The Czech Republic is considered as one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe. However, a visit to this great nation has a price; all your travel documents have to be ready. Have you enquired about all the essential visa and passport requirements from your travel agent? If not, the following information will help you take care of all your travel arrangements.
Visa Information: When Visas ARE NOT required
For starters, the Czech Republic is a constituent member of the European Union. In view of their EU status, citizens of constituent member nations do not require visas to visit Czechia. If you come from the EU, all you need is a valid passport and/or ID Card. Additionally, the country is a part of the Schengen Area, which comprises of 26 countries. Schengen countries resolved to abolish border controls along their mutual borders. Therefore, in case you come from any of the countries that fall under this agreement, then you can freely walk in into Prague without any restrictions.
What might be of interest to you is that visas are not applicable for short stays that do not exceed 90 days. This applies to all EU countries, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. UK citizens also qualify for this visa exemption despite opting to exit the European Union.
Other countries that qualify for a visa-free stay not exceeding 90 days include:
Albania, Andorra,Serbia, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica,Monaco, Croatia, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Macedonia, Macao, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Christopher & Nevis, Salvador, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Mauritius, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, USA, Uruguay, Vatican, Venezuela.
However, some countries such as Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Canada, Hong Kong, Macedonia, Macao, Montenegro, Serbia and Taiwan may require special permits, as some restrictions may apply in various situations.
Holders of a permanent or long-term residence permit from another Schengen state do qualify for a visa-free entry into the Czech Republic, as long as the stay does not exceed 90 days. Visitors who arrive into Czechia with a Schengen visa from another country do not need to reapply for another visa. However, under this circumstance, you must ensure that your visa was not issued by a country that has limited territorial validity.
If you are an EU citizen then your family members automatically qualify for a visa-free entry. Do not worry if any of your family members does not have EU citizenship. He or she may still gain entry if they hold a temporary or permanent residence permit from any of the EU constituent members.
Students who are not EU citizens, but reside in another EU member state may gain visa-free entry into the Czech Republic. This applies when they are on transit or during a school trip. However, all their details must be included in the list of students seeking entry into Czech. The students must be accompanied by a teacher of the issuing school.
When Visas ARE required
Visitors coming from countries not listed above require visas to gain entry into Czechia. You need to apply for a Schengen visa for you to gain entry into the country. However, this visa is only valid for 90 days, upon which you need to apply for a renewal in case you need to stay longer. A Schengen visa is issued for a single entry, two entries or multiple entries. You may also use this visa to gain entry into other Schengen states.
It is important to note that visas are not issued at border crossings, neither are they available at any of Czech’s international airports. Traveling without a visa when you actually need one may land you in trouble. It is therefore important that you make all the necessary visa applications before booking your next flight to Czechia. Application forms are always available online, as well as at the respective embassies. If you are having trouble accessing visa application forms, consider asking your travel agent for assistance.
EU nationals including UK citizens should have a valid passport to gain entry to the Czech Republic. The passport must remain valid for the duration of your stay until you leave the country. Other nationals should also have a valid passport that must not expire 90 days after departing the country.