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Requirements for Schengen Visa application

General information on Schengen (short-stay) visa application

A uniform Schengen (short -stay) visa allows its holder to stay in the Schengen area for the duration identified in the visa, which can be 90 days at most. It is issued for one entry, two entries or multiple entries and as an airport transit visa. It is possible, in exceptional situation, to issue s Schengen (short-stay) visa with limited territorial validity – in such a case the visa is valid only for the Schengen states specified in the visa or for the Czech Republic only. 

Requirements:

1. Application form

2. Travel document

3. Photo

4. Biometrics - fingerprints

5. Travel medical insurance

6. Supporting documents for the purpose of the visit

7. Supporting document for accommodation

8. Supporting documents for financial means (proof of solvency)

+ documents according to the Harmonized  list of supporting documents for the State of Israel

          9. Proof of residence rights stay in Israel (evidence of legal residence)

          10. Proof of document regarding the intention to leave the Schengen Area

          11. Proof of socioeconomic ties in the State of Israel

1. Application form

You can either fill out the form electronically and print it subsequently or print the form first and fill it out by hand in legible large case Latin letters. The forms can be printed in black and white. Forms are also available at the consulates.

2. Travel document

For travel to the Czech Republic / Schengen Area,  the passport must:

  • -have been issued in the past ten years (i.e. it may not be older than ten years even if it continues to be valid after its extension),
  • -continue to be valid at least three months after the intended departure from the Czech Republic / Schengen Area
  • -contain at least two empty pages.

If these conditions are not fulfilled, the application cannot be accepted.

Applicants older than 15 must possess own passport.

Children younger than 15 can be inscribed in the passport of the parent / legal guardian. Parents / legal guardians submit visa applications on behalf of these children. Two (or more) visa stickers are subsequently issued into a passport. If the child is inscribed in the passport of the parent / legal guardian, but will travel by himself / herself, he / she needs to possess own passport.

Applicants should submit previously issued visas and a copy of all entry/exit stamps.

The passport is not valid and visa cannot be issued into it if it is characterized by one of the following:

  • -it has expired,
    -it has been damaged to the degree that the entries are no longer readable,
    -it has disintegrated,
    -it contains incorrect entries or unauthorized changes,
    -photograph no longer confirms to the current appearance of the holder.

3. Photograph

The photo must conform to the following requirements:

  • -size 35 x 45 mm,
  • -captures current appearance,
  • -captures full-face view,
  • -height from the eyes to the bottom of the chin is at least 13 mm,
  • -captures the applicant in civil attire, without sunglasses (except for the blind) and without head cover (except for religious or health reasons – in such cases the head cover must not prevent applicant´s identification).

4. Biometrics - fingerprints

Fingerprints are submitted when filing a visa application. To submit fingerprints, the applicant needs to appear in person. Once the fingerprints have been collected, the applicant is not required to submit them for the next five years.  They can be resubmitted, however, in case of uncertainty. Children younger than 12 years are exempt from the fingerprints requirement.

Biometric data (fingerprints) are collected when processing visa applications at all diplomatic missions of the Czech Republic and of other states of the Schengen Area. To this end, they are using the Visa Information System (VIS), which allows visa information exchange and contains also biometric data of applicants, including fingerprints.

5. Travel medical insurance

At least 30 000 EUR of medical costs are re-imbursed, including hospital care, emergency treatment and repatriation (including in the event of death).

6. Supporting documents for the purpose of the visit

The documents proving the purpose of the visit can be submitted in a copy. Invitation based on official invitation verified by Alien Police Inspectorate must be submitted in original.

According to the harmonized list of supporting documents for the State of Israel, following are the documents to be submitted:

  • business visit: signed invitation from company in the Member State including the full name of the applicant, the purpose of the visit, who will cover travel and accommodation costs, the company´s contact detail. Job description and dates of the visits should be explicitly stated in the letter from the sponsor company.
  • visit of a friend/relative: signed invitation from a friend/relative including full name of the applicant, the purpose and duration of the visit, address during the stay in the member State (contact details of the host), or invitation on official invitation verified by Alien Police Inspectorate.
  • Seminar/course/sports or religious events: signed invitation from the organizing authority of the event, including the applicants full name, the purpose of the visit, address during the stay in the Member State, who will cover travel and accommodation costs, contact details of the organizing authority.

7. Supporting document for accommodation

Applicant can submit an invitation by host, hotel voucher, reservation of hotel booking for whole duration of the stay, official invitation verified by Alien Police Inspectorate.

8. Supporting documents for financial means (proof of solvency)

Applicant can submit bank statements for the last three months, and / or copies of salary slips of the last three months, voucher, official invitation, bank card.

For stay up to 30 days, the applicant must declare 1100 CZK per day or equivalent in foreign currency. For stay longer than 30 days, the applicant must declare 15 x 2200 CZK, for each whole month this amount is increased by 2x 2200 CZK = 33000 CZK + 4400 for each whole month.

9. Proof of residence rights stay in Israel (evidence of legal residence)

Applicant must prove so called re-entry permit valid for a minimum of three months after the intended departure from the territory of the Member State.

10. Proof of document regarding the intention to leave the Schengen Area

Applicant will submit return flight booking with intended dates of travel.

11. Proof of socioeconomic ties in the State of Israel

Applicant will submit proof of studies/employment /retirement/ with a confirmation of the possibility to return to school, or work. The person signing the proof should be identified by name and surname, position and contact details.