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Visa over 90 days

Aliens who intend to stay in the Czech Republic for more than three months should apply for a long-stay visa.

According to the applicable legislation (Act No. 2/1969 Coll. on Establishment of Ministries and other Central Bodies of the Czech Republic State Administration), the government authority in charge of the residence of aliens in the Czech Republic is the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic.

The issuance of Czech visas and long-term residence permits is governed by the Act No. 326/1999 Coll. on the Residence of Aliens in the Territory of the Czech Republic, as amended. Accordingly, the visa and residence permit procedures fall within the jurisdiction of the Czech Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The full text of the Aliens Residence Act is also available on the website of the Ministry of the Interior (www.mvcr.cz) in English and Czech.

Applicants for a long-stay visa are personally required to submit the application form together with other required documents at a Czech diplomatic mission.

On receiving a long-stay visa application and other required documents, the mission will forward it to the Czech Republic Aliens Police for consideration and processing. Each application is considered separately. The result is sent back to the mission, which will notify the applicant. If the visa is granted, the mission will affix a visa sticker to the applicant's travel document.

- employees
- students
- businesspersons
- self-employed
- dependant of someone coming in one of the above categories.

When applying for the visa over 90 days all the above mentioned categories of foreigners are required to submit the following documents:

  • Application form completed legibly and signed by the applicant or the legal guardian for children. (Each child endorsed in a passport and also travelling needs to present a separate application form with a photograph and birth certificate.)
  • A passport valid for at least 90 days beyond the validity of the requested visa (with two blank visa pages to affix the visa sticker) and also a photocopy of your passport (only the data page with your photograph, signature and passport validity)
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs
  • Document proving the purpose of stay; this can be:
    a) in case of employment - a work permit (to be applied for by the prospective employer at the local employment office in the Czech Republic) or at least the reference No. of your work permit application including the name of the respective employment office
    b) in case of studies - a confirmation (in Czech) that the applicant was accepted for a course of study by the respective educational facility
    c) in case of business - a confirmation by a business entity (an individual business person or a commercial company) registered in the Czech Republic
    d) in case of corporate business (mebres of a statutory body of a legal entity) - articles of association or a notarial deed and an extract from the Companies Register
    e) in case of self-employment - a trade licence
    f) in case of dependency - a respective Registrar’s document, i.e. marriage/full birth certificate (it has to be a duplicate or a certified copy as the document will not be returned to the applicant - Apostille needed)
    g) in case of any other purpose please contact our Visa Section
  • Confirmation of available accommodation (a lease contract)
  1. Documents proving the applicant’s possession of sufficient funds to cover his/her living expenses in the Czech Republic. This can be
    a) a recent bank statement
    b) an internationally recognized credit card
    c) a letter from the sponsor/ family member in the Czech Republic confirming that he/she will support the applicant during the visit together with the bank statement of the sponsor.
    The minimum funds stipulated by the immigration rules according to the length of stay are as follows:
    -- for the first month of stay the amount of 37 350,- Czech crowns plus 4 980,- Czech crowns for every additional month (that is CZK 92 130,-/year);
    -- in case of self-employment the amount of 124 500,- Czech crowns;
    -- juveniles should have at least half of the above stated amounts
  • Extract from the Criminal Register (does not concern applicants under 15 years of age) of the applicant's country of citizenship as well as the country where he/she spent 6 continuous months (or longer) in the past 3 years (Apostille needed).
  • Proof of health insurance including receipt: Travel health insurance covering medical expenses, including emergency hospital treatment and repatriation, for the entire duration of the stay in the Czech Republic (minimum of medical coverage EUR 30 000). The insurance company must be registered in the European Union. For the visa procedure, however, this document is not required. Nevertheless it is necessary to present it on collection of the appropriate visa.

Particulars of a visa application may not be older than 180 days, except for the alien's travel document, civil register documents and photograph corresponding to his actual appearance, unless stipulated otherwise.


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