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Opening of Czech Visa Application Centers

(This article expired 20.11.2016.)

The Embassy of the Czech Republic in 2015/2016 opened 5 Czech visa application centers in Riyadh, Jeddah, Al Khobar, Manama and Muscat in order to become more accessible and accommodate the needs of applicants in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman. The receipt of short term (Schengen) visa applications is being outsourced to VFS Global.


The Embassy of the Czech Republic has been outsourcing of the receipt of Schengen visa applications to the VFS Global Czech visa application centers at the below stated locations since:

  • Riyadh - November 4th, 2015
  • Jeddah - November 18th, 2015
  • Manama - December 2nd, 2015
  • Muscat - December 16th, 2015
  • Al Khobar - May 26th, 2016

For appointments and further information on the visa application requirements, and the location of the visa application centers and their working hours in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, kindly visit the website of VFS Global visa centers in Saudi Arabia, Manama or Muscat.

The outsourcing to VFS GLOBAL provides many services such as:

  • a personalised reception with appointment
  • appointments quickly made as the VFS Global capacity is larger, compared to the Embassy
  • an assistance to prepare a complete application and thus eliminate the risk of refusal for formal shortcomings
  • additional services:
    • photocopy service in the centre
    • tracking of your passport by text
    • a service of passport return by express message (on demand)

The role of the VFS Global service provider is solely to assist with completing the visa application and to accept the submitted application, including the collection of biometrics. The decision of the visa application is within the competency of the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

Visa applications will continue to be accepted at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Riyadh within the working hours and based on an appointment system. Preference in scheduling an appointment will be given to diplomatic passport holders and EU citizen family members. For an appointment kindly contact the Embassy at consulate_riyadh@mzv.cz.


Press Release Riyadh (PDF, 274 KB) from the opening ceremony of the visa application in Riyadh.