In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Embassies and consulates have canceled all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020, but will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as resources and local conditions allow. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. Please see these notices which contain detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic:
Information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus: As of March 20, the United States Embassy in Prague is cancelling routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The MRV fee is valid and may be used for a visa application in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter regarding a Non-Immigrant or Immigrant Visa, please contact our Consular Section at ConsPrague@state.gov to request an emergency appointment.
For updated information regarding ESTA: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta
**Any traveler with a valid ESTA who is subject to the Proclamation and who attempts to travel to the United States in violation of the Proclamation will have their ESTA cancelled. ESTA will not refund applications that are canceled due to this Proclamation. Travelers who have questions about whether they are subject to, or exempted from, the Proclamation should refer to the Proclamation language and consult with the U.S. Department of State and the air carrier, as appropriate, in advance of travel to avoid travel disruptions.
For further information about the Presidential Proclamations, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/Presidential-Proclamation-Coronavirus.htm
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Prague is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.
To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:
- Email: To reach a customer service representative via email, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org..
- Telephone: Please contact a customer service representative using one of these telephone numbers:
- Callers in Czech Republic: Call +42 0 228883000.
- Callers in the United States: Call 1 703 520 2249.
Skype: To use Skype to speak to a customer service representative during regular hours of operation, add a new contact to your Skype account with the Skype name ustraveldocs-czechrepublic.
Visiting the Embassy
The U.S. Embassy is located at the following address:
118 01 Prague 1
Only applicants with appointments will be admitted into the Embassy. They must be aware of the security requirements.
E-2 Treaty Investor
Treaty Investor visas are authorized on the basis of treaties of commerce and navigation between the United States and certain countries, including the Czech Republic. Thus, Czech citizens may seek to qualify for Treaty (E) visas. Please note that the Enterprise must be majority-owned, as well as developed and directed by nationals of the Treaty Country (“Treaty Country Nationals”), and individual employees must have the same nationality as the Enterprise to qualify.
E-Visas permit the investor and his/her family to live in the United States during the validity period of the visa. These visas are not immigrant visas; consequently, you are allowed to live in the U.S for as long as the conditions under which the visa was granted remain valid. Dependents are not authorized to work in the U.S. unless they receive explicit authorization to do so from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the U.S. This authorization must be applied for after your arrival in the U.S. Please ask the Immigration Officer at the port of entry for details.
It currently takes the Embassy approximately 2 to 3 weeks to process an E-Visa application and schedule an interview. Please note, however, that visa processing times vary according to the time of year and our workload. We cannot guarantee that a visa will be processed in time to meet your travel schedule. We always suggest that you apply well ahead of any planned travel date, allowing extra time for any unforeseen delay.
If you have an unforeseen travel need, as per one of the criteria listed below, you may request an expedited appointment. You still need to schedule a regular appointment online at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/cz/cz-niv-visaapply.asp for the earliest available date, and then ask for an expedite appointment explaining the reasons for your request. The consular staff will evaluate your case and get back to you with an answer via email. Once at the interview you will be asked to present documentary evidence to prove the urgency.
Emergency situations include:
- death/funeral of a close relative;
- urgent business travel within two weeks of first available appointment date;
- students or exchange visitors who need to begin or resume a valid program of study starting before the first available appointment date;
- ESTA denial if you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program country and are dual national of Iraq, Iran, Sudan or Syria, or have traveled to Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, or Somalia after March 1, 2011 and your travel is within two weeks of first available appointment date.
B1 Commercial or Industrial Workers
If you are traveling to the United States to install, service, or repair commercial or industrial equipment or machinery sold by a company in the Czech Republic to a buyer in the United States, and the purchase contract requires that the Czech company provide such services, you may be eligible for the B-1 visa. In order to qualify for the B-1, you must possess a copy of the contract between the Czech company and the U.S. client, the specialized knowledge essential to perform the services, receive no remuneration from a U.S. source, and the company must not receive any payment for these services in addition to that specified in the original contract of sale.
Notice for Applicants Living Outside the Czech Republic
Individuals who normally reside outside of the Czech Republic, but who are unable to apply for a U.S. visa in their home country in a timely manner may submit their application at U.S. Embassy Prague. Applicants are not required to be a resident of the Czech Republic to apply for a visa, but must be physically present in the Czech Republic at the time of the visa interview, as we cannot accept mail-in applications from individuals while they are outside of the Czech Republic. Please be aware that U.S. Embassy Prague has limited language abilities outside of Czech and English.