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A visa for a stay of over 90 days (long-term)

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A visa for a stay of over 90 days (long-term)

An application for a long-term visa for over 90 days can be filed at a Czech Embassy abroad. You are obliged to file the application only at the Czech Embassy in the state of which you are a citizen or which issued your current travel document or in the state in which you have a long-term or permanent residence permit. You do not have to meet these conditions if you are a citizen of a state presented in the list of countries whose nationals are entitled to file an application for a long-term visa at any Czech Embassy whatsoever (Decree No. 429/2010 Coll.).

An application for a long-term visa can only be filed inside the Czech Republic in legally set cases.

You should submit the application on the completed form along with all the necessary requirements laid down by law. You should, however, always submit originals or official copies of the documents. All of the documents submitted must be made out in the Czech language or officially translated into Czech. Moreover, foreign public documents must be supported by a higher verification (Apostille, superlegalisation).

Along with the application for a long-term visa you must submit:

  1. a travel document (original),

  2. photograph; not necessary if a pictorial recording has been made of the foreign national,

  3. proof of accommodation,

  4. document on the purpose of stay,

  5. proof of funds,

  6. a Consent of parents or any other statutory representative or guardian to the permanent residence of a child in the Czech Republic. Consent of a parent is not required, if the parent, statutory representative or guardian making the request for a child, will stay with a child in the territory and if foreign national proves that he / she is a unable to declare consent due to reasons beyond his / her control,

 upon request you are further obliged to submit

  • document similar to an extract from the Penal Register record, issued by the state of which you are a citizen, as well as the states in which, in the last 3 years, you have resided continuously for a period longer than 6 months, or a signed affidavit in the event that this state does not issue such a document (not required from a foreign national under 15 years).

  • a document proving the fulfilment of conditions set out in the measure of Ministry of Health on prevention of the spread of infectious illnesses.

Travel document, document confirming the purpose of stay and registrar documents (birth certificate, marriage certificate) shall be submitted in original. Certified copy is not sufficient for this purpose.

If your application is approved, prior to affixing the visa, you are obliged to submit a proof of medical travel insurance that corresponds to the specified conditions (not required if the foreign national subscribes to public health insurance or if the costs for health care are covered on the basis of an international agreement or if the foreign national can demonstrate that health care is covered in another manner), and, upon request, a document on paying the insurance presented in the proof of medical travel insurance.

Application procedure

The Czech Embassy is only competent for receiving an application for a long-term visa, the competent body for processing it is the MOI. During the procedure the Czech Embassy communicates with the applicant, invites him/her for a hearing or calls on him/her to pick up the visa.

The application procedures are governed by the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals (pdf, 1.5 MB), the Administrative Procedure Code (pdf, 549 kB), and any other associated acts.

Czech Embassy may invite you for an interview, request that you complete the requirements for the application; likewise the Czech Embassy is entitled to take your fingerprints or take a pictorial record of you.

An application for a long-term visa is considered inadmissible if:

  • the foreign national had not booked the term for submission of his/her application  for  long term visa in advance,
  • not all of the requirements specified by law were submitted with it,
  • the administrative fee had not been paid upon the submission of the application,
  • the foreign national refuses to have his/her fingerprints or a pictorial record taken,
  • it was not filed on the prescribed form,
  • it was not filed at the pertinent Czech Embassy.
  • the foreign national had declared he /she has no knowledge of the Czech language and he/she  had not still managed to bring the interpreter with him/her or at least person  fulfilling  the conditions of the § 24 of the Act on  the Experts or Interpreters provided he/she was noticed by the embassy of this obligation.

In such a case, the Czech Embassy returns the application form, all of the requirements submitted and the administrative fee to the foreign national who filed an inadmissible application, whilst informing him/her of the reasons for considering the application to be inadmissible.

It is always necessary to file the application for a long-term visa in person (the Czech Embassy can only waive this obligation in well-substantiated cases).

The documents that you have been asked to submit by the MOI should always be submitted within the set deadlines. Naturally, during the procedure, you can submit other documents that you consider important for your application. Remember that travel documents must always be submitted in person.

The Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals (pdf, 1.5 MB) sets a standard deadline of 90 days for processing an application for a long-term visa from the day it was filed. In particularly complicated cases, it is 120 days from the day of filing the application and in certain cases (for the purpose of studies, pedagogical activity or research) within 60 days of filing the application.

This visa entitles the holder to multiple departure and entry to the Czech Republic.

Decision on granting a long-term visa

In the case of a positive appraisal of your application, the Czech Embassy at which you filed the application will contact you – in most cases by email - to arrange a date for picking up the long-term visa.

A decision on not granting a long-term visa

The MOI does not grant a long-term visa, if, for instance

  1. you, upon request by the MOI or the Czech Embassy, do not report for an interview or do not submit the documents for verifying the data presented in the application for a long-term visa within the set deadline or despite conducting an interview or assessing the documents submitted, this data cannot be verified;

  2. you fill in the application for granting a long-term visa untruthfully;

  3. you submit forged or altered requirements or the data necessary for appraising the application presented in them does not correspond to the truth, or

  4. you are recorded in the register of persona non grata,

  5. you are included in the Schengen Information System,

  6. there is a reasonable risk that during your stay in the Czech Republic you could threaten state security, seriously disturb public order or endanger the international relations of the CR,

  7. there is a reasonable risk that during your stay in the territory of another signatory country you could threaten state security, seriously disturb public order or endanger international relations of signatory states, or

  8. do not comply with the measures specified Provision of the Ministry of Health against the introduction of an infectious diseases (further document proving the fulfilment of conditions set out in the measure of Ministry of Health on prevention of the spread of infectious illnesses),

  9. prior to affixing the long-term residence permit you do not submit a document on medical travel insurance that corresponds to the specified conditions and, upon request, a document on paying the insurance presented in the document on medical travel insurance, or

  10. facts are ascertained indicating that after the cessation of the stay set out by the long-term residence permit you will not leave the territory or intend to abuse the long-term residence permit for another purpose,

  11. the foreign national does not fulfil a condition for issuing the visa,

  12. the foreign national had not fulfilled the propose of his/her present long-term visa or long-term residence permit unless he/ she proves that the propose of the long term residence  had not been fulfilled only temporarily  and due to serious reasons. the foreign national circumvented the law  in order to be granted  long-term visa all long-term residence permit for instance by marriage of convenience, by a false declaration of paternity or he / she  became member of statutory body of a company or a co-operative only for the purpose.

In the event of not being granted a long-term visa, the MOI will inform you in writing of the reasons for not granting the long-term visa. In such a case, within 15 days of receiving the information about not being granted the long-term visa, you may request the MOI directly for a new appraisal of the reasons for not granting a visa. Within 60 days, the MOI will inform you in writing of the result of the new appraisal of the reasons for not granting a visa.


Department for Asylum and Migration Policy, August 28th, 2017

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