Visa policy and how to apply for a visa
Where to Submit Visa Application?
Schengen (short-stay) visa applicants file their applications at the diplomatic mission of that Schengen Area State which is the only or main destination. When visiting the several Schengen Area States, the main destination constitutes the state, where the stay will be the longest. If the duration of stay in the several Schengen Area States is equal, the main destination constitutes the state, in which the main purpose of travel lies (for example conference participation). If it is not possible to determine the main destination based on these criteria, the application is to be filed at the diplomatic mission of that Schengen Area State which constitutes the entry in the Schengen Area (i.e. will be visited the first).
If the Czech Republic is the only or the main destination, the application is to be filed at the diplomatic mission of the Czech Republic.
The applicants file their application in the state of which they are either citizens or holders of a long-term residence permit. In case there is no diplomatic mission of the Czech Republic in this state, the application is to be filed at the diplomatic mission which is accredited for that state (usually located in a neighboring state) or at the diplomatic mission of another Schengen Area State if the Czech Republic concluded a representation agreement with this state.
If more diplomatic missions of the Czech Republic are located in one state (for example an embassy and consulate(s) general), the application is to be filed at the diplomatic mission located in the district where the applicant resides.
The application can also be filed in the visa centre.
The application can also be filed through an accredited travel agency – more at websites of the diplomatic missions of the Czech Republic that use this service.
Long-term visa or a long-term or permanent residence permit applicants file their applications at the diplomatic mission of the Czech Republic in the state, where they reside on a long-term basis – i.e. in the state of which they are either citizens or holders of a passport or a long-term residence permit.
Exception from this consular territorial competence rule applies only to citizens of states listed in the Ordinance of the Ministry of the Interior No 429/2010 Coll., which contains the list of States, whose citizens can apply for a long-term visa or long-term/permanent residence permit also at a diplomatic mission of the Czech Republic not located in the State of which the applicant is a citizen, which issued the applicant´s passport or in which the applicant resides on a long-term/permanent basis.
Exception form the consular territorial competence rule applies to citizens, passport holders or long-term/permanent residents of these states/special administrative regions:
· Antigua and Barbuda
· Bosnia and Herzegovina
· Costa Rica
· Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region
· Macao, Special Administrative Region
· New Zealand
· Republic of Korea
· Saint Kitts and Nevis
· San Marino
Please note that it is crucial to contact the given consulate, telephonically or by email, and arrange an appointment before visiting the consulate offices during office hours.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
List of consular presence and representation
Overview of Member States' diplomatic missions and consular posts responsible for processing visa applications and representation arrangements.