Located in central Europe, the Czech Republic is a visually appealing country. Thanks to its ancient history and culture, the architecture has been significantly influenced by it. Along with several other factors such as the ‘ease of business’, growing economy, the food, low crime rate and so on, people from all around the world have settled in the nation. With the Czech Republic Visitor Visa, people can now visit their friends or relatives living in the Czech nation.
Also known as the Czech Republic Schengen visitor visa, this permit allows people from all around the world to visit their family or friends who are residing in the country. Similar to other Schengen visitor categories, these are also issued for a duration of 90 days in a 180-day validity period. Issued in the form of single-entry, double-entry, and multiple entries, these can be used for sightseeing, leisure activities, as well as other forms of tourism as well.
To apply for this kind of permit, the mode of application is offline. However, you may fill the form online or offline. Before starting the application, you must ensure that you meet all the conditions to apply for this particular visa. You may then proceed to make the application as per the following -
Please note that if you have submitted biometrics in the last 5 years, you do not have to submit them again. Also, in this case, you may not have to submit the application in person.
Ensure that you submit genuine documents, and provide correct information. Submission of fake documents or incorrect information will lead to visa rejection. A refused permit will mostly affect your future travel history.
To be eligible to apply for a visitor permit, you must meet the following conditions -
As per the requirements, the following are the list of documents you must submit for the application -
Please note that you might have to get the documents such as the letter translated into the Czech language.
The processing time for the visitor permit depends on several factors such as the number of entries, the volume of applications at the embassy, express processing, previous travel history, etc. Normally, the permit is issued within 10-15 working days. However, in certain cases, it can go upto even 30 days. As a result, it is suggested that you apply for the visa well in advance.
The total fees for the application include the visa fees, the biometric charges, as well as any other service charges. It can vary depending on the number of entries, foreign currency exchange rate, and so on. As a result, it is recommended that you find out the exact fees before applying.
Upon successful application, and payment of the fees, you will receive your decision within the processing time stipulated. If the embassy requires additional verification or documentation, they will notify you via email or call. If approved, you can pick up the document package and visa directly from the centre, or you can opt for it to be delivered to you for a fee.
While your application is being processed, you may check the status of your application by entering your application number and name at the online portal of the VAC. Alternately, you can contact the embassy or your travel agent directly for the status. Also, you may be able to opt for SMS notifications of the status.
It is not possible to extend your visitor permit normally. Just like other Schengen short term visas, these are non-extendable. You will have to leave the country before the expiry date. However, in extreme cases such as a force majeure, you may apply for an extension. If you want to apply for another visitor visa, you will have to apply from your home country.
You cannot stay back in the country any longer after your permit expires. You are expected to leave the country before your permit expires. Staying back after the expiry is considered as an offence, and can get you deported. In some cases, you may even be banned from entering the country again.
Since this is issued for a duration of fewer than 6 months, there is no need for any medical test. However, for longer permit categories, you will require a mandatory test. Even though, it is suggested that you get a medical checkup done before travelling to another nation for your own safety.
No, the visitor visa is non-extendable and non-convertible. If you do require a work permit, you should leave the country on expiry of the visitor permit, and then apply for a work visa from your home country, provided that you are eligible for it. You can even cancel your existing permit before applying for another one but you cannot convert one type to another.
Yes, you are allowed to travel to other Schengen countries with a visitor permit. The Czech Republic is a part of the Schengen, and therefore, allows visa-free travel between other Schengen countries as well. However, keep in mind that this is only valid for the uniform visa type. If you receive an LTV, you can only visit the selected few states.