Applications for Visa to the Czech Republic
Citizens of the following countries, traveling to the Czech Republic /CR/ for tourist or social purpose, do not need a Czech visa for a stay of max. 30 days (for some countries longer; please check with our Embassy):
Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Rep. of Korea, Uruguay, USA, United Kingdom, Vatican.
Visa is also not required for the holders of UN and EC (Schengen) passports. It is recommended that the holders of passports from these countries have travel document /passport/ validity of which exceeds the period of time they intend to spend in the Czech Republic for at least 90 days - otherwise the entry into the Czech Republic can be denied at the border crossing by the Aliens and Border Police. It is within the discretion of the Police to make a decision on denial of the entry. Registration, within 30 day deadline, with the Czech authorities is required only if length of any single stay exceeds 30 days.
Proof of sufficient funds for covering your expenditures during your stay in the Czech Republic might be required by immigration officer upon arrival (in case of stay in the Czech Republic up to 30 days 1100.00 Czech Crowns per day/for foreigner are required; for children under 18 years of age, half of the amount is required; if you intend to stay longer 32 850.00 Czech Crowns per month/for foreigner are required - for more details contact our Consulate) - travel cheques, internationally accepted credit cards, travel agency vouchers, valid official invitations for visit with signatures authenticated by Czech Foreign Police office, or cash in Czech or any other freely convertible foreign currency are all accepted for this purpose.
Proof of cover of costs of a departure from the Czech Republic might be also requested by the immigration officer at the border crossing (you can show your air ticket, railway ticket, internationally accepted credit card, own bank account statement if you can dispose of the account in the Czech Republic or sufficient amount of cash). You can be also asked by the immigration officer for proving your accommodation while in the Czech Republic, for a valid visa of the country of your destination or for a valid visa of the next country you will be traveling to from the Czech Republic, if needed, for a proof of health/medical insurance covering injury and medical emergency expenses during your stay in the Czech Republic, incl. transportation of a patient and repatriation of a body to the country of origin.
Depending on the type of visa, this information is divided into the following sections:
1. Visa for stay up to 90 days
2. Transit visa
3. Airport visa
1. VISA FOR STAY UP TO 90 DAYS
When applying for a visa, the following must be enclosed with your visa application:
1) original visa application - first three pages of the form must be filled out completely (with ballpoint pen or by typewriter, do not use red ink) and applicant's signature is required;
2) original travel document valid for at least 90 days beyond the expiration date of the requested visas;
3) one photograph glued (please do not staple) to the upper part of the first page of the application;
4) a stamped, self-addressed envelope with postage stamps for certified mail if you want to have the visa returned by mail; if you want us to mail your documents overnight, please provide us with a stamped self-addressed envelope for Express Mail.
5) The visa officer may also ask for documents such as confirmation of accomodation or documents proving the applicantŽs possession of sufficient funds to cover his living expenses in the Czech Republic. (E.g. in case of longer stay a recent bank statement or a letter from your host or sponsor in the Czech Republic confirming that he/she will support you during your visit and evidence that he/she can do so). You may be asked for the same by the Czech immigration officer at the border crossing.
6) copy of a valid airplane ticket to and from the Czech Republic with specified dates (not an open one).
The processing time is approximately 7-10 days for mailed-in applications, assuming all the aforesaid requirements have been met. Visa applications presented in person are processed in approximately 5 days.
THE PROCESSING OF APPLICATION FORM IS COMPUTERIZED. IF THE FORM IS NOT COMPLETED LEGIBLY AND FULLY, YOU RISK YOUR VISA MAY BE DELAYED OR THE APPLICATION NOT PROCESSED AT ALL.
If you wish to apply by post you should first send your request for an application. It has to be an original one, not a copy. When ordering the application form by mail, do not forget to indicate your nationality and send self- addressed and prepaid envelope - size A 4. (The form cannot be sent to you by fax). After the completion and signing of the form send it together with all the required documents and a self addressed and prepaid Special Delivery envelope by Special Delivery post to the above address.
- the Visa Office may always request additional documents and/or information before issuing the visa, therefore always include your home or office telephone number !
- in some cases the decision making process can take up to 30 days. The Embassy can not guarantee issuance of any visa. The decision is final and irrevocable.
- no visa can be obtained at the border or at the airports !
- the maximum length of an individual stay in the Czech Republic based on a visa is 90 days. The visa may be used at any time within 6 months from the date of issue.
- no vaccination certificates are required unless coming from an infected area.
