When considering travel to the Czech Republic, travelers will need to be sure that their passport and any documents or visas are in order. Everyone will be required to have a valid passport in their possession (or an identity card for a citizen if the EU) in order to enter the Czech Republic. However, citizens of either EU or EEA countries are not required to have a visa for their visit. Any citizen of Australia, Israel, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, New Zealand or the United States of America can visit the Czech Republic and stay up to 90 days without needing a visa. Citizens of any other countries will need to obtain a visa in order to enter the country.
Be sure advanced preparations include acquiring any necessary visa as they are not available from any of the border crossings or at Ruzyne, the airport in Prague. If you are required to have a visa and you do not have one, you will be denied entry if you arrive without one. Because visa regulations are subject to change on occasion, it is a good idea to check online or with one of the websites for a Czech embassy or consulate close to you. The Czech Republic is part of the area known as Schengen, which means that once a traveler enters any of the countries in this zone, which covers almost all of Europe, they will not have to show their passport at each individual country’s border. A traveler is still required to have a valid passport and occasional spot checks can occur.
The Ruzyne airport is approximately 12 miles northwest of Prague’s city center and there are many direct flights from almost every major European city. If traveling by train, Hlavní Nádraí is the largest and busiest train station in Prague. There are other rail stations throughout the city of Prague, including Holesovice Station, Smíchov Station and Masarykovo nádraí.
Prague is a beautiful city for even the most experienced traveler to experience. It is the capital of the Czech and was originally comprised of five separate towns and divided by the Vltava River, sometimes known by its German name of Moldau. The Prague Castle is by far the most popular sightseeing destination in the city. It is the world’s largest ancient castle and was built by Prince Prince Boivoj during the 9th century. The castle contains a mixture of different styles as rulers added their own additions; it has also had four large reconstructions. The castle contains three courtyards and continues to be the seat of Czech rulers and an official residence.
When planning any travel – the city of Prague should be at the top of your must see cities during your Czech travel itinerary.