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A Czech Republic Schengen visa is a special kind of visa which allows you to travel among all the Schengen countries including Czech Republic for a maximum period of upto 90 days. This is a traveller’s dream where with one visa you can travel to any of the other 25 Schengen countries along with Czech Republic.
A Schengen Visa (issued by a consulate or embassy of a Schengen State) is valid for all 26 States of the Schengen Area (including the European territory of Czech Republic), unless it is marked otherwise on the visa sticker. So you do not need another visa to enter or stay in the European territory of Czech Republic. However, you must be in possession of documentary evidence for the reasons of your stay and your means of support. Schengen Area comprises of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
The Schengen Visa is a short stay visa and takes the form of a sticker affixed to your passport. The definition of “short stay” is a stay of "90 days in any 180 days period". This means that the total duration of stay is of maximum 90 days in any period of 180 days. The precise length of validity of your Schengen Visa is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading “Duration of visit”. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading "Number of entries" by "1". A two-entry or a multiple-entry visa allows for two or several entries during the validity of the Schengen Visa. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "02" or "MULT" under the heading "Number of entries".
No, not necessarily all Schengen Visas will be granted for 90 days. You may get the Schengen Visa only for the number of days that you present in your travel itinerary and your flight & hotel bookings
You may appeal against this decision. The decision to refuse a Schengen visa and the reasons for the refusal are notified using a standard form that is handed out by the Member State's consulate that refused the visa. The notification of the refusal must include the reasons, on which the refusal were based, and the procedures and deadlines for submitting an appeal. You are free to re-apply again if your application has been refused earlier. However, it is recommended that you take note of the reasons for the earlier refusal before submitting a new application and make amendments, where necessary.
The visa fee is not refunded if the visa is refused. The visa fee covers the cost of the examination of the visa application.
The Schengen Visa cover letter is a letter which summarizes your intent to travel to a country that is part of the Schengen area. In your cover letter you should explain:
You cannot extend your Czech Republic short-stay while in Czech Republic except in special circumstances, and exceeding your permitted period of stay is considered an act of illegality or criminality. Instead, you must return to your home country within the permitted period of stay and apply for another Czech Republic Visa if necessary.
Schengen visas may allow for a single-entry or multiple entries. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "01". With a visa allowing for two or multiple entries you may enter twice or several times during the validity of the visa.
A short-stay Schengen Visa allows you to enter and stay in a Czech Republic territory for a maximum period of 90 days within a period of six months.
You may only submit your Schengen visa application 90 days before your date of departure. We recommend that you apply at least 20 working days before the date you wish to depart as certain types of travel purpose may take longer than usual to process. For instance, the processing time of your Schengen Visa Application will take between 5-20 working days from your appointment date.
According to the EU Visa Code, the maximum case processing time cannot exceed 15 calendar days, or in exceptional cases 30 or 60 days, respectively. The Embassy aims to issue a visa within 15 working days provided that we have full and satisfactory information about the applicant.
VFS Global Services Pvt Ltd (VFS) is the Service Delivery Provider for the Embassy of Czech Republic in New Delhi. The role of VFS is to accept visa applications and to dispatch passports and documents back to clients, on behalf of the Embassy of Czech Republic. VFS does not play any part in or influence the outcome of your visa application.
Applicants can check the status of Czech Republic visa application online using the Czech Republic VFS Reference number and Date of Birth. Kindly visit the Track Your Application section of the Czech Republic VFS website.
As an application centre, the Czech Republic Visa Application Centre (VFS) will not be able to guarantee you a visa. The issuance or refusal of a Czech Republic visa is the sole prerogative of The Embassy/Consulate. The Czech Republic Visa Application Centre cannot influence this decision in any way.
Yes, an appointment is mandatory for Czech Republic Visa in order to provide your biometrics and submit your visa documents.
No. A long stay visa or a residence permit issued by a Schengen State allows you to travel or stay in other Schengen States, while respecting the maximum duration of a “short stay” (a stay of "90 days in any 180 day period")
Every member of the family needs an individual appointment.
Schengen Visa must be applied from the Embassy / Consulate of the country where you will be staying for maximum number of days. If your stay has equal number of days in each country then you must apply to the Embassy / Consulate of the country which would serve as the first port of entry.
Schengen Visas may allow for a single-entry or multiple entries. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "01". With a visa allowing for two or multiple entries you may enter twice or several times during the validity of the Schengen Visa.
According to the EU, a single-entry Schengen Visa allows entry to the Schengen area only once, meaning you are not permitted to re-enter the Schengen Area after leaving, while a multiple-entry Schengen Visa allows multiple entries into the Schengen Area within the visa’s validity period (90 days total within 180-day period).
