Information on visas
Depending on the type of visa, this information is divided into the following sections: I. Visa for stay up to 90 days 2. Transit visa 3. Airport visa 4. Visa for study, employment and other long term visas Please note that: The visa application form cannot be
Information for visa applicants
The visa procedure is governed by Act No. 326/1999 to regulate the stay of foreigners in the territory of the Czech Republic and to amend certain acts as amended.
According to Section 51 (2) of the above Act, the issuance of visas is discretionary. A refusal to issue a visa is final and without appeal.
Every applicant who has been refused a visa has the right to be informed orally about the reasons for such refusal in terms of Section 56 of the above Act. At the applicant´s express request, the information will be confirmed in writing.
A refused applicant is entitled, at any time, to lodge a new application accompanied by the required documents. He/she can do so immediately after his/her previous application has been refused.
In accordance with Act No. 101/2000 to regulate the protection of personal data and to amend certain acts as amended, the applicant´s personal data provided in the visa application are disclosed exclusively to the competent authorities of the Czech Republic for the purpose of the decision to grant or refuse a visa.
Depending on the type of visa, this information is divided into the following sections:
I. Visa for stay up to 90 days
2. Transit visa
3. Airport visa
4. Visa for study, employment and other long term visas
Please note that: The visa application form cannot be downloaded from the
To obtain the original application form contact the Consular Department of the
Embassy, or send a request with your mailing address, the form will be mailed to
I. VISA FOR STAY UP TO 90 DAYS
When applying for a visa, the following must be enclosed with your visa
1) original visa application - first three pages of the form must be filled out
completely (with ballpoint pen or by typewriter, do not use red ink) and
applicant's signature is required;
2) original travel document valid for at least 90 days beyond the expiration date of the requested visas;
3) one photograph glued (please do not staple) to the upper part of the first
page of the application;
4) a stamped, self-addressed envelope with postage stamps for certified mail if
you want to have the visa returned by mail; if you want us to mail your
documents overnight, please provide us with a stamped self-addressed envelope
for Express Mail.
5) The visa officer may also ask for documents such as confirmation of accomodation or documents proving the applicant´s possession of sufficient funds to cover his living expenses in the Czech Republic. (E.g. in case of longer stay a recent bank statement or a letter from your host or sponsor in the Czech Republic confirming that he/she will support you during your visit and evidence that he/she can do so). You may be asked for the same by the Czech immigration officer at the border crossing.
6) copy of a valid airplane ticket to and from the Czech Republic with specified
dates (not an open one).
The processing time is approximately 7-10 days for mailed-in applications,
assuming all the aforesaid requirements have been met. Visa applications
presented in person are processed in approximately 5 days.
THE PROCESSING OF APPLICATION FORM IS COMPUTERIZED. IF THE FORM IS NOT COMPLETED LEGIBLY AND FULLY, YOU RISK YOUR VISA MAY BE DELAYED OR THE APPLICATION NOT PROCESSED AT ALL.
If you wish to apply by post you should first send your request for an application. It has to be an original one, not a copy. When ordering the application form by mail, do not forget to indicate your nationality and send self- addressed and prepaid envelope - size A 4. (The form cannot be sent to you by fax). After the completion and signing of the form send it together with all the required documents and a self addressed and prepaid Special Delivery envelope by Special Delivery post to the above address.
- the Visa Office may always request additional documents and/or information
before issuing the visa, therefore always include your home or office telephone
- in some cases the decision making process can take up to 30 days. The Embassy
can not guarantee issuance of any visa. The decision is final and irrevocable.
- no visa can be obtained at the border or at the airports !
- the maximum length of an individual stay in the Czech Republic based on a visa
is 90 days. The visa may be used at any time within 6 months from the date of
- no vaccination certificates are required unless coming from an infected area.
- imports and exports: personal effects brought into the Czech Republic for use
during a visit are not subject to import duty. Import of gifts is permitted
without duty and VAT if the quantity and value do not exceed 6000,- Crowns.
