Schengen Visas - Czech Republic

Embassy address

Embassy of the Czech Republic
26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London
W8 4QY

E-mail for visa information: visa.london@embassy.mzv.cz

Telephone for Visa section: (+44) 20 7243 7942. Only open Monday – Thursday 14:00 – 16:00.

Online: Embassy website

Do I need a visa to visit the Czech Republic?
Some countries have special relationships with other countries which enables their residents to travel freely between the two without a visa. Check if you definitely need a visa to travel by checking the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

How can I apply?
The Embassy of Czech Republic in London accepts visa applications during submission hours on an appointment only basis. All applicants must make an appointment in advance. Applicants without appointments will not be admitted to the Visa Section.

What documents do I need?
For a full list of documentation required, you should check the Embassy website and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website is also useful.

As a guideline you should expect to provide:

  • One completed supplementary form
  • Your passport or travel document which must be valid and in date. This must contain your student visa (which must be valid for at least 3 months longer than the validity of the Schengen visa applied for) Your passport must have a blank page to affix the Schengen visa sticker.
  • 1 x passport photo: check the Embassy website for specifications
  • Schengen letter available from your faculty.
  • Health insurance to the value of at least 30,000 EU. Insurance is available from the Post Office, large supermarkets or various providers online The insurance company will provide you with a letter or certificate to include with your application
  • Proof of travel plans this will be the flight / ferry / train booking for your trip. This country insists that you must pre-book your travel before application. .
  • Proof of accommodation this will be the booking for the hotel or other accommodation you will be staying at. It is easy to find hotels that make bookings either with a small deposit or no fee at all, so book with one of these. See our tips in our travel pages.
  • Letter of invitation. If you are visiting friends or family, they will need to write you a letter inviting you to come and visit. This should either be in English or in the language of the country you are visiting. If they are providing you with food and / or accommodation, the letter should state this as well.
  • Proof of financial means. You should have approx. £60 per day available to you for the duration of your visit. You should provide bank statements covering the last 3 months or travellers cheques for the relevant amount to prove this.
  • Schengen visa fee. This varies from country to country so check the Embassy website for charges and method of payment
  • Self addressed special delivery envelope. This is so that the Embassy can post your passport and / or documents back to you when a decision has been made and is available from all post offices.
  • Copies of all documents provided. Generally, you will be expected to take both originals and copies of all your documents to your appointment with you.

How do I get to the Embassy?
Information on how to get to the Czech Republic Embassy and a map is available here. The nearest underground station is Notting Hill Gate (Central or Circle Lines).

If you are attending in the morning, you will probably have to book overnight accommodation in London to ensure that you arrive in time. Make sure you plan your route across London on a map before you go. If you’re getting to the Embassy early in the morning, try and have a practice walk of the route the day before your appointment. You will not be seen or offered an appointment if you miss the opening hours.

A map of the London Underground is available.

See www.megabus.com for cheap bus travel between Cardiff and London, www.nationalexpress.com/coach/index.cfm for National Express coaches to all destinations and www.thetrainline.com for trains between all stations.

See www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-hotels or www.hostelworld.com for cheap hotels and hostels. In London, you may also be able stay at The International Students House www.ish.org.uk/accommodation/ Contact them direct for details.

How long will it take?
When you have handed in your documents checked at the embassy, the official will retain your passport (and the copies of your documents) for a decision to be made. Your passport will then be posted back to you. Currently, the Czech Republic Embassy aims to return your passport approximately 15 days after you make the application and within a maximum of 30 days.

How can the Immigration & International Student Advice Team help me with my Schengen visa?
The IISA Team does not offer a service whereby they make your Schengen visa application or appointment for you. This is because generally travelling outside of the UK during your studies is for your personal pleasure. They can however check through your documents before sending/your appointment.

If you would like an adviser to check your documents for you, you should email international.advice@southwales.ac.uk stating which country you are applying to and the date you intend to go to London to submit your application.

You should start making your Schengen visa application at least 8-12 weeks before your proposed travel date.