Czech Republic Visa Guide

Acquiring a Czech Republic Visa

Country Profile

Czechia (Official name: Czech Republic), was previously a part of the sovereign state, Czechoslovakia until the ‘Velvet Divorce.' This inland country in Central Europe is bordered by Germany, Austria, Poland, and Slovakia. With a dominant democratic tradition, rich culture, and an exceptionally developed economy, the country covers an area of 78, 867 km2. The Czech Republic is populated with above 10.67 million people. Prague is known to be the largest and the capital city of the Czech Republic. Prague is one of the most famous attractions in the country due to the presence of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, numerous castles, mansions, and chateaus. The Budweiser Budvar Brewery, manufacturing the Budweiser Beerhouses in the Czech Republic and the Pilsner Beer is home to the Czech city of Pilsen.

The natural resources of the country making a significant contribution to the Country's economy are soft coal, hard coal, clay, kaolin, arable land, timber, and graphite. About 73% of the total Czech Republic population lives in the urban regions of the country. Czechia boasts to be the country with one of the highest GDP and lowest unemployment level in the European Union. Majority of the country’s GDP is dependent on exports (80%) making it vulnerable to deflation. However, today, the country is rapidly industrialising powerhouse and a celebrated tourist attraction.

What is the Procedure to Reach Czech Republic?

It is essential to have a fair knowledge about the Visa requirements of the exotic tourist destination, Czech Republic. The country is located in the centre of Europe due to which the residents of the country can easily access any places in Europe. The country is not just a paradise to the tourists but also the businessmen due to the presence of some reputed companies. Be it for your leisure time, be it for your business, you need to meet a few Visa requirements to reach the Czech Republic. As the country falls under the Schengen area, you can apply for a Schengen Visa to visit any place in the Czech Republic.

Who can apply for Schengen Visa?

If you are an Indian citizen who wishes to travel to the Schengen Region with any permitted purposes, you need to meet specific criteria as per the Czech Republic, these criteria are:

  • You need to be an Indian passport holder
  • You need to be the nationals of third-world countries, residing in India under a temporary/ permanent residence permit.
  • Indian children younger than 6 years old.
  • Students, graduates, postgraduates, and accompanying children for educational tour, training, or study purposes.
  • Indian citizens under the age of 25 years who represent non-profit organisations who travel with the purpose of participating in sports, cultural, or educational events organised by other non-profit organisations.
  • Researchers who are a citizen of India, travelling for research purposes.
  • Diplomatic and service passport holders.
  • Children who fall under the age category of 6 years to 12 years.

Types of Schengen Visas to Visit the Czech Republic

Any individual travelling to the Schengen area is permitted to a continuous stay of not more than 90 days. But this period is limited to short-stay/ travel Visas known as Type C. Following are the types of short-stay Visas:

Type A

It is the Airport Transit Visa that permits you to pause in the Schengen airport while travelling from one Non-Schengen region to another Non-Schengen region. However, you cannot leave the Schengen airport with this Visa.

Type B

This is a Transit Visa that permits you to pass from the Schengen region to traverse from one Non-Schengen region to the other. You need this visa if your trip needs you to move out of the Schengen airport. However, you are permitted to stay in the Schengen region with this type of Visa for not more than 5 days.

Type C

This is a Travel Vis or Short-Stay Visa that permits you to stay in any of the Schengen regions for not more than 90 days within 6 months. This Visa can be availed for single entry, double entry, or multiple entries.

Limited Territorial Validity (LTV)

This visa is issued only in special conditions like for humanitarian reasons. The duration of the visit can vary based on the type of applied visa from transit or short-stay.

Group Visa

This Visa type is issued for a group of people who meet certain conditions like a trip duration of 30 days or less. It can be applied as an airport transit, transit, or short-stay visa.

What are the Types of Entry to Available to the Czech Republic?

Three types of entry are permitted to the Czech Republic, they are:

Single entry

With a single entry, you are allowed to enter the Schengen boundaries only once in the 180 day Visa validity. Once you exit the Schengen boundaries, you will not bepermitted to re-enter the Schengen borders even if your Vis validity is not expired. The number of times you can enter the Schengen region will be specified on your Visa sticker.

Double Entry

This type of entry allows you to enter the Schengen boundaries two times in the 180 days. You can exit and reenter the boundaries within the stipulated time. However, you are not allowed to enter the Schengen region after your second exit with the same Visa.

Multiple Entry

Until the validity of your Visa, you can enter the Schengen region as many times as you wish to with this type of entry.

What Documents are required to apply for Schengen Visa?

Like the requirements for application of Visa to other Schengen countries, the Czech Republic Visa requirements demand the following documents:

Application Form

You can download the Czech Republic application form and duly fill the form with accurate details. You have to submit the application form along with other documents.

