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Schengen Visa


Schengen visa is a visa issued by any of the Schengen States. Schengen visa allows you to

  • transit through or stay in the territory of the Schengen area for a duration of no more than 90 days in any 180day period ("short-stay visa"),
  • transit through the international transit areas of airports of the Schengen area ("airport transit visa").

Schengen area covers 26 countries ("Schengen States") without internal border controls. These countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

If you have a valid visa issued by a Schengen State, you can also visit any of the other Schengen States, unless the territorial validity of the visa is limited, which is  shown in the visa sticker.

The visa shows how many times you can enter the Schengen area (one, two or multiple entries). If your visa is only valid for one entry, you have to remember that if you leave the Schengen area, for example to go to the UK, Ireland, Croatia, Russia or Turkey, you cannot re-enter the Schengen area without  a new visa. It is therefore important that you state in your visa application  how many times you will be travelling in and out of the Schengen area during your visit. 

If your visa is valid for more entries (multiple entry), you are allowed to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. The stay can be divided into as many separate trips as you wish. The period of validity of a multiple entry visa is 5 years maximum.

The procedures for the Schengen visa application to travel to the Czech Republic is subject to the Schengen rules valid for all Schengen States.