Visas and Embassies

Visa Not Required

Citizens of the European Union (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Switzerland may stay temporarily in the Czech Republic without any permit, just only with passport or any other photo ID.

Citizens of the following countries are allowed to stay up to 90 days without visa: Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Chile, Croatia, Israel, Japan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Salvador, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, United States of America, Uruguay, Vatican and Venezuela.

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Visa Required

Other foreign visitors are required to have visa. No visa can be obtained at the border or at the airports. The maximum length of any individual stay in the Czech Republic based on a visa is 90 days. The visa may be used at any time within 6 months from the date of issue. For more information contact the nearest Czech Diplomatic Mission (Czech Embassy or Consulate).

Czech Republic is part of Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland). Holder of visa from any Schengen State is allowed to stay in any other Schengen State up to 90 days.

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Czech Diplomatic Missions Abroad

To get a visa and any useful information good for your travel trip or for making business in the Czech Republic, contact the nearest Czech Diplomatic Mission. Find the nearest one at Department of Foreign Affairs web pages. You can also search our old database of 264 Czech Diplomatic Missions (not updated since 2003).

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Foreign Diplomatic Missions in the Czech Republic

Also your country Diplomatic Mission can help you to find some useful information good for your pleasure trip or making business in the Czech Republic. Find one at Department of Foreign Affairs web pages. You can also search our old database of 172 Foreign Diplomatic Missions (not updated since 2003).

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The Customs Export Policy

You are allowed to export from the Czech Republic without any permission articles of noncommercial nature, i.e., articles that are, as to their kind and quantity, imported exclusively to meet the personal needs of these persons and members of their families or which are to be given as presents. The value of the exported articles is not limited.

If the exported articles are subject to legal regulations, such as veterinary regulations, regulations concerning protection of cultural values, museum and gallery pieces, health and environmental protection, security, etc., the customs officers will require export permission pursuant to these regulations.

Be careful when you buy antique or museum quality art. You will probably have a trouble with the customs on the way out. In general, everything made before 1920 may be non-exportable.

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The Customs Import Policy

Import of gifts is permitted without duty and VAT (Value Added Tax) if the value do not exceed € 430 ($567) for travelling by air or € 300 ($396) for travelling surface.

Duty free limit for sending gifts by post or courier is only € 150 ($198) and tax free limit for sending by post or courier is only € 22 ($29). Both limits are aplied even for parcels from Amazon, so be careful if sending gifts to your Czech friend. He/she will pay duty 20% plus VAT 20% plus another 200 Kc ($12) fee to the Czech Post who is only authorised to proceed with The Customs.

When importing tobacco products and alcoholic beverages, duty free import is limited to 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco or reasonable combination of the above. When importing alcoholic beverages, duty free import is limited to 1 liter of liquor or 2 liters of wine. When importing perfume, duty free import is limited to 50 grams of perfume or 0.25 liters of eau de toilette.

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Disclaimer

Visa and the customs policy above was updated in April 2012 but may change fast. Find more detailed and up to date (but often not easy readable) visa and the customs information at Department of Foreign Affairs and The Customs web pages.

Department of Consular Policy of the Department of Foreign Affairs can be also reached by phones 224-181-111, 224-182-481 or by email.

The Customs can be reached by phone 261-331-919 (Mo, We 8:00-17:00; Tu, Th, Fr 9:00-14:00) or by email.

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