Passport

You need to carry a passport that is issued within the last 10 years and with an extendable expiry date of up to 3 months after returning from the Czech Republic. Also, the passport must contain at least 2 blank pages.

Photograph

You got to provide a passport sized photograph with your face and shoulders covering 80% of the frame.

Flight Reservation

In order to receive a Czech Republic Visa, you need to submit the round trip flight details, mode of travelling through the inter-Czech region and the complete plan and reason for the travelling to the Czech Republic Embassy. All the travel details including the dates need to be specified to get a Visa.

Hotel Reservation

You need to provide the hotel details where you intend to stay in the Czech Republic similar to the flight reservation documents.

Travel Insurance

You need to carry travel insurance that covers at least up to 30,000 Euro and is valid across all the Schengen countries.

Bank Statements

The Czech Republic Visa application mandatorily requires your bank statements or other document indicating your bank balance and your financial stability. This is necessary to determine if you are financially equipped throughout the trip until you reach your home country back.

No Objection Letter/ No Objection Certificate

If you are employed, you need to submit a NOC or No Objection Letter from your employer stating that the company has granted the required leaves and does not have a problem with your visit to the Czech Republic.

Income Tax Return Form/Certificate

If you are an employed individual, you need to submit the income tax return form/certificate of the tax deducted from source.

Business License

If you are self-employed, you got to submit your business license, bank statements of the last 6 months and the income tax returns form/certificate.

Leave Approval Letter

If you are an enrolled student of a school or a university, you need to submit a proof of enrollment and the leave approval letter from the school or the university.

Invitation Letter

If you are visiting the Czech Republic with the purpose of business, touring, medical treatment, religious work, official delegation, study, training, or for sports, cultural, film events, you need to submit a letter of invitation if applicable.

Proof of Citizenship

If you wish for a Czech Republic citizenship, you need to submit the proof of citizenship of the individual residing in the Czech Republic, marriage certificate, and the Czech Republic family record book.

Airport Transit Visas

Either you need to submit an airport transit Visa or an entry permit in the transit country along with a copy of a Visa of your final destination for the airport transit in the Czech Republic.

Proof of Regular Income

If an under-age child wants to visit the Czech Republic, his/her parents need to submit, evidence of regular income/ bank statements/ business license. Also, a notarized parental travel consent needs to be submitted on behalf of the child.

Pension Statement

If you are a retired individual, you need to submit pension statements of at least last 6 months in order to avail a Schengen Visa to the Czech Republic.

Apart from the above mentioned mandatory documents, you should make sure to carry a few supporting documents like salary slips of at least past three months, a copy of your Passport's bio page and last page, and at least the previous two Schengen Visas if you have previously travelled to the Schengen countries.

Czech Republic Tourist Visa

The Czech Republic tourist visa is for the visitors that wish to visit the country for a short-term, i.e., not more than 90 days. The visa that is required here is the Schengen short stay visa that is valid for a stay up to 90 days in any of the Schengen countries. The visa is valid for a 90-day stay within a period of 180 days, i.e. you can stay in any Schengen country for any 3 months from the period of a permitted six months. There are total 26 countries for which the visa is applicable for a period of 90 days among which 22 members are also the members of the European Union. The Schengen countries have a common framework legally, and they do not have border checks among themselves. Thus, the Schengen visa is completely valid for a temporary stay in the Czech Republic. The Schengen visa is valid for the below countries:

  • Switzerland
  • Sweden
  • Spain
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • Portugal
  • Poland
  • Norway
  • The Netherlands
  • Malta
  • Luxemburg
  • Lithuania
  • Liechtenstein
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia

When the applicant receives the Schengen short-stay visa, he/she is allowed a stay of 90 days or less in the countries mentioned above. The visa is offered for a single entry, multiple-entries and airport transit visa. If the visa is required just for the Czech Republic, the Schengen short-stay visa is issued for limited territorial validity. In that case, the visa holder will not be able to visit other countries from Schengen and will only have access to the Czech Republic.

How to Apply for Czech Republic Tourist Visa?

The application process of application for a Czech Republic Tourist Visa or Schengen short-stay visa is quite simple. You have to follow the steps given below:

  • The first step of applying for a short-term Schengen visa is that you research about the types of Schengen Visas available and make sure that you select the right type of visa. This visa is suitable for someone who is looking forward to visiting the Czech Republic for a period not longer than 90 days and within a permitted period of 6 months. This can be for one entry or multiple entries also.
  • After that, you need to know where you have to apply for the visa.
  • You have to then apply at the right time as per your calendar. The suggested time frame of applying for this visa is one month to 15 days before your visit. The earliest duration for application for your Schengen visa is 3 months before your planned trip.
  • The documents are to be collected in the next phase. The listed documents should be properly collected and submitted to ensure a hassle-free application for Schengen short-term visa.
  • Then you have to take an appointment from the embassy of the destination country, i.e., the Czech Republic. This appointment can be taken through a consultant, online or in-person at the embassy office.
  • Thereafter you have to attend the visa interview at the given appointment.
  • You then have to pay the fee of a tourist visa.
  • Then you sit back and wait for confirmation for your application.
  • Types of Visas for the Czech Republic

