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Long-term visas

Long-term visa applications are submitted to the diplomatic missions of the Czech Republic according to the consular territorial competence. The diplomatic mission forwards the application to the Ministry of the Interior for evaluation and decision. If the application is evaluated positively, the long-stay visa, with the maximum duration one year, is issued by the diplomatic mission where the application was filed.

Long-term visa application is filed when the expected stay will exceed 90 days (cannot be covered by a Schengen (short-stay) visa). It is issued for a variety of purposes – health, culture, sport, visit (invitation), family, study or entrepreneurship.

If the purpose of stay continues, it is possible to apply on the territory of the Czech Republic at the Ministry of the Interior for an extension, i.e. for a long-term residence permit, which is issued for the purpose of employment, study, scientific research, unification of family or to residents of another EU Member State.

For more information, see article Long-term Visa vs. Residence Permit.

Long-term visa requirements:

  • application form
  • travel document
  • 2 photos
  • biometric features – fingerprints
  • fee (2,500 CZK in general, 5,000 CZK for entrepreneurship)
  • supporting documents proving
    • purpose of stay (for example school acceptance letter, spa voucher, document proving family relations etc.)
    • accommodation (for example rent agreement etc.)
    • financial means (for example bank statement etc.)
  • criminal record extract issued by the state of the applicant´s citizenship and by the state where the applicant resided in the last three years for more than six months
  • upon request a document proving fulfillment of measures against spread of infectious disease
  • travel health insurance – in case of visa issuance

Legal sources:

  • Act No 326/1999 Coll., on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic

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