Action Step: Download & print this Bank Letter Example and bring it along with a blue pen to your bank to get your bank letter. If you are requesting the bank letter by email, download an email this example to the appropriate bank representative.
A: Yes! As an American citizen, that’s all you need. The rest of the visa process will take place in Prague.
A: We know it sounds crazy, but the Czech government strongly prefers blue. You can bring a blue pen to the bank if necessary.
A: By “bank stamp,” we just mean an ink stamp that says the bank’s name on it. Most banks do have this. See the examples below to check what it looks like. If your bank really doesn’t have this, it’s okay to have a letter without it (as long as you have the banker’s signature in blue ink).
A: As mentioned, you could borrow some money from parents or friends just to get the letter printed with the appropriate amount. After that, you can transfer the money back to your parents/friend/whomever.
A: Call your bank, explain the requirements, and ask them to mail you the letter. You may want to ask if you can email them an example of exactly what you need. Be aware that they may take a while to get this done, so start a bit earlier. In our experience, you may have to call several times and annoy several bankers, but they should eventually get you the letter you need. If you really can’t get the letter, you do have the option of opening a different bank account (either in the US or once you arrive in Prague - see step #2 below).
A: There are two options:
A: No, it has to be cash in an account.
A: Try to get a new one ASAP. If you are already in Europe, your bank may not be able to send the card internationally. In that case, you could try to have a parent pick up the card and then mail it to you, or have the bank mail the card to a parent who can then mail it on to you. Ask your parent to send you a picture of the new card before you send it. If you are going to apply for your visa before you receive the new card, then at least you’ll have the picture of the card and can explain that the card was lost/stolen but you will receive the new card soon. If you don’t have the new card or a picture of it when you’re applying for your visa, it’s not ideal, but make sure to bring a different debit card and explain that your old card was lost/stolen. Offer to send in a picture of the new card once you receive it.