Please pay attention to the customs information on exports
available upon arrival at border crossing points.
- bearers of Czech tourist visas must register at any Czech Immigration Police
Station within 3 days after arrival in the Czech Republic. Visitors staying in
hotels are registered automatically.
There is no visa fee for children under 15 years of age.
I.1. Single entry
A single entry visa for a period of stay not exceeding 90 days.
I.2. Multiple entry
A multiple entry visa for a period of stay not exceeding 90 days.
2. TRANSIT VISA
This type of visa is used for transit through the territory of the Czech
Republic. The transit visa is valid up to 180 days and the requirements are
basically the same as for a visa for period up to 90 days. In addition, the
applicant must have in his/her passport a valid visa to enter the country of
final destination and/or all other transit countries. The time-limit for one
transit is 5 days.
2.1. Single entry transit visa
This type of visa allows one to enter once and travel through the Czech
Republic. The maximum length of the stay is 5 days.
2.2. Double entry transit visa
This type of visa allows double transit through the Czech Republic. The maximum
length of each stay is 5 days.
2.3. Multiple entry transit visa
This type of visa allows multiple transit through teritory of the Czech Republic. The
maximum length of each stay is 5 days.
All visitors who enter the Czech Republic may be requested by the Czech
Immigration officer at the border crossing point to present either at least
1,100 Czech Crowns (CZK) per day for a stay up to 30 days or at least 39 000 CZK
per one month of supposed stay in the Czech Republic. The minimum amounts of
money for visitors younger than 18 years are stipulated as a half of the
aforesaid amounts. The amount can be presented either in Czech Crowns or in
other convertible currencies. Instead of the above mentioned amounts, the
visitors may submit their valid credit cards.
Instead of the above mentioned amounts the visitors may submit:
- an invitation verified by the Czech Immigration Police or
- a document confirming that a visitor is participating in a tour or
- a document confirming that a visitor has prepaid all expenses for the stay and
departure from the Czech Republic (voucher of a travel agency or spa, credit
card, round-trip ticket)
- a document confirming that a visitor has valid medical insurance for the stay in the Czech Republic
- a document confirming that a visitor has assured accomodation in the Czech Republic
- in case of transit through the territory of the Czech Republic the visitor must possess valid visa to enter the country of final destination and/or all other transit countries.
The above mentioned amounts or documents are requested by the Czech Immigration
Police by exception rather than on a regular basis.
3. AIRPORT VISA
Citizens of the following countries can enter and stay in transit at the international airport in the Czech Republic only with a valid airport visa issued by the Embassy of the Czech Republic abroad:
This requirement does not apply to citizens of the above countries who:
a) hold a VALID RESIDENCE VISA/PERMIT of any EU country, Norway, Island, Switzerland, USA and Canada,
b) travel DIRECTLY from one of the countries listed under a) holding a document proving they had a valid residence visa/permit before their departure,
c) are holders of diplomatic, service, official or special passport.
4.VISA FOR STUDY, EMPLOYMENT and OTHER LONG TERM VISAS
All documents must be presented in the original or a notarized copy.
All affidavits and legal documents issued and/or signed in the
Czech Republic must be notarized by a Czech notary.
All documents must not be older than 180 days.
The following documents must be submitted:
1. The application form (available upon request at the Czech Embassy or a consulate)
2. 2 photographs
3. Original passport. Its validity must exceed the expected length of stay by at least 455 days.
4. Document confirming your sufficient financial resources for the
stay in the Czech Republic:
- bank account statement in your name from a bank in the Czech Republic or in country of your residence showing present balance together with your name
- a letter from the host or sponsor confirming support of the applicant during his or her stay in the Czech Republic (in case of a study program only !)
* The minimum acceptable amount of financial resources : approx. 34.800,- CZK
+ 4.640 CZK/per each month of stay
* In case of business stay exceeding 90 days: approx 116.000,- USD
* For juveniles applies half of the above stated amounts.
