Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a visa?

Citizens of United Arab Emirates do NOT need a Schengen visa for short-term visits to the Schengen area. The bilateral agreement, signed on 6 May 2015, between the European Union and the United Arab Emirates, allows citizens of UAE to stay in the Schengen area without a visa for up to 90 days within any 180-day period.

Nationals of other countries (resident in the United Arab Emirates): There is a common list of countries whose citizens must have a visa when entering the Schengen area and those whose citizens are exempt from that requirement.

Please note that even if you are a citizen of a country whose citizens are generally visa-free, the visa-free regime applies only to short stays up to 90 days of non-profit nature in the Czech Republic. If your purpose of stay in the Czech Republic is short-term employment or another paid activity, you still need to apply for a Schengen visa.

Ukrainian Nationals holding biometric passports do not require a Schengen visa to travel to Czech Republic for up to 90 days. (effective 11 June 2017) Holders of residence, re-entry permits and long-term visas in a Schengen State do not need a visa to enter the other Schengen States. Such visits are of maximum 90 days in any 180-day period. What do I need in order to obtain Schengen visa?

You must apply for your Schengen visa at the Consulate of the Schengen State that you intend to visit. As a general rule, it must be at the Consulate with territorial competence for the country in which you legally reside. The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Abu Dhabi accepts Schengen visa applications from residents of the United Arab Emirates, who must have a visa when entering the Schengen area and, who intend to visit the Czech Republic.

If you are going to visit several Schengen States, you must apply at the Consulate of that Schengen State which will be your main destination or where you will stay the longest period. If the stay in several Schengen States will be of equal length, the main destination is the Schengen State of the main purpose of the visit (i.e. conference, business meeting, etc.). If it is not possible to determine the main destination, you must apply at the Consulate of the Schengen State whose borders you will cross first when entering the Schengen area.

If the Czech Republic is the only country or the main destination of your visit and you are a resident of the United Arab Emirates, who must have a visa when entering the Schengen area, you may apply for a visa: with prior appointment at the Czech Republic Visa Application Centres in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Website Please note that using the service of a Visa Application Centre is voluntary and for using it you will be charged a service fee.

With prior appointment directly at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Abu Dhabi You can request an appointment at: visa_abudhabi@mzv.cz

Please note that if you are a family member of an EU citizen, you are entitled to a priority appointment to submit your application, and you can also request an appointment at the Embassy by writing to visa_abudhabi@mzv.cz.

What you need to submit with the application for a Schengen visa Application form

The application form must be filled in completely and signed at the very end of the form. Any person appearing in your travel document (such as your child under the age of 15 or wife) must complete a separate application form. The visa application form for a child under 18 must be signed by a parent or a legal guardian.

Please note: the application form must be filled in only in Czech or English language.

Travel document

Your travel document (passport) must contain at least two empty pages for affixing visa stickers, must have been issued within the last 10 years and must be valid for at least three months after your intended stay (after the last intended stay in case of multiple journeys).

Photograph

Your photograph must confirm to ICAO standards. The photograph should be of standard passport photo size (35x45 mm), must be of a high quality, taken against a plain light background, not older than 6 months, showing you looking directly at the camera with your eyes open. Please attach the photograph to the application form with glue (do not staple it).

Fingerprints

You have to submit your fingerprints when applying for a visa for the first time. For the purpose of collecting the fingerprints, you need to appear in person. Once the fingerprints have been collected, you are in general not required to re-submit them for the next 59 months. In that case, you need to prove that your fingerprints were taken (provide a copy of the visa at the application for which your fingerprints were taken, or the form informing about the refusal of such an application), otherwise you can request that your fingerprints are collected again.

Children younger than 12 years are not required to submit fingerprints, as well as heads of State or government and members of national governments traveling for an official purpose.

Schengen visa fee

80 EUR

Standard visa fee

40 EUR

35 EUR

Children aged 6-12 years (until the age of 12 years minus one day)

Citizens of countries with Facilitation Visa Agreements with the EU: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of North Macedonia, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine, Russia

0 EUR

Children aged 0-6 years (i.e. children that are 6 years of age minus 1 day)

Family members of EU citizens

School pupils, students, post-graduate students and accompanying teachers who travelfor the purpose of study or educational training

Researchers from third countries travelling for the purpose of scientific research

Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, or sport, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations


 

Please note that the visa fee can only be paid in cash in AED (United Arab Emirates Dirham) according to the current exchange rate, when applying at the Embassy.

 

When applying at the Visa Application Centre, the visa fee can be paid in cash or card.

