Applying for a Schengen Visa to the Czech Republic
Visiting the Czech Republic on a Schengen Visa
The Czech Republic, or Czechia, is home to the beautiful and boisterous city of Prague, as well as picturesque castles and countryside. For a short trip, lasting fewer than 90 days, you will need to apply for a Czech Republic Schengen Visa as it is part of the Schengen Area of European countries that have abolished border controls between each other.
What is a short-stay Czech Republic Schengen Visa?
A short-stay Czech Republic Schengen Visa is the standard type of visa used for travel to Europe, and as such, can be used for a variety of reasons. These include tourism, visits to family and friends, business trips, official visits, to study for a short period, trips made for medical reasons, to attend cultural and sporting events or to take part in artistic projects.
How do I apply for a Schengen Visa to the Czech Republic?
After filling in a Schengen Visa application form, you will need to obtain two recently taken passport-style photos, your passport or other travel documents that are no older than 10 years and valid for at least three months after your departure date from the Schengen Area. You will also need travel and medical insurance covering you up to costs of €30,000, a cover letter stating your itinerary and the purpose of your visit, as well as a flight itinerary, proof of accommodation, proof of your civil status, like a marriage certificate, and proof you have means of subsistence during your stay. This equates to €42.50 per day for stays lasting up to 30 calendar days and €1,274 for the whole of longer stays, with €170 extra for each month of your stay.
What are the Czech Republic Visa requirements for a work, business or student visa?
If applying for a work visa to the Czech Republic you will need to provide the embassy/consulate with documents that prove you meet Schengen Visa requirements based on your employment status. If employed, you need an employment contract, a current bank statement, a no objection letter from your employer giving you leave to travel, and an income tax return. If self-employed, you will need a copy of your business license, company bank statements, and income tax returns. You will also need an invitation letter regardless of whether you are applying for a longer time work visa, or are applying for a short-stay Schengen Visa for business. Student visas require proof of enrolment at a Czech institution, a no objection letter from your place of study in your homeland, and an invitation letter. For a long-term Czech business visa, you must prove you have means of subsistence of €4,245.
Steps to follow when applying for a Czech Schengen Visa
Work out which visa type you need based on the purpose of your travel. Fill in your form and check that you have the required documents for a visa to the Czech Republic - make sure you have the correct documents. Make a visa appointment with the Czech embassy/consulate or an accredited visa application center in your home country. Attend the visa interview at the appropriate Czech embassy/consulate/visa application center. Wait to see if your visa is approved - you can also track your application.
Where do I go to apply for a Czech Republic Visa?
You will need to apply to the Czech embassy or consulate in your country of residence, or a visa application center acting on the nation’s behalf. The official visa partner of the Czech Republic is VFS Global.
Why choose AXA Schengen Insurance?
Those traveling to the Schengen Area, including the Czech Republic, need travel cover. AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance costs just €0.99 ($1.11) per day of your trip and will meet your visa requirements, while the AXA Schengen Europe Travel Insurance offers extended coverage up to costs of €100,000. Those seeking a multiple-entry visa can purchase the Multi Trip insurance from €298 per year, which again covers you for expenses up to €100,000.
Useful information for each Schengen country
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- What does Schengen mean ?
- What is the Schengen acquis ?
Frequently asked questions about getting a Czech Republic Schengen Visa
The Czech Republic follows the usual criteria of all Schengen countries for issuing Schengen Visas. However the nation may set its own rules in regards to the documents required for work visas.
Yes. You can extend your short-stay visa but only in exceptional cases or emergencies.
Yes. Your visa could be revoked if you no longer meet the criteria your visa was issued under.