You may be able to visit the Czech Republic without a visa for a maximum of 90 days if you are from a country with a visa-free agreement (e.g., the US, Canada, Japan, etc.). However, many others need to apply for a visa before traveling to the Czech Republic.
You can get a Czech Republic visa at the 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:
- You are an EU/EEA/Schengen citizen. You can work, live and visit the Czech Republic without any restrictions.
- You are a citizen of a country with a visa-free agreement with Schengen, such as the US, Canada, Australia, UK, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, etc. You will visit for a short time (max. 90 days).
Everyone else has to apply for a visa before entering the Czech Republic.
Types of Czech Republic Visas
Depending on the reason that you are travelling, you have different Czech Republic visas, such as:
- Czech Republic Schengen visa. 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 treatment. Other than the Czech Republic, with this visa, you can visit all the other Schengen countries for up to 90 days.
- Czech Republic Transit visa. You may need an airport transit visa to transit through a Czech airport if you are a citizen of a few select countries.
- Czech Republic Work visa. Anyone outside the EU/EEA country or Switzerland needs a visa to work in the Czech Republic. Before you can apply for a work visa, you must have an offer of employment from a Czech employer. Czech work visas are issued for the duration of your work contract.
- Czech Republic Student visa. If you are from a non-EU/EEA country, you need a visa to study in the Czech Republic. On the other hand EU/EEA or Swiss nationals can study in the Czech Republic without a visa or a residence permit. You will just need to report to the Czech Republic police and inform them if you stay longer than 30 days.
- Czech Republic Family Reunification visa. You can apply for a family reunification visa to join a close family member living (legally) in the Czech Republic. Close family members usually include the spouse or partner and the minor children of the Czech citizen or resident.
- Czech Republic Digital Nomad visa. The digital nomad visa is a long-term business visa for freelancers, allowing you to stay in the Czech Republic and work with different companies. Foreign nationals looking to work and stay in the Czech Republic for less than a year can apply for a nomad visa.
Czech Republic Schengen Visa vs. Czech Long-Term Visa
Here are some of the diferences between the Czech Schengen visa and the long stay visas:
|Schengen Visa||Long-Term Visa|
|Is a short-term visa. You can stay a maximum of 90 days, and you can not extend your visa.||You can stay for more than 90 days, but you can extend it even longer.|
|Is only issued for tourism, family visits, short term studies, medical reasons.||Is issued for work, study and family reunion in the Czech Republic.|
|You do not need a sponsor||You need a sponsor (e.g., your school, employer, or spouse)|
|You don’t need a residence permit to be allowed to stay||You need to register your living addres and obtain a residence permit|
|The application is subbmited at the nearest Czech embassy/consulate in your country.||The application is subbmited at the nearest Czech embassy/consulate in your country.|
Document Checklist For Czech Visa Application
- A completed visa application form. You must complete the application form fully and sign it at the end.
- Two recent passport-size photos. Your photos must be attached to the application form and follow Schengen visa photo guidelines.
- Your original passport. With your previous visas, if you have any, that is valid for at least three months beyond the return date.
- Copy of your return ticket. It is not recommended to purchase the ticket before you are sure that you received the visa to submit a flight itinerary reservation.
- Travel medical insurance. The minimum confirmation must be €30,000 coverage within the entire Schengen area.
- Cover letter. Explaining the reason for your visit to the Czech Republic.
- Proof of accommodation. This could be a hotel reservation or a letter of invitation from a friend/relative in the Czech Republic.
- Documents of civil status. Depending on your situation, this can include a marriage certificate, birth certificate, death certificate of spouse, etc.
- Proof of your financial means. You must prove you can financially support yourself for the period of staying in the Czech Republic. Usually, this includes the submission of bank statements.
The Czech Republic Visa Application Process
To apply for a Czech Republic visa, you have to:
- Contact the nearest Czech Republic Diplomatic Mission. See a list of the Czech missions abroad here.
- Book an appointment. You must book an appointment with the embassy or consulate responsible for your region of residence.
- Complete the visa application form. You must download a visa application form online (check out the Czech embassy/consulate). You may also pick up a physical copy at the embassy/consulate or a visa application center. Make sure to fill out the application sincerely and with all the needed personal information.
- Collect all the required documents. You will need documents to support your application, such as your passport, health insurance, bank statement, etc. You must finish the documents before applying for the visa.
- Submit your application. On your appointment date, you have to submit all the required documents. Make sure to arrive on time, or you may lose your appointment.
