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Information for holders of British passports

VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR HOLDERS OF ALL TYPES OF BRITISH TRAVEL DOCUMENT

I.

British citizens holding a full British Passport do not need a visa to travel to the Czech Republic

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II.

Persons holding

  • British Overseas Territories Citizen passports,
  • British Overseas Citizen passports,
  • British Subject passports or
  • British Protected Person passports

REQUIRE A VISA to enter the Czech Republic!

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EXEMPTION FROM THE ABOVE ARRANGEMENT:

Persons holding

  • British Overseas Territories Citizens passports or
  • British Subject passports

REQUIRE A VISA to enter the Czech Republic UNLESS they have the right of abode in the UK or they are entitled to readmission to the UK (i.e. in their passports is written either "HOLDER HAS THE RIGHT OF ABODE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM" or "HOLDER IS ENTITLED TO READMISSION TO THE UNITED KINGDOM").

The passport has to be valid for the entire duration of stay in the Czech Republic.

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III.

*Holders of British Travel Document /blue one/ issued under the 1951 Geneva Convention, holders of British Travel Document /red one/ issued under the 1954 UN Convention and holders of British Certificate of Identity /brown one/ require a visa for tourism and business trips. They can apply only for a national Czech Visa and have to apply IN PERSON.

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Holders of British Travel Document of any other color please contact the Embassy of the Czech Republic, Visa Section 020 7243 1115, Monday-Friday between 2pm - 3pm.

*If you already have a British Travel Document /blue one/ issued under the 1951 Geneva Convention, it may say on page 30 that you do not need a visa for visits of three months or less to a number of listed countries. Czech Republic might be listed.

Nevertheless the UK had in 2003 denounced the Council of Europe Agreement on the abolition of visas for refugees (1959) and since then Czech Republic does not allow holders of this travel document to enter Czech Republic without a visa. However, UK continues to issue this travel documents with a text indicating that applicants may enter Czech Republic without holding a visa which is not true.

For more information see http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/while-in-uk/travel-abroad/traveldocuments/convention/. The UK Border Agency informs on its website as follows:

"When you have obtained your convention travel document, you may also need to obtain a visa before you enter some countries. Before making any travel arrangements, you should ask at the embassy of the country or countries you wish to travel to.

If you already have a convention travel document, it may say on page 30 that you do not need a visa for visits of three months or less to a number of listed countries. As the list of countries changes from time to time, you should ask at the embassy of the country or countries you wish to travel to before making any travel arrangements."