The short-stay visa does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen area. At the border (or during other controls) you may have to show the visa but also provide additional documentation, for example; sufficient evidence that you have sufficient means to cover the stay and the return trip. It is therefore recommended that you carry with you copies of the documents which you presented when applying for the Schengen visa (e.g. letters of invitation, travel confirmations, other documents stating the purpose of your stay).
Yes, applications by mail will not be accepted. The Schengen visa application should be presented in person because biometrical data must be recorded.
As from 2nd November 2015 following the introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS), all Schengen visa applicants in India have to appear in person in order to provide biometric data (fingerprints and digital photography). The photograph can be digitally taken at the time of the application or scanned from an existing one. For subsequent applications within the 5 years the fingerprints can be copied from the previous application file in the VIS. In case of reasonable doubt regarding the identity of the applicant, the consulate will again collect fingerprints within the 5 year period specified above. Furthermore, the applicant may request that they be collected if, at the time when the application is lodged, it cannot be immediately confirmed that the fingerprints were collected within this 5 years period.
Yes. Applicants should prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death, during their stay(s) on the territory of the Schengen Member States. The insurance should be valid throughout the territory of the Member States and cover the entire period of the person’s intended stay or transit. The minimum coverage must be EUR 30000.
Your travel Insurance plan for a Schengen Visa must meet the following requirements:
Even though Travel Insurance is a mandatory requirement for processing Schengen Visa, you are strongly advised to purchase a health / travel insurance to secure yourself as medical treatment can be very expensive in the Schengen country. Your travel insurance offers protection against unexpected emergencies on international travel such as coverage of medical expenses, flight delay and cancellations, passport and baggage loss or personal accident. For financial safety and security on your international trip we highly recommend you to purchase travel insurance and avail our special offer.
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Here are the steps to apply for a Czech Republic Visa through Akbar Travels:
Step 1: Provide your travel details to our Visa Expert and get all your queries answered.
Step 2: Pay the visa fee and upload your documents online through our secured online document locker
Step 3: Our Visa Expert will verify the documents, complete your visa application and schedule your appointment.
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A historic jewel at the heart of Europe, the Czech Republic packs a sizeable punch for such a small country; from majestic castles to medieval towns, elegant spa resorts to scenic national parks, it has much to offer international visitors. Read more
It is also, lest we forget, the birthplace of the world’s finest beer. At the heart of it all is the culture-crammed capital, Prague. Dubbed the “city of a thousand spires,’ it comprises beautiful churches, cobbled lanes and medieval bridges, all watched over by a fairytale castle. Add to that a mix of ancient monuments, fine dining, old breweries, bustling markets and lively jazz clubs. There really is never a dull moment. Located just a short drive from the capital are some extraordinary attractions; the hot springs of Karlovy Vary; the giant gothic castle of Karlstejn; the church made of human bones in Kutna Hora; and the city of Plzen, where pilsner beer was born. Formerly part of Czechoslovakia, since the Velvet Divorce of 1993 – when Slovakia and Czech Republic parted company – the latter has emerged the more popular tourist. And to understand its appeal one must consider its assets; the stunning wine-growing region of Monrovia, home to rolling hills, traditional food and the spirited cities of Brno and Olomouc; snow-capped mountains of Krkonose; the otherworldly rock formations of Cesky Raj; the wild forests of Sumava National Park; and the historic town of Cesky Krumlov, a fully deserving UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Czech people have a reputation for being lovers of music, art, and beer, which is evident in the sheer number of jazz, rock, and blues clubs (many of which were part of the historical underground scene hailing from the 1950s and ‘60s), concert halls and classical music venues, pubs and lounges. Art is everywhere, not only in the galleries and mobile exhibitions, but out on the streets and walls of alternative restaurants. As for the beer, the breweries of České Budějovice and Pilsen are known to produce some of the best lagers in the world. And yet, for all this, the Czech Republic is far more than the sum of its sights. This is a nation of proud, forthright and friendly people, eager to take a significant role on the European stage. It may only be a small country – and a relatively new one – but the Czech Republic leaves a big impression.
No list of the Czech Republic’s top destinations could possibly be complete without at least a mention of its iconic capital, which rises from the winding meanders of the Vltava River in the heartlands of Bohemia in a symphony of the Gothic, the Baroque and the Medieval. Steeped in history, the so-called City of a Hundred Spires is famed for its gloriously adorned Old Town, anchored on one photogenic central square that comes complete with a curious astronomical clock and the pointed turrets of the Church of Our Lady. Travelers can also wander between the saintly statues of the Charles Bridge and up to Prague Castle (one of the largest on the continent), seek out the haunting ghosts of Kafka’s pages, or simply indulge in a medley of unpasteurized Czech beers, Bohemian dumplings and one of Europe’s liveliest nightlife scenes. Also browse our guide on the best things to do in Prague.
