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Q & A for travelers and visa applicants to the Czech Republic: Restriction of travel due to Covid -19

The government of the Czech Republic declared the state of emergency in its entire territory from 12 March 2020 and it will end on 17 May 2020. When declaring a state of emergency certain rights and freedoms may be restricted. The Embassy has put together a set of questions and answers related to the current situation. The Embassy is continuously updating information on its web and through VFS. Simplified and exceptional measures will be put into force for handling visa applications for visa holders having postponed the intended trip to future date.
 

Why can’t I travel to the Czech Republic?

  • from 16 March 2020 at 12:00 AM until further notice, travel to and from the Czech Republic is decided by government decree. These measures change as times moves along. The state of emergency ends on 17 May 2020.
  • all requests for short-term visa applications, temporary and permanent residence applications have been suspended. New measures will apply from 11.5.2020.
  • all proceedings of short-term visa applications, which have not been decided yet, are suspended. The time for resumption will be announced.
  • all proceedings on applications for residence permits over 90 days (this includes all long-term visas) lodged at the Embassies of the Czech Republic are suspended. New measure will apply from 11.5.2020.

I got the Schengen visa, can I travel now to the Czech Republic or can I extend the validity of the visa?

  • No, due to a state of emergency it is n ot possible for foreigners to travel to the Czech Republic now.

I paid the visa fee and I got the Schengen visa, but I can’t travel now. Can you refund the visa fee?

  • No, the visa fee can’t be refunded.

 I travelled to the Czech Republic - can I come back to the UAE?

  • Be sure to check in real time on UAE updates by UAE authorities on what applies to your nationality/status and related possibilites to travel back to the UAE.

My Schengen visa appointment was cancelled. When can I apply again?

  • You can apply again once it will be safe enough to travel and the Czech Republic will open its border again. Follow the web of the Embassy of the Czech Republic for up-to-date information at https://www.mzv.cz/abudhabi/en/index.html

Will there be any negative impact in the future on my next Schengen visa application?

  • From 16.3.2020 12:00 AM until further notice it is not possible (exceptions apply) to travel to the Czech Republic due to a state of emergency in the Czech Republic. It will not have any negative impact on your next Schengen visa application.

Is it possible to extend my schengen visa for six months until everything calms down and is hopefully better?

  • No, it is not possible to extend the validity of an already issued Schengen visa. When it is clear that it will be possible to travel to the Czech Republic again, instructions will be posted how to proceed with applications from those who were forced to cancel travel plans due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 and restrictive measures put in place. This information will be available at the web of the Embassy at https://www.mzv.cz/abudhabi/en/index.html

I got a visa, but because of the State of Emergency I cannot travel now.  When I apply again for a visa, when the situation will be back to normal, will there be a reduction in the visa fee or maybe even for free?

  • When it is clear that it will be possible to travel to the Czech Republic again, instructions will be posted how to proceed with applications from those who were forced to cancel travel plans due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 and restrictive measures put in place. This information will be available at the web the Embassy at https://www.mzv.cz/abudhabi/en/index.html

I have a long-term residence in the Czech Republic, but I am currently in the UAE on vacation. Will i be able to return to the Czech Republic? 

  • Yes, you will be able to come to the Czech Republic since you are a holder of the long term residence permit. Updated information is available at the web of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic at https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/new-obligations-and-information-for-foreign-nationals-prevention-against-spread-of-covid-19.aspx

I had an appointment for applying for a long term visa. Why is my appointment cancelled?

  • Your appointment was cancelled due to a state of emergency in the Czech Republic. All proceedings on applications for residence permit over 90 days lodged at the Embassies of the Czech Republic are suspended as of 14 March 2020, until further notice. Information about the situation and is regularly updated on the web of the Embassy at https://www.mzv.cz/abudhabi/en/index.html

 

For more questions and answers look at the webpages of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic which updates information continually:

https://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/issues_and_press/press_releases/x2020_03_07_questions_and_answers_in_relation_to_the.html