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Schengen visa

After the accession of the Czech Republic into the Schengen zone on December 31, 2007 the visa regime in this country is regulated by the EU Code. Schengen short-term visa allows to stay in the Czech Republic, as well as any other of the 26 EU countries for the period to 90 days. The decision to grant this type of visa is taken by the diplomatic representatives of the Czech Republic in your country.

  • The list of countries of the Schengen area: 1) France 2) Belgium 3) Czech Republic 4) Germany 5) Luxembourg 6) Netherlands 7) Austria 8) Denmark 9) Spain 10) Greece 11) Malta 12) Portugal 13) Italy 14) Iceland 15) Norway 16) Liechtenstein 17) Poland 18) Lithuania 19) Latvia 20) Hungary 21) Slovenia 22) Slovakia 23) Finland 24) Sweden 25) Estonia 26) Switzerland.
  • The Schengen area automatically includes (although the agreement wasn’t signed): Andorra (with Spain), Monaco (together with France), the State of Vatican City and the Republic of San Marino (together with Italy).

After having obtained a Schengen visa, you have a marvelous opportunity to travel and to visit any country of the Schengen area, but first and foremost, you must enter to the Czech Republic.

Grounds for obtaining a Schengen visa

  • visiting relatives or friends (on the basis of an invitation to the Czech Republic);
  • an invitation letter from a Czech partner (business visa);
  • tourism or medical treatment;
  • culture or sport;
  • property owners;
  • educational or scientific activities;
  • work;
  • participation in a legal entity;
  • visiting parents who have permission to long-term or permanent residence in the Czech Republic;
  • membership in the family of EU citizens.

The rule 90/180 applies to any short-term Schengen visa, the essence of it is that the total period of your stay in the Czech Republic or any other member states cannot be more than three months (or 90 days) within six months (180 days). This condition doesn’t apply to citizens who have the right to visa-free entry to the Czech Republic. In exceptional cases, the period of stay may be extended, for example in case of personal circumstances or force majeure (illness, inability to leave the country, marriage, and so on).
The period of validity of a short-term Schengen visa is determined either on the basis of the period of stay or on the intended numbers of entries. There is a rule 90/180 to enter the country, but anyway the maximum term of the short-term visa is five years.

Types of short-term Schengen visas

Single-entry visa allows you to enter only once to the territory of the Czech Republic / Schengen area within a specified time, but you can stay in the country no longer than 90 days during the 180-day period.

Double-entry visa allows you to enter twice to the Czech Republic / Schengen area within a specified time, but you can stay in the country no longer than 90 days during the 180-day period.

Multiple-entry visa allows you to enter to the Czech Republic many times, under the condition that the total period of your stay in the Czech Republic or any other member states cannot be more than 90 days during the 180-day period.
We draw your attention that exceedance of the total period of stay in the Czech Republic can serve as a serious reason for refusing during the next application for a visa.

Necessary requirements:

  • Grounds for regular trips to the Czech Republic: business trips, marital status, property ownership, attendance at educational programmes or seminars.
  • Visa should be used for the purpose intended. Furthermore, you should leave the country before the expiration date of your Schengen visa.
  • For obtaining a multiple-entry Schengen visa, it is necessary to present copies of previous visas (VISACZ specialists recommend you to present at least two previous visas).

The processing period for obtaining a short-term visa

You should submit an application no sooner than three months and no later than 15 days before a planned trip. The documents are considered within 4-5 working days. Sometimes the process can be extended to 30 days. Express visa is considered within 3 working days. In case you submit documents through the Visa Application Centre, then you can independently check the approval of your visa online. The owners of multiple-entry visas can submit a new application before the date of expiration. There is a minimum waiting period in case of relatives of EU citizens.

Additional conditions

In case you decided to change a hotel or transport, etc. after getting of your visa, you are obligated to inform the consular department by e-mail. Otherwise, your visa can be cancelled, because the documents do not correspond to reality.

In case there are several travellers with an international passport (for example, parents with a child under 15 years of age), every person apply for a visa independently. Only for unaccompanied minors, a signature is required.

