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travelling to the Czech Republic

information for tourists

Czech Republic is a modern and dynamic destination with a rich history and unique natural beauty.
U.S. tourists may find most important information in English on the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs website or on the website of the CzechTourism agency.

entry regulations for U.S. citizens

U.S. citizens are not required to have a Schengen visa for a stay which does not exceed 90 days (within a period of 180 days) under the condition that the stay is not profitable. Under these conditions, U.S. citizens are allowed to travel to the Schengen territory (including the Czech Republic) without a visa.

Czech Immigration Authorities may require travelers to show proof of sufficient finances to cover the cost of a traveler’s stay. You must also carry proof of a valid travel medical insurance policy contracted for payment of all costs for hospitalization and medical treatment while in the Czech Republic.

customs regulations

Information regarding customs regulations, such as quantity limits for importing non-commercial goods, financial values etc., can be found in English on the website of the Customs Administration of the Czech Republic.

travelling with pets

Information regarding travelling with pets to the Czech Republic can be found in English on the website of the State Veterinary Administration of the Czech Republic.

travelling with medication

Always carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. 
Carry quantities of medication according to the length of your stay so that it's considered to be for personal use only.
In case you are asked by a customs officer at the border whether you have anything to declare, you should declare the medications and present your doctor’s prescription to avoid any misunderstandings.

tax free shopping

Foreign tourists in the Czech Republic are entitled to a VAT refund on purchases that they take out of the country. In order to take advantage of this service, follow the information on the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Please, note that neither a person who is a Czech citizen nor a person who is residing in the Czech Republic may apply for a VAT refund.
Neither the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles nor the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C. may validate the VAT refund forms or refund VAT.