Holders of an approved ETIAS for the Czech Republic are able to travel to the Schengen Area for a consecutive stay of 90 days with each entry, within every 180-day period. ETIAS-eligible citizens who wish to stay in the country for longer than 90 consecutive days need a visa for the Czech Republic.
As the Czech Republic is part of the EU and shares a visa policy with Schengen Area countries, it is necessary to apply for a Schengen visa for the Czech Republic. Unlike the Czech ETIAS waiver, the majority of Schengen visas are issued for one individual Schengen country.
In order to apply for a Czech Republic Schengen visa, it is necessary to make a visa appointment at the nearest Czech diplomatic office.
It is then necessary to download, print, and complete a Czech Republic visa application form to bring along to the appointment. Applicants are required to indicate the purpose and desired length of the intended stay in the Czech Republic on the application form.
A Schengen visa can be issued as either a single-entry, double-entry, or multiple-entry visa for the Czech Republic. The period of validity is determined by the individual consulate issuing the visa.
No matter the period of validity granted, most Schengen visas permit a stay of 90 days with each entry to the Czech Republic, within every 180-day period.
However, those who have a demonstrable need to stay in Europe for over 90 days, to study, work, or live in the Czech Republic, may be issued a Czech visa for a longer period of permitted stay. This will depend on the issuing consulate and the provision of convincing supporting documentation.
For example, an applicant wishing to take part in an international student program may be granted a visa for a period of up to a year upon providing evidence of an acceptance letter from a Czech educational institution. Likewise, a professional such as an artist or sportsperson may be granted a visa for a sufficient period of time to share their expertise within the Czech Republic.