 

Please note that the visa fee is not refundable irrespective of the final decision on the visa application, i.e. even in case your visa is refused, the visa fee is not reimbursed.

 

Also please note that if you submit your application through the Visa Application Centre, an additional service fee will be charged. Travel medical insurance

 

The insurance must cover emergency medical care, hospitalization and repatriation (including in case of death). The minimum coverage must be 30.000 EUR. This insurance must be valid for the entire Schengen area and for the whole intended stay (of the first planned stay if you apply for a multiple entry visa). Holders of diplomatic passports and family members of EU citizens do not need to provide travel medical insurance. Supporting documents

 

The supporting documents vary according to your purpose of travel – please choose the list of documents relevant to your purpose:

• tourism

• business

• private visit

• official visit

• medical treatment

• study

 

If you are a family member of an EU citizen, you do not need to provide supporting documents. However, you have to prove your status of a family member of an EU citizen by providing a document confirming the identity of the EU citizen and your family relationship to him/her. You may be asked to provide additional documentation or to come for an interview. When to apply for a Schengen visa

 

You can submit your application no earlier than three months and generally no later than 15 days before your intended journey. If you apply less than 15 days before the journey, your application may not be processed in time. We suggest that you plan your trip and apply for visa well in advance, as in peak seasons we may not be able to offer you an appointment to submit your application immediately.

 

As a legal rule, a decision on a visa application is taken within 15 calendar days. This period may, in individual cases, be extended to up to 30 days and, exceptionally 60 days, if a more detailed examination of your application and/or additional documents are required.

 

Some Schengen States require to be consulted on visa applications by citizens of certain countries. The consultation process may delay the visa procedure by several days. Such consultation is currently required for nationals of the countries listed here. (Likewise, some Schengen States may require to be informed when a visa has been issued to nationals of certain third countries, which are listed here.)

 

Applications are generally submitted by the applicant in person. Simply follow this 3-step plan to apply:

 

1. Check whether you need an appointment to submit your visa application. If so, make an appointment.

 

2. Download, print, fill in and sign the application form and collect all required documents (see the checklists in “What you need to submit with the application for a Schengen visa”) Check carefully that you have prepared all required documentation. Thereafter, arrange the documents according to the order in the ‘Document Checklist’.

 

Please note that in case you do not submit the application form, passport, photograph, fingerprints (where needed) or visa fee (where charged), the application will not be accepted. Failure to submit the other documents might lead to visa refusal.

 

Please pay special attention to any documents from the list that require legalization, as the legalization procedure takes 2-14 days.

 

3. Submit your application along with the supporting documents When accepting your application, the Visa Application Centre/Consulate will inform you when you can come to receive your passport with a visa, or with the information about visa refusal. Tourist trips with an accredited travel agency

 

Accredited travel agencies are in general allowed to submit applications on behalf of their clients. However, the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Abu Dhabi currently does not cooperate with any accredited travel agency.

 

4. Contact information of the Czech Republic Visa Application Centres in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

 

6. Who decides the status on the application?

 

The decision on the status of the application is decided by the relevant Embassy / Consulate.

 

7. Information for visa holders

 

8. How to read the visa sticker

 

9. The Schengen visa has the form of a sticker in your passport. Please check carefully all the data in the sticker.

 

10. Validity period of the visa (“FROM … TO” heading on the visa sticker): This heading indicates the period during which the holder may make the visit authorised by the visa (including entry, stay and departure). The visit must be made between the start and end dates given in this heading and it must not exceed the number of days entered under the “Duration of visit” heading.

 

11. Duration of visit (“DURATION OF VISIT…DAYS” heading on the visa sticker): This heading indicates the number of days during which the holder may stay in the territory for which the visa is valid (Schengen area/Czech Republic). The duration of visit is counted from the date of entry in the territory. The authorised duration of visit may be shorter than the validity period of the visa. In the case of multiple-entry Schengen visas valid for more than 180 days, the authorised duration of each visit is 90 days in any 180-day period. Please note that it is the visa holder who is responsible for observing the rule and not exceeding the allowed 90 days of stay within any 180-days period. In case of multiple entries, the accumulated amount of days can be determined by the entry/exit stamps in the passport. A useful tool to calculate the amount of days in the Schengen area is the so-called Norwegian Calculator.

 

12. Type of visa: A – airport transit visa, C – uniform Schengen visa (visits for not more than 90 days), D – long-stay visa (visits for more than 90 days)

 

13. Number of entries: This heading shows the number of times the visa holder may enter the Schengen area (the number of visits which may be spread over the entire period of validity of the visa).

