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General information for visa applicants

 

  • All visa applications have to be submitted personally
  • Foreigners applying for transfer of the (issued) visa sticker into a new travel documents and family members of the EU citizens do not have to book an appointment online and should contact the embassy via e-mail or phone to arrange the appointment. Appointment will be given to them at earliest possible convenience
  • Visa fees are to be paid in Nigerian Naira according to actual exchange rates
  • The applicants are responsible for submission of all the required documents, only the complete applications will be processed
  • Visa application forms are free of charge and can be downloaded here
  • Information regarding visa procedures, requirements and individual applications should ONLY be obtained from the visa officer of the Embassy of the Czech Republic, not from security staff or any other third party. Do not employ agents, travel agencies or other middlemen.
  • Please note that information about the stage of a particular visa application will NOT be given to a third party. Only the applicant will be informed about the result.
  • Compliance with the visa conditions does not automatically guarantee that a visa will be issued. In addition to the standard requirements, other supporting documents may be required, depending on the specific nature of your application. Applicants may be interviewed in order to verify the information provided in the application file. 
  • Valid visa does not automatically grant the right of entry. Competent authorities may ask the visitor to present the supporting documents that were submitted during the visa application process and they the  may refuse the entry into the Schengen Area upon arrival.
  • Fake or forged documents will not be returned and will be submitted to relevant national authorities. An applicant who submits a fake or forged document takes a risk of criminal prosecution of his person.
  • If the visa is granted, verify if the information printed on the visa sticker is correct and complete.

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The issuance of short-stay Schengen visas is governed by Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code).  

The issuance of long-term visas is governed by Act No 326/1999 concerning the residence of aliens in the territory of the Czech Republic and amending certain acts as amended.

Decisions on applications for Schengen visas fall within the competence of the diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Czech Republic. This means that the diplomatic missions and consular posts decide on the issuance or refusal of such visas on their own authority. Decisions on long-term visas (visas for a stay longer than 90 days) fall within the competence of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic.

An applicant who has been refused a visa will receive from the diplomatic mission or consular post a notice in writing stating the reasons for the refusal. The reasons for refusing a short-stay visa application are listed in the Visa Code; the reasons for refusing a long-stay visa application are listed in Section 56 of Act No 326/1999. Refused applicants may reapply at any time and attach the required documents. They may do so immediately after their previous application has been refused.

In case the Schengen visa is not granted, applicants may submit an appeal to the decision to the Embassy within 15 days after the delivery of the refusal notice. The letter appeal is accepted by the Embassy only if it is submited by the applicant (personally or by mail). In case the appeal is submited by a third party, power of attorney from applicant authorising the third party to appeal has to be submitted as well. 

In case the long-term visa is not granted, the applicant receives written refusal decision from the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic. This decision is handed over by the Embassy, which informs the applicant about the arrival of the decision and about the possibilities of its collection. If the applicant wants to submit an appeal, he should follow the instructions given in the refusal decision. 

The applicant´s personal data contained in the visa application are made available solely to the competent authorities of the Czech Republic and serve for deciding on visa issuance or refusal, as required in Act No 101/2000 concerning the protection of personal data and  amending certain acts as amended.

Applicants have the right of access to the personal data relating to them that are processed for this purpose, including the right to rectification of such personal data. In case such personal data are inaccurate with regard to the purpose for which they are processed, the applicant may request an explanation or rectification. If the request is found to be justified, the competent diplomatic mission or consular post will rectify the data without delay. In case the competent diplomatic mission or consular post fails to comply with the request, the applicant may contact directly the Office for Personal Data Protection of the Czech Republic. Additional information is available on request from staff of the visa section of the competent diplomatic mission or consular post.

Contact details of the Office for Personal Data Protection of the Czech Republic:

Úřad pro ochranu osobních údajů
Pplk. Sochora 27
CZ - 170 00 PRAHA 7
Tel.: +420 234 665 354
Fax: +420 234 665 501
e-mail: posta@uoou.cz