From 14 September 2015, a personal presence for obtaining a first Schengen visa is a mandatory requirement, because it is necessary to submit biometric data. In subsequent application for a visa to the Czech Republic, within the period of five years, saved data in the database can be used again and there is no necessity in personal presence.

Exemption from fingerprinting:

  • Children under the age of 12;
  • Physical limitations;
  • Heads of state and government, members of national government and accompanying persons: married couples and members of official delegations, which must be invited either by the government of the States parties of the Schengen Agreement or by international organizations during an official visit.

It is also possible to submit biometric data in Czech visa application service centre, which provides a service "Mobile biometrics" - fingerprinting at home. You can get detailed information about this kind of service in visa application centre or to contact a visa centre in your town. Please note that fees for this service is required.

Required documents for a Schengen visa to the Czech Republic

1) An international passport.
The validity period of your international passport should exceed the validity period of you visa at least by three months. It is necessary to provide original and a copy of a first page with a photo.
We draw your attention that there should be a photo of a child included in passport. Furthermore, please note that you have one month from a date of changing a surname in order to get a new OZP, otherwise a passport will be considered as a non-valid.

2) The visa application form.
All forms are filled entirely in Latin. An incomplete application form or filled out in Cyrillic will not be accepted.

3) Photo 3,5*4,5 on a light background.
Please inform the photo centre that you are making a photo for a visa to the Czech Republic, because it should meet the specific requirements.

4) Health insurance, which has to be valid in all countries of the Schengen area and has to cover expenses up to 30.000 EUR.
As for double-entry visa, you are obligated to provide a health insurance which covers both trips.

5) A copy of a page with a photo and a copy of a page with registration of general civil passport.

6) A document confirming the purpose of your trip. We draw your attention to the fact that going to the sanatorium to the Czech Republic is related to treatment and has nothing to do with tourism.

The purpose of visit:

a) Tourism – proof of accommodation: a hotel voucher or documents from a travel agency or a letter of invitation (it is enough to provide a hotel reservation).

b) Medical treatment - an official document from Czech Medical Organization, confirming the necessity of medical treatment. The document must also include: the duration of your stay in sanatorium and approximate evaluation of the cost for treatment. Moreover, you should attach the doctor's comments.

c) Business travel purpose – an invitation letter from a Czech partner, either verified by the Alien Police Inspectorate of the Czech Republic (has to be in the original) or on official company letterhead (can be a copy).

d) Culture or sport - an invitation letter from the host country, information about a sport or culture event, list of participants.

e) Educational or scientific activities – study confirmation form.

f) Work - work permit from the Labour Office of the Czech Republic or a confirmation that you don't need this permit. Besides, an employment contract for up to 90 days (an original plus a copy).

g) A letter of invitation – either verified by the Alien Police Inspectorate of the Czech Republic or notarized. It is very important to understand the fact that by making an invitation letter, you bear full responsibility for that person! The document should be provided not earlier than six months before the date of submission your application to the Consulate. If a person will pay for the trip, you are obligated to provide a letter of sponsorship from a person who will pay for your trip (in free form) and a copy of a general civil passport/international passport of that person (the page with data and a photo).

  • If the person, who write a letter of invitation, lives in the territory of the Czech Republic on the basis of a long-term visa or residence permit, then he prepares either an official document verified by the Alien Police Inspectorate of the Czech Republic or notarized letter of invitation. For a visa, it is necessary to apply with an original letter of invitation. In case of notarized handwritten letter of invitation, it is also necessary to invest a residence permit in the Czech Republic on the person who prepare an invitation letter for you.
  • If the person, who invites you is a citizen of the Czech Republic or a citizen of any other European Union State, constantly living in the Czech Republic, he prepares either an official document verified by the Alien Police Inspectorate of the Czech Republic or notarized letter of invitation. For a visa, it is necessary to apply with an original letter of invitation. VISACZ specialists recommend you to prepare an invitation letter in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, as in this case additional documents are not required (for example a certificate from the place of work). A physical or natural person through this invitation letter bear full responsibility for a person.

h) Real estate in the Czech Republic – extract from the cadastre of real estate.

