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Family members of EU/EEA nationals

Visa information

I. Exemption from the visa regime for family members of EU/EEA nationals (valid from 1 January 2013):

 

For clarification purposes holders of passports of European Union member states and also Switzerland, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway are referred to further as EU nationals.

If you are a Non EU passport holder family member of an EU national you may stay temporarily in the territory of the Czech Republic without a visa ONLY if you satisfy the following conditions:

  1. You hold either a Permanent Residence Card or a Residence Card of a Family Member of an EEA National issued by the competent British authorities in accordance with EU Directive 38/2004 (see examples below, always check the "Type Of Document" written on the sticker) and
  2. the period of stay in the Czech Republic does not exceed 90 days (three months).

The visa free rule applies even if travelling to the Czech Republic without the attendance of an EU citizen. Furthermore, this only applies when travelling directly to the Czech Republic.  If you travel do the Czech Republic via another EU member state please double check with respective EU Embassy in London whether visa free regime applies to you also in this EU country.

 

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Examples of Permanent Residence Card and Residence Card of a Family Member of an EEA National

 

 residence card fm eea
Residence Card of a Family Member of an EEA National (old version of the sticker) issued according to Article 10 of EU Directive 38/2004 (above)
 
 permanent residence card
Permanent Residence Card (present version of the sticker) issued according to Article 20 of EU Directive 38/2004 (above)

 

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Remark:

  1. Non EU family members of EEA nationals who wish to travel according to EU Directive 2004/38/EC, should always contact the airline before purchasing the tickets to confirm if they will be allowed to board the plane without a visa.
  2. Holder of residence permit "Indefinite leave to remain in the UK" has to apply for a visa.
  3. Competent British authorities have been using four different versions of Residence Documentation vignettes (stickers). The Embassy has specimens just of two of them that are presented above. To comply with the visa free regime the "Type of Document" has to be either Permanent Residence Card or a Residence Card of a Family Member of an EEA National on any of the used Residence Documentation vignettes (stickers).
  4. Information about the visa requirements is possible to verify through Timatic. Timatic is the database of Passport, Visa and Health regulations used by the entire aviation industry. Airlines and travel agents use Timatic to provide advice on border requirements to passengers at the time of booking, and airlines use it at the time of boarding to ensure that passengers have sufficient travel documents for their destination and any transit points.

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II. Visa is required:

 

If you are a Non EU passport holder family member of an EU national and you require a visa (i.e. you do not hold either of the two previously mentioned types of residence permit in the United Kingdom) you can apply for a visa at the Czech Embassy in London as a family member of an EU national only if you travel together with your EU family member to the Czech Republic.

You need to submit the following documents when you apply for a Schengen visa:

  • completed visa application form;
  • 1 passport size photograph;
  • your valid passport (issued within last 10 years) + copy, which should be valid for at least three months from the date of a planned departure from the Czech Republic or the Schengen area;
  • UK residence permit + copy, which should be valid for at least three months after the expiry date of your Schengen visa;
  • passport of your family member + copy;
  • you need to provide us with the proof that the family member included on your application is related to you as claimed and is travelling with you. To demonstrate this, you will need to provide original marriage certificate, civil partnership or birth certificate with the official authorization (+ copy), which is either apostille or superlegalization with the official translation to Czech or English,
  • proof that you travel together with your EU national family member. You may prove this with confirmed return airline/ferry/train ticket (yours and of your EU family member you are travelling with).

Your original documents might not be returned to you if you do not provide photocopies. The Embassy will not make photocopies on the spot.

If you wish to have the passport returned by post please supply a pre-paid self addressed special delivery envelope (available from the post office).

Additional documents may be required in every case.

 

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The family members of the EU/EEA nationals can submit their visa applications without previous notice on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:00 to 11:45.

To apply for a visa with us, the Czech Republic must be your main destination. When travelling to the Czech Republic through/via another country please check with the appropriate Embassy or Consulate if you require a visa for that country. Each countries rule differs.

 

WHERE TO APPLY FOR A SCHENGEN VISA:

All applications must be made IN PERSON at the embassy in London. Postal applications will not be accepted.

Please note when presented a public document (Marriage or Birth certificate) it must be apostilled or superlegalized to be accepted by the Czech authorities as a proof of your relationship.

For further information you can contact the visa section via email visa.london@embassy.mzv.cz.

It may take up to 14 days (in complicated cases up to 30 days or even to 60 days) to obtain a visa after an application has been made. The visa for family members of EU nationals is free of charge.

 

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DEFINITION OF APOSTILE AND SUPERLEGALIZATION

 

When presented a legal document in a foreign country, it is often very difficult to determine whether the document is genuine or legal. There are two ways how to verify the authenticity of a foreign document.

1.     Apostille

The Apostille convention specifies the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory states (for list of signatory states see http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=conventions.status&cid=41).

Such a certification that is attached to the document is called an apostille and it verifies that the official signature on your document is genuine. It is an international certification comparable to a notarisation in domestic law.

There are specific authorities in every country to issue the apostille. For apostille in the UK please see http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/legal-services/Legalisation/ .

2.     Superlegalization

Some countries do not issue apostille, than the superlegalization is applicable. Superlegalization of a document is when the Czech Embassy accredited to the country which issued the birth or marriage certificate verifies by the means of a stamp the document authenticity.

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE A CERTIFICATE THAT MEETS THE ABOVE CRITERIA, AS AN ALTERNATIVE THE EMBASSY WILL ALLOW YOU TO APPLY FOR A STANDARD TOURIST VISA, BUT YOU WILL HAVE TO SUPPLY THE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION FOR A TOURIST VISA AND PAY THE FEE. Please refer to Tourist visa.

 

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