- imports and exports: personal effects brought into the Czech Republic for use during a visit are not subject to import duty. Import of gifts is permitted without duty and VAT if the quantity and value do not exceed 6000,- Crowns. Please pay attention to the customs information on exports available upon arrival at border crossing points.
- bearers of Czech tourist visas must register at any Czech Immigration Police Station within 3 days after arrival in the Czech Republic. Visitors staying in hotels are registered automatically.
There is no visa fee for children under 15 years of age.
1.1. Single entry A single entry visa for a period of stay not exceeding 90 days.
1.2. Multiple entry A multiple entry visa for a period of stay not exceeding 90 days.
2. TRANSIT VISA
This type of visa is used for transit through the territory of the Czech Republic. The transit visa is valid up to 180 days and the requirements are basically the same as for a visa for period up to 90 days. In addition, the applicant must have in his/her passport a valid visa to enter the country of final destination and/or all other transit countries. The time-limit for one transit is 5 days.
2.1. Single entry transit visa This type of visa allows one to enter once and travel through the Czech Republic. The maximum length of the stay is 5 days.
2.2. Double entry transit visa This type of visa allows double transit through the Czech Republic. The maximum length of each stay is 5 days.
2.3. Multiple entry transit visa This type of visa allows multiple transit through teritory of the Czech Republic. The maximum length of each stay is 5 days. All visitors who enter the Czech Republic may be requested by the Czech Immigration officer at the border crossing point to present either at least 1,100 Czech Crowns (CZK) per day for a stay up to 30 days or at least 39 000 CZK per one month of supposed stay in the Czech Republic. The minimum amounts of money for visitors younger than 18 years are stipulated as a half of the aforesaid amounts. The amount can be presented either in Czech Crowns or in other convertible currencies. Instead of the above mentioned amounts, the visitors may submit their valid credit cards.
Instead of the above mentioned amounts the visitors may submit:
- an invitation verified by the Czech Immigration Police or
- a document confirming that a visitor is participating in a tour or
- a document confirming that a visitor has prepaid all expenses for the stay and departure from the Czech Republic (voucher of a travel agency or spa, credit card, round-trip ticket)
- a document confirming that a visitor has valid medical insurance for the stay in the Czech Republic
- a document confirming that a visitor has assured accomodation in the Czech Republic
- in case of transit through the territory of the Czech Republic the visitor must possess valid visa to enter the country of final destination and/or all other transit countries.
The above mentioned amounts or documents are requested by the Czech Immigration Police by exception rather than on a regular basis.
3. AIRPORT VISA
Citizens of the following countries can enter and stay in transit at the international airport in the Czech Republic only with a valid airport visa issued by the Embassy of the Czech Republic abroad:
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Iran, Kongo, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Syria
This requirement does not apply to citizens of the above countries who:
a) hold a VALID RESIDENCE VISA/PERMIT of any EU country, Norway, Island, Switzerland, USA and Canada,
b) travel DIRECTLY from one of the countries listed under a) holding a document proving they had a valid residence visa/permit before their departure,
c) are holders of diplomatic, service, official or special passport.
The Czech Republic is comprised of three historical regions: Bohemia, Moravia, and a part of Silesia, and is divided into several districts. Czechs like to think of their country as "the bridge between East and West. It is geographically located in the center of Europe and borders four other countries: Poland to the north, Germany to the north and west, Austria to the south, and Slovakia to the east.
The highest mountain is Sněžka, measuring 1,602 meters (5,254 feet), while the lowest point, at115 meters (377 feet), is on the Labe (Elbe) River. The terrain is typically hilly with wide rolling plains. The eastern part of the Czech Republic has more low mountains and plateaus than Moravia, which tends to be flatter.
The Czech Republic is located in a climatically favorable position in the Northern Hemisphere. Because of its unique position on the European continent, this relatively small country enjoys a diverse countryside with rich and varying landscapes. The charm of the countryside; the richness of the forests and protected nature areas; and the abundance of mineral water springs are some of the reasons that the Czech Republic is so popular with tourists. The Czech Republic is home to 1,248 protected natural areas encompassing 2,793,570 acres. The countrys largest natural park, at 3,900 acres, is Krkonoe National Park.
The largest mountain ranges in the country are the Krkonoe, in the northeast; the Krusné Hory, in the northwest; umava, in the west; Hruby Jesenik, in Moravia; and the Moravian-Silesian Beskydy. The largest mountains in these ranges are Sněžka (1,602 m), Klinovec (1,244 m), the granite mountain Plechy (1,378 m), Praded (1,492 m), and Lysa Hora (1,323 m) respectively.