i) Schengen visa for minor children, whose parent(s) have a residence permit or permanent residence in the Czech Republic – a copy of a document confirming a residence permit or permanent residence plus a letter of invitation.
Furthermore, it is important to provide a notarized copy of a child’s birth certificate.
In case of divorce, if one of the parents immigrated to the Czech Republic and live in the territory of the Czech Republic on the basis of a residence permit or permanent residence, you must provide additional documents: notarized divorced deed, notarized exit permit for a minor child (specify that a child is going to visit another parent). Only one parent gives consent for exit permit.
In case of changing your surname, it is necessary to provide a confirmation, for example: a certificate of marriage registration, as a result of which the surname has been changed.

j) A family member of an EU citizen - original or notarized copy of the marriage certificate or birth certificate.

k) A legal person – statement from the trade register of the Czech Republic.

l) An official delegation – a copy of an official invitation either from the country of destination or from an international organization.

7) The flight tickets reservation (back and forth).

8) Proof of sufficient means of subsistence. The document must not be older than 3 months.
The amount of required financial means should be not less than 1100 CZK (42 EUR) for one day of stay, when the total days of stay don’t exceed 30 days.
Not less than 34 340 CZK (1296 EUR), when the total days of stay don’t exceed 60 days.
Not less than 38 389 CZK (1449 EUR), when the total days of stay don’t exceed 90 days.
Persons under 18 years of age are obligated to have, according to period of stay, half of the mentioned above financial means.
Proof of sufficient means of subsistence is not provided only in case of availability of an invitation letter, specifying that a legal or a natural person assumes all the costs associated with your stay in the Czech Republic.

Sufficient means of subsistence can be proved by provision of:

  • Bank account statement, which is needed to be stamped and signed by the bank representative. The statement must also include information about the remaining cash balance in the account and the name of the owner. It is advisable to see in your bank account a stable increase in the amounts of money, at minimum for the period of three months and the remaining balance should correspond to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, depending on total number days of stay.

We draw your attention to the fact that a savings book is not an analogue of documents mentioned above!

  • Employment confirmation with information about the monthly salary (monthly salary cannot be less than a living wage).
  • A document of paying taxes (for companies and also for persons involved in individual entrepreneurship).
  • In case the inviting person provides the whole payment of a trip, you are obligated to provide a letter of sponsorship and a copy of a general civil passport/international passport of that person (the page with data and a photo).
  • Students provide a study confirmation form from an educational institution and if the trip is held during the studies than it is necessary to provide a permission from an educational institution (with an indication of days of travel).

9) Presence of documents confirming accommodation for the total period of your stay in the territory of the Czech Republic.

10) A copy of a birth certificate.

11) The fee for a visa that will be charged when submitting documents. Registration procedure is free for EU family members.

Rules for submission an application form for a Schengen (short-term) visa to the Czech Republic

An application form for a Schengen visa can be downloaded and printed.

1. The visa application form has to be filled legible entirely in Latin, because it will be electronically read. An incomplete application form or filled out in Cyrillic will not be accepted.

2. Do not fill in or sign an application form with a red or black pen.

3. It is necessary to fill in all the fields, except for those fields, which are intended for official notes. In case you don’t know what to enter at any field, it is better to skip and clarify at the time of submission an application.

4. Mark the field by a cross in case of several available options.

5. Identification data of an applicant should be filled in conformity with the specified data of an international passport. Split a name and a surname in one cell.

6. Fill in the dates without points and dashes in the format of day, month, year - DDMMYYYY (that is, for example, on May 25, 1983, fill in as follows 25051983).

7. The address should be indicated in the form: country code-city-street-serial number, for example "USA-Miami-South Str.-8".

8. Specify a country code in your telephone number, which should be separated from the actual phone number by a hyphen, for example, + 420-745789445.

9. The designated "*" fields are not filled by a family member of an EU citizen or the European Economic Area, the degree of kinship to a citizen of a European Union or EEA must be confirmed by appropriate documents.

A mandatory registration after entry to the Czech Republic

Each foreign citizen is required to register at a local branch of an Alien Police Inspectorate in the Czech Republic within three days after entry to the country.

