Passport & Visa Information for Visitors to Prague, Czech Republic
The Czech Republic (Czechia) is a member of the European Union (EU) and the Schengen area, therefore most tourist visitors do not require a visa to visit Prague, just a valid passport (or ID card for EU citizens).
Passport Information for tourists visiting Prague
Passport requirements to enter the Czech Republic:
|EU nationals: A passport valid for the length of your visit is required (your passport must not expire before you leave the Czech Republic).
UK nationals in 2020: A passport valid for the length of your visit
is required (your passport must not expire before you
leave the Czech Republic).
UK nationals from 2021
(after the Brexit implementation period):
While details have not yet been finalised, to prepare for all eventualities UK nationals should ensure their passport is valid for at least 180 days after their departure from the Czech Republic. There is nothing more UK nationals need do (whatever the outcome of Brexit, UK nationals will not require a visa).
Other nationals: A passport valid for at least 90 days after your departure from the Czech Republic is required.
Further information is available from the Czech embassy in your home country (see the links to Czech embassies below).
Visa Information for tourists visiting Prague
Visas ARE NOT required for stays up to 90 days by citizens of:
|(a) EU countries, UK (pre- and post-Brexit), Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland;
(b) Albania*, Andorra, Argentina,
Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia & Herzegovina*, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China**,
Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, East Timor, Georgia*, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras,
Hong Kong**, Israel, Japan, Macao**, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro*, New
Zealand, Nicaragua, North Macedonia*, Panama, Paraguay, Salvador, San Marino, Serbia*, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan**, Trinidad and Tobago, USA, Ukraine*, Uruguay, Vatican, Venezuela.
*visa-free only with biometric passports.
**some restrictions apply.
Visas ARE NOT required also in the following circumstances:
(a) Schengen (short-stay) visa: where travellers arrive with a Schengen visa, either directly into the Czech Republic or via another Schengen area country, no further visa is required. This rule applies provided the Schengen visa was not issued by another EU country with a status of limited territorial validity; such visas are only issued in exceptional circumstances.
(b) Family members of EU citizens: if a family member of an EU citizen who is not an EU citizen himself/herself holds a temporary or permanent residence permit in another EU country, he/she does not require a visa.
Visas ARE required by visitors not covered by the above:
Where a visa is required, visitors will need to apply for a Schengen (short-term) visa (for a stay of up to 90 days). But note the following:
(a) Visas must be applied for in advance of travel. Visas are not available at border crossings or at Prague Airport. If you require a visa and arrive without one, you will be refused entry to the Czech Republic.
(b) Travellers with a visa must register with the police within 3 working days of arrival.
Further information and how to apply for a visa:
More information and the application form for a visa is available here:
visit the Czech Republic with or without a visa.
If you are in any doubt about visa requirements, we recommend you contact the Czech embassy in your home country:
-Czech Embassies Worldwide
-Czech Embassy in London
-Foreign Embassies in Prague.
The information on this page has been compiled, and we endeavour to keep it up to date, based on our current understanding of visa requirements. We can offer no further advice (because we simply do not know any more).