Czech Republic visa

You can visit the Czech Republic without a visa for up to 90 days if you come from a country with a visa-free agreement (e.g. USA, Canada, Japan, etc.).
However, many others must apply for a visa before arriving in the Czech Republic.

You can apply for a visa to the Czech Republic from your nearest Czech embassy or consulate.


Do I Need a Visa to Go to the Czech Republic?

You do not need a Schengen visa to visit the Czech Republic if:

  1. You are an EU/EEA/Schengen citizen. You can work, live and visit the Czech Republic without any restrictions.
  2. You are a citizen of countries that have visa exemption agreements with the Schengen area such as the United States, Canada, Australia, England, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, etc. You will visit for a short period of time (up to 90 days).

Any other person must apply for a visa before entering the Czech Republic.

Types of Czech Republic Visas

Depending on your reason for traveling there are different types of visas for the Czech Republic, such as:

  1. Schengen Visa for the Czech Republic. A Schengen visa allows you to stay in the Czech Republic for less than 90 days. This visa is perfect for visiting the Czech Republic for tourism, business or medical purposes. Besides the Czech Republic, with this visa you can visit all other Schengen countries for up to 90 days.
  2. Czech Republic transit visa . You may need an airport transit visa to transit through a Czech airport if you are a citizen of selected countries.
  3. Work visa Czech Republic. Anyone outside the EU/EEA country or Switzerland needs a visa to work in the Czech Republic. Before applying for a work visa, you must have a job offer from a Czech employer. Czech work visa is issued for the duration of your employment contract.
  4. Czech Republic Student Visa. If you are from a country outside the EU/EEA, you need a visa to study in the Czech Republic. On the other hand, EU/EEA or Swiss citizens can study in the Czech Republic without a visa or residence permit. All you have to do is report to the Czech police and notify them if you stay for more than 30 days.
  5. Czech Republic Family Reunification Visa. You can apply for a family reunification visa to reunite with a close family member living (legally) in the Czech Republic. Close family members usually include the spouse or partner and minor children of Czech citizens or residents.
  6. Czech Republic Visa Digital Nomad. The digital nomad visa is a long-term business visa for freelancers that allows you to stay in the Czech Republic and work with different companies. Foreign citizens who want to work and stay in the Czech Republic for less than one year can apply for a nomad visa.

Czech Republic Schengen Visa

  1. It is a short-term visa. You can stay for a maximum of 90 days and your visa cannot be extended.
  2. Issued only for travel, visiting relatives, short-term study and medical reasons.
  3. You do not need a sponsor
  4. You do not need a residence permit to stay
  5. The application is submitted to the nearest Czech embassy/consulate in your country.

Czech Republic Long Term Visa

  1. You can stay longer than 90 days, but you can extend your stay for much longer.
  2. Issued for work, study and family reunion in the Czech Republic.
  3. You need a sponsor (e.g. school, workplace or your spouse)
  4. You need to register your residential address and apply for a residence permit
  5. Application to be submitted at the university The nearest Czech embassy/consulate in your country.

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Document Checklist For Czech Visa Application

The documents required to apply for a visa to the Czech Republic are:

  1. A completed visa application form. You must fill out the form completely and sign at the end.
  2. Two latest passport size photos. Your photo must be attached to the application form and comply with the Schengen visa photo guidelines.
  3. Your original passport. Your previous visa, if you have one, is valid for at least three months after the date of return.
  4. Copy of your return ticket. Do not buy a ticket until you are sure you have received your visa to submit your flight reservation.
  5. Travel medical insurance. The confirmation must be worth at least €30,000 across the entire Schengen area.
  6. Cover letter. Explain why you came to the Czech Republic.
  7. Proof of residence. This could be a hotel reservation or an invitation from a friend/relative in the Czech Republic.
  8. Civil status documents. Depending on your circumstances, this could be a marriage certificate, birth certificate, death certificate of a spouse, etc.
  9. Proof of your financial capacity. You must demonstrate that you can support yourself financially throughout your stay in the Czech Republic. This usually includes submitting bank statements.

The Czech Republic Visa Application Process

  1. Begin by clicking on the “Login” button, which can be found in the menu on the right side of the screen.
  2. If you haven’t registered yet, please register yourself first. After registering, proceed to log in to the panel.
  3. Once you are logged in, navigate to the menu on the left side of the panel.
  4. Select the “Visa Application Form” option from the menu.
  5. Fill out this form with the required information.
  6. Finally, submit the completed form.

Entering the Czech Republic After Receiving a Visa

After receiving a visa to the Czech Republic, you must enter the country before its expiration date. Make sure you bring your ID card or passport with a visa stamp.

Please also make sure to carefully read the latest updates on Covid-19 entry requirements to the Czech Republic. You will likely need vaccination records or a negative PCR test taken within the past two days.

How to Pay The Czech Republic Visa Fee?

You can pay the Czech Republic visa application fee in cash at the time of application or by credit/debit card. How you pay your visa application fee will depend on the embassy or consulate you apply to.

Visa fees for the Czech Republic are as follows:

  1. Adults €80
  2. Children from 6 to 12 €40
  3. Children under six years FREE
  4. Family members of Czech citizens of the EU/EEA FREE
  5. Scientists and researchers travel for professional reasons.
  6. FREE Citizens (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia) €35

Note: If your visa is refused or denied, you will not be entitled to a refund.

What Can I Do If My Application Is Refused?

If your application for a Czech Republic visa is rejected, you can:

  1. Appeal your visa rejection. You can submit the appeal within 15 days after your visa application is rejected. You can submit the request in person or by mail. Your visa rejection letter will have information on where, how, and when you can submit a visa appeal. Please be aware that you have to pay €60 for your appeal fee.
  2. You can reapply for a new visa.
  3. Apply for a visa in one of the other Schengen countries.

Why Would the Czech Authorities Deny my Visa?

Most visa applications are refused due to insufficient documentation if you cannot demonstrate that you can support yourself financially or if (for any reason) the visa officer suspects that you may illegally overstay your visa.

The Czech Republic Visa Processing Time

Processing usually takes up to 15 days. An extension of up to 45 days is possible in certain cases, depending on the circumstances and when requested. If you apply for a visa during a holiday or summer vacation, the processing time will be longer. If you are a family member of an EU citizen, your application will be considered as soon as possible.

How Long Can I Stay in Czechia With a Visa?

You can stay in the Czech Republic and all Schengen countries for up to 90 days. Czech visas allow short-term stays in the Czech Republic for tourism, business or family purposes.

If you want to stay for more than 90 days, you can apply for a long-term Czech D visa, which allows you to stay in the Czech Republic for a year. In this case, you will also need to register your address and apply for a temporary residence permit.

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