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Traveling to the Czech Republic

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If you are planning to travel to the Czech Republic, it is best to inquire on relating conditions beforehand. Below is an overview.

Located in Central Europe, the Czech Republic is rather open towards expatriates. If you are planning to move there, whether for a long or short stay, take the time to inquire on relating travel conditions and entry requirements beforehand. These generally vary according to different nationalities.

Conditions

EU nationals

Nationals of the European Union, as well as their family (spouse, children, parents and grand parents), do not need a visa to travel to the Czech Republic. They only have to produce their identity documents such as valid passport or national identity card.

Others

Foreign nationals coming from Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein can also travel to the Czech Republic with their identity card or passport if they intend to make a short stay, that is a maximum of three months stay. Beyond this period, they will have to request a visa from the National Police Department.

 Good to know:

European nationals may also request for resident permits as well as permanent residents permits. Find more information in the article Visas for the Czech Republic.

At the borders

As the Czech Republic is part of the Schengen area and surrounded by similar countries, border checks are only performed at international airports. In fact, immigration authorities will check your your identity and travel documents. However, less than 15 years old minors are exempt from this formality, especially if they are attached to an adult's passport.

On your arrival

European, Irish, Norwegian, Swiss and Liechtenstein nationals, as well as their family members, have to register at the Foreign Affairs Department of the nearest police department to their place of residence beyond 30 days. Foreign nationals coming from other countries, on the other hand, have to register within 3 days following their arrival into the country.

 Important:

You are required to notify the Ministry of Interior regarding any changes in your civil status following your registration.

 Useful links:

Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic www.mvcr.cz
Police of the Czech Republic – Department of Foreign Affairs www.policie.cz

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