U.S. citizens must have a visa in order to stay in the Czech Republic for over 90 days.
All visas must be approved by the Czech Immigration Police, therefore the processing time is approximately 70 days from the date the embassy receives the completed application. The embassy recommends that applicants send their applications at least three (3) months before their intended departure from the U.S. There is absolutely no way to rush the process!
Non-refundable airline tickets or reservations should NOT be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.
Please note: All documents must be presented in their original form or as a notarized copy. No documents may be older than 180 days, except your passport and birth certificate. Some of the documents listed below must be submitted along with an official translation in the Czech language. Please contact the embassy for a list of translators and interpreters; also ask about the embassy’s official verification and approval of translations.
The following documents must be presented when applying for a visa:
- Passport – The passport must be valid for at least 90 days beyond the expected length of stay in the Czech Republic (90 days after your visa will expire)
- 2 passport-sized photographs
- A completed form “Application for long-stay Visa”; To apply for a student visa, you must do so with an original application form (no copies). Please request the application form from the embassy or consulate with jurisdiction over your address.
- Application Fee. Fees may be paid in cash or money order payable to the Embassy of the Czech Republic
- Document confirming sufficient financial resources
- An original or notarized copy of a bank account statement in your name from a bank in the Czech Republic or in the USA, showing present balance*; or
- A notarized copy of a credit or debit card (Visa, Mastercard…) in your name and with a validity for at least the duration of your stay in the Czech Republic, you may cover the credit card number before you make a copy of it, it is not necessary to send a copy of both sides of the card, the copy of the front side is sufficient; or
- A letter from a host or sponsor (parents must also submit current bank account statement) confirming support of the applicant during his or her stay in the Czech Republic (must be an original document with a notarized signature and presented with an official translation in the Czech language).*
- An original, or a copy notarized by a Czech notary, of a document certifying acceptance into a study program in the Czech Republic, issued by a Czech university or school. This document must be in the Czech language.
- A document confirming the availability of accommodation for the period of stay in the territory of the Czech Republic (An original or a copy notarized by a Czech notary of a document issued by a Czech university or school This document must be in the Czech language.)
- Criminal History Background
- An affidavit confirming that you have never been indicted and sentenced for a felony of any kind. This form can be printed from the embassy and consulate Web sites. Your signature must be notarized by a Notary Public.
- In addition, if you have lived in any country for 6 months or more in the previous three years, please contact the Embassy for details.
- Travel medical insurance for an amount of at least 60,000 EUR, covering the territory of the Czech Republic (such insurance shall be presented before affixing the visa in the passport); the medical insurance contract and the information about insurance conditions should be translated by a certified translator. For more information click here.
- Proof of payment of the fee for submission of the visa application
IMPORTANT: This information provides guidelines about the visa process. Visa regulations often change, and procedures can vary by Consulate and/or Embassy. Students should verify the current visa application procedures with the appropriate Consulate or Embassy before initiating the process. While every effort is made to ensure these guidelines are updated and as accurate as possible, the Office of Study Abroad and High Point University cannot guarantee that the visa information posted is the most current. The information included only applies to US citizens.