5. A document regarding the purpose of stay in the Czech Republic.
Please, find the respective purpose of your stay:
a) student class
- the original or a notarized copy of a document certifying the acceptance into a study program in the Czech Republic issued by a Czech university or school /copy notarized by a Czech notary/
b) employment class
- a notarized copy of a working permit issued by the Employment Administration Office ("Povolení k zaměstnání") in the Czech Republic /notarized by a Czech notary/ (*** in case of work in the Czech Republic you are required to obtain a visa even in case of period of stay not exceeding 90 days !!! On the other hand since the requirements for this kind of visa are simplier than for stay exceeding 90 days, we suggest you to ask for specific instructions
c) commercial and investment class
- a notarized copy of a Record from the Commercial Register ("Zápis od Obchodního rejstříku") in the Czech Republic /notarized by a Czech notary/
d) licensed professionals and bussines
- a notarized copy of a document confirming a discontinuation of the procedure for issuing trade license ("Živnostenské oprávnění") from "Živnostenský úřad". This applies when the trade license has not been issued because of nonexistence of the long term permit.
- a notarized copy of a trade license ("Živnostenský list")
- a notarized copy of a preliminary trade license ("ohlášení živnosti) in case that živnostenský list was not issued
- a notarized copy of a business license ("Koncesní listina")
- a notarized copy of a contract or notarial protocol ("notářský zápis") confirming the establishment of a company
- a notarized copy of a Record from the Commercial Register ("Zápis do Obchodního rejstříku")
e) family/accompanying family member
- a notarized copy of a marriage certificate - in case of a wife/husband, certified by the Apostille
- a notarized copy of a birth certificate - in case of a child, certified by the Apostille
- other document certifying the relationship to relatives
f) visit/invitation - the original official invitation letter certified by the Immigration Police of the Czech Republic
g) other purpose of stay (medical, cultural, sport, trade, business,
foundation, tourist, and other)
- a document or an affidavit certifying the reason of stay, for example if you wish to establish a foundation, you will need a notarized copy of a registration certificate issued by the respective District Office.
6. A document regarding accommodation in the Czech Republic
- the original statement of the owner of an apartment stating his/her ability and willingness to provide an accommodation for the time of stay /signature must be notarized by a Czech notary/. - in case of a lease of an apartment/house - the original or a notarized copy of the lease contract - in case of an underlease - the original or a notarized copy of the lease contract and affidavit signed by the owner confirming the underlease /signature must be notarized by a Czech notary/. - in case of study, you may present an original document issued by a Czech university or school confirming accommodation for the time of your studies.
7. The application for the Criminal History Record issued by the
Police in the Czech RepublicThe form, which is available upon request at the Czech Embassy or a consulate, must be completed /your signature must be notarized by a Notary Public/.
8a. An affidavit
(the form is available upon request at the Czech Embassy or a consulate), confirming that you have never been indicted and sentenced for a crime of any kind /your signature must
be notarized by a Notary Public/.
8b. The Criminal History Record from the
country of your nationality.
9. A processing fee + 200,- CZK for Criminal History Record
Fees paid in cash or a money order should be payable to the Embassy of Czech Republic. No personal checks, please. Consular fee might change without prior notice !
10. Please enclose a prepaid, self-addressed Certified or Express
Mail envelope (for future tracking, we suggest keeping the registration number of the envelope). If prepaid envelope is not enclosed, the Embassy will not accept any responsibility for lost or damaged articles.
- please note that the Czech Embassy does not provide translation services. The Embassy can only notarize translations for the Czech offices.
Since long term visas are only issued by the Czech Embassies abroad, applicants must wait their applications to be processed. It is forbidden to travel to the Czech Republic without the proper visa. Visas may only be retrieved from the Embassy/Consulate where the application was submitted.
The processing time is approximately 90 days from the date the complete application is received (60 days in case of a study). In particularly complicated cases the procedure could take up to 180 days. Issuing a visa - after the Embassy receives an approval of your application from the Czech Immigration Police, you will be asked to mail us again your passport. The visa will be issued in approximately three days. Phone number - please enclose your phone number (home or office). Thank you.