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Visa Information

 All visa applicants who must submitt their application in person, must schedule an appointnment by sending an email request to Ottawa.Consulate@mzv.gov.cz.

In accordance with the provisions of Section 169d (3) of Act No. 326/1999 Coll., on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic, it is possible that the following types of application are lodged by the citizens of Canada without their personal presence at the Embassy:

1. applications for long term visas (with the exception of long term visas with the purpose of business),

2. applications for long term stay permits in case of applicants enrolled in the Highly Qualified Worker Programme and in the Key and Research Staff Programme,

3. applications for long term stay permits with the purpose of scientific research,

4. applications for long term stay permits for family members of scientific researchers.

Please bear in mind that such applicant may be summoned additionally to the Embassy for the purpose of conducting an interview.

All other types of applications lodged by citizens of Canada, and the applications lodged by citizens of other countries, must be submitted in person, while making a prior appointment for the submission.

Please note that the only way to get reliable information about the visa procedure is either by contacting the consular section of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Ottawa directly, by phone, e-mail, or by reading the official website of the embassy. General information can also be obtained on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic or the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic.

Warning: The Embassy is not  associated or in any way connected with any "visa agency". To make an appointment to present a visa application can be done directly with the Embassy only, no "visa agency" services or any other third party services are involved.

The procedure for granting visas for a stay of up to 90 days (short-term, Schengen) is regulated by the EP and Council Regulation (EC) No. 810/2009 on the Community Code on Visas (Visa Code). In case of citizens of certain countries, Visa Facilitation Agreements also apply.

Procedures for granting visas for stays over 90 days (long-term, national), long-term and permanent residence permits are regulated by Act No. 326/1999 Coll., on the residence of foreigners in the territory of the Czech Republic.

The Embassy of the Czech Republic is responsible for processing requests for short-term visas. Therefore, it decides on the granting of airport transit visas (type A visa) and visas for a stay of up to 90 days (type C visa).

Decisions on applications for long-term visas (visa type D) and residence permits is in the competence of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic.

Handling of Applicant's Personal Data

In accordance with Act No. 101/2000 Coll., on the protection of personal data, the applicant's personal data provided in his visa application are provided exclusively to the competent authorities of the Czech Republic and are intended for the adoption of a decision on granting or refusing a visa.

The applicant has the right of access to the personal data kept about him in this context, including the right to correct such personal data, if necessary. In the event that these personal data are inaccurate with regard to the purpose of their processing, the applicant may request an explanation or remedy of inaccuracy. If this request is found to be justified, the competent embassy will immediately correct such situation. If the relevant embassy does not comply with this request, the applicant has the right to contact the Office for the Protection of Personal Data of the Czech Republic (ÚOOÚ, Pplk. Sochora 27, CZ-17000, Prague 7, phone: + 420 234 665 354, fax: + 420 234 665 501, e-mail: posta@uoou.cz).

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Opening of the Dresden Visa Center

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Useful links for visa applicants and long term residents

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