Important information for travelers
Persons older than 15 years of age must travel with their own travel document. Exception is given to spouses travelling on the basis of a family passport, however, the family passport must contain a photograph of each person registered in it.
Children below 15 years of age travelling unaccompanied must possess their own travel document with a photograph corresponding to their current appearance.
The travel document must be valid at least 90 days after the intended departure from the Czech Republic/Schengen area.
You are obliged to present a travel document, which allows you to return to the state:
- whose citizen you are;
- that has issued the travel document (this applies e.g. to stateless persons);
- where you hold a residence permit.
The travel medical insurance must confirm to the following requirements for short stay in the Schengen area (stay up to 90 days):
- coverage of costs incurred as a result of medical repatriation, emergency medical and hospital treatment, or death;
- coverage of up to the amount of at least 30,000 EUR(45,000 USD);
- cover the entire period of your stay in the Schengen area;
- cover the entire territory of the Schengen area.
For long stay (over 90 days) please go to the website of MFA
Temporary Stay in the Czech Republic/Schengen Area without Visa
Persons belonging to one of the following categories may stay temporarily in the Czech Republic/Schengen area without a visa:
- citizens of the EU, Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein, and Switzerland – see chapter "Stay of citizens of the EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland in the Czech Republic";
- citizens/holders of travel documents of a state, with which there exists a visa-free regime agreement;
- holders of long-term visa "D" issued by any Schengen state - this visa contains a function of a Schengen (short-term) visa;
- holders of a long-term or permanent residence permit in another Schengen state and the stay in the Czech Republic does not exceed 90 days (3 months);
- pupils who are not a citizens of an EU Member State but who resides in another EU Member State and travels on a school trip within the EU as a member of a group of pupils accompanied by a teacher, and is included in the list of pupils issued by the school on a unified form, which includes identity of the pupils, the purpose and length of stay or transit;
- family members of EU citizens who is not an EU citizen himself/herself and holds a temporary or permanent residence permit in the territory of another EU Member State, and the stay in the territory of the Czech Republic does not exceed 90 days (3 months);
- holders of a permanent residence permit with granted legal status of a European Community resident in the territory of another EU Member State and the stay in the Czech Republic does not exceed 90 days (3 months) - (Please note: This exception applies to certain types of permits only. It is recommened to check before the trip, if you are a holder of the type of permit, to which this provision applies.);
- family members of EU citizen whose visa for a short-stay up to 90 days or transit visa has expired, provided he/she stays in the Czech Republic with an EU citizen and the period of staydoes not exceed 90 days (3 months).
Natural persons entering or leaving the territory of the European Communities (EC) are required to notify the customs office in writing about imports and exports of payment instruments denominated in the Czech or foreign currencies, travellers’ cheques, money orders exchangeable for cash, bearer securities or instruments to order, or any other investment instruments in the total value of EUR10,000 or higher, and/or high-value commodities, including without limitation, precious metals or precious stones, in the total value in excess of EUR 10,000.
Cash Amounts Notification Form (CZ/EN) (CZ/AJ),
Instruction for completion (CZ), (EN), (RU).
The forms can be obtained from the EU points of entry and departure (in the Czech Republic, the customs offices at international airports).
Registration at the local Immigration Police Department upon arrival
Visa holder and a third-country national is obliged to report the place of his/her stay in the Czech Republic within 3 business days of his/her arrival in the Czech Republic to the relevant Foreign Police Office according to his/her place of stay.
This obligation doesn´t apply to a foreign national under the age of 15, aliens registered by an accommodation provider (for example hotel), staff of diplomatic missions or international organizations accredied in the Czech Republic, their family members or aliens whose accommodation is provided by the Ministry of the Interior.
Visa expiration/visa extention
- A foreign national is obliged to leave the territory of the Czech Republic on the last day of visa validity at the latest.
- By not meeting this obligation, a foreign national is committing a minor offence stipulated by § 157 par. 1, letter m, of the Alien Act, for which a fine up to CZK 5,000 may be imposed.
- A foreign national is entitled to apply for the extension of his/her stay on the territory of the Czech Republic on a visa or extension of his/her visa validity not earlier than 90 days and no later than 14 days (in the case of short-stay visas not earlier than 30 days and no later than 3 days) prior to the expiration of the permitted stay on the territory or expiration of visa validity.
For more information please go to the website of Ministry of Interior www.mvcr.cz
Information Booklet for Foreign Nationals please go to the website www.cizinci.cz
FAQ: Please go to the website of Ministry of Interior www.mvcr.cz