From the Schengen Area: no visa required.
From outside the Schengen Area, you should verify if you will receive a ‘visa on arrival’ or if you must apply before arriving.
Businessmen and Businesswomen:
If traveling for less than 90 days, follow the above information.
Short term visa: if you will be studying for less than 6 months (apply at a Czech embassy)
Long term visa: if you are studying for more than 6 months. (apply at a Czech embassy)
Moving to the Czech Republic to work? You will need to apply for a long term visa for the purpose of work. This must be done at a Czech embassy before arrival.
Which countries are in the Schengen Area?
The 26 Schengen Area countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
What visa do I need if I am traveling for vacation or holiday to the Czech Republic?
If you are from a country within the Schengen Area, you do not need a visa to travel to Czech Republic.
If you are from outside the Schengen Area, you should verify if you will receive a ‘visa on arrival’ or if you must apply before arriving.
What is a ‘Visa on Arrival’?
A ‘visa on arrival’ is a visa issued in the airport or at the border crossing of a country at the time that you arrive. This means that you do not need to apply beforehand for this visa if you qualify according to your country of origin. The visa on arrival for the Schengen Area is typically valid for 90 days when you touch down in any Schengen Area country. If you are staying longer than 90 days you will need to apply for a long-term visa in the country of your stay.
What visa do I need if I’m traveling for work to the Czech Republic?
If you are traveling to the Czech Republic for work purposes, such as a business conference or meeting and will be here less than 90 days, then you do not need to apply for the long term visa. But be sure to verify if you need a Schengen Visa before arrival.
What visa do I need if I want to study in the Czech Republic?
If you are traveling for purposes of studies to the Czech Republic and will be here for more than 90 days, you will need to apply for either a short term visa for purposes of study (less than 6 months) or a long term visa for purposes of study (more than 6 months) before you arrive.
What visa do I need if I want to come live and work in the Czech Republic?
If your intentions are to come live and work full time in the Czech Republic, you will need to apply for a long term visa for the purpose of work. This must be done at a Czech embassy before arrival.
Important Note: Prague is located in the Schengen Zone, which is a free-travel zone within the European Union. It includes 26 countries in total. Depending on where you are coming from, you might need to secure a visa for the Schengen Zone before visiting the Czech Republic. Please be sure to consider this fact before making plans to visit Prague so that you do not experience any problems upon arrival. Also be be aware that the Czech Republic uses the Czech Korona (czk) rather than the euro since we are not in the eurozone. We look forward to your visit!