A fairy-tale pop-up of a town that crowns a series of bluffs on the edge of the Vltava River south of Ceske Budejovice, Cesky Krumlov is one of the veritable jewels of South Bohemia. Its Old Town bears a well-deserved UNESCO tag for its maze of medieval streets, 13th century relics and layers of architectural history – much of which has remained unspoilt by conflict and war. However, the undisputed piece de resistance here has to be the soaring bulwarks, bridges and keeps of Cesky Krumlov castle, where Rococo parks and painted towers, the enthralling Church of St Vitus and even a moat laden with black forest bears all draw huge crowds of visitors right throughout the year.
A towering monument cast in stone to the revered Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV, Castle Karlstejn soars above the verdant Czech valleys just south-west of the capital at Prague. It’s a glorious Gothic array of turrets and gatehouses that’s come to be one of the most visited medieval relics in the nation. Travelers who come here are invited to scale the hill and pass under the two-storey port houses and into the central courtyards, where the so-called Big Tower and Chapel of the Holy Cross once held the priceless Royal Jewells and Imperial Regalia of the Czech kings. The views are another matter: rolling out to encompass the undulating hills of Bohemia and forested hinterland of the country on all sides.
Pulsing with indelible student energy during term times from its place in the southern depths of the Czech Republic, Brno – the regional capital of South Moravia – belies its local rep as a rather sleepy place with some of the country’s top drum and bass clubs and a booming café culture to rival both Prague and Vienna. There’s also a gorgeous Old Town district to see; the second largest in the country, where the spiked Neo-gothic towers of the Cathedral of St Peter and Paul stand watch over cobbled squares and the eerie tunnels of the Brno Ossuary lurk underground. Spilberk Castle crowns a bluff in the midst of the town too, while Brno Reservoir is a hubbub of recreational activity during the summer, offering boating, swimming and al fresco drinking opportunities aplenty.
Sat just on the northern edge of Moravia, where the Czech Republic gives way to Silesia and the Polish borderlands, Ostrava is a down-to-earth gem of a city that fuses historical beauty and Baroque brilliance in its old town with an interesting mix of Soviet Realism, Russian Brutalism and post-industrial sprawl. Visitors can make a beeline for institutions like the Michal Colliery and unravel tales of Ostrava’s interesting industrial past, or walk through the city’s deeper histories between the neoclassical facades of Masaryk Square. Then there’s the resurgent Lower Vitkovice Area to explore, complete with glass elevators and viewing platforms, the Gong exhibition centre and monumental blast furnaces to name just a few of the enthralling sites.
Regal, rich and oozing with all the charm you’d expect of a onetime royal retreat where the likes of Russian tsars and Beethoven met between the spas and bathhouses, Karlovy Vary (erstwhile Karlsbad) is unquestionably one of the most beautiful destinations in all of Bohemia. It comes decorated in elegant neoclassical styles, peppered with gorgeous fin de siècle builds and arrays of Art Deco fountains, all of which sit nestled neatly in the wooded valleys that enfold the famous mineral streams of the Tepla River. Visitors should be sure to check out the curious range of experimental holistic treatments that are on offer in the various spa centres here, going from sulphurous immersion baths to Turkic hammam sessions. And if that’s not for you, then check out the al fresco cafes on Vridelni Street, or head to the hills for some hiking, Bohemian style.
100,000-strong Liberec is a charming and laid-back North Bohemian town that’s a great place to experience the Republic’s curious mix of Slavic, Germanic and Austrian cultures. The whole city is shrouded by the spiked top of Jested Mountain, which marks the beginning of the Jizera range that rises in a medley of Nordic ski tracks and fir forests on the very edge of Poland. Here, the main landmark of the city soars in hyperbole: the hotel and panoramic restaurant of the Jested Tower crowning the hill. Meanwhile, in the town below – connected to this famous ridge by cable car – are the painted faces of Liberec Castle and oodles of gorgeous 19th century townhouses, not to mention some of the country’s most prestigious university departments.
The namesake and home of what’s still arguably the Czech Republic’s most iconic beer, Ceske Budejovice is awash with microbreweries, beer halls and traditional Czech taverns alike, making it without question one of the top spots to come and sample a traditional Slavic pivo (beer). The place was founded way back in the 13th century by King Premysl Otakar II, who now lends his moniker to the pretty array of colonnades and burgher mansions that forms the city’s central square. This is encircled by a crisscrossing web of cobblestone streets and adorned with the gilded Baroque carvings of Samson’s Fountain, while various museums chronicle the fascinating history of South Bohemia and the Budejovicky Budvar Brewery on the northern edge of the town remains one of the top draws.