 

14. Right of entry

 

The visa does not automatically entitle the holder to enter the Schengen area. When crossing the border, visa holders are required to prove that they meet the entry conditions, which in general means that they can be asked to justify the purpose and conditions of the intended stay and to prove that they have sufficient means of subsistence, both for the duration of the intended stay and for the return to their country of origin.

 

15. Duties of visa holders:

 

Please note that every foreigner must respect the laws of the country s/he is visiting.

 

When visiting the Czech Republic, foreigners have the duty to register with the Alien Police inspectorate in the area where they are staying within 3 working days from the date of entry in the territory of the Czech Republic. This does not apply to the following categories of persons: children under 15 years of age; foreigners whose registration is arranged by their accommodation provider (e.g. by a hotel); members of staff of diplomatic missions, consular posts and international governmental organisations accredited to the Czech Republic and their family members registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and foreigners whose accommodation is provided by the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic. For any questions regarding stay in the territory of the Czech Republic, please contact the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic (pobyty@mvcr.cz).

 

18. Can I appeal against a negative decision?

 

The decision to refuse a Schengen visa and the reasons for the refusal are notified to the applicant using a standard form. The decision to refuse the visa includes the reasons on which the refusal was based.

 

You can appeal the refusal. The appeal must be submitted within 15 days of the receipt of visa refusal to the Consulate that decided to refuse the visa. The appeal must be an original with the original signature of the appellant, i.e. in person or by mail. The appeal must include the name of the applicant and the reasons why the applicant considers the refusal decision to be contrary to the law. The appeal will be reviewed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic within 35 days from the receipt of the appeal by the Consulate. The outcome of the review is sent to the applicant by the same Consulate.A Schengen visa applicant wishing to appeal against a visa refusal decision must pay a fee of 60 EUR (paid in AED). Appeals may be lodged only at the Consulate of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Abu Dhabi, and the fee must be paid only in cash.

 

In case of a negative decision by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic on this administrative appeal, you can also file a judicial appeal against the decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The judicial appeal can be submitted to the respective administrative Court of the Czech Republic (in the location where you planned to stay in the Czech Republic). The appeal must be sent to the Court in writing within 30 days after the receipt of the negative decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

 

19. For how long can I obtain the Schengen visa? Duration of visit (“DURATION OF VISIT…DAYS” heading on the visa sticker): This heading indicates the number of days during which the holder may stay in the territory for which the visa is valid (Schengen area/Czech Republic). The duration of visit is counted from the date of entry in the territory. The authorised duration of visit may be shorter than the validity period of the visa. In the case of multiple-entry Schengen visas valid for more than 180 days, the authorised duration of each visit is 90 days in any 180-day period. Please note that it is the visa holder who is responsible for observing the rule and not exceeding the allowed 90 days of stay within any 180days period. In case of multiple entries, the accumulated amount of days can be determined by the entry/exit stamps in the passport. A useful tool to calculate the amount of days in the Schengen area is the so-called Norwegian Calculator

 

20. A Schengen visa is always issued for a specific time and a specific purpose of travel. The holder of the visa should take care to observe the rule of the duration of the visit, and not overstay the validity of the visa. There are of course rare cases, when a visa holder who is already present on the territory of the Schengen States is unable to leave before the expiry of his visa for reasons of force majeure, humanitarian reasons or serious personal reasons. A request for extension of the visa is NOT handled by the Consulate that issued the visa, but the competent authorities of the Schengen State where is the holder of the visa. The extension of the visa is, however, NOT automatic and it always a decision of the competent authorities of the Schengens State

 

21. Can a Schengen visa be extended?

 

In case the conditions of your travel change after your visa has been issued, it is necessary to inform the Consulate about the situation.. If you do not do so, consequences may arise. In case the conditions of your travel change after your visa has been issued, it is necessary to inform the Consulate about the situation.. If you do not do so, consequences may arise. The visa does not automatically entitle the holder to enter the Schengen area. When crossing the border, visa holders are required to prove that they meet the entry conditions, which in general means that they can be asked to justify the purpose and conditions of the intended stay and to prove that they have sufficient means of subsistence, both for the duration of the intended stay and for the return to their country of origin.

 

22. What does period of grace mean?

 

The period of validity of the visa should correspond to the information provided by the applicant. Nevertheless, an additional "period of grace" of 15 days is included in the period of validity to allow for a certain room for manoeuvre for the visa holder. The period of grace does NOT change the number of days you can stay in the Schengen state – duration of visit … days - that are indicated on your visa sticker. It may be that your flight is delayed one day or you need to leave later due to illness in the family.
 

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