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Visa up to 90 days

For foreigners who are not family members of EU citizens. Please note that only applications with all of the supporting documents as follows will be accepted.

VISA UP TO 90 DAYS
FORREIGNERS WHO ARE NOT FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE EU CITIZENS

VISA REQUIREMENTS:

1 - Application form - The form should be completed legibly and signed by the applicant or in case of children under 15, by the legal guardian. Each applicant must present a SEPARATE APPLICATION FORM and a SEPARATE SET OF DOCUMENTS even for children travelling on a parent´s passport.

More information on how to obtain an application form.

Please Note - a separate application form (with a photograph and birth certificate) must be filled out for each child travelling even if they are registered on a parent´s passport.

2 - Passport and UK Residence Permit - these must be valid for a minimum of 90 days beyond the validity of the requested visa. Applicants who do not have a UK Residence Permit must apply for a visa in their home country.

The passport must have been issued within the last 10 years and it must have a minimum of 2 blank visa pages in order to affix the visa.  

The applicant must also provide a photocopy of the passport data page and their UK Residence Permit. Children up to the age of 15 may be included on a parent´s passport. However, once the child has reached the age of 15 a separate passport is necessary.

3 - One recent passport photograph (please attach your photograph with glue, do not staple).

4 - Proof of your current occupation or your student status in the UK
Evidence of occupation/student status, i.e. original, recent (not older than 1 month) signed letter from your employer / school / university. Printed PDF document are not accepted.

5 - Proof of sufficient financial funds to cover the period of your intended stay: Each applicant must provide either one bank statement covering the last three months of transactions or three individual monthly statements for the last three months. The statement/s must show your name and address and the statement date should be less than one month old at the time of your application. You should make sure that you have a minimum of GBP 30.00 in the account for each day of your stay in the Schengen Area i.e. GBP 150 for 5 days. Travellers´ cheques are also acceptable and must be equal to the minimum amount required for each day´s stay (GBP 30.00) in the Schengen Area. If using travellers cheques please bring them with wou when applying for your visa.

Please note: cash will not be accepted as proof of funds.

6 - Proof of valid travel insurance and receipt Applicants must provide their travel insurance certificate, the receipt and the Terms and Conditions pages. Quotations for insurance are not taken as proof of cover. The insurance should state that it covers all medical expenses including emergency hospital treatment and repatriation for the period of your stay in the Schengen area. The insurance must be valid throughout the territory of the Member States and cover the entire period of the person´s intended stay. The certificate should state the name of the person/s covered, the period of cover and the level of cover (minimum GBP 20.000). The insurance certificate must be brought with you as the policy number alone will also not be taken as proof of cover. The insurance company must be registered in either the UK or the Czech Republic.

7 - Proof of accommodation: Confirmed hotel reservation covering all your stay in the Schengen countries.

8 - If staying with friends or relatives in the Czech Republic: The applicant must provide an original signed invitation and photocopy of both sides of the inviting person´s ID ("občanský průkaz" in Czech) or passport copy and copy of residence permit if your host is not Czech. The formal obligation can be obtained by your host at his local town authorities in Czech Republic (Czech Immigration Authority).

9 - Proof of Transport: We need to see a return airplane/coach/rail ticket or a ferry/eurotunnel ticket reservation if travelling by car. If you plan to visit next to the Czech Republic also other Schengen countries please present all relevant documents proving your intended travelling (paid airplane/coach/rail ticket).

10 - The applicable current visa fee: information on exact visa fees
In accordance with the Czech Republic´s current legal regulations which relate to administrative charges, a visa fee is charged at the time of submission of an application for a Czech/Schengen visa. The fee is non refundable even in the case of a visa not being granted or an issued visa not being used for any reason.

11- Travel Plans: Applicants travelling to more than one Schengen Area country must provide a detailed travel plan.

12- All ORIGINAL documents have to be presented with a PHOTOCOPY. Applicants will not be able to make copies once they are inside the building. The Embassy will not return original documents if photocopies are not supplied.

13 - 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).

IN SOME CASES FURTHER DOCUMENTS AND GUARANTEES WILL BE REQUIRED with your application, e.g. sponsorship letter, invitation from your business partner in the Czech Republic, etc.

WHERE TO APPLY FOR A SCHENGEN VISA:

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

If you intend to visit only one Schengen Area country you must apply to the Embassy or Consulate of that particular country.
If you intend to visit several Schengen Area countries you must apply to the Embassy or Consulate of the country which is your main destination i.e. the country where you will spend the longest period of time.
If you intend to visit several Schengen Area countries but do not have a main destination you should apply to the Embassy or Consulate of the country which is your fist point of entry.

WHEN TO APPLY FOR A SCHENGEN VISA:

Applicants can apply up to 3 months but no later than 15 days before planned travel.
Please note: Appointments should be booked well in advance of travel as there is usually a waiting time for an appointment.
It takes 10 -15 days (maximum 30 days) to obtain a visa after an application has been made.

ARRANGING AN APPOINTMENT

It is essential to book an appointment well in advance of travel. Please book one before you bring your application form to the Embassy. You will not be admitted to the visa section without an appointment. To book an appointment please call 09065 540 727 (Calls cost GBP 1.02 per minute from BT landlines other networks may vary).

For more information please call the 24 hour visa information service on 09065 508 931 (calls cost is GBP 1.02 per minute from BT landline other networks may vary).

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

No visa can be obtained at the airport or at the border.

The Embassy cannot guarantee the issuance of a visa. There is no legal entitlement to a visa.

The Embassy is not responsible for information given by travel agencies or guidebooks.

Holders of Schengen visas are still subject to immigration controls and are not guaranteed entry into any of the Schengen Area countries.

For minors: birth certificate showing both parentś names and both parentś passport must be provided. Parents must be blood related or have official adoption papers. Minors travelling alone or with only one parent: also proof of consent of parental authority or legal guardian.

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