How to apply for a Czech Republic visa from India ?
How do I apply for a Czech visa from India?
You will need to work out which Czech visa you need, depending on your purpose, the length of your trip, and how many times you plan to visit. The standard Schengen Visa, for trips lasting up to 90 days, is a short-stay visa, with longer stays requiring a work, study or family reunion visa. Multiple-entry visas are also available if you plan on traveling regularly to the Schengen Area.
You must apply for your visa no more than six months, and no fewer than 15 days, before your trip. Then you need to fill out your application, pay a fee of €80 for adults and €40 for minors, obtain all the documents you need for your Czech visa, and attend an interview at a consulate, embassy, or visa application center. Visa fees are waived for children under six years of age, those traveling to Europe for study purposes, researchers, those under 25 years old traveling with charitable organizations, and those participating in sporting or cultural events.
What documents do I need to apply for a short-stay Czechia visa from India?
First of all, you need to download and complete a Schengen Visa application form.
In addition to this, you will need two recently taken passport-style photos, an Indian passport or other travel documents that are less than 10 years old and valid for at least three months after your departure date from the Czech Republic, or the Schengen Area if you plan to travel to other countries afterward. You will also need travel and medical insurance covering you for costs up to €30,000, evidence of legal residence in India (such as an ID card), a cover letter stating your itinerary and the purpose of your visit, as well as a flight itinerary and proof of accommodation during your stay, proof of civil status, like a marriage certificate, and proof you have means of subsistence during your stay.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic states that for Czech short-term visa applicants, including from India, the amount of required financial means of subsistence is 1,100 Czech korun or €42.50 per day of your stay. If your overall planned stay in the Czech Republic exceeds 30 days, you will have to prove you have 33,000 Czech korun or €1,274 to spend throughout your stay, plus an additional 4,400 Czech korun - equivalent to €170 - for the end of each month of your trip.
What additional documents do I need to get a Czech Republic visa to work or study?
If you are planning to work or study in the Czech Republic, also known as Czechia, for fewer than 90 days, then you need additional documents to obtain your visa. These include an employment contract, a current bank statement, a no objection letter from your Indian employer, and an income tax return. The self-employed need an income tax return, and a company bank statement, as well as any licensing documentation. As a student, you will need proof of enrolment at an educational institution in the Schengen Area, and a no objection letter from your current institution.
To work for a company in the Czech Republic for longer than three months you need to obtain an employee card, which serves as a work visa and is obtained via your employer. The administrative fee is 5,000 Czech korun or €198.
If you’re applying for a Czech long-term business or work visa, you must also prove you have 110,000 Czech korun or €4,245 in earnings or funds to support you during your stay. To obtain their visa, students must show they have 2,200 Czech korun or €85 per month of their stay.
Where do I apply for a Czech Visa in India ?
The Czech authorities outsource their visa applications process to VFS Global, which deals with initial applications on behalf of the Czech embassy. You can apply online via the VFS Global website, and you will need to attend an interview at one of the VFS Global centers, which are located in Mumbai, Pune, Puducherry, Chennai, Jalandhar, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Goa, New Delhi, Kochi, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, and Bengaluru. Applications should take around 15 days but can take up to 30 days to process, especially during busy periods. However, in some cases, it may take up to 60 days.
Why choose AXA Schengen Insurance?
AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance costs only €22 ($24) per week 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 €328 per year, which again covers you for expenses up to €100,000.
How to apply for other Schengen countries from India ?
Frequently asked questions about applying for a Czech Republic visa from India
What should I do if my Czech Republic visa is refused?
If your visa is refused you have the right to appeal to the authorities in the Czech Republic objecting to their reasoning.
Can I change a tourist visa to a work visa if I want to stay in the Czech Republic?
No. You must return to India and reapply for a new visa outlining and documenting your application for work in the Czech Republic.
Will my visa allow me to travel to other European countries?
Yes. Providing they are one of the 25 other countries within the Schengen Area.