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Visa Services - Partial Re-Opening

The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Tirana has partially resumed visa services for certain travel purposes.

Since June 8, 2020, the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Tirane has – in limited extent and amounts – resumed provision of visa services to public. 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 the consulate. Applicants will be required to use hands´ disinfection, wear face masks and maintain at least 2 meters distance. The number of persons who can simultaneously enter the consulate premises will be limited. We also ask for applicants´ understanding that the amount of applications that the 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 extent of the visa services currently provided remains limited – refer to the overview lower in 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

For information and appointment kindly contact visa_tirana@mzv.cz

 

1. Extent of visa services

SCHENGEN VISAS:

Acceptance of applications    

family members of EU / Czech Republic citizens

● in the interest of the Czech Republic

international transport workers

critical infrastructure workers 

● diplomats and officials of international organizations

seasonal workers (based on Decree of the Ministry of Labor and Social Services No. 322/2017 Coll.)

● health and social services employees 

● food processing employees

● employees in scientific, key and highly qualified professions fulfilling conditions of the Highly Qualified Worker Program and Key and Research Staff Program

● in exceptional emergency situations as defined in Point I/4i) of the currently applicable Protective Measure of the Ministry of Health

 

LONG-TERM VISAS AND RESIDENCE PERMITS:

a) Acceptance of applications for         

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  

PERMANENT RESIDENCE PERMITS FOR COMPATRIOTS (based on decree no. 1014/2014)

● BLUE CARDS and applications for long-term residence permits of their spouses and minor children

● 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 VISAS FOR THE PURPOSE OF STUDY

RESIDENCE PERMITS FOR THE PURPOSE OF STUDY

● 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

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

LONG-TERM VISAS AND RESIDENCE PERMITS IF THE FOREIGN NATIONAL´S STAY IS IN THE INTEREST OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC and is supported by a corresponding document

● LONG-TERM VISAS FOR THE PURPOSE OF CULTURESPORTS and WORKING HOLIDAY

 

b) Resumption of processing of applications

Processing of all applications for long-term visas and residence permits that have been lodged 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).

 

2. 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. More information in the article Travelling to the Czech Republic or BEFORE YOU TRAVEL: Step-by-step guide on quarantine measures

 

3. 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:

Schengen visa for the purpose of study

Schengen visa for the purpose of employment

Schengen visa for the purpose of seasonal employment

Schengen visa for the purpose of scientific research

Schengen visa for the purpose of culture

Schengen visa for the purpose of sports

Schengen visa for the purpose of training

Schengen visa for the purpose of entrepreneurship

Employee Card

Blue Card

Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card

Long-term visa for the purpose of seasonal employment

Long-term visa for the purpose of entrepreneurship

Long-term visa for the purpose of study

● Long-term visa for the purpose of other - other educational activities

Long-term visa for the purpose of training

● Long-term visa for the purpose of culture

● Long-term visa for the purpose of sports

● Special work visa

Long-term residence permit for the purpose of study

Long-term residence permit for the purpose of scientific research

 

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,

covering related expenditures, if not arranged otherwise (exception: this point does not pertain to holders of long-term residence permit),

return to the country of origin in case the purpose of stay in the Czech Republic no longer applies (exception: this point does not pertain to holders of long-term residence permit).

 

Confirmation of an entity receiving in the territory of the Czech Republic (DOCX, 136 KB)

4. Additional information:

Ministry of the Interior Coronavirus-Information of MoI (incl. entry conditions to the Czech Republic and quarantine measures)

Current measures in the Czech Republic

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic