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Questions and answers for travelers and visa applicants to the Czech Republic

 The Embassy has put together a set of questions and answers related to the current COVID-19 situation with regards to what applies with respect to the Czech Republic. 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.

 

The constantly evolving travel restrictions due to initiatives to contain the spreading of Covid-19 implies that many travellers chose to postpone their trip. Persons who have been granted visas in view of travelling in the near future may not be able to use the visa they hold, either because it will have expired already at the time of the start of the postponed trip, or because the visa validity will not cover the entire duration of the postponed trip. The objective is to set up exceptional and simplified measures to apply temporarily and exclusively in cases linked to postponement of trips because of the Covid-19 decease.

The Embassy will inform the public once these measures have been put in place. We ask for your kind understanding while we are grappling with these new circumstances.

Why can’t I travel to the Czech Republic?

  • from 16 March 2020 entry to the Czech Republic is limited and the measures on who can enter are constantly undergoing change.

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

  • No, it is not possible for holders of a valid schengen visa to travel to the Czech Republic now. We will put special measures into effect about those, who had to postpone their trips due to the coronavirus pandemic and State of Emergency in the Czech Republic.

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. We will post the procedure how to apply for a new visa, with the waived visa fee.

 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?

  • No, the State of Emergency in the Czech Republic and the measures put in place 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? 

 

For more questions and answers look at the webpages of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic with up to date information.