Long-term Visa - General Information

A visa for a stay longer than 90 days (long-term visa) is a visa that entitles you to reside in the Czech Republic for more than 90 days.




To acquire a long-term visa in the Czech Republic the foreigner must prove that he/she is going to reside in the Czech Republic for a specific purpose.  The purpose of residence is usually an activity lasting more than 90 days and requiring the foreigner’s constant presence in the Czech Republic. However, not every purpose, i.e., activity, can be a reason for granting a long-term visa.

Purposes that give reason for granting a long-term visa are mainly those directly stipulated in the Foreigners Act and then those determined by the practice. These purposes are:

  • doing business,
  • studies,
  • scientific research,
  • seasonal employment,
  • special work visa,
  • family purposes,
  • cultural purposes,
  • spiritual purposes,
  • sports purposes,
  • health purposes.

In addition to these purposes, a long-term visa can also be issued for other purposes specifically given by the law or practice.  Such purposes are called “OTHER”.

These include e.g.:

  • Secondary school, conservatory or higher vocational school studies which are not carried out as part of an exchange programme
  • Studies of a university unaccredited study programme
  • Studies at a branch of a university not accredited in the Czech Republic but accredited in another EU Member State
  • Post-secondary education or language and professional preparation courses or programmes
  • Study tours and other education courses or programmes

How long is this visa valid for?                     

For a maximum of 1 year.

What does this type of visa look like?

What obligations and restrictions does this residence permit mean?

You must fulfil the purpose of your stay for the whole duration of your residence permit. You must also follow the obligations for foreigners stipulated by law.

What does this residence permit enable you to do?

If you hold a valid residence permit, you can leave and re-enter the Czech Republic repeatedly. You can also travel within the Schengen Area without a visa.