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How to make an appointment for a Visa up to 90 days (Schengen Visa)

If you wish to apply for a Schengen visa, you need to book an appointment in advance.
 

Prague Castle in spring

                                                           Prague Castle in spring

 

I. Instructions for applicants

(for those who are not family members of EU/EEA nationals)

 

The Embassy of the Czech Republic is pleased to announce the opening of the new Czech Visa Application Centre (address: 66 Wilson Street, London EC2A 2BT) operated by VFS Global Ltd.  in London as of 4 January 2016.

How to get there.

 

Important Notice: Applicants applying from 20 November 2015 for a Schengen visa in London will need to appear in person in order to provide biometric data (fingerprints and photograph).

 

 
Czech_VFS 15 12 2015
             Czech Visa Application Centre website

 

The centre accepts visa applications from 4 January 2016 from ALL those who wish to apply for Schengen visas (short term visas up to 90-days) to the Czech Republic for the purpose of:

  1. Tourism,
  2. Business,
  3. Visiting family or friends,
  4. Medical treatment,
  5. Conferences,
  6. Cultural/Sports,
  7. Study or professional training.

 

                     I would like to make an appointment   

                                    (go to the SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT section)

 

Those who would like to apply for the purpose of:

  1. Employment, Research, Official government visits, Transit or Airport transit,
  2. transfer of the (already issued) visa sticker into a new travel documents,

please contact the Visa Section of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in London directly to ask for an appointment (visa.london@embassy.mzv.cz).

 

Please note:

1. In case of any problems with registration please email info.schengen@vfshelpline.com The  VFS Global Ltd call centre can be contacted on 0871 376 2101 between 08:30 - 17:30 Monday-Friday from 04/01/2016.

2. If your  Appointment Login session at the VFS website is accidentally terminated you may be required to logout and try again. If this happens please close all browser tabs and start again.

 

More information on Visa Requirements for Short term visas up to 90 days (Schengen Visa) is available on the Embassy´s website.  

 

Remarks:

I. Please Note that all persons  wishing to apply for Schengen visas in 2016 are supposed to make an appointment in advance.

II.  Family members of EU/EEA nationals wishing to apply for Schengen visas are also strongly recommended to make their appointments in advance. For more information see: Family members of EU/EEA nationals - how to make an appointment

III. VFS Global Ltd charges a service charge  of EUR 26.20 payable in GBP  (inclusive of VAT, for current price in GBP click HERE) per visa application in addition to the visa fee payable by all applicants at the Visa Application Centre.

IV. Appointments can only be made within a 30-days period from the day you register. It can take up to 15 days (in some cases 30 days) to obtain a visa from the time your application form has been lodged. Due to the high demand for Schengen visas it is suggested the appointment is made at least 45 days in advance of your intended date of travel.

Please Note: Third countries whose nationals are subject to prior consultation according to the Visa Code.

V. Applications for short stay Schengen visas can be submitted any time from 3 months (but no later than 15 days) before your planned travel date. Appointments can only be made within a 30-days period from the day you register. It can take up to 15 days (in some cases 30 days) to obtain a visa from the time your application form has been lodged at the Embassy. Due to the high demand for Schengen visas it is suggested the appointment is made at least 45 days in advance of your intended date of travel.

 

Please check Documents Required  before you come to the Czech Visa Application Centre (address: 66 Wilson Street, London EC2A 2BT, How to get there) with your visa application.

The  ongoing reconstruction at the Embassy will highly influence Health&Safety conditions (noise, dust etc) under which the Visa Section would be able to work with visa applicants.

Although the Visa Section of the Embassy would still operate in 2016, however due to the expected difficulties in communication with the visa applicants the Embassy would not be able to guarantee smooth submitting of the visa applications and safe conditions in the Visa waiting room.

 

II. The family members of the EU/EEA nationals

 

Since 1 December 2015 the Embassy has started a two year period of refurbishment.  Due to the Health&Safety aspects of coming to the Embassy during the refurbishment, Family members of EU/EEA nationals wishing to apply for Schengen visas in 2016 are strongly recommended to make their appointments in advance at the new Czech Visa Application Centre (address: 66 Wilson Street, London EC2A 2BT) operated by VF Services (UK) Limited in London as of 4 January 2016. For more information CLICK on the link above.

How to get there.

Important Notice: Applicants applying from 20 November 2015 for a Schengen visa in London will need to appear in person in order to provide biometric data (fingerprints and photograph).

 

Visa Section Contacts

 

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III. Foreigners applying for the transfer of an already issued visa sticker into a new travel document

 

can submit their application at the Visa Section of the Czech Embassy without previous appointment during opening hours.

 

For further information you can contact the visa section at visa.london@embassy.mzv.cz.

 

Visa Section Contacts

 

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IV. Members of Diplomatic missions in the UK

 

may lodge their applications without prior appointment at the Visa Section of the Czech Embassy as well. Please email us in advance of arriving at visa.london@embassy.mzv.cz.

Important Notice: Applicants applying from 20 November 2015 for a Schengen visa in London will need to appear in person in order to provide biometric data (fingerprints and photograph).

Exemptions from the obligation of fingerprinting are provided for the following categories of applicants only:

  • Children under 12;
  • Persons for whom the collection of fingerprints is physically impossible;
  • Sovereigns and other senior members of a royal family, Heads of State and members of the national Governments (with their official delegations and spouses) if they travel for official purposes.

 

Visa Section Contacts

 

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Please Note: All diplomatic and consular Schengen missions in the United Kingdom introduced Visa Information System (VIS) as of 20 November 2015. This System enables better data exchange between all Schengen member states. VIS eases application procedure and improves security. Since 2011 VIS is already established in most of 23 regions worldwide. By the end of 2015 all visa sections of Schengen countries in the world will be equipped with VIS in order to provide biometric data (fingerprints and photograph).

The introduction of the VIS has necessitated various changes to the visa application proces:

  • People applying for a visa for the first time must apply in person, so that the necessary biometric data – ten fingerprints and a digital photo – can be collected.
  • Finger scans stored in the VIS can be re‑used for further visa applications within the following five years, so these later applications do not have to be made in person.
  • When travellers enter the Schengen area, the border authorities are thus able to verify their identity by accessing the VIS.

Exemptions from the obligation of fingerprinting are provided for the following categories of applicants only:

  • Children under 12;
  • Persons for whom the collection of fingerprints is physically impossible;
  • Sovereigns and other senior members of a royal family, Heads of State and members of the national Governments (with their official delegations and spouses) if they travel for official purposes.

In case that any clarification is needed, kindly contact us at visa.london@embassy.mzv.cz. We are ready to assist you.

For more information please consult the European Commission website.