|Maximum length of stay under a visa waiver|
|– As a signatory state to the Schengen Agreement, non-EU/EFTA nationals who are exempt from the visa requirement can generally only stay in the entire Schengen area (including the Czech Republic) for a maximum of 90 days out of a total of 180 days.|
– However, for nationals of non-EU/EFTA countries whose country or territory of origin had concluded a bilateral visa waiver agreement with the Czech Republic before the Czech Republic fully implemented the Schengen acquis, the maximum period of stay for visa waiver provided for in the bilateral agreement continues to apply and not the Schengen rules. This means that these non-EU/EFTA citizens can stay in the Czech Republic for up to 90 days without a visa and are not limited by the Schengen limit of 90 days within a period of 180 days.
– Citizens of third countries or EFTA countries whose country or territory of origin had a bilateral visa waiver agreement with the Czech Republic prior to EU accession are : Andorra, Argentina, Brazil, Brunei, Costa Rica, Chile, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong SAR, Israel, Japan, Macao SAR, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Uruguay, Vatican and Venezuela – but not Australia, Canada or the United States.
You can find more information on these bilateral visa waiver agreements on this website of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic (under the heading “Conditions for a short stay”) and in this article.
The Czech Republic is a member of the Schengen Agreement.
- There are normally no border controls between the countries that have signed and implemented the treaty. This includes most countries of the European Union and a few other countries.
- Before boarding an international flight or ship, there is usually an identity check. Sometimes there are temporary checks at land borders.
- Similarly, a visa issued for a member of the Schengen area is valid in all other countries that have signed and implemented the treaty.
- For more information on how the system works, the member countries and the requirements for your nationality, see Travelling in the Schengen area.
Requirements for the travel document
For citizens of the EU, EEA and Switzerland, passports and national identity cards must be valid only for the duration of stay in the Czech Republic.
For all other nationals, passports/travel documents must be valid for at least 90 days beyond the intended stay in the Czech Republic/Schengen territory.
Foreign nationals whose stay in the Czech Republic exceeds 30 days are obliged to register with the Aliens and Border Police within 30 days of their arrival in the Czech Republic. If you are staying in a hotel or similar establishment, the accommodation provider must carry out this registration for you.
Children who are registered in their parents’ passport may travel with their parents up to the age of 15. Once the child reaches the age of 15, a separate passport is required.
On this page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic you can find more information about what is a valid and acceptable travel document for entering the Czech Republic.