Traveling as a tourist in different places is usually an enjoyable experience. Still, sometimes it can be very stressful if you have to apply for a visa. Finding out which documents you need and how to prepare them can take time, which can be very challenging.
The Czech Republic tourist visa is also known as a Schengen visa. That is because the Czech Republic is a part of the Schengen Agreement, so with a Czech visa, you can visit all the countries that are a part of the Schengen area (and vice versa).
Do I Need a Tourist Visa to Visit the Czech Republic?
You do not need a tourist visa to visit the Czech Republic if:
- You are from a country with a visa-free agreement with Schengen, and you will visit for a short trip (max. 90 days). This includes countries like the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Australia, Canada, etc.
- You are from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland.
Is the Czech Republic Part of the Schengen Area?
Yes, the Czech Republic is part of the Schengen area, along with 25 other countries.
A visa obtained from any of these countries will allow you to visit all the other countries. However, if you apply for a Czech visa, your first entry point should be in the Czech Republic.
Document Checklist for Czech Republic Schengen Visa
The documents required for a Czech Republic Schengen visa are:
- Fill in the application form. The application must be fully completed and signed by the applicant. If the applicant is a minor, the application must be signed by the parents or legal guardians.
- Your original passport. The passport must be valid for at least three months after the return trip, with at least two blank pages to affix the visa.
- One passport-sized picture. Some embassies can ask you for two passport pictures. The photos must follow Schengen visa photo guidelines.
- Employment status. Documentation proving if you are a student, self-employed, unemployed, or retired. E.g.:
- Work contract (if employed)
- Letter from the university (for students)
- Proof of pensions (if retired)
- Company deeds or tax returns (if self-employed)
- Schengen travel insurance. You need a document proving that your travel insurance can cover all the risks of medical problems while traveling, with a minimum coverage of €30,000.
- Financial status. Documents proving that you are financially stable and can finance yourself while staying in the Czech Republic.
- Flight/ticket confirmation. Proof that you have purchased (or at least booked) a return ticket to your home country.
- Proof of accommodation. Your hotel reservation details or any other accommodations you have made (Airbnb, staying with a friend, family member, etc.)
- A detailed travel plan. You must provide a detailed travel plan to visit any Schengen countries other than the Czech Republic.
How to Apply for a Czech Republic Schengen Visa?
When applying for a Czech Republic visa, you must follow these steps:
- Contact the Czech embassy. Find the nearest Czech Republic embassy or consulate, either in your country or region.
- Book an appointment. Once you know where you have to apply, you have to book an appointment to submit your application.
- Pay for the application fee. The fee for your visa application must be paid when you submit your application. You need documents proving that you have paid your application fee. The embassy will direct you on how and where to make the payment.
- Fill out the application form. You must fill out the application with all the required personal information. Do not leave any blank spaces. You can complete the visa application form online or at the embassy before submitting your application.
- Submit all your required documents. On the day of your appointment, submit all the required documents such as your passport, application form, cover letter, health insurance, etc.
- Wait for a response. You will receive an email or SMS with your response to your visa, usually within 15 days.
The Czech Republic Schengen Visa Processing Time
The processing time for a Czech tourist visa usually takes from 10-15 days. The processing time depends on several factors (if the embassy needs more information regarding your case, the holidays, summer vacation), etc., and can go up to a month or longer. You will receive a notification by email or SMS when the decision for your visa application has been returned.
The Czech Republic Schengen Visa Fee
The fees for different types of Czech Republic visas and ages are:
- The standard Czech Republic Schengen visa fee is €80.
- For children between 6-12 years old, the visa fee is €40.
- Children under the age of 6 are exempt from the visa fee.
- Citizens of (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia) have to pay €35.
How Can I Pay the Czech Republic Tourist Visa?
A Czech tourist visa can be payed in the following ways:
- Debit card or
- Credit card.
If you are a family member of an EU, EEA nation, traveling for official purposes, or a researcher is traveling to perform scientific research, you don’t have to pay your application fee.
Duration of a Czech Schengen Visa
You can stay in the Czech Republic for 90 days within six months with a Schengen (tourist) visa. Considering the type of the Schengen Visa you are issued, Schengen visas are issued with the following conditions:
- Single-entry visa: You can enter the Czech Republic only once. During the validity of the visa, you can visit other Schengen countries as well. After you leave the Schengen Area, you cannot re-enter.
- Multiple-entry visa: You can enter the Czech Republic and other countries in the Schengen Area multiple times. Even if you leave the Schengen Zone, you can re-enter as many times as you wish as long as your visa is valid and you do not overstay 90 days within six months.
Can I Extend a Czech Republic Schengen Visa?
You can extend the Czech Republic Schengen visa if:
- You have strong personal reasons such as a death in the family, helping a friend, celebrating an occasion, etc.
- You face a force majeure (earthquake, natural disasters, storms, etc.)
- You have an expected political situation in your country.
For personal reasons you will have to pay an extension fee of 30 euros, for other cases the extension is free of charge.
Can I Study in the Czech Republic as a Tourist?
With a Czech Schengen visa, you can take a short study course of three months. However, to study full-time (e.g., pursue a BA or MA degree), you must apply for a Czech student visa (D visa long-stay).
Can I Work in the Czech Republic With a Tourist Visa?
No, you cannot work under a Czech tourist visa. If you want to be employed in the Czech Republic, you must apply for a valid Czech work visa.
Places to Visit in the Czech Republic
If you plan to visit the Czech Republic, here are some of the most popular destinations in the Czech Republic.
- Prague. The capital of the Czech Republic, Prague, offers more than several options for you to have a perfect time while staying there. From the cheapest beer in the world, cheap nightlife to the fanciest shops, and its magical architecture, Prague offers countless options for anyone’s desires.
- Brno. If you want to study in the Czech Republic, best believe that the Bruno city of the Czech Republic will give you different opportunities. With more than 89,000 students, 33 faculties, and 13 higher education institutions, this beautiful city will make your student experience unforgettable.
- Kutna Hora. When visiting the Czech Republic, make sure you visit the city of Kutna Hora too. The city has a lot of museums with different stories behind them. With its history and in the heart of Kutna Hora is located the famous church called ‘Bone Church’ with more than 40,000 skeletons on its walls, ceilings, and pillars.
- Karlovy Vary. Known as the spa country since the 19 century, the city of Karlovy Vary is home to different spas and wellness centers that are ready to give you an unforgettable experience for you to rest and have a wonderful time while visiting the city. Along with the spas, the city of Karlovy Vary is home to International Film Festival, which gathers more than 100,000 celebrities every year.
- Český Krumlov. 1682 is the year the only baroque Theater in the Czech Republic was built, and the theatre is located in the city of Český Krumlov. With only two performances in a year, the tickets are tough to be found. Except for the famous theatre in the city of Český Krumlov, the most beautiful famous castles in the country are located.