- Pay for the visa fee. You must pay for your fee application after finishing all the required details. Depending on the embassy/consulate, the payment can be made in cash or by card.
- Wait for a response. You will receive a notification by email or SMS when your decision for your visa application has been returned. This usually takes 15 days, but it can take longer depending on the situation.
For a more detailed guide to the Czech visa application process, you can visit the article.
Entering the Czech Republic After Receiving a Visa
After receiving a Czech Republic visa, you must enter the country before the expiry date. Make sure to take your identity document or passport where the visa is affixed.
Please also make sure you carefully read the latest updates on the Covid-19 entry requirements of the Czech Republic. You will likely need a vaccination card or a negative PCR test taken within the last two days.
How to Pay The Czech Republic Visa Fee?
You can pay the Czech Republic visa fee in cash at the time of application or by credit/debit card. The visa payment method will depend on the embassy or consulate you apply to.
The Czech Republic visa application fees are as follows:
|Category||Fee in Euro|
|Children 6-12 age||€40|
|Children younger than six years||FREE|
|Family members of EU/EEA national||FREE|
|Scientists and researchers travel for professional reasons.||FREE|
|Citizens of (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia)||€35|
Note: If your visa is rejected or denied, you will not receive a refund.
What Can I Do If My Application Is Refused?
If your application for a Czech Republic visa is rejected, you can:
- 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.
- You can re-apply for a new visa.
- Apply for a visa in one of the other Schengen countries.
Why Would the Czech Authorities Deny my Visa?
Most visa applications are rejected due to insufficient documentation if you do not prove that you can financially support yourself or if (for any reason) the visa officers suspect you may be at risk of illegally overstaying your visa.
The Czech Republic Visa Processing Time
It usually takes up to 15 days to process. It can be extended to 45 days in some cases, depending on the case and the application’s time. If you are applying for a visa during holidays or summer vacations, the processing time will take longer. If you are a family member of an EU citizen, your application will be reviewed as soon as possible.
How Long Can I Stay in Czechia With a Visa?
You can stay up to 90 days in the Czech Republic and all Schengen countries. A Czech visa allows a short-term stay in the Czech Republic for tourism, business, or family visits.
If you want to stay longer than 90 days, you can apply for a Czech long-term D visa, allowing you to stay there for a year. In that case, you will also have to register your address and obtain a temporary residence permit.
Can I Extend my Stay in Czechia?
If someone wants to stay in the Czech Republic for longer than three months, they have two options:
- Apply for an extension. Extensions for a Czech Schengen visa are granted only in certain conditions:
- The visa holder has proof of force or humanitarian reasons preventing them from leaving the Czech Republic before the expiry of the visa or the stay duration authorized by the visa. The Czech Alien Police will assess these cases. These kinds of extensions are free of charge.
- The visa holder holds solemn proof of personal reason preventing them from leaving the Czech Republic before the expiry of the visa. The Czech Alien Police will assess these cases. For this type of extension, you are obligated to pay a fee of 30 euros.
- Apply for the Czech Republic long-stay visa. If you want to stay in the Czech Republic for longer than 90 days, you must apply for a long-stay visa at a Czech embassy or consulate beforehand. You can apply for a long-stay visa if you travel for work, studies, or family reunification.
Fun Facts About the Czech Republic
Here are some fun facts that you should know before visiting the Czech Republic:
- In 2019, the Czech Republic ranked the seventh safest place globally.
- One of the largest rivers in Europe, the Elbe river, rises in the country, spinning in four different countries (Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, and Poland).
- Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is known for being the home to the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world.
- Beer is cheaper than water. Czech people are the world heaviest consumers of beer in the world.
- The word robot was first used in the Czech Republic by Karl Capek, who described creatures that could do the work that humans could not and had no souls.
- More than 535,000 foreigners born and raised in the Czech Republic are from different communities.
- The world’s most ancient castle is the Prague Castle, standing 570 meters long and 128 meters wide.
- There are over 2000 castles in the Czech Republic, more than any country in Europe. Hluboka Castle, Orlik Castle, Lednice Castle, and Karlstejn Castle are some of the most famous.
- The most popular sport in the Czech Republic is Hockey, and the most successful players in this sport are from the Czech Republic.
- In Prague, Charles University is one of the oldest universities globally, founded in 1348.
- The Czech Republic is considered one of the least religious countries globally, with around 39.8% atheists and 13.4% of citizens undecided on their faith.