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If you are thinking about travelling to the Czech Republic, you may need to apply for a visa prior to your travels. Or you may not. Find out more in this article.

Located in Central Europe, the Czech Republic is becoming a popular travel destination thanks to its expansive natural parks, beautiful architecture, delicious food, and hospitable people. Paired with a lower cost of living (compared to other European countries), these also make the country a favoured spot among expats.

If you are planning a visit to the country or even considering a move, take the time to check on the related travel conditions and entry requirements beforehand. Note that these generally vary according to your country of residence.

Conditions

EU nationals

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

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

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.

Citizens of some countries (like, for instance, the USA, Canada or Mexico) do not require a visa to visit the Czech Republic — for a stay limited to 90 days. Others may need to apply for a visa prior to travelling to the country. In any case, it is always better to inquire at the local Czech Consulate or Embassy about the visa requirements for your country.

At the border

As the Czech Republic is part of the Schengen area, border checks are only performed at international airports. Immigration authorities will typically check your identity and travel documents. However, minors under 15 are exempt from this formality when travelling with an adult. In some cases, a booked return ticket may also be requested.

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
Police of the Czech Republic – Department of Foreign Affairs

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