    The visa for the Czech Republic is given under the Schengen countries visas. Once the visa application for any of the below-given types of visas is approved, the individual is allowed to visit the Schengen countries as per the duration and validity limitations. The various types of visas available for third-country residents for the entry into Schengen countries are:

    Uniform Schengen Visa or USV

    In case of a Uniform Schengen Visa or USV, the residents of third countries are allowed to enter the Schengen area countries for a given period of time and in a specified validity. In this type of visa, the applicant is allowed a stay of 90 days within a period of 6 months, i.e. 180 days. The purpose of the visit further classifies the visa type among two categories, Category A and Category C. These categories are:

    Category A stands for Airport Transit Visa. In this visa type, the visitor is allowed to travel through the countries in the Schengen area without entering the Schengen Countries. The Visa is available only for going through the airport of the countries. This type of visa is compulsory for the tourists that are travelling through the airport of one Schengen country to another due to a change in flights.

    Category C consists of short-term stay in the countries of Schengen area for a limited time duration. There are further differentiated categories within category C on the basis of purpose of travel and validity of the visa. The purpose-based differentiation of visa is carried out as:

  • Single Entry Visa: In the single-entry visa, the visa holder is allowed to enter the Schengen area only one time. This condition is mentioned on the visa stickers on their passport. If the visa holder has left the Schengen area, he/she cannot enter it again even if that individual has not completed the duration of stay allowed.
  • Double entry Visa:The double entry visa and single-entry visa are similar but not the same. In the double entry visa allows the visitor to re-visit the Schengen territory once he/she has left it. It is important that the visitor leaves the country within the permitted duration of time. Also, the double entry visa is not to be confused with the number of countries an individual is allowed to visit.
  • Multiple Entry Visa:In Multiple entry visa the visitor is allowed to visit and leave the Schengen area multiple times. The only condition here is the maximum duration of stay of the visitor does not exceed 90 days and these 90 days are within the validity period of 180 days. The multiple entry visa can also be obtained for 1 year, 3 years and 5 years durations based on your purpose and pattern of visits.
  • Limited Territorial Validity Visas or LTV

    Another type of visa for visiting the Schengen countries is Limited Territorial Validity Visas or LTV. In this category of visa, the visitor is permitted to visit only one Schengen territory. The visit to any other country apart from the specified country will be considered invalid. The visa holder cannot transit through other countries, and the country he or she enters should be the first and final destination within the Schengen area during that visit. The issuance of this type of visa is done only in specific situations. The reason can be humanitarian or an emergency visit by the visa holder.

    National Visas

    In the case of National Visas, the holder is permitted to enter the country for a specific purpose and then allowed to stay until the purpose is fulfilled. This type of visa can also be granted on a multiple entry basis, where the visitor is allowed to travel out and then travel back to Schengen countries for the specified purpose. The people granted this type of visas is usually in the territory for work, studies or residence.

    Fees for Immigrant Czech Republic Visa

    The fee structure for granting visa levied by the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic is explained below:

    Type of Visa The amount in CZK (Czech Koruna)
    Visa for 90 Days 1000 CZK
    Long-Term Residence 1500 CZK
    Permanent Residence 1500 CZK

     

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    What types of passports are not considered for the visit to the Czech Republic in terms of Indian Citizens?

    The Indian passports that are not considered valid by the Czech Republic are:

  • The passports that are issued after the date 1.04.2010 that are non-machine readable or handwritten.
  • The passports in which any manual entry is done after the date 1.04.2010 regarding the changes in any biographical data of the applicant are considered invalid.
  • How many visits are allowed under the Schengen Visa?

    The visa sticker for Schengen Visa suggests the number of entries of the applicant. The indication is listed as “1”, “2” or “MULT.” In case if “MULT” listings the holder is allowed to visit Schengen territories unlimited times unless the 90/180 rules are followed.

    Which applicants are exempted from the visa fees?

     

    Certain types of applicants are exempted from the application fees for Schengen Visa, and they are:

    • The minor visitors under 6 years of age
    • Students visiting the country on behalf of their schools and colleges for educational training
    • Researchers that visit the countries for scientific research
    • Representatives of NGOs or other not for profit organizations that are visiting the country for seminars or other such events.
    • Service/diplomatic passport holders

    How long does it take for the visa application to get approved?

    The visa application takes a maximum of 2 weeks to get approved. The applicants are advised to apply at least 15 days before their visit.

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