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Visa Information

Essential Visa Information

Citizens of Djibouti, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Comoros and Somalia are subject to visa obligation for short-term (up to 90 days) as well as long-term (over 90 days) stay in the Czech Republic/Schengen area. Citizens of Seychelles are exempted from visa obligation for short-term stay (up to 90 days).


Schengen visas

Djiboutian citizens/residents can submit a short-stay (Schengen) visa application to the Embassy of France in Djibouti which is representing the Czech Republic in Djibouti.

Comorian citizens/residents can submit a short-stay (Schengen) visa application to the Embassy of France in Moroni which is representing the Czech Republic in the Comoros.

The visa application shall be submitted in accordance with the instructions of the representative consulate, which shall also decide on the issue of the visa. Any appeal procedure against non-issue of a visa shall also be governed by the law of the State whose embassy has received and decided on the application, the appeal proceedings being conducted by the administrative authorities of the representing State.

Nevertheless, the option of submitting the visa application at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Addis Ababa is open also for the above mentioned applicants.

Citizens or residents in Ethiopia, Seychelles, Somalia, and South Sudan need to submit their visa applications at the Czech Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

As of 1 May 2015, the Czech Republic is representing the Slovak Republic in Ethiopia for the purpose of examining Schengen visa applications and issuing Schengen visas. Thus, Ethiopian citizens/residents intending to travel to the Slovak Republic can submit a short-stay (Schengen) visa application also to the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Addis Ababa.

Visa applications need to be submitted in person.

Applicants for short-stay (Schengen) visa can apply up to 3 months but no later than 15 days before the planned travel. As per the Schengen Visa Code the visa application is decided within 15 calendar days (in specific cases up to 30 days).

Visa fee is payable in cash Ethiopian Birr (ETB) only. In case the application is refused the fee is NOT REFUNDED.

Applicants for a short-stay (Schengen visa) do not need appointement and may come to the Embassy during the working hours of the visa section.


Long-term visa (D class) and residency permit applications

Every applicant has to arrange an appointment by e-mail sent to: visa_addisabeba@mzv.cz

The e-mail should contain the following information about the applicant:  

  1. name and surname
  2. date of birth
  3. passport/travel document number
  4. type of visa (long-term visa or  residence permit)
  5. valid personal telephone number and email address
  6. scan of data page of the applicant’s passport/travel document, foreigners legaly residing in Kenya also scan of residency permit (the residency permit must be issued at least one year ago)
  7. scan(s) of the document(s) confirming the applicant's purpose of stay (e.g. the admission letter issued by the university, in case of study visas).

Should you intend to apply for the study long-term visa, kindly ask for the appointment only if you have already received the ORIGINAL of the letter issued by the Czech university confirming the admission to studies.

Scanned documents have to be attached in jpg or pdf formats only.

The capacity of the Czech Embassy in Addis Abeba to accept long term visa and residency permit applications is 4 applications per week. The appointments will be organized as follows:

Tuesday from 2 pm – 2 application for the long term visa / residency permit application for the purpose of study, 

Thursday from 2 pm – 2 application for the long term visa / residency permit application for other purposes.


If you come in person without an appointment your application won´t be accepted!

Requests sent to a different e-mail address, made over phonecall, or in person at the Embassy will be disregarded!


Additional detailed information on visas and residence permits can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

Contacts to the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic (Department for Asylum and Migration Policy)

Information Publications for Foreigners