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After your visa was issued / refused

Information for visa holders

How to read the visa sticker

The Schengen visa has the form of a sticker in your passport. Please check carefully all the data in the sticker.

Validity period of the visa (“FROM … TO” heading on the visa sticker): This heading indicates the period during which the holder may make the visit authorised by the visa (including entry, stay and departure). The visit must be made between the start and end dates given in this heading and it must not exceed the number of days entered under the “Duration of visit” heading. 

Duration of visit (“DURATION OF VISIT…DAYS” heading on the visa sticker): This heading indicates the number of days during which the holder may stay in the territory for which the visa is valid (Schengen area/Czech Republic). The duration of visit is counted from the date of entry in the territory. The authorised duration of visit may be shorter than the validity period of the visa. In the case of multiple-entry Schengen visas  valid for more than 180 days, the authorised duration of each visit is 90 days in any 180-day period.  Please note that it is the visa holder who is responsible for observing the rule and not exceeding the allowed 90 days of stay within any 180days period. In case of multiple entries, the accumulated amount of days can be determined by the entry/exit stamps in the passport. A useful tool to calculate the amount of days in the Schengen area is the so-called Norwegian Calculator.

Type of visa: A – airport transit visa, C – uniform Schengen visa (visits for not more than 90 days), D – long-stay visa (visits for more than 90 days)

Number of entries: This heading shows the number of times the visa holder may enter the Schengen area (the number of visits which may be spread over the entire period of validity of the visa).

Right of entry

The visa does not automatically entitle the holder to enter the Schengen area. When crossing the border, visa holders are required to prove that they meet the entry conditions, which in general means that they can be asked to justify the purpose and conditions of the intended stay and to prove that they have sufficient means of subsistence, both for the duration of the intended stay and for the return to their country of origin.

Duties of visa holders:

Please note that every foreigner must respect the laws of the country s/he is visiting.  

When visiting the Czech Republic, foreigners have the duty to register with the Alien Police inspectorate in the area where they are staying within 3 working days from the date of entry in the territory of the Czech Republic. This does not apply to the following categories of persons: children under 15 years of age; foreigners whose registration is arranged by their accommodation provider (e.g. by a hotel); members of staff of diplomatic missions, consular posts and international governmental organisations accredited to the Czech Republic and their family members registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and foreigners whose accommodation is provided by the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic.  For any questions regarding stay in the territory of the Czech Republic, please contact the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic (pobyty@mvcr.cz).


What can I do if my visa was refused?

The decision to refuse a Schengen visa and the reasons for the refusal are notified to the applicant using a standard form. The decision to refuse the visa includes the reasons on which the refusal was based.

You can appeal the refusal. The appeal must be submitted within 15 days of the receipt of visa refusal to the Consulate that decided to refuse the visa. The appeal must be an original with the original signature of the appellant, i.e. in person or by mail. The appeal must include the name of the applicant and the reasons why the applicant considers the refusal decision to be contrary to the law. The appeal will be reviewed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic within 35 days from the receipt of the appeal by the Consulate. The outcome of the review is sent to the applicant by the same Consulate. Please note that on July 31st, 2019 the amendment to the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic enters into force, which newly sets a fee in the matter of appeal when the short-term (Schengen) visa is not granted. The appeal fee is 60 €. Please be aware that such a fee is not applicable for EU family members.

In case of a negative decision by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic on this administrative appeal, you can also file a judicial appeal against the decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The judicial appeal can be submitted to the respective administrative Court of the Czech Republic (in the location where you planned to stay in the Czech Republic). The appeal must be sent to the Court in writing within 30 days after the receipt of the negative decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.