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General Visa Information

Visa is an authorization which allows a foreigner to enter and temporarily stay on the territory of the Czech Republic / Schengen Area under conditions specified within.

Visa is issued into a passport (travel document) of a foreigner in a form of a visa sticker. Every applicant, including a child, is issued with an individual visa sticker. This applies even if the child does not have own passport and is registered in the parent's passport. Two visa stickers are issued into the passport in such case.

Types of Visas

  • Schengen (short-term) visas
    • are issued for a stay in the Czech Republic / Schengen Area for up to 90 days (including "A" type - airport visas)
  • Long-term visas
    • are issued for stays in the Czech Republic which last for more than 90 days. Special long-term visas are issued for the collection of a temporary/permanent residence permit in the Czech territory. Long-term visa entitles its holder to visit other Schengen countries for maximum of 90 days within every 180-day period
  • All applications must be submitted in person at the Embassy upon prior appointment only.

Visa Fees

For details on visa fees consult the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Kindly note that the visa application fees are (as of 1st August 2019) collected in EUR cash only at the Czech Embassy in Nairobi.

 

Reporting duty of foreigners

Every foreigner visiting the Czech Republic on a Schengen visa or within a visa-free regime who does not stay in a commercial accommodation facility (hotel, hostel, etc.) is obliged to report to the respective local immigration police authority within 3 working days after the arrival in the Czech Republic .

The reporting duty does not apply to persons younger 15 years of age, diplomatic staff of foreign missions and international organisations accredited in the Czech Republic, their family members who are registered with the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and to foreign nationals whose accommodation is organized by the Ministry of Interior.

For more information visit the website of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic.

 

Legal sources:

  • 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)
  • Act No 326/1999 Coll., on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic and Amending Certain Acts

 

For more information consult the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.