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Information for holders of British passports

Visa requirements for holders of all types of British travel documents

I.

British citizens holding a full British Passport do not need a visa to travel to the Czech Republic.

The travel passport has to be valid for the entire duration of stay in the Czech Republic.

 

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II.

BRITISH CITIZENS WHO ARE NOT NATIONALS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND FOR THE PURPOSES OF UNION LAW:

DO NOT REQUIRE A VISA to enter the Czech Republic!

 

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III.

Channel Islanders (Channel Islands: Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey ) and Manx people

Both are British citizens and hence European Citizen, however, they are NOT entitled to take advantage of the freedom of movement of people or services UNLESS they are directly connected (through birth, descent from a parent or grandparent, or five years' residence) with the United Kingdom."

A person who is a British citizen through their connection with the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man and who has no connection with the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and  Northern Ireland)  has Islander Status. Islander Status is the day to day term used to describe the status of a Channel Islander or Manxman who has no connection with the United Kingdom as defined in Article 6 of Protocol 3 to the Treaty of Accession of the UK to the European Community (European Union).

A British citizen with Islander status does not have the same rights to live or work in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland as a British citizen who does not have that status. Islander Status only affects British citizens.

If you have Islander Status, your British passport will be endorsed as follows: 'The holder is not entitled to benefit from EU provisions relating to employment or establishment'. In this case you will NEED to apply for the visa.

If you do not have Islander Status there will be no such endorsement. The absence of the endorsement in your British passport means that you are entitled to the same employment and establishment rights as, for example, a UK born British Citizen and you will NOT NEED the visa.


Whether or not your passport is endorsed in this way will depend on what information you have supplied when you applied for passport.
 

 

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IV.

*Holders of

  • British Travel Document /blue one/ issued under the 1951 Geneva Convention,
  • British Travel Document /red one/ issued under the 1954 UN Convention and
  • British Certificate of Identity /brown one/

REQUIRE a visa for tourism and business trips.

They can apply only for a national Czech Visa and have to apply IN PERSON.

 

REMARK:

*If you already have a British Travel Document /blue one/ issued under the 1951 Geneva Convention, it may say on page 30 that you do not need a visa for visits of three months or less to a number of listed countries. Czech Republic might be listed.

Nevertheless the UK had in 2003 denounced the Council of Europe Agreement on the abolition of visas for refugees (1959) and since then Czech Republic does not allow holders of this travel document to enter Czech Republic without a visa. However, UK continues to issue this travel documents with a text indicating that applicants may enter Czech Republic without holding a visa which is not true.

The UK Border Agency informed on its website as follows:

"When you have obtained your convention travel document, you may also need to obtain a visa before you enter some countries. Before making any travel arrangements, you should ask at the embassy of the country or countries you wish to travel to.

If you already have a convention travel document, it may say on page 30 that you do not need a visa for visits of three months or less to a number of listed countries. As the list of countries changes from time to time, you should ask at the embassy of the country or countries you wish to travel to before making any travel arrangements."

 

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All applications for visa up to 90 days (except the family members of the EU/EEA nationals) require an appointment.

How to make an appointment for a short term Schengen visa.

 

CONTACTS:

  • Address: 30 Kensington Palace Gardens, W8 4QY London
  • Visa Section Contacts (telephone line open Monday - Thursday 14:00 - 16:00) - NO APPOINTMENT FOR VISA UP TO 90 DAYS CAN BE MADE ON THIS NUMBER
  • Visa Section Fax: currently not available
  • Visa Section Email: visa.london@embassy.mzv.cz (if you cannot reach the visa section on this phone please use this email).

 

Opening hours of the Visa Section

  • Submitting visa applications: Monday - Friday 9:00 - 11:00 BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
  • Collecting visa: Monday - Thursday 14:00- 15:00, except for Czech Republic and UK national days and bank holidays. For more inforrmation about Czech Republic national days and bank holidays visit the Czech Republic general information chapter.