Schengen Visa for a Stay Shorter than 90 Days

A Schengen short-term visa (less than 90 days) is intended for third country nationals who wish to stay in the Czech Republic on a short-term basis.

The purpose of such stay may be, for example:

  • Tourism
  • Spa or health-related stay
  • Business
  • Conference participation
  • Culture
  • Sport
  • Visiting family or friends
  • Invitation
  • Studies
  • Scientific research
  • Employment
  • Seasonal employment
  • Training
  • Transit through a Czech international airport

What is a short-term stay?

A short-term stay is a stay lasting a maximum of 90 days. Conditions of a short-term stay depend also on the terms of the granted visa which may be, for example:

  • number of entries (one, two or more),
  • territorial validity (a visa valid for the whole Schengen area or only for selected Member States),
  • the period of the visa’s validity,
  • the length of the permitted stay.

Where can you apply?

You can only apply at one of the Czech Republic’s diplomatic missions. For a list of all Czech diplomatic missions and their contact details please see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

For information on filing an application and the process of granting a short-term visa please see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Where can you apply for an extension of a short-term visa?

The conditions to extend a short-term visa are laid down in the Visa Code. If extending a short-term visa, please apply at the Unit for Residence Permits of the Foreign Police Section of the Czech Police Regional Directorate according to your reported place of residence.