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Visa information

Application for a long-term visa/long term residence permit/employee card will be accepted by appointment only. Kindly email your request for an appointment to: consulate_pretoria@mzv.cz.
Be aware that the amount of the applications accepted is limited. The earliest available date will be offered after confirmation that you have all the required documents ready for submission.

More information you find in the following chapters: Short term (Schengen) visa, Long term visa, Long term permit and Permanent permit.

The citizens of following countries are required to hold visa for travelling to the Czech Republic/Schengen Area for short term stay (schengen visa) or for long term stay (long term visa/permit) in the Czech Republic: Republic of South Africa, Republic of Botswana, Kingdom of Lesotho, Republic of Namibia, Kingdom of Swaziland, Republic of Angola, the Republic of Madagascar and Republic of Mozambique.

Citizens of the Republic of Mauritius are not required to hold visa for travelling to the Czech Republic/Schengen Area for short term stay.

Short term (Schengen) visa

The entry and stay of foreigners in the Schengen Area to 90 days (in any 180-day long period) is governed by the Regulation (EC) No. 810/2009 of 13 July 2009 on the Community Code on Visas (Visa Code).

Long term visa / Long stay

Stay of foreigners in the Czech Republic is governed mainly by the Act no. 326/1999 Coll., on the stay of foreigners in the Czech Republic, whose current version is available on the website of the Ministry of Interior www.mvcr.cz.

The Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic is the competent authority, which decides on granting, refusal or revocation of a long-term residence permit and permanent residence.

Long-term visa issued by the Ministry of the Interior at the request of an alien who intends to stay in the Czech Republic for a purpose requiring a stay in the area longer than 3 months.

Long term permit is granted by the Ministry of the Interior at the request of an alien who resides in the Czech Republic on a long-term visa, intends to temporarily reside in the Czech Republic for a period longer than six months and if the purpose of stay is the same. Aliens can apply for the long term residence permit without prior stay in the case of studies, scientific research and family reunification.

Permanent permit is issued by the Ministry of Interior after 5 years of continuous residence in the territory or, in exceptional cases provided by § 66 and 67 of the Aliens Act.


Speaking language in procedures for long term visa and long term permit

In application proceedings for long term visas and long term permits, the Embassy of the Czech Republic will conduct the proceeding in either English or Czech. Documents are always written in the Czech language.

Documents will be regarded as not presented in cases where the applicant submits documents in languages other than Czech and do not provide official certified translations of these documents in the Czech language where this translation is required.

The Embassy will stop the proceedings in the event that the applicant cannot carry out the interview in the language of the proceedings for long stay or permanent permit and has not enlisted an interpreter, which would be at the applicant’s expense, as instructed to do so and within a reasonable time determined by the Embassy.


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