In accordance with the EC Regulation No. 2252/2004 on security and biometrics in travel documents issued by the EU Member States, the Czech Republic launched the procedure of issuing new passports as of September 1, 2006.

1.3 These passports will be issued to Czech citizens older than 5 years. Passports will be valid for 10 years, passports of citizens between 5 and 15 years of age will be valid for 5 years. Citizens under 5 years of age will be issued passports without biometrics for the period of 1 year.

2. Documents to be presented when applying for new passport

2.1 Czech Birth Certificate,

2.2 Czech Marriage Licence (married and divorced women only),

2.3 Photograph of passport format (50 x 50 mm, clean, light background, en-face, etc.) complying with the ICAO standards. Photographs not complying with ICAO standards wil not be accepted,

2.4 Czech university degree/diploma (only applicants with an academic title; wishing to have the title inserted in the passport),

2.5 administrative fee for the passport issuance procedure,

2.6 original Czech passport,

2.7 Czech Citizenship Certificate; either passport, ID or certificate.

2.8 Birth Number Certificate; can be found either in the birth certificate, passport, ID or in the document issued by the Ministry of Interior.

3. Application process

3.1 Applicants with residence in the United Kingdom will come in person to the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Czech Republic with all the above documents.

3.2 Please note that as of September 1, 2006, it is not possible to apply for any of the above documents and the passport at the same time.

3.3 The consular officer will do the following:

3.3.1 check all documents and compare them with data contained in the Central Registry of Citizens and Travel Documents,

3.3.2 print out the filled-out application containing all required data incl. the photopraph,

3.3.3 request the applicant to sign the application and scan the signed application,

3.3.4 signature of the applicant serves as confirmation that all data are correct, and as an agreement with the issuance of the passport,

3.3.5 scanned application is then sent to the issuing post in the Czech Republic, copies of all other documents remain in the file at the Embassy.

3.4 After the passport is prepared and sent to the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in London, the applicant will be called to come in person to collect the passport. The applicant may request the consular officer to check the functioning of the electronic devise (chip) in the passport before he or she signs for the hand-over. The applicant will also be instructed on how to handle the new passport.

3.5 Please note that applicants must be able to understand Czech. The Consular Section cannot be held responsible for misunderstandings caused by the inability of the applicant to comprehend the Czech language.