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Partial resumption of Visa Services in Israel as of 01.08.2020

As of August 1, 2020, all consulates of the Czech Republic where visa services have been suspended have partially reopened, with the exception of Brasil, Chile, Colombia, India and Kazakhstan.

Visa services resumption is taking place as the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic continues.

We therefore ask for applicants´ cooperation in observing hygienic rules when visiting consulates. Applicants are required to use hands´ disinfectionwear face masksand maintain at least 2 meters distance. The number of persons who can simultaneously enter the consulate premises is limited.

We also ask for applicants´ understanding that the amount of applications consulate can accept and process while observing the preventive hygienic measures cannot approximate the amount of applications accepted and processed before the state of emergency.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs aims to enable arrival of those foreign nationals who need visas to stay in the Czech Republic. However, at the same time, it is not be possible to accommodate all applicants in the midst of the pandemics while observing the preventive hygienic measures. Consulates publish the information about the number of applications they currently have the capacity to accept and process on their websites.

The extent of the visa services currently provided remains limited – refer to the overview in Point III of this article. The extent of the visa services that consulates are currently allowed to provide is anchored in the Protective Measure of the Ministry of Health from July 17, 2020.

The Extent of Visa Services as of 01.08.2020:
 

1. Schengen Visas: Acceptance of following application forms from:


Applications lodged before the state of emergency: Processing of Schengen visa applications lodged before the state of emergency and subsequent suspension of visa services, i.e. before March 14, 2020, that were not decided, will not be renewed. Applicants who find themselves in this situation, can lodge their new applications free of charge.
 

2. Long Term Visas and Residence Permits: Acceptance of following application forms from:

  • long term visa for the purpose of seasonal employment (based on Decree of the Ministry of Labor and Social Services No. 322/2017 Coll.)
  • special work visa
  • visas / residence permits within the KEY AND SCIENTIFIC PERSONNEL PROGRAM, including family members
  • visas / residence permits within the HIGHLY QUALIFIED EMPLOYEES PROGRAM,including family members
  • visas / residence permits within the PROGRAM QUALIFIED EMPLOYEE  
  • LONG- TERM RESIDENCE PERMITS FOR THE PURPOSE OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH and applications for long-term residence permits of their spouses and minor children
  • LONG-TERM AND PERMANENT RESIDENCE PERMITS FOR THE PURPOSE OF FAMILY UNIFICATION, but only if the family unification involves spouses and minor children of foreign nationals who already reside in the Czech Republic on a basis of a long-term or permanent residence permit; other family members cannot file these applications at the moment
  • LONG-TERM VISAS FOR THE FAMILY PURPOSE, but only if the family unification involves spouses and minor children of foreign nationals who already reside in the Czech Republic on a basis of a long-term or permanent residence permit; other family members cannot file these applications at the moment
  • LONG-TERM VISAS FOR THE PURPOSE OF STUDY and RESIDENCE PERMITS FOR THE PURPOSE OF STUDY
  • LONG-TERM VISAS FOR THE PURPOSE OF OTHER, but only for educational activities
  • LONG-TERM VISAS FOR THE PURPOSE OF CULTURESPORTS and WORKING HOLIDAY
  • PERMANENT RESIDENCE PERMITS FOR COMPATRIOTS (based on decree no. 1014/2014)
  • visas for the purpose of collecting residence permits (the so-called D/VR type visa) – the so-called VISA STICKER TRANSFER – for any purpose of stay

Resumption of processing of visa applications: Processing of all applications for long-term visas and residence permits that have beenlodged before March 14, 2020 is resumed (i.e. examining of those applications that have been filed before the state of emergency and subsequent suspension of visa services is resumed).

3. How to make an appointment for visa:

Complete information on how to make an appointment for a visa can be found on the website of the Embassy in the chapter "Visas"/article "How to make an appointment for a long term visa or residence permit". The capacity of the Visa Section is limited by the epidemiological situation and by local conditions so that there is no accumulation of clients in the waiting room.

Obligatory submission of document against introduction of infectious disease

 

Applicants for Schengen visas and long-term visas and residence permits for purposes of economic and education activities are obliged to submit document on fulfilling requirements against introduction of infectious disease. When lodging a Schengen visa application, the document must be submitted upon lodging the application - presentation of the document is a prerequisite for further processing. When lodging a long-term visa or residence permit application, the document must be submitted when picking up the visa, i.e. after its approval, not upon lodging the application.

The document is required when lodging the following applications:

 

The document should be issued by the receiving entity in the Czech Republic, i.e. employer or school (university). By issuing the document, the issuing party undertakes  to provide

  • accommodation for the entire duration of stay, incl. a place where the foreign national can stay if a public health institution orders a quarantine,
  • health care or a registered health care provider for the entire duration of stay, incl. covering related expenditures, if not arranged otherwise,
  • return to the country of origin in case the purpose of stay in the Czech Republic no longer applies.


Confirmation of an entity receiving in the territory of the Czech Republic (DOCX, 135 KB)

Entry to the Czech Republic and quarantine measures
 

Foreign nationals are requested to check the entry conditions to the Czech Republic before their travel. This information is regularly being updated by the Ministry of the Interior on its website, mainly in the pdf-format table "Conditions for entry of persons to the territory of the Czech Republic in accordance with the Ministry of Health Protective Measure." This table clearly indicates which quarantine measures, incl. possible obligation to test for COVID-19, pertain to which category of travelers.

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