Required Documents for a Czech Schengen Visa
Application forms for Czech visa applications are available in a variety of languages. However, if your application comes with additional documents written in a language other than English or Czech, they must come with an official translation in either English or Czech.
- Valid passport
- At least 2 blank pages
- With the applicant’s signature
- Not more than 10 years old
- Valid for at least 3 months after the expiration of the requested visa
- Previous passport, if applicable
- Passport-sized photos
- Size 3.5 x 4.5 cm
- Plain white background
- Taken within the past 6 months
- Forward-facing with facial features visible and clear
- Completed application form
- Biometric data (Fingerprints)
- Czech Visa fee
- Documents pertinent to your trip
- Travel Itinerary or plan
- Proof of return to the country of residence or forward ticket to another country
- Reason for travel to the Czech Republic
- Flight reservations
- Proof of financial means (bank statements over the last 3-month period, personal properties, and/or other assets)
- Proof of accommodations (with booking reference number, location, and contact number of the hotel)
- Travel medical insurance
- Valid through the entire visa period
- Valid in all Schengen countries
- A minimum coverage of 30,000 EUR must be purchased
- Insurance conditions such as validity, duration, and extent of your coverage to be clearly stated on the confirmation letter or insurance document
- Employment letter with the following information:
- Name and address of employer
- Nature of employment
- Starting date of employment
- Purpose of travel
- Duration of time off from work for travel
- Scans (copies) of:
- Personal-ID page of passport.
- Older Schengen visas (if relevant).
- Residence permit (if relevant).
- Applicants below the age of 18 are required to submit the following additional requirements:
- Copy of birth certificate
- If the minor applicant is adopted, adoption documents are required
- If the minor applicant's parents are divorced, divorce papers are required
- If the minor applicant's parents are deceased, death certificates are required
- Letter of consent from both parents or legal guardians
- Passport copies of both parents or legal guardians
- It may also be necessary to submit supplementary documents in relation to your travel visa application.
Czech Schengen Visa Fees
The standard fee for the application of a Czech Schengen visa is 80 EUR. However, there are particular applicants who are exempted from fees, such as most student visas and visas for children below the age of 6. Applicants will probably have to pay a separate, non-refundable service payment with their application.
Czech Visa Application Steps
- Prepare all the required documents.
- Select “Tourism” as the reason for travel on the visa application form.
- Decide the number of entries needed to the Czech Republic or the Schengen area.
- Fill out the application form.
- Paper copies of the application form are available at Czech Consulates. The form, available in different languages, can also be downloaded and printed out from this link.
- The form must be completed on the computer and printed out. The form can also be printed out and filled out by hand after printing using capitalized Latin letters.
- The paper copy must be submitted to a Czech consulate or visa processing center.
- Schedule a visa appointment, if applicable.
- Most applications require an in-person appointment at the nearest Czech Consulate or visa center in order to submit the application. Alternatively, applications may be submitted without prior appointment during normal operating hours. Contact the Czech Consulate or visa center to determine if there is a need to schedule an appointment.
- Submit your Czech Republic Schengen visa application.
- Note: Applications must be submitted at least 15 days before the date of travel but not earlier than 6 months before the date of travel.
- Generally, applications must be submitted in person to the Czech Consulate or visa processing center. However, there may be a few differences in the submission procedures.
- Applicants will likely be required to submit their fingerprints (biometric data). Children below the age of 12 are exempted from fingerprint data collection. Applicants who have submitted their fingerprints within the last 59 months will most likely not be asked to resubmit.
- Pay the visa application fee.
When to Apply for a Czech Schengen Visa
Visa applications must be submitted at least 15 days before the travel date but no earlier than 6 months before the travel date.
Where to Apply
- Applications should be submitted personally either through the Czech Consulate or a visa application center that is connected with the Czech Republic.
- In countries with more than a single Czech mission present (consulate or embassy), applicants should apply through the entity present in the consular district where they live.
- Applications should be submitted only in the country of citizenship or residence.
- In countries without any Czech consulate, applications may be submitted through a Schengen state consulate representing the interests of a Czech consulate.
Czech Visa Processing Time
Generally, it takes approximately 15 days to process Czech Republic Schengen visa applications. However, in some cases it might take as long as 45 days.
For approved visa applications:
Applicants must ensure that the information on the visa is complete and valid upon collection.
Those who cannot personally collect their visas can appoint someone to collect the visa for them. The appointed person’s name should be submitted along with the application. If not, the appointed person must present a certified power of attorney in order to collect the visa.
Applicants who have received their Schengen Visa for the Czech Republic should remember the following things:
- Inform the Czech Consulate or visa application center of any change to your itinerary after submission is completed.
- The approval of a Schengen visa does not guarantee entry upon arrival to the Czech Republic or other countries in the Schengen area.
- Additional documents pertaining to your financial means or accommodation may still be required to gain entry to the Czech Republic or other Schengen areas.
For denied visa applications:
If your application for a Czech Schengen visa was rejected, you have the right to appeal the decision within 15 days.
The appeal process begins by picking up the standard-issued visa refusal form which also has the details of the reason for the rejection and the procedures of the appeal process.
A formal appeal request must be submitted and should:
- Be sent in person or by mail
- Be sent to the same Czech consulate that rejected the visa application
- Have the applicant’s signature or that of a legal representative
- Declare why the applicant is appealing the rejection. It should be noted that the reason for challenging the rejection decision should not be based on new information or information not provided during the original application
A non-refundable fee of 60 EUR must be paid for the appeal to be processed.
Appeals are decided by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs within 60 days after receiving it. The result of the appeal will be made known to the applicant through the consulate or visa processing center where the original application was submitted and where the rejection was issued.
If the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs upholds the rejection, the applicant’s final option is to request a judicial review of the rejection at the district court of the district in the Czech Republic where the applicant will theoretically report their residency, in the event that a Schengen visa to the country was granted. The district where the appeal is lodged should be the same as the district where the applicant originally intends to live, as stated in the original visa application.