Natural resources in the Czech Republic are abundant, and agriculture is a stable part of industry with 41% of the country being arable. Black and brown coal, the country's largest energy source, and deposits of uranium ore are abundant. The Czech Republic also has extensive supplies of raw materials for ceramics, glass, building stone, gravel and bricks.
The Czech Republic encompasses the main European watershed- many rivers, which carry water to the North, Baltic and Black Seas, begin within its borders. At 433 kilometers (268 miles) long, the Vltava (Moldau) is the countrys longest river. Its most voluminous, the Labe, has a flow rate of 306 cubic meters of water per second. The Labe connects the Czech Republic with the North Sea via a port in Hamburg, Germany. The main river axes are the Labe (357 km/221 miles) in the west, and the Morava (329 km/204 miles) in the east.
Large man-made water reservoirs (the largest is Lipno, 4,870 ha; others include Orlík and Nové Mlýny) are important as sources of energy and recreation. Ponds for breeding freshwater fish cover 52,000 ha. A large number of mineral water springs are found in the Czech Republic. These mineral fountains, thermal springs, curative mud swamps, and baths have become popular as vacation spots.
Extensive forests provide for an active lumber industry; a delightful system of mountain hiking and biking trails; and shelter for a rich supply of game animals including deer, roebuck, wild boar, pheasant, and rabbit. Thirty-four percent of the Czech Republic is forested.
Official title: Czech Republic (Ceská republika)
Form of government: bi-cameral parliamentary democracy
Date established: January 1, 1993, with the break-up of the former Czechoslovakia into the Czech Republic and Slovakia
Area: 78,703 sq. km (30,449 sq. mi), slightly larger than New Brunswick
Number of inhabitants: 10,298,324
Geographical position: landlocked in Central Europe
Neighboring states: Germany (west) , Poland (north), Slovakia (east), Austria (south), Capital city: Prague (Praha), 1.2 million inhabitants
Other major cities: Brno, 388,596; Ostrava, 325,827; Pilsen (Plzen), 171,908; Olomouc, 106,278
Official language: Czech
Ethnic makeup: Czech, 94.4%; Slovak, 3%; Polish, 0.6%; German, 0.5%; Gypsy, 0.3%; Hungarian, 0.2%; other, 1%
Currency: Czech Crown (Ceská Koruna - Kc), Crowns are divided into 100 smaller units, called hallers (halér)
Exchange rate: Currently 24.7 Kc = 1CAD. For an up-to-date exchange rate, click here. Crowns are fully convertible on all international markets.
Religion: Atheist, 39.8%; Roman Catholic, 39.2%; Protestant, 4.6%; Orthodox, 3%; undecided, 13.4%
Weather: Mild climate zone with a cycle of four seasons and generous precipitation. Winters are cold and cloudy, and summers are warm. The average temperature in the winter ranges around -5° C (23° F), and in the summer around 20° C (68° F). For an up-to-date weather report, click here.
Time zone: Central European Time (CET)- six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Daylight Savings Time (one hour added) is used from approximately the beginning of April to the end of October.
Voltage: 220 V/50 Hz
Telephone numbers: The country telephone code for the Czech Republic is 420. Area codes (followed by the local number) differ by city, for example: Prague- 2, Brno - 5, Pilsen - 19, Olomouc - 68, Ostrava - 69, Liberec - 48.
Important emergency numbers: Police - 158, Fire Department - 150, Ambulance - 155
January 1: Establishment Day, commemorating the creation of the Republic in 1993
May 1: Labour Day
May 8: Liberation Day, celebrating the end of World War II
July 5: Constantin and Methodius Day (Cyril a Metodei), celebrating the first Christian missionaries to the Czech Republic
July 6: Jan Hus Day, celebrating the religious reformer who was burned at the stake in 1415
September 28: St. Wenceslas Day, celebrating the patron of the Czech State
October 28: Czechoslovak Statehood Day, establishment of democratic Czechoslovakia in 1918
November 17: Freedom and Democracy Day, commemorating the anti-Nazi student demonstrations of 1939 and the anti-Communist demonstrations of 1989
December 24: Christmas Eve , December 25: Christmas Day, December 26: St. Stephen Day
Czechs also have unique personal holidays, called "name days"- every day of the year is assigned a given name. On the day that shares your name, you are treated to greetings, toasts, and gifts from your friends and family.