If you accommodated in your relatives or friends place, you have to do this registration independently, as it is an obligatory process.

Visa refusal

All applicants always receive a written explanation of the reasons for refusing of a short-term visa to the Czech Republic. In accordance with Article 32 paragraph 3 of the Visa Code and § 180 e) of Act No. 326/1999 Coll., on the residence of aliens in the territory of the Czech Republic with subsequent amendments and additions, the applicant for visa has the right to apply for a new explanation of the reasons for refusing of a short-term visa to the Czech Republic.

The most frequent causes of visa refusal:

  • The discrepancy of the data specified in an application form;
  • The discrepancy of the purpose of your visit;
  • The package of documents is not full;
  • The applicant's failure to attend an interview for clarification of information upon request of Consulate;
  • Presence at the interview in time, but uncertain, inaccurate answers to the questions;
  • Incorrect data;
  • Violation of the Visa regulations.

After receiving a refusal, you have the right to file an application (appeal) on reconsideration of your case. The appeal must be submitted in written form within 15 days from the date of receiving a written negative decision to obtain a visa.
The application is not accepted by e-mail. The application (appeal) should contain your data in full: name, surname, date of birth, place of birth, citizenship, passport number, the explanation why the notification for visa refusal is incorrect. It is necessary to specify an exact reason for the appeal and also indicate the complete delivery address (e-mail address and postal address). The result of the reconsideration of your application for a visa will be notified to you from a ministry of Foreign Affairs in a written form within 30 days.

Nationals who can stay in the Czech Republic up to 90 days without a visa

There are countries that are not part of the Schengen agreement, but whose nationals do not need a visa to enter the Schengen area. The number of total days allowed to stay in any country in the Schengen Area cannot exceed three months (or 90 days) within six months (or 180 days), regardless the purpose of a trip.

The list of countries: Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Cyprus, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Macau, Macedonia , Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova (visa-free regime applies only to owners of biometric passports), Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand (including Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau), Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America (including the United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico), Uruguay, Vatican, Venezuela.

Multiple-entry visa on the basis of residential real estate

If a person bought a property in the Czech Republic, he can get a multiple entry visa to the Czech Republic, on the grounds that he is the owner of real estate.

A visa is issued for a period of 180 days with the right to stay in the Czech Republic for 90 days or for a period of 360 days with the right to stay in the Czech Republic for 180 days.

An official document confirming the ownership of real estate is an extract from the real estate cadastre.

Schengen multiple-entry visa

The validity of such type of visa depends on the estimated number of entries to the country. It is important to know the difference between the validity period of this type of visa and the period of possible stay in the Czech Republic. You are obligated to enter the country in accordance with 90/180 rule, but the maximum duration of a Schengen short-term visa is 5 years (which gives you the right to unlimited number of border crossing).

The issuance of multiple-entry visas is regulated by Article 24 of the Visa Code.

The main information for the applicant:

1. The justification in detail for the necessity and importance of permanent entries in the Czech Republic. Possible reasons:

  • business trips, entrepreneurship;
  • kinship and family ties with persons who constantly live in the European Union;
  • educational and scientific activities, sports and participation in international competitions;
  • diplomatic and political activity, frequent meetings with Government officials from the Czech Republic and Union countries;
  • Community Works, activities related to art, seminars or conferences;
  • presence of real estate in the territory of the Czech Republic;
  • necessity of entering the territory of the Czech Republic for international transportation drivers.

2. Proof of intentions, reliability, integrity.

  • availability of previously used Schengen visas with the lack of violations;
  • proof of the social status or economic situation in the country of origin;
  • proof of the intentions to leave the Czech Republic and the European Union, regulated by legislation and visa period.

For obtaining a multiple-entry visa, it is necessary to provide copies of all previous visas (VISACZ specialists recommend you to present at least two previous visas). As a rule, you cannot get a Schengen multiple-entry visa if you have never been to the Czech Republic before, moreover we draw your attention that the purpose of previous Schengen visas should preferably coincides with the purpose of a trip, on the basis of which you will apply for a Schengen multiple-entry visa.
 

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