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Czech Republic

Capital City: Prague
Official language: Czech
Currency: Czech koruna (CZK)
Population: 10.7 million inhabitants
EU member state since: 1st of May, 2004

As a Schengen member nation, the Czech Republic is surrounded by other European countries that are easy to visit for a day trip or longer.

ETIAS eligible travellers can do so with a valid passport and approved ETIAS from November 2023 and just with their passport until then. Third-country nationals from non-eligible countries will need a Schengen visa, as detailed above. EU passport holders can circulate freely between neighbouring countries just with their national ID.

Many visitors take the train while others prefer a quick flight or a road trip.

Some popular European destinations that are easily accessible from the Czech Republic include:

  • Budapest in Hungary —with its relaxing thermal baths and spas
  • Vienna in Austria —with its museums and breathtaking baroque Schönbruun Palace
  • Dresden in Germany —with its Frauenkirche, an architectural gem turned into an art museum
  • Wroclaw in Poland —with its astronomical clock and panoramic views
Travellers visiting the Czech Republic will need a visa —or not— depending on the following factors:

  • The traveller’s nationality
  • The intended duration of the trip
  • The purpose of the visit

Travellers from ETIAS eligible countries may stay in the Czech Republic for up to 90 days visa-free. From late 2023, they will need a valid ETIAS to enter the country without a visa.

The ETIAS for the Czech Republic allows holders to visit all Schengen nations for business activities such as attending a convention, summit, signing a contract, and more.

Nevertheless, travellers who need to spend more than 90 days within a 180-day period in the Czech Republic or seek employment there will need to request a work visa from an embassy or consulate.

Similarly, the ETIAS allows holders to take part in leisure and tourism activities including short workshops, conferences or summer courses while vacationing in the Czech Republic for up to 90 days.

However, those intending to enrol in a university in the Czech Republic to obtain a degree will need to apply for a student visa instead. This can be done in person at a Czech Embassy or consulate and requires additional documentation.

EU passport holders do not need a visa to visit the Czech Republic.

The documentation a traveller needs when visiting the Czech Republic depends largely on their nationality.

Travellers from countries with visa waiver agreements with the European Union can enter the Czech Republic and the rest of the Schengen Area with a valid passport.

Starting in 2023 there will be a new entry requirement for people from visa waiver countries who wish to visit the Czech Republic. Travellers will be asked to register online for an ETIAS travel authorisation before their trip.

The ETIAS, once approved, can be accessed by border authorities when they scan the traveller’s machine-readable passport upon arrival.

Citizens from other third countries need a Schengen visa as well as their passport to enter the Czech Republic.

EU passport holders just need their national identification document when visiting other EU member nations.