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In 2021 the European Union will introduce a new travel authorization known as ETIAS visa waiver. ETIAS will become a requirement to travel to Czech Republic and most European countries. Once available, you will be able to find more information and apply on this website.
The ETIAS for the Czech Republic will allow holders to visit the Czech Republic for purposes of tourism, business, medical treatment, and transit. It is an electronic travel authorization which will also permit travel to all of the 26 Schengen Area countries and is expected to be introduced in 2021.
The ETIAS Visa Waiver for the Czech Republic will be a multiple entry travel authorization and allow a stay of 90 days within each 180-day period. It will be valid for a total of 3 years from the date of issue.
The European Visa Waiver for the Czech Republic is being introduced by the European Commission in order to pre-screen travelers to the Czech Republic and the Schengen Area, with the aim of strengthening European borders.
Eligible citizens are able to apply through the simple ETIAS application for the Czech Republic online. Applicants are required to complete the ETIAS Czech Republic application form with personal, passport, and travel information, and answer a few questions related to health and security matters, in order to receive an approved ETIAS Czech Republic via email.
Those eligible to apply for the ETIAS to the Czech Republic who wish to stay for longer periods, or visit for other purposes, should contact a Czech Embassy or Consulate for further information.
In order to submit a Czech ETIAS application, it is necessary to meet the Czech Republic ETIAS visa waiver requirements for documents:
Requirements for an ETIAS for Czech Republic also state that the applicant should:
Further ETIAS requirements for the Czech Republic, in the form of supporting documentation on arrival such as flight bookings, may be announced closer to the 2021 launch date, and will be published on this site when available.
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.
Czech Republic Visa FAQ
The ETIAS visa waiver to the Czech Republic is an electronic travel authorization, expected to be introduced in 2021. It will allow eligible citizens to travel to the Czech Republic for short stays, as well as to all of the 26 Schengen Area countries.
The government cost of the Czech Republic ETIAS has not yet been announced. The price will be published on this site once available.
The Czech ETIAS is valid for 3 years from the date of issue, and allows multiple entries to the Schengen Area within its duration.
The ETIAS for the Czech Republic allows a maximum stay of 90 days within a 180-day period in the Czech Republic and the Schengen Area with each entry.
Yes, the European Visa Waiver for Czech Republic is valid for multiple entries during its validity.
No, those eligible to obtain an ETIAS to travel to the Czech Republic are not required to apply for a Schengen visa.
Eligible citizens can apply for the ETIAS for the Czech Republic through a simple online application. Applicants are required to fill in personal, passport, and travel information, and answer a few security and health-related questions, to receive an approved Czech ETIAS visa email.
It will only take around 10 minutes to complete the Czech ETIAS application online. The processing time for the European Visa Waiver for Czech Republic has not yet been announced and will be published on this site when available.
Yes, children from eligible countries are also required to have an ETIAS to travel to the Czech Republic. It is necessary to submit a seperate kids ETIAS application for all minors under 18.
It has not yet been announced whether applicants will need to have a flight booked before applying for the ETIAS to the Czech Republic. This information will be published on this site once made available.
Yes, the Czech ETIAS application is simple and straightforward to complete and can be filled in in around 10 minutes.
In order to submit a Czech ETIAS application, it is necessary to:
In cases where the ETIAS for the Czech Republic is denied, the application is likely to have been rejected because some of the information provided on the form does not match the details of the applicant’s travel document.
Yes, visa waiver citizens not elegible to apply for a transit visa for the Schengen Area will be required to obtain a transit ETIAS to pass through the Czech Republic on the way to an onward destination.
In order to obtain a renewal for the Czech ETIAS, it is necessary to submit a new ETIAS to the Czech Republic application from outside the Schengen Area.
Applicants are strongly advised to double check there are no errors in the information provided on the Czech ETIAS application before submitting, as even small mistakes are expected to result in the rejection of the application.