Hikers, bikers, water sports enthusiasts, skiers and snowboarders and Nordic walkers alike all flock to the lakeside mountain town of Lipno, which enjoys a beautiful location amidst the soft hills and contoured valleys of the Cesky Krumlov District, just a stone’s throw from the border with Austria. Small and compact, the town is a prime base for delving into the picture-perfect backcountry of South Bohemia, and comes complete with a 21-kilometer in-line skating circuit, a pretty reservoir, the interesting Lipno Dam and a range of red and blue ski runs that are perfectly suited to beginner and intermediate riders alike.
A land of more than 1,000 caves and grottoes, gorges and canyons, the Moravian Karst sprawls out over a whopping 92 square kilometers just north of the city of Brno. It’s famed for its array of breathtaking geological wonders, going from the sculpted stalactites and colossal stalagmites, underground rivers and sinkholes of the Punkva Caves to the domed chambers and winding corridors of the vast Amaterska system. The place is also home to the great Macocha Gorge – the largest sinkhole canyon of its kind in all of Central Europe that plays host to the bubbling headwaters of the Punkva River. Hiking, caving and biking opportunities abound here, and travelers can also seek out the Josefov blast furnaces and Chateau of Rajec nad Svitavou nearby.
Proudly off-the-beaten-track and bursting with student bars and coffee shops, Olomouc is one of the Czech Republic’s hidden gems. It can be found planted on the plains of eastern Moravia, oozing with more than 2,000 years of history that has its roots in Roman times. Shaped by the Germans, the Swedes, the Slavs and the Bohemian kings alike, the city hosts wonderful sites like the Saint Wenceslas Cathedral and Saint Maurice Church between the old ramparts of its onetime castle. However, it’s the UNESCO-attested Holy Trinity Column on the sprawling central square that really takes the biscuit; a masterful and honorific rendition of the Central European Baroque style that’s seen nowhere else on the continent!
Former European Capital of Culture holder (an honour which Pilsen shared with Mons in Belgium), and homeland of the now famed strain of beer that is its namesake (first brewed here by the Bavarian Josef Groll in the 19th century), Pilsen conceals oodles of interesting sights and attractions beneath its Old Town sea of red-tiled roofs. Yes sir, travelers can gawp at the great spires of St Bartholomew’s Cathedral, delve into one of Europe’s largest subterranean civic passage systems, see the curiously arabesque Great Synagogue and wonder at the elaborate Renaissance décor of the town hall by Giovanni de Statia. And when it’s time to sample that ubiquitous beer, the Pilsner Urquell brewery awaits, along with oodles of classic tank pubs and Czech taverns where unpasteurized brews flow from the taps.
Once the great economic rival of Prague that rose to prominence with the discovery of silver in the nearby hills of the Central Bohemian Region, Kunta Hora still bears all the hallmarks of a once rich and regal centre. Just take the magnificent spires of the Church of Saint Barbara, or the Italian Courtyard, where royal mints and erstwhile silver emporiums ooze with certain medievalist nostalgia. Then there are the red-tiled roofs and Bohemian historicity of the Old Town; much less touristy and somewhat more authentic than its counterpart in Prague. Visitors here should also be sure not to miss the Kostnice Ossuary, where row upon row of human remains and elaborate chandeliers, statues and altarpieces made from human bones all make for one seriously haunting experience.
The first ever natural reserve in the Czech Republic is an enchanting land of towering hoodoos and canyons, curious chiselled cliffs, cascading gores and rugged hills, all dressed in sweeping dashes of pine forest, crisscrossed by winding hiking trails and dotted with the romantic silhouettes of castles like the precipitous Trosky keep. Visitors touring the region can delve into ancient rock towns that protrude almost organically from the sandstone ridges they stand on, explore dramatic dolomite caverns at Bozkov, see folksy timber architecture between the rustic villages, go lake hopping, kayaking or canyon scaling, enjoy horse riding in the shadow of ancestral chateaux – the list goes on!
The impossibly beautiful and wild reaches of the Krkonose National Park can be found straddling the border with Poland in the extreme northeast of the country. Cut through by babbling mountain streams and dressed in swathes of mist-topped fir forests, this rugged land levels out at a peak on the summit of Snezka Mountain (the highest in the Czech Republic and entire Sudetes Range besides). Oodles of walking trails make their home here too, and ski fields pop up ad hoc in the winter months to boot, offering travelers an opportunity to really immerse themselves in the landscapes of meadows, knee timber, towering spruces, lichen-spotted rocks and rolling alpine vistas.Show less
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