Applying for a Czech Republic Visa in the UK

Applying for a Czech Republic Visa in the UK

The Czech Republic Schengen Visa Requirements and Application Guidelines for UK Residents

Any UK citizen who holds either a full UK passport or a BOTC, BOC, BPP or BS passport can travel to the Czech Republic visa-free. However, many non-EU nationals who reside in the UK are still required to get a Schengen visa to travel to the Czech Republic.


In recent years, following visa liberalization policies for non-EU countries, the number of countries whose nationals require visas to travel to Europe has slightly dropped. Here is the list of nationalities that are still required to get a Schengen Visa to visit the Czech Republic and other Schengen states.

Stat: As per 2016, the Czech Republic has issued a total of 469,453 uniform Schengen visas from 489,920 applications received.

Below you can find more information on applying for the Czech Republic visa from the UK.

Who can apply for a Czech Republic Visa from within the UK?

Citizens of these countries who have been residing in the UK for at least three months and plan on visiting the Netherlands are required to get a Czech Republic visa in order to be able to enter the Czech Republic.

You should apply for a visa via the Embassy of Netherlands in the UK if:

  • The Czech Republic is the only Schengen country you plan on visiting
  • The Czech Republic is your main destination (the country you will be staying the longest in)
  • The Czech Republic is the first Schengen country you are visiting

In case you plan on staying in the Czech Republic for more than 90 days you must apply for a residency permit, not a Czech Republic Schengen visa.

Please, note that if you are not a resident in the United Kingdom you should apply at the Czech Republic Embassy in your country of residence.


Czech Republic Visa application documents and requirements for UK residents

  • A valid passport or Travel document. Please make sure:
    • Your passport has been issued within the previous 10 years,
    • Your passport has 2 full blank pages, one for the visa stamp and an additional spare page,
    • Your passport will be valid for at least three (3) months after the date you exit the Schengen Area.
  • A valid UK residence permit or other form of Identity Card. The UK residency permit must be endorsed in the actual passport (or on a new biometric ID card)
  • One application form filled out completely and signed by the applicant. You can also apply via 3rd party websites like this one here. You have to pay an extra fee for their services, but they will also help you with Appointment booking, Documents checking, Visa application as well as with Visa and Passport collection. For more information, please click here!
  • One photo, which must be glued on the application form. Applications with stapled photographs will be rejected.
  • Biometric data (This requirement only applies if you haven’t provided biometric data within the last 59 months):
    • Fingerprints (Note: Children under the age of 12 are exempted from providing fingerprints)
    • A copy of the passport bio page where the photo is included.
  • A cover letter explaining the purpose of the visit to the Czech Republic
  • Proof of travel arrangements: Round trip flight/travel reservations or other proof of intended transport and complete itinerary of your visit to the Czech Republic (if several Schengen States will be visited or if the trip covers several Schengen States and non-Schengen countries).
  • Travel Visa Insurance stating that you are covered in case of a medical emergency and repatriation not just in the Czech Republic, but in the whole Schengen zone (minimum coverage of € 30.000).
  • Proof of accommodation in the Czech Republic:
    • Evidence of a hotel booking or rental agreement, or
    • Invitation from your Czech host (family member, friend) with a copy of their passport
  • Proof of financial subsistence:
    • A recent statement of UK bank account for the last three months that shows funds of at least 30 £ (34.87 €) per day spent in the Czech Republic, or
    • Proof of sponsorship, or
    • Traveller’s cheques

Note: Cash is not considered  proof of financial subsistence.

Note: Photocopies of the original documents should also be submitted and documents should not be more than one month old.

The documents listed above are documents required in all cases, regardless of the purpose of your visit in the Czech Republic. Depending on your employment status, here is a list of additional documents that are required for your visa application:

For employees:

  • Employment contract
  • Current bank statement of the latest 6 months
  • Leave permission from the employer
  • Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary

For the self-employed:

  • A copy of your business license
  • Company bank statement of the latest 6 months
  • Income Tax Return (ITR)

For foreign students:

  • Proof of enrollment
  • No-objection certificate from school or university

For retirees:

  • Pension statement of the latest 6 months

If unemployed and married to an EU citizen:

  • A recent (less than 3 months old) Confirmation of Employment letter from their spouse’s employer stating the position held within the company as well as the starting date,
  • Spouse’s valid passport
  • An officially translated marriage certificate. The translation must be in English or Czech and must be certified as a true copy by the Embassy of the country where the marriage took place or by the Legalization Bureau of the Foreign Office in UK

Requirements for children under the age of 18

Parents or a an adult guardian are required to accompany their under-age children at the application center at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in London. Also, minors who are granted a Czech Republic visa are not allowed to travel to the Czech Republic by themselves. They should be accompanied by an adult during their stay in the Czech Republic.

