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Third - country national

Non-EU citizens subject to a visa requirement

  • The list of states whose citizens are required to have a visa is set by Annex I of Council Regulation No. 539/2001, as amended.
  • These third-country nationals can stay in the Czech Republic without a visa for a period not exceeding 3 months under the condition that they are in possession of a valid travel document and a residence permit (long-term or permanent) issued by another Schengen state, or a type-D long-term visa issued by another Schengen state.
  • In all other cases, these nationals of non-EU countries can stay in the territory of the Czech Republic solely on the basis of a short-term C visa, which authorises the holder to stay in the Schengen territory for the period of time specified in the visa, however not for more than three months during any 6-month period starting on the date of first entry to the Schengen area.
  • In exceptional cases it is possible to exceed the three months spent in the Schengen area during the applicable 6-month period by obtaining a short-term visa with limited territorial validity for the territory of the CR (V/LTV).
  • An airport transit visa is an exception to the general right to visa-free transit through the transit area of an international airport. A list of countries whose nationals can stay in the transit area of an international airport in the territory of the Czech Republic solely on the basis of being granted an airport visa is specified in Decree No. 428/2010 Coll. (only in Czech), as amended.
  • Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code) establishes a new legal framework for the application of the common visa policy as regards short-term Schengen visas in the countries that are part of the Schengen area. These visas are practically an agenda of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A stay exceeding 3 months

To stay in the Czech Republic for more than 3 months, citizens of non-EU countries require a long-term visa or a long-term or permanent residence permit.

A third-country national is a citizen of a state that is not member of the EU nor a citizen of Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.


EU Member States : Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Austria, Rumania, Greece, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

Joint list of third countries whose nationals are subject to visa requirements in the Member States of the European Union, which is governed by Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 as amended by Regulation (EC) No 2414/2001 and Regulation (EC) No 453/2003 (ie in the Schengen countries).

  • Territorial entities that are not recognized as States by at least one of the Member States:
  • British citizens who are not nationals of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland within the meaning of Community law:
    British overseas territories citizens (BRITISH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES CITIZENS)
    British citizens overseas (BRITISH OVERSEAS CITIZENS)
    The subjects of the British Crown (BRITISH SUBJECTS),who have no right of abode in the UK
    Persons under British protection (BRITISH PROTECTED PERSONS)
  • Unlike the visa obligation may occur for holders of diplomatic, official and special passports.

* Travel documents are the Somali Republic from the Czech Republic recognized for entry and residence in the Czech Republic