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Detailed information on the visa issues for aliens.

Conditions of entry and stay of aliens in the territory of the Czech Republic are regulated by Act No. 326/1999 Coll. on stay of aliens in the territory of the Czech Republic, as amended (the “Alien Act”). Detailed official information on visa issues for aliens is published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Please read carefully especially the section General visa information. Main information concerning the visa issues, as published on the Foreign Affairs website on the 25th of March, 2010, is as follows:

List of States Whose Citizens Are Required to Have Visa

List of third countries whose citizens are required to have visa to travel to Member States of the European Union bound by Regulation (EC) No. 539/2001, as amended by Regulation (EC) No. 2414/2001 and Regulation (EC) No. 453/2003. For detailed information please see the List of States on the MFA website.

List of States Whose Citizens Are Exempt from Visa Requirement

List of third countries whose citizens are exempted from visa requirements in Member States of the European Union bound by Regulation (EC) No. 539/2001, as amended by Regulation (EC) No. 2414/2001 and Regulation (EC) No. 453/2003.Visa exemptions apply only to short-stays up to 90 days. For citizens of Serbia, Montenegro, and Macedonia/FYROM, visa-free regime applies only to holders of biometric passports.Holders of Serbian passports issued by the Special Coordination Directorate in Belgrade are excluded from visa-free regime. For detailed information please see the List of States (exempt from Visa) on the MFA website.

Temporary Stay in the Czech Republic without Visa

Persons belonging to one of the following categories may stay temporarily in the Czech Republic without visa: (i) citizen of the EU, Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein, and Switzerland; (ii) holder of a long-term or permanent residence permit in another Schengen state and the stay in the Czech Republic does not exceed 90 days (3 months). For details please see the article Temporary Stay ... on the MFA website.

Local competency of the diplomatic missions

List of countries whose nationals may apply for the issue of a visa, long-term or permanent residence permit solely at the diplomatic mission in the state whose nationals they are or which has issued the travel document held by them, or in the state where they hold a long-term or permanent resident permit is published in the article Local competency of DM in processing visa applications and residence permits on the MFA website.

Short-stay (Schengen) visas

Short-stay (Schengen) visas are: airport visas, transit visas and visas for stay up to 90 days are issued by diplomatic missions. A Schengen visa issued by a diplomatic mission of the Czech Republic or of another Schengen state entitles its holder to stay in the territory of the Czech Republic for the period stated in the visa, unless the Czech Republic is excluded from the territorial validity of such visa.

The Contracting States of the Schengen Area are as follows: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Austria, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

For detailed information please see the MFA website, article Short-stay visa.

Application for issue of a visa

A visa application is submitted on an official form “Application for Schengen Visa”. These forms are provided by diplomatic missions or may be printed from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Diplomatic missions also accept application forms used in another Schengen state, provided that they comply with the relevant standards. Forms may be printed from the website also in black and white. Visa forms are printable in the following languages: English, Pуccкий, Español and Français.

Visa fee schedule

Diplomatic missions collect fees mostly in EUR or in local or other currency (e.g. in US$) in accordance with the exchange rate applicable for the relevant month. Therefore, please find out in which currency the diplomatic mission will charge you the fee and whether the fee is collected in cash or paid by transfer to the DM's bank account.The fee is paid for the submission of the application and not for the issue of the visa! A table of visa fees in EUR and CZK and further information is published in the article Visa fee schedule on the MFA website.