(the Czech Republic)
The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Saint Petersburg:
5, Tverskaya ulitsa, St. Petersburg, 193015
Tel: (812) 271-04-59, 271-46-12 (switchboard)
Fax: (812) 271-46-15
To register for submitting the documents for Visas of more than 90 days validity and to attest the documents: (812) 275-05-91
Complete information on Visa issuing process: (812) 271-61-01
The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in St. Petersburg was opened in 1974.
The Consular District contains 11 subjects of the Russian Federation: St. Petersburg, the Republic of Karelia (Petrozavodsk city), the Komi Republic, Nenets Autonomous Okrug (District), Arkhangelskaya Oblast (Arkhangelsk city), Leningradskaya Oblast (the administrative center is St. Petersburg), Murmanskaya Oblast (Murmansk city), Novogorodskaya Oblast (Great Novgorod city), Pskovsksya Oblast (Pskov city), Vologodskaya Oblast and Kaliningradskaya Oblast.
The main aim of the Consulate General is to guarantee a well-organized work of the Consular and Visa Sections on the given territory, to promote the development of trade and economic cooperation between the Czech Republic and the subjects of the Russian Federation and also to develop mutual contacts in the spheres of culture, education, etc.
Establishing of Diplomatic Relations
The Russian Federation recognized the Czech Republic and established diplomatic relations with it at the Embassies’ level on January 1, 1993. The official relations with Czechoslovakia were established on June 5, 1922 after a treaty on opening of the Missions of the Czech Socialist Republic and the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR) in Moscow and in Prague correspondingly had been signed. Regular diplomatic relations at the Embassies’ level were established between the Czech Socialist Republic and the RSFSR on June 9, 1934.
Brief overview of Russia-Czechia contacts since the formation of the Czech Republic
During B.N. Eltsin’s visit in 1993, the presidents Vatslav Havel and Boris Eltsin signed a Treaty of friendly relations and cooperation between the Czech Republic and the Russian Federation. In May, 1995 owing to the celebrations of 50th anniversary after the end of the Second World War, the president Vatslav Havel stayed on a short (informal) visit to Russia, Moscow.
There have been official visits at the level of the Chairmen of the Governments: Vatslav Klaus visited Moscow (April, 1994), Viktor Chernomyrdin visited Prague (April, 1997), Milos Zeman visited Moscow (April 15-16, 1999) and Mikhail Kasianov visited Prague (October 9-10, 2001). Besides, Premier-Ministers Milos Zeman and Mikhail Kasianov met during the Economic Forum in St. Petersburg.
Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Josef Zelenetz visited Moscow in March, 1993 and 1996. Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrey Kozyrev visited Prague in February, 1994. On February 2, 2001 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Igor Ivanov visited the Czech Republic and on January 23-24, 2002 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Jan Kavan visited Russia. There have also been working meetings of other ministers.
There have been visits at the level of the Heads of the Parliaments: Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies Milos Zeman visited Russia in June, 1997 and Chairman of the Senate Petr Pitgart in February, 1998. Petr Pitgart also visited Russia in the summer, 1998 owing to the arrangements effected by Russian social organizations in commemoration of 30th anniversary of the events in August, 1968 in Czechoslovakia.
In March, 2001 Egor Stroev, Chairman of Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, visited the Czech Republic.