17. 07. 2009 - Czech Airlines to Help Czech Citizens Obtain Visas to Canada

Prague, 17 July 2009

Czech Airlines will help arrange visas to Canada for all citizens of the Czech Republic who have been surprised by its unexpected introduction.  They can request it starting today, through a Czech Airlines subsidiary, the HOLIDAYS Czech Airlines travel agency.

Beginning today, the visa can be requested in person, over the telephone, or by e-mail. A representative of the travel agency will contact the applicant promptly to arrange all of the requisite details.  The visa arrangement fee is CZK 595 if the applicant is only requesting a visa.  If a passenger also purchases a Czech Airlines ticket to Toronto, accommodation in Canada, or some other service, he will only pay CZK 360 for the arrangements.  The same amount will also be paid by a passenger who already has a ticket purchased with Czech Airlines, but who has not yet managed to get a visa arranged.  Everyone interested in travelling to Canada will thus be saved a trip to the Canadian embassy in Vienna.  The time required for obtaining the visa is at least 14 days.  A representative of the travel agency will inform the applicant promptly of the positive result or the rejection of his application.

Applications for arranging a visa to Canada may be submitted on business days between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the branch of the HOLIDAYS Czech Airlines travel agency on V Celnici 5, Prague 1; or by telephone, at 220 104 704, or through the Czech Airlines Call Centre; or by e-mail, at dovolena@holidayscsa.cz.  A representative of the travel agency will then discuss with the applicant the method of delivery of all of the documents required for obtaining a visa to Canada, as required by the Canadian embassy in Vienna.  The price of a single-entry visa is EUR 45, and the price of a multiple-entry visa is EUR 90.

Czech Airlines is thus responding to the unclear and tense atmosphere after the introduction of the visa duty for the citizens of the Czech Republic, and offering a convenient way of obtaining the visa without having to travel to Vienna, waste vacation time, and wait in queues.  We try to accommodate our clients as much as possible,” says Petr Krajíček, the Executive Director of the travel agency HOLIDAYS Czech Airlines, in explaining the reasons for the introduction of the new service.

The standard practice is that, in the event that a passenger is travelling to a country requiring a visa and a visa is not granted to him, he can ask Czech Airlines for a refund of his ticket, upon the presentation of a document showing that the visa has been rejected.  Czech Airlines always accommodates such clients and refunds the full price of the ticket, or, more precisely, the part operated by Czech Airlines.

The scheduled Czech Airlines Prague – Toronto flights departs from Prague every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday at 11:15 a.m. CET in the summer time schedule, arriving in Toronto at 2:30 p.m. local time.  From Toronto, the flight departs every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday at 4:05 p.m. local time in the summer flight schedule, arriving at Ruzyně Airport the next day at 6:15 a.m.


Hana Hejsková
Communications Director
Czech Airlines Press Spokesperson