Required documents for visa application for underage children

  • Proof of parent’s regular income (work contract with specified monthly income or a bank statement or business license)
  • Notarized travel permission from parent (parental travel consent)
  • If one parent lives in another country – their notarized parental travel consent
  • A school attendance letter issued by the Head of School.

All documents provided should be legalized and be in of the of the following languages:

  • English
  • Czech

To find more about the documentation needed for applying for a visa to the Czech Republic click here: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/czech-republic-visa/

How to apply for a Czech Republic Visa from the UK?

To apply for a Czech Republic visa you must book an appointment with the Czech Embassy in London. This can be done in two ways:

List of public holidays

  • 2 January
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • 1 May
  • 8 May  Victory Day
  • 29 May
  • 5 July
  • 6 July
  • 28 August
  • 28 September
  • 17 November
  • 25 December
  • 26 December

(Source: VFS Global)

Reasons why you should apply through the IAM website

  • IAM’s visa advisors will contact you as soon as possible to confirm the suitable date and time for you to attend the visa processing center in the UK.
  • They will fill in an Application Form for a Czech Republic Schengen visas online to secure your appointment and send it to you together with a complete list of requested documents and the confirmation of your appointment.
  • The IAM’s team will assist you in collecting the required documents and checking your prepared application to make sure your application has the highest possible prospect of success.
  • If you cannot collect your passport yourself, IAM’s representatives can arrange for collection. Alternatively, you may choose to have your application sent back by registered mail when you make your visa application.

For more information, please click here or start the visa application by filling the form online here!

Czech Republic Visa application and processing time

You can apply for a Czech Republic Schengen visa 90 days before your planned trip. Usually the visa application process takes between 2 and 3 weeks, therefore you are advised to apply well in advance of your planned trip.

For nationals of the following countries the processing time takes a minimum of 3 weeks (Source VFS Global):

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus (Applies only to holders of diplomatic and service passports.)
  • D.R. Congo
  • Egypt (Does not apply to holders of diplomatic and service passports.)
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • North Korea
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Russian Federation (Applies only to holders of service passports.)
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia (Does not apply to holders of diplomatic passports.)
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tunisia

Czech Republic Visa fees for UK residents

Since the Czech Republic is a Schengen state, visa fees are the same as any other Schengen visa. These are the costs of a Czech Republic Schengen Visa when applying from UK:

Schengen Visa Category (by age) Fee in UK Pound Fee in Euro
Adult 51 £ 60 €
Child between 6-12 years of age 30 £ 35 €
Child younger than 6 years of age Free Free

 

Note: Keep in mind that these fees may change depending on currency fluctuations and can be paid only in UK Pounds. Payments can be made in cash and by credit or debit card

Visa fee exemptions

The following persons are exempted from Visa fees:

  • Children younger than 6 years of age
  • Family members of an EU/EEA national
    • Documents required for exemption:
      • Original Marriage Certificate, or
      • Civil Partnership Certificate
      • Original full Birth Certificate
      • EU/EAA national’s passport.
  • Persons travelling for the purpose of study or educational training
    • School pupils.
    • Undergraduates and postgraduates
      • These persons must be accompanied by their teachers/professors
    • Researchers from third world countries
    • NGO representatives younger than 25 years of age

Czech Republic Visa fee discounts

For nationals of countries that have a visa facilitation agreement with the EU visa applications cost only 35 € (30 £). Nationals of countries that are granted visa discounts for the Czech Republic are:

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Georgia
  • Former Yugoslav Republic Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Ukraine

Frequently Asked Questions about Czech Republic Visas

What happens if some of the required documents are missing?

You are required to submit full documentation on the day of the scheduled interview. Your application may be rejected if some documents are missing from the application. Although an incomplete application is not accepted, the consulate will inform you on the additional documents you need to provide

Can I apply for a Czech visa if my British residency permit expires soon?

To apply for a Czech visa your British residency permit must be valid for at least another 90 days.

Does a non-EU spouse of a UK national need a visa to the Czech Republic?

Yes, the non-EU spouse of a UK national requires a visa to travel to the Czech Republic.

Can a group apply together?

Group appointments are not possible. All applications should be submitted individually

Will I get my visa at the end of the process?

No, you are not guaranteed you will get a visa despite the fees you paid. Also, you should keep in mind that all fees are non-refundable. Should you decide to apply after your visa is refused you will have to make the same payments again.

What can I do my visa is refused?

If your visa is refused you can apply again at any time. However, you should pay attention to the reasons mentioned in the refusal letter in order to make amends where needed.

You can also appeal against the decision within 15 days from the refusal in writing. The letter should be sent to the Embassy. Your appeal will be examined within a period of 30 days by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Can I get my visa on the same day that I apply?

Normally, your visa cannot be issued on the same day that you apply. However, in cases of extreme medical emergency, you are able to obtain a Czech visa on the same day you apply. You should keep in mind that the Embassy has the final word on this matter.

Related visa information for the UK Residents:

Embassy & Consulates of the Czech Republic in the United Kingdom