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Information for Visa Applicants

General information about the Schengen visa procedure.

01.04.2011 06:45

The Schengen visa procedure is regulated by European Parliament decision No. 810/2009, dated 13.7.2009, and by the Visa Codex. The visa policy and procedures are regulated by Act No. 326/1999 on the Residence of Aliens in the Territory of the Czech Republic and Amendment to Some Acts as Amended.

Short-term visa applications procedures are within the competence of the diplomatic missions of the Czech Republic abroad. This means that the diplomatic missions are competent to issue airport visas, transit visas and visas for up to 90 days. Applications for long-term visas (visas for over 90 days) are within the competence of the Czech Republic Alien Police authorities.

According to Section 51 (2) of the above Act, there is no legal right to be granted a visa. However, according to amendment to the Act on Residence of the Foreign Nationals, the applicant may request a new consideration of his application, when the visa is not granted. Each applicant whose visa application is refused, receives a written explanation (in extent stipulated by the Act on Residence of the Foreign Nationals) that includes instructions regarding the appeal for the new consideration of the reasons why the application was refused.

Applicants refused visas may reapply for a visa any time and attach the required documents. They may do so even immediately after their previous application has been refused.

The personal data contained in visa applications are, in accordance with Act No. 101/2000 on regulation of the personal data protection and its amendments, provided exclusively to the competent authorities of the Czech Republic and serve for decision on granting or refusing a visa.

Applicants have the right of access to the relevant personal data kept on them, including the right to a correction of these personal data. Provided such personal data are inaccurate for the purpose of their processing, applicants may require an explanation or correction. If such a request is found justified, the competent diplomatic mission will make the necessary changes without delay. In the case the competent diplomatic mission fails to comply with such request, the applicants have the right to contact directly the Czech Republic Office for the Protection of Personal Data (Úřad pro ochranu osobních údajů ČR). For more information please contact the officers of the visa section of the relevant diplomatic mission.


Úřad pro ochranu osobních údajů

Pplk. Sochora 27

CZ - 170 00 PRAHA 7

Tel.: +420 234 665 354

Fax: +420 234 665 501

e-mail: posta@uoou.cz