Schengen visa is a visa issued by any of the Schengen States. Schengen visa allows you to
Schengen area covers 26 countries ("Schengen States") without internal border controls. These countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Citizens of China must have a Schengen visa to travel to the Czech Republic.
Nationals of other countries (resident in China): 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.
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.
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.
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.
The visa shows how many times you can enter the Schengen area (one, two or multiple entries). If your visa is only valid for one entry, you have to remember that if you leave the Schengen area, for example to go to the UK, Ireland, Croatia, Russia or Turkey, you cannot re-enter the Schengen area without a new visa. It is therefore important that you state in your visa application how many times you will be travelling in and out of the Schengen area during your visit.
If your visa is valid for more entries (multiple entry), you are allowed to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. The stay can be divided into as many separate trips as you wish. The period of validity of a multiple entry visa is 5 years maximum.
The procedures for the Schengen visa application to travel to the Czech Republic is subject to the Schengen rules valid for all Schengen States.
Please note: VFS Global staff can provide you with information and application forms for your application, but they are not permitted to advise you regarding the visa category you should choose. Our work is primarily administrative and non-judgmental in nature. The final assessment on your visa, and the duration of visa processing, is entirely at the prerogative of the Embassy/Consulates of the Czech Republic in China.Next