Citizens of many countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, and, of course, the EU do not need a visa for a short-term stay in the Czech Republic. If you are from a country where Visas are required (see below) we recommend you begin the process of obtaining your short-term visa immediately after acceptance to the program (see here). Unfortunatly, we must warn you that obtaining a visa is not automatic. If you are from a country against which there is bias, then you may be at a disadvantage. Further disadvantaged are individuals from such countries who are unmarried, without a stable job, and without significant financial means. We have tried to help prospective students who were in this situation but the Visa Codex gives so much power to individual office workers making these, largely subjective, decisions that there is often little we can do. We have had particularly bad experiances with the embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. While they insist that their decisions do not have to do with the above criteria (because, officially, they are not supposed to) their actions suggest otherwise. Please, do not be discouraged, however. We have been gethering information on how best to help prospective students obtain visas and will do what we can to help. In the past, we have had students from Ethiopia, China as well as Pakistan.

Not sure if you need a visa or not? Here is a list of countries the citizens of which DO require a visa even for a short term (up to 90 days) stay: 

  • AFGHANISTAN
  • ALGERIA
  • ANGOLA
  • ARMENIA
  • AZERBAIJAN
  • BAHRAIN
  • BANGLADESH
  • BELARUS
  • BELIZE
  • BENIN
  • BHUTAN
  • BOLIVIA
  • BOTSWANA
  • BURKINA FASO
  • BURUNDI
  • CAMBODIA
  • CAMEROON
  • CAPE VERDE
  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
  • CHAD
  • CHINA
  • COMOROS
  • CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE
  • CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC
  • CUBA
  • DJIBOUTI
  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
  • DPR KOREA
  • ECUADOR
  • EGYPT
  • EQUATORIAL GUINEA
  • ERITREA
  • ETHIOPIA
  • FIJI
  • GABON
  • GAMBIA
  • GHANA
  • GUYANA
  • GUINEA
  • GUINEA-BISSAU
  • HAITI
  • INDIA
  • INDONESIA
  • IRAN
  • IRAQ
  • IVORY COAST
  • JAMAICA
  • JORDAN
  • KAZAKHSTAN
  • KENYA
  • KOSOVO
  • KUWAIT
  • KYRGYZSTAN
  • LAOS
  • LEBANON
  • LESOTHO
  • LIBERIA
  • LIBYA
  • MADAGASCAR
  • MALAWI
  • MALDIVES
  • MALI
  • MAURITANIA
  • MONGOLIA
  • MOROCCO
  • MOZAMBIQUE
  • MYANMAR
  • NAMIBIA
  • NAURU
  • NEPAL
  • NIGER
  • NIGERIA
  • OMAN
  • PAKISTAN
  • PAPUA-NEW GUINEA
  • PHILIPPINES
  • QATAR
  • RUSSIA
  • RWANDA
  • SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE
  • SAUDI ARABIA
  • SENEGAL
  • SIERRA LEONE
  • SOMALIA
  • SOUTH AFRICA
  • SOUTH SUDAN
  • SRI LANKA
  • SUDAN
  • SURINAME
  • SWAZILAND
  • SYRIA
  • TAJIKISTAN
  • TANZANIA
  • THAILAND
  • TOGO
  • TUNISIA
  • TURKEY
  • TURKMENISTAN
  • UGANDA
  • UZBEKISTAN
  • VIETNAM
  • YEMEN
  • ZAMBIA
  • ZIMBABWE