ETIAS - Traveling to Czech Republic

U.S. citizens can travel to Czech Republic using an ETIAS visa waiver

Czech Republic

Country of Czech Republic

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U.S. Embassy Czech Republic

Emergency Czech Republic Telephone Numbers

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An Overview

The Czech Republic (also known as Czechia) is an ancient country nestled in central Europe; a place known for its lush hilly landscape, fascinating cities, warm people, and temperate climate. Formerly Czechoslovakia it existed as a one-party communist state for almost 40 years after WWII ended. The country was occupied as such until the Velvet Revolution, which peacefully ended its communist rule in 1989. In 1993, Czechoslovakia dissolved and morphed into the independent states of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The Czech Republic has a population of over 10 million people and has become a major and beloved tourist destination in Europe welcoming over 20 million visitors each year with over 500,000 coming from