Obtaining a visa
To date, the Czech Republic is a full member of the Schengen Agreement, so to visit this country you will have to apply for the appropriate type of visa. The general rules for issuing documents have been preserved, but there are some nuances that distinguish the Czech Republic from its closest neighbors. Check a2zdirectory for history of Czech Republic.
To obtain a standard tourist visa to the Czech Republic, you must provide:
- Valid passport and a copy of its title page. The document must have a remaining validity period of at least 90 days at the time of return to Russia.
- Former international passports with copies of all visa stamps.
- Russian passport with copies of all completed pages.
- Two color photographs 3.5 x5 cm. The photographic rules for Czech documents are as follows:
- The face should occupy from 70 to 80% of the image area;
- The picture must be taken on a light (white, beige, gray or cream) background ;
- You can not be photographed in glasses, hats, including national clothes;
- The photo should not have corners, ovals and other retouching;
- You need to make sure that the photo is not older than six months, and that it is not used on other personal documents;
- The photo must be printed on matte paper.
- Application form on a special form. You can download the form on the website of any visa center, but you need to fill it out strictly by hand, in printed Latin letters, with a black or blue ballpoint pen. All items of the questionnaire have a translation into Russian, so there should be no problems with filling out.
- Insurance policy with a coverage amount of 30,000 euros. The insurance company must have a license in the Czech Republic and the European Union, as well as have a positive reputation.
- Bank account statement. It is the main document confirming the financial independence of the applicant. The required amount on the account is calculated according to the formula – 50 euros per person per day. For a child under 14 years old – 25 euros per day.
- Reference from work, where you need to indicate the position, name of the organization and the monthly salary for the last year.
- For non-working tourists, you need to prepare a sponsorship letter, supported by similar income statements, but now the sponsor himself.
- A minor child receives a visa only if there is permission to leave from one or both parents, as well as a certificate from the place of study.
- Persons in official relations are required to present a copy of the marriage certificate. If one of the spouses has died, a copy of the death certificate.
- Copies of round-trip air tickets. Tickets must have specific dates of departure and return flight to Russia.
- Hotel booking confirmation for the entire trip. Letters from the hotel, sent by fax, are accepted, but it is highly desirable that the letter be sent by mail to the address of the nearest consulate or visa center on demand.
- Another important, but optional document will be a travel itinerary certified by a travel agency. This is done to confirm the purpose of the trip, as well as for reinsurance against an accident.
To obtain a visitor visa to the Czech Republic, you will need to add the following to the main package of documents:
- An official invitation from a private person or organization. It must be written by hand or typed, the inviting party is obliged to certify it in any Czech authority.
- A copy of the Czech passport of the inviting person or official information about the organization.
- Certificate of income for the last six months, both from a private person and from a company.
- Certificate of ownership of real estate, or certificate of rental housing. It is only needed by a private person in case the guest urgently needs a roof over his head. The inviter undertakes to guarantee the accommodation of a person for the entire period of his trip.
The consulates of the Czech Republic are one of the few that have introduced on the territory of Russia the possibility of transferring documents for obtaining a visa to a close relative, and not just a hired courier. Moreover, if there is proof of kinship, this method of sending documents by consuls will be considered faster than courier delivery.
Visa requirements for the Czech Republic
According to official information from the Czech Consulate in Moscow, the period for issuing a visa to the Czech Republic has increased since 2014. Now the visa is prepared from 14 to 16 working days. This is due to the large flow of tourists and the increased demand for Eastern European travel destinations.
An express visa is prepared twice as fast, but the terms of its issuance can be increased at the initiative of the Consulate, if there are good reasons for that.
Visa applications may be denied for the following reasons:
- The applicant has a criminal record.
- Debts on loans / alimony / utility bills.
- Incorrectly completed documents.
- Knowingly false information in one of the submitted documents.
The amount of the consular fee for Czech visas remains unchanged – 35 euros for the usual period of document production and 70 euros for an express visa.
Service fees will depend on the distance of the visa center from Moscow. The average amount of visa fees in Russia is 6,000 rubles per person. At the same time, the validity period of the document does not affect the amount of the fee in any way – in the case of the Czech Republic, this is a fixed rate, both for single-entry and multiple-entry visas.
On the first trip to the Czech Republic, only a single-entry Schengen visa is issued, valid strictly for the dates indicated on the tickets. On subsequent tours, the applicant has a chance to be issued a multiple-entry visa. This type of document is issued with a validity period of 1 to 3 years. During this period, a tourist will be able to stay in the Czech Republic for up to 90 days every six months.
The decision to issue a multiple-entry visa and its validity period is made unilaterally by the Czech consul. The period of validity of the document is not subject to appeal.
The general customs rules of the Czech Republic almost fully comply with the requirements of the Eurozone. However, there are a number of limitations and nuances that distinguish Czech services. See Czech Republic import restrictions.
Allowed duty-free import to the Czech Republic
- Strong alcohol (from 22%) – no more than 1 liter ;
- Medium strength alcohol (up to 22%) – no more than 2 liters ;
- Beer – no more than 16 liters ;
- Tobacco products – no more than 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars ;
- Tobacco in its pure form – no more than 250 grams ;
- Coffee – no more than 200 grams ;
- Tea or tea extract – no more than 400 grams ;
- Vintage perfume – no more than 50 ml ;
- Eau de toilette – no more than 250 ml ;
- Personal jewelry – only when included in the declaration.
Prohibited import to the Czech Republic
- Weapons and explosives;
- Narcotic substances of any origin;
- Meat and dairy products produced outside the EU;
- Counterfeit products – music discs, films, printed publications;
- Ingots of precious metals without special permission from the National Bank of the Czech Republic.
Export from the Czech Republic is prohibited
- Items of artistic or historical value;
- Products made of ivory, natural fur, turtle shells, tropical trees and other materials protected by the European Red Book.
- Jewelry worth more than 15,000 euros.