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Restrictions on the receiving visa applications and other residence permits

In accordance with the measures adopted by the Government of the Czech Republic in connection with the spread of COVID-19, accepting applications for Schengen visas, long-stay visas and long-term and permanent residence permits is restricted.
 

With the exception of the applications listed below, no other submissions can be filed (in person ONLY) at the Visa Section of the Consulate General until further notice.

 

The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York accepts only applications for the following types of visas and residence permits.

1. SCHENGEN VISAS:

Acceptance of applications    

family members of EU / Czech Republic citizens

● in the interest of the Czech Republic

international transport workers

critical infrastructure workers 

● diplomats and officials of international organizations

seasonal workers (based on Decree of the Ministry of Labor and Social Services No. 322/2017 Coll.)

● health, social services, and food processing employees

● employees in scientific, key and highly qualified professions fulfilling conditions of the Highly Qualified Worker Program and Key and Research Staff Program

in exceptional emergency situations as defined in Point I/4i) of the currently applicable Protective Measure of the Ministry of Health

 

2. LONG-TERM VISAS AND RESIDENCE PERMITS:

a) Acceptance of applications for         

LONG-TERM VISA FOR THE PURPOSE OF SEASONAL EMPLOYMENT (based on Decree of the Ministry of Labor and Social Services No. 322/2017 Coll.)

SPECIAL WORK VISA

● visas / residence permits within the KEY AND SCIENTIFIC PERSONNEL PROGRAM, including family members

● visas / residence permits within the HIGHLY QUALIFIED EMPLOYEES PROGRAM, including family members

● visas / residence permits within the PROGRAM QUALIFIED EMPLOYEE  

PERMANENT RESIDENCE PERMITS FOR COMPATRIOTS (based on decree no. 1014/2014)

● BLUE CARDS and applications for long-term residence permits of their spouses and minor children

● LONG- TERM RESIDENCE PERMITS FOR THE PURPOSE OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH and applications for long-term residence permits of their spouses and minor children

LONG-TERM VISAS FOR THE PURPOSE OF STUDY - visas can be issued only study in an accredited program

RESIDENCE PERMITS FOR THE PURPOSE OF STUDY - visas can be issued only study in an accredited program

● LONG-TERM AND PERMANENT RESIDENCE PERMITS FOR THE PURPOSE OF FAMILY UNIFICATION, but only if the family unification involves spouses and minor children of foreign nationals who already reside in the Czech Republic on a basis of a long-term or permanent residence permit; other family members cannot file these applications at the moment

● LONG-TERM VISAS FOR THE FAMILY PURPOSE, but only if the family unification involves spouses and minor children of foreign nationals who already reside in the Czech Republic on a basis of a long-term or permanent residence permit; other family members cannot file these applications at the moment

visas for the purpose of collecting residence permits (the so-called D/VR type visa) – the so-called VISA STICKER TRANSFER – for any purpose of stay

LONG-TERM VISAS AND RESIDENCE PERMITS IF THE FOREIGN NATIONAL´S STAY IS IN THE INTEREST OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC and is supported by a corresponding document

● LONG-TERM VISAS FOR THE PURPOSE OF CULTURESPORTS and WORKING HOLIDAY

To schedule an appointment, kindly contact the respective diplomatic mission directly.

b) Resumption of processing of applications

Processing of all applications for long-term visas and residence permits that have been lodged before March 14, 2020 is resumed (i.e. examining of those applications that have been filed before the state of emergency and subsequent suspension of visa services is resumed).

Entry to the Czech Republic and quarantine measures

Travel to the Czech Republic continues to be limited, particularly for the short-term travel, due to the pandemic.

Do refer to the OVERVIEW of who can currently visit on the website of the Ministry of the Interior, particularly to the pdf-table "Conditions for entry of persons to the territory of the Czech Republic (valid from September 21st, 2020 00:00) in accordance with the Ministry of Health Protective Measure".

Persons who can arrive must strictly follow the quarantine measures = fill out an arrival form (www.prijezdovyformular.cz) and get tested. Refer to the guidelines HERE.

Foreign nationals are requested to check the entry conditions to the Czech Republic before their travel. This information is regularly being updated by the Ministry of the Interior on its website, mainly in the pdf-format table "Conditions for entry of persons to the territory of the Czech Republic in accordance with the Ministry of Health Protective Measure." This table clearly indicates which quarantine measures, incl. possible obligation to test for COVID-19, pertain to which category of travelers.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

As for the short term visa, applicants need to contact the Visa Section with a request for an appointment using e-mail visa.ny@mzv.cz. In writing they provide the Visa Section officer with the following information: U.S. legal status, U.S. residency address, under which below listed category they wish to apply, when the travel is to take a place, what travel document they hold, whether they have applied for a Schengen visa within the last three years, in which country they applied at and under which purpose. In the follow-up communication, applicants will be given a date and time of the appointment. The applicant is kindly asked to wear a facial covering/ mask during the appointment. The number of applicants in the waiting room of the Visa Section is limited to one person.

As for the long-term visa and permits, the applicants are to submit their applications only by mail after having contacted the Visa Section via e-mail visa.ny@mzv.cz. The applications are to be mailed only after detailed consultation with the Visa Section officer regarding all legally outlined supporting documents. Otherwise, the incomplete application will be returned to the applicant without delay.

We kindly ask that all applicants with confirmed appointment with the consular officer should wear a facial covering, masks or respirators and gloves when entering the premises of the Consulate General of the Czech Republic.

For the visa requirements, please consult the chapter Visa & Consular on our website.  

 

Additional information:

Ministry of the Interior Coronavirus-Information of MoI (incl. entry conditions to the Czech Republic and quarantine measures)

Countries with low-risk of Covid-19 (so-called "green list")

CRISIS MEASURE: Only essential travel possible

BEFORE YOU TRAVEL: Step-by-step guide on quarantine measures

Visa Services and Hygienic Measures

Obligatory submission of document against introduction of infectious disease

Diplomatic Missions of the Czech Republic

Legal sources:

Protective Measure of the Ministry of Health from November 3, 2020 (no. MZDR 20599/2020-34/MIN/KAN)

Decision of the Government of the Czech Republic from October 30, 2020, no. 1113, on Adopting a Crisis Measure