Visa over 90 days
Foreigners who intend to stay in the Czech Republic for more than three months should apply for a long-stay visa.
An application for a long-term visa for over 90 days can be filed at a Czech Embassy abroad. You are obliged to file the application only at the Czech Embassy in the state of which you are a citizen or which issued your current travel document or in the state in which you have a long-term or permanent residence permit. You do not have to meet these conditions if you are a citizen of a state presented in the list of countries whose nationals are entitled to file an application for a long-term visa at any Czech Embassy whatsoever (Decree No. 429/2010 Coll.).
An application for a long-term visa can only be filed inside the Czech Republic in legally set cases.
You should submit the application on the completed form along with all the necessary requirements laid down by law. You should, however, always submit originals or official copies of the documents. All of the documents submitted must be made out in the Czech language or officially translated into Czech.
Along with the application for a long-term visa you must submit:
- a travel document (original)
- 2 photographs; not necessary if a pictorial recording has been made of the foreign national
- proof of accommodation,
- document on the purpose of stay,
- proof of funds,
upon request you are further obliged to submit
- a document similar to an extract from the Penal Register record, issued by the state of which you are a citizen, as well as the states in which, in the last 3 years, you have resided continuously for a period longer than 6 months, or a signed affidavit in the event that this state does not issue such a document (not required from a foreign national under 15 years).
- a medical report, that you do not have a serious illness; (i.e. the illnesses presented in Decree No. 274/2004 Coll.[pdf, 562 kB]).
Additional information of the Ministry of Interior (MOI) with respect to the purpose of inteded stay in the Czech Republic.
- Purpose “studies”
- Purpose “employment” (As of 24 June 2014, it is no longer possible to apply for a long-term visa for the purpose of employment. This type of permit was replaced by an employee card.)
- Purpose “business”
- Purpose “family reunification”
- Purpose “invitation”
- Purpose “culture“
If your application is approved, prior to affixing the visa, you are obliged to submit a proof of medical travel insurance that corresponds to the specified conditions (not required if the foreign national subscribes to public health insurance or if the costs for health care are covered on the basis of an international agreement or if the foreign national can demonstrate that health care is covered in another manner), and, upon request, a document on paying the insurance presented in the proof of medical travel insurance.
The Czech Embassy is only competent for receiving an application for a long-term visa, the competent body for processing it is the MOI. During the procedure the Czech Embassy communicates with the applicant, invites him/her for a hearing or calls on him/her to pick up the visa.
If the specified requirements have not been submitted with the application or it has other discrepancies, then during the proceedings, the MOI or the Czech Embassy can invite you for an interview, request that you complete the requirements for the application; likewise the Czech Embassy is entitled to take your fingerprints or take a pictorial record of you.
An application for a long-term visa is considered inadmissible if:
- not all of the requirements specified by law were submitted with it,
- the foreign national refuses to have his/her fingerprints or a pictorial record taken,
- it was not filed on the prescribed form,
- it was not filed at the pertinent Czech Embassy.
In such a case, the Czech Embassy returns the application form, all of the requirements submitted and the administrative fee to the foreign national who filed an inadmissible application, whilst informing him/her of the reasons for considering the application to be inadmissible.
It is always necessary to file the application for a long-term visa in person (the Czech Embassy can only waive this obligation in well-substantiated cases).
The documents that you have been asked to submit by the MOI should always be submitted within the set deadlines. Not providing the requirements is a reason for not granting a visa. Naturally, during the procedure, you can submit other documents that you consider important for your application. Remember that travel documents must always be submitted in person.
The Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals (pdf, 1.5 MB) sets a standard deadline of 90 days for processing an application for a long-term visa from the day it was filed. In particularly complicated cases, it is 120 days from the day of filing the application and in certain cases (for the purpose of studies, pedagogical activity or research) within 60 days of filing the application.
This visa entitles the holder to multiple departure and entry to the Czech Republic.
Decision on granting a long-term visa
In the case of a positive appraisal of your application, the Czech Embassy at which you filed the application will contact you – in most cases by email – to arrange a date for picking up the long-term visa.
In the event of not being granted a long-term visa, the MOI will inform you in writing of the reasons for not granting the long-term visa. In such a case, within 15 days of receiving the information about not being granted the long-term visa, you may request the MOI directly for a new appraisal of the reasons for not granting a visa. Within 60 days, the MOI will inform you in writing of the result of the new appraisal of the reasons for not granting a visa.
- All documents have to be originals or certified copies.
- The date of issue of the documents must not be older than 6 months; this does not apply to passports and registrar´s documents such as birth certificates.
- Foreign documents (other than Czech) must be legalized (provided with an apostille) or superlegalized (if not stated otherwise in an agreement between the country concerned and the Czech Republic); British documents are legalized by Legalization Office of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Norfolk House (West), 437 Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 2AH; website: www.fco.gov.uk).
- Foreign documents must be officially translated into Czech.
- Fees can be paid in cash or by postal orders. Cheques or bank cards cannot be accepted.
- Applicants should make an appointment in advance by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To avoid possible financial loss the applicant should not buy a ticket before obtaining the respective visa. The visa officer may ask you for further documents. Production of those listed above does not guarantee that the visa will be issued.