EU and non-EU nationals
Depending on your nationality and the intended length of your stay, you might need a visa for entering the Czech Republic. With the Czech Republic’s accession to the EU on May 1st 2004, EU nationals are allowed to enter the country using only their ID – no passport is needed anymore. All other nationals need to acquire a visa before coming to the Czech Republic. Although Transit Visas are usually given out on the same day, the general application process may be very time-consuming. It is worth to be noted that all foreigners visiting the Czech Republic need to provide proof of their health insurance.
There are two types of visas:
- Short-stay visas (for up to 90 days stays).
- Long-stay visas.
Short-stay visas (for up to 90 days stays)
These visas include:
- Transit Visa. It is issued to people who just want to travel through the Czech Republic. This type of visa allows you to stay in the country for a maximum of five days and is valid for 180 days.
- Tourist visa. Depending on the purpose of the trip, the visa is issued for a single, or for multiple entries into the Czech Republic. However, the total number of days may not be more than 90.
- Work visa. It is offered for persons who want to work in the Czech Republic for longer than 90 days. It may be issued as a single or multiple entry visas.
If you want to stay in the Czech Republic for more than 90 days, you will have to apply for this type of visa. Applicants for a long-stay visa are personally required to submit the application form together with other required documents to a Czech diplomatic mission. Long-stay visas are available for employees, students as well as for business and self-employed people. Every visa, regardless of its purpose, is issued for a period of one year. To renew your visa you need to apply three months before the expiry date of the visa. The latest date for a renewal is 14 days before the expiry date.