Czech Republic Visa and Passport Requirements
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A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by all nationals listed in the chart above except (1) EU nationals holding a passport or national ID card which is valid for the duration of stay.
If travelling from one border-free Schengen country to another however, EU nationals are not required to show a passport or national ID card. It is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary though. Note that Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the UK are not part of the Schengen area, so a passport or ID card is required if travelling to/from these countries.
EU nationals are not required to possess a return ticket or show sufficient funds.
Visas are not required by nationals of EU countries for stays of up to 90 days; you are advised to notify police officials if you wish to stay longer.
Nationals of Australia, Canada and the USA can visit the Czech Republic visa-free for stays of up to 90 days.
Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for the Czech Republic.
Types and Cost
Transit and short-stay Schengen visas: £51/€60; long-stay visa: £78. Prices differ for some nationals however; check with the consulate for details.
The short-stay Schengen visa is valid for 90 days in a six-month period within the Schengen area; the long-stay visa is required for visits of over 90 days.
Nationals requiring a transit visa can use it for one or two entries within six months.
In person at the consulate (or consular section at embassy); you must make an appointment online in advance. In the UK, you need to apply through VFS Global's Czech Visa Application Centre (www.vfsglobal.com/czechrepublic/UK). All visa applicants aged 12 and over must submit biometric data at the visa appointment. VFS Global charges an additional €26.20 service charge.
Usually 10 to 15 days for short-stay Schengen visas (maximum 30 days), but allow longer for long-stay visas.
Extension of stay
Schengen visa holders can only extend their visas in exceptional circumstances, such as force majeure or for humanitarian reasons.
Entry with pets
If bringing a pet from another EU country, your animal must have a microchip, pet passport and valid rabies vaccination certificate. Animals arriving from outside the EU require a microchip and veterinary certificate confirming they have been vaccinated against rabies.
Embassies and tourist offices
Embassy of the Czech Republic in the UKTelephone: (020) 7243 1115; (020) 7243 7942 (visa section); 09065 540 727 (24-hour fully automated visa service).
British Embassy in the Czech RepublicTelephone: 257 40 2111.
Embassy of the Czech Republic in the USATelephone: (202) 274 9100.