Visa & Passport 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).
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, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina,
Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia & Herzegovina*, Brazil, Brunei, Canada*, Chile,
Costa Rica, Croatia, Guatemala, Honduras,
Hong Kong*, Israel, Japan, Macedonia*, Macao*, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro*, New
Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Christopher & Nevis, Salvador, San Marino, Serbia*, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan*, Trinidad and Tobago, USA, Uruguay, Vatican, Venezuela.
*some restrictions apply.
Visas are also NOT required in the following circumstances:
(a) Schengen (short-stay) visa: where travellers arrive with a Schengen (short-stay) visa, either directly into the Czech Republic or via another Schengen area country, no further visa is required. This rule applies provided the Schengen (short-stay) 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 an EU citizen: 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.
More information on travellers not requiring a visa is available here:
visit the Czech Republic without a visa.
|Visas ARE required by visitors not covered by the above:|
Where a visa is required to visit Prague, 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 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.
More information on visitors that require a visa is available here:
visit the Czech Republic with a visa.
Further information on visas:
The information on this page has been compiled (and we endeavour to keep it up to date), based on our understanding of current visa requirements. But we can offer no further advice (because we simply do not know any more).
It is a complicated area and rule changes do occur. If you are in any doubt about your visa requirements, we recommend you contact the Czech embassy in your country:
-Czech Embassies Worldwide
-Czech Embassy in London
-Foreign Embassies in Prague.
Passport Information for tourists visiting Prague
Passport requirements to enter the Czech Republic:
|EU and UK nationals: a passport valid for the length of your visit
is required (your passport must not expire before you
leave the Czech Republic).|
UK (post-Brexit) nationals:
-if the UK leaves the EU with a deal, the rules are likely to remain the same.
-if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the rules may change (Brexit is on 31 January 2020).
To prepare for all Brexit eventualities, UK nationals should simply ensure their passport is valid for at least 6 months after the date of their departure from the Czech Republic. This is the maximum requirement authorities will introduce, there is nothing more UK nationals need to 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 on passport requirements is available from the Czech embassy in your home country (see above).|