FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON TRAVEL BETWEEN THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND THE UNITED STATES
I cannot schedule a visa appointment but I already paid the visa processing fee. When does it expire? Can I have a refund?
The U.S. Mission to the Czech Republic understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible. In the meantime, rest assured that the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until December 31, 2021, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.
Are you accepting visa applications? When will you start accepting them?
U.S. Embassy Prague has resumed limited visa processing including: B-1, F-1, M-1, P, O, E-2, and certain categories of exchange visitors under J-1. While U.S. Embassy Prague aims to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs. If you have an emergency and need to depart the United States in the next week or two, you can submit a request for an emergency visa appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org
I had a visa appointment and it was cancelled. When can I have a visa interview? Can I get my visa fee back?
If your interview was cancelled, you now have the ability to reschedule your visa interview as long as you fall into one of the visa categories listed above and are not otherwise subject to any Presidential Proclamations. We are not offering visa fee refunds, but you may use your visa fee, the MRV fee, at any time within one year of your payment.
I have a valid visa or ESTA approval. Can I travel to the States?
If you have a valid previously issued F-1 or M-1 student visa you may travel to the United States and apply for admission on your current, valid visa, so long as you are in possession of a valid Form I-20.
If you have a valid previously issued nonimmigrant visa, including B-1, P, O, E-2, you may be able to travel to the United States, pending additional clearance by U.S. Embassy Prague. In order to determine your eligibility please send us an email at PragueESTA@state.gov. Your email should include your full name, date of birth, place of birth, passport number, a copy of valid U.S. visa, purpose of travel, and intended dates of travel.
Travelers with a valid ESTA, traveling under the Visa Waiver Program, may be eligible to travel to the United States, pending additional clearance by U.S. Embassy Prague. If you are traveling with a valid ESTA, and believe your purpose of travel falls within one of the exceptions to the Presidential Proclamations on travel, please email us at PragueESTA@state.gov in order for us to evaluate your eligibility for travel. Your email should include your full name, date of birth, place of birth, passport number, purpose of travel, and intended dates of travel.
Certain individuals are exempt from the Presidential Proclamation on travel from the Schengen Area, such as some family members of U.S. citizens. See the language of the Proclamation and the list of exemptions here.
I have an approved DS-2019 form and need a J-1 visa for summer work travel or participation another exchange program. I have an approved I-20 form and need an F-1/M-1 student visa. Will I be able to make it? When can I have my interview?
We are currently accepting limited appointments for F-1/M-1 student visas and certain categories of exchanges visitors under J-1 (such as professors, research scholars, short-term scholars and specialists). This determination does not apply to J-1 visa applicants who will be participating in au pair, intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, or summer work travel programs, as well as accompanying derivative family members, as their travel is suspended under PP 10052.
On June 22, 2020, the President issued Presidential Proclamation 10052 (P.P. 10052) titled “Suspension of Entry of Aliens Who Present A Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak.” This P.P. effectively suspends issuance of certain H-1B, H-2B, J-1 (for certain categories within the Exchange Visitor Program), and L Nonimmigrant visas (NIVs) through December 31, 2020, unless continued by the President. No valid visas will be revoked under the proclamation. If you believe you are not subject to the Presidential Proclamation, and have an emergency situation, please send an email explaining your circumstances to email@example.com.
Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/.
I am an American citizen and I want to visit Prague. When will the Czech Republic start letting Americans in?
Currently, American citizens cannot travel to the Czech Republic for tourism or business purposes unless they are immediate family members of Czech citizens or EU citizens residing in the Czech Republic. The Czech Ministry of the Interior is the Czech agency that administers admission of foreign citizens into the Czech Republic. The Ministry of the Interior’s COVID-19 website provides detailed information on who can enter the Czech Republic currently. Particularly useful are PDF charts on that website that list specific conditions for entry and that are updated very frequently. The Ministry of the Interior also provides answers via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. U.S. Embassy Prague cannot provide clarifications or interpretation of the Czech government’s rules, so please contact the Czech Ministry of the Interior for advice or evaluation of your particular circumstances.