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Czech Republic Business Visa - Definitive Guide

Being termed as “one of the most flourishing European economies”, the Czech Republic is also ranked under the “very easy” category of the ‘Ease of doing business’ rank. As a result, several businessmen travel to Czechia with a Czech Republic Business Visa. With companies such as the automotive giant Skoda, and cybersecurity company Avast, this is not a surprise. 

What is the Czech Republic Schengen Business Visa?

czech republic business visa

People looking to enter the Czech Republic for the purpose of performing business activities require a business permit. Falling under the short term C category of the Schengen visa, the Czech business visa is issued for a duration of 90 days in a 180 day period. Issued as single entry type, double-entry, and multiple entries, this permit allows you to move throughout the Schengen region. However, in some cases, you may be given a Limited Territory Validity (LTV) visa where you will only be able to visit specific Schengen state(s).

How to apply for a business visa for the Czech Republic?

As per the Czech Republic business visa requirements for Indian citizens, the process is done offline. Before applying, you must check if you are eligible to apply for this. If you are, you may proceed to make the application as follows -  

  1. Obtain all the necessary documents for your visa category.
  2. Fill in your details in the application form. You can do this offline by downloading the form from the Czech Republic embassy website, print it, and then fill it by hand or fill in the details online and then print it. 
  3. Proceed to book your visa appointment at one of the VACs, or at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in New Delhi. You can do this online, or by calling or emailing them. 
  4. With the completed application form and the documents, attend the appointment. You will also have to pay the fees and submit your biometrics.

Please note that if you have submitted biometrics in the last 5 years, you are not required to submit them again. Also, in this case, you may not have to submit the application in person.

Ensure that you submit all the original documents, and perform translation to the Czech language if necessary. Submission of fake documents or incorrect information will lead to visa rejection. A visa rejection is considered as a black mark in your travel history.

Eligibility for Schengen Czech Republic Business Visa

To be able to apply for a business permit, you must qualify to the following criteria - 

  1. You must be in your country of residence if you are applying there. If you are residing in a residence permit in a foreign nation, you can apply it to the embassy over there. 
  2. You must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of travel.
  3. Your sole purpose of the visit has to be to take part in business-related activities such as meetings, conferences, and so on. 
  4. You must possess sufficient funds to cover your stay in the country.
  5. You should be covered by travel insurance.
  6. You must apply for the permit only if -
    • Czechia is your only destination, or
    • The Czech Republic is one of your multiple Schengen destinations -  in which case you will be spending the majority of the time here, or, you are spending time in all the other destinations where the Czech Republic is your port of entry.

Documents required for Czech Republic Business Visa

As per the Czech Republic business visa requirements, you must submit the following documents -

  • A valid passport
  • 2 valid photographs
  • Covering letter from the Indian company/organization 
  • Travel itinerary for the business trip 
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Confirmed round flight tickets
  • Invitation letter from the Czech company/organization in the Czech language. 
  • Travel insurance covering expenses up to 30000 Euros
  • Proof of sufficient funds to show that you can cover your expenses in the Czech Republic.

Please note that you must translate the important documents into the Czech language. 

Photo specifications for the Czech Republic Schengen Business Visa

The photo specifications for the Czech Republic Schengen Business Visa are as follows -

photo specifications for the czech republic business visa

  • Dimensions:  35mm X 45mm
  • Colour: Coloured 
  • Head must occupy the central position
  • Must be recently captured within the last 3 months
  • Background: Solid, plain white or grey
  • 80% face coverage
  • Neutral expression
  • Glasses: Non-thick framed and prescription are permitted
  • Headgears are allowed only for religious reasons
  • Facial hair is permitted

Schengen Czech Republic Business Visa Processing Time

The time taken for the processing of the business permit is approximately 15 working days. However, this may easily vary depending on several factors such as the number of entries required, volume of application at the embassy, express processing option, and so on. It is therefore advised to apply for the permit well in advance. 

Czech Republic Business Visa Fees

The total fees to be paid for obtaining this permit depends on a few factors such as the biometric charges, as well as other service charges. Also, due to the fluctuating nature of the currency exchange rates, it is recommended to know the exact fees before applying.

Entry Stay Duration Validity Fees
Multiple entry Normal 90 days 3 months 6390.0
Multiple entry Normal 90 days 3 months 6390.0

After Submission

Once you have submitted the application and paid the fees, your application will be processed. If the embassy requires further verification or documentation, you will be asked to submit them. Once approved, you can pick up the visa in person, or you may ask them to be delivered to you for a fee. 

How to check visa status

While your application is being processed you may opt for you to be notified of the status via SMS. Alternately, you may check the status online by visiting the online portal of the VAC and entering your application number and name. You can also check it by contacting your travel agent or the embassy directly via email or call. 

When you have this visa

Once you obtain this permit, you must keep in mind the following points - 

  • Make a note of the visa expiry date, and the number of entries. You must not stay in the country beyond this period.
  • Always carry a copy of your passport and other travel documents with you while you are travelling within the country. You must carry your passport and visa if you are travelling to other Schengen countries. 
  • While you are on a business permit, you cannot take part in any work-related activities.
  • You cannot extend the permit unless in extreme unforeseeable circumstances such as a force majeure, unfavourable situation in the home country, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I extend my Czech Republic Business Visa?

You simply cannot extend your business permit. Similar to other Schengen short term visas, these are non-extendable. You are expected to leave the country before your expiry date. However, in extreme cases of unforeseeable circumstances, you may apply for an extension. If you want to apply for another business visa, you will have to apply from your home country.

After expiring my Czech Business Visa how long can I stay?

You cannot stay for any longer once your permit expires. You must leave the country before the expiry date. Staying back after the period is considered as an offence. This may lead to your deportation. And in some cases, you may not be allowed to enter the country again. 

What is the medical test for the Czech Business permit?

Due to the fact that this visa is issued for a duration shorter than 6 months, you do not require a mandatory medical test. However, you will require a medical test if you are applying for one of the long term visas. Alternately, it is recommended that you get a medical done before travelling to a new country. 

Can I convert my Czech Business Visa into another visa?

No, you cannot convert one type of permit into another. If you require another visa, you will have to return to your home country and then apply for the new one. You must not stay back in the country after your business permit has expired. Staying back will get you deported.

Can I travel to another Schengen country on a Czech Business Visa?

Yes, you can travel and perform business activities in other Schengen countries. Since the Czech business permit is a type of Schengen, you are free to enter any of the other Schengen countries. This includes that you can take part in tourism, business, etc in any of the Schengen nations. However, keep in mind that if you possess the LTV, you might be able to visit only the specified countries. 


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