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). Unfortunately, we must warn you that obtaining a visa is not automatic. Prospective students who are unmarried, without a stable job, and without significant financial means are at a disadvantage. We have tried to help prospective students who fit one or more of the above criteria, 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 experiences with the embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. While many embassies insist that their decisions do not have to do with the above criteria (because, officially, they are not supposed to) their actions, and actual explanations given by embassy workers, suggest otherwise. Please, do not be discouraged, however. Because the decisions are subjective, access to a visa is highly individual. In the past, we have had students from Ethiopia, China, India 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