List of countries whose citizens do not need a visa to enter the Czech Republic
Schengen Visas. Czechia is a Schengen country, so the Schengen visa scheme applies (for a short stay).
Long-term stay in the Czech Republic
EU citizens. EU citizens have absolutely the same rights in any EU country as local residents. From August 2, 2021, EU citizens residing in the Czech Republic are issued not a confirmation of a residence permit (Czech. Potvrzení o přechodném pobytu), but a certificate of registration (Czech. Osvědčení o registraci). As before, this is a document without biometric data with a validity period of 10 years. Previously issued confirmations continue to be valid until the date originally indicated on them.
Obtaining the above—mentioned residence permit is not mandatory – it is a right, not an obligation of an EU citizen. But still, it can be useful to make a residence permit at the place of your stay if you want to confirm your residence experience in the future and get Czech permanent residence or citizenship.
For UK citizens. Adoption of a package of amendments to Law 326/1999 Sb. It was caused by Brexit and the subsequent change in the status of British citizens in the EU. For British citizens, the new amendments introduce only their separate instructions from EU citizens, and also require them to obtain a new residence permit card, already with biometric data. Since all citizens of third countries in the Czech Republic (including the UK) are required to have documents of the Ministry of Internal Affairs with biometric data.
Citizens of non-EU countries. For citizens of non-EU countries, a visa or residence permit will be required for a long-term stay in the Czech Republic for more than 90 days.
Visitors who don’t have a residence permit in the Czech Republic must register their accommodation address in the Czech Republic with the nearest foreign police department within 3 working days of arriving unless you are staying in a hotel, which will do the registration on behalf of you. EU nationals are obliged to register their accommodation address within 30 days of arriving.
Entry with pets
When bringing a pet from another EU country, the animal must have a microchip or tattoo, an EU pet passport and a valid rabies vaccination certificate (the vaccination must have taken place at least 21 days prior to travel). Animals from outside the EU must also have an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit microchip. Depending on whether your pet is from a high-rabies country or a rabies-controlled country, your pet either has to be vaccinated first or microchipped first. For pets from high-rabies countries, a rabies titer test also has to be administered 30 days after the vaccination. A veterinary certificate issued by an authorised veterinarian is also required when entering Czechia with a pet from outside of the EU.
From 2023, all visitors who currently do not need a visa to visit the Schengen countries will need to apply for ETIAS travel authorisation. For more information, follow the link to the article Applying for ETIAS.
This page reflects our understanding of current rules for the most common types of travel to the said country. However, please note that each authority sets and forces entry rules, hence we strongly recommend that you verify critical information with the relevant embassy before travel.
Embassy of the Czech Republic in the UK
- Telephone: (020) 7243 7908; (020) 7243 7915 (visa section); 09065 540 727
- (24-hour fully automated visa service).
- Website: http://www.mzv.cz/london/en
- Address: 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London, W8 4QY,
Opening times: Mon-Thurs 1400-1600 (visa phone queries); Mon-Fri 0900-1200 (visa applications, by appointment); Mon-Thurs 1400-1500 (visa collections).
Embassy of the Czech Republic in the USA
- Telephone: +1 202 274 9100.
- Website: http://www.mzv.cz/washington
- Address: NW, 3900 Spring of Freedom Street, Washington, DC, 20008,
Opening times: Mon-Thurs 0800-1700, Fri 0800-1430; Mon-Fri 0830-1130 (consular and visa section).
Please check with the consulate directly for the appropriate procedures.
Visa-free regime applies only to short-term non-profit stays
States whose citizens are exempt from the visa requirement for travel to the Schengen Area – based on Regulation (EU) 2018/1806:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina *
Saint Christopher Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
United Arab Emirates
Trinidad and Tobago
Laissez-Passer* for biometric passports only
Long-term visas are issued for a maximum length of 1 year and are valid for stay in the Czech Republic only. Holders of a valid long-term visa can stay for up to 90 days within any 180 days in other countries of the Schengen area. The Consulate strongly recommends that the applicants do not travel to the Czech Republic without a valid visa.