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?
The University has a checklist to assist you in collecting the required documents, however for a full list of documentation required, you should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website as requirements may change and detailed information is provided.

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. Please note that this service is not guaranteed and is subject to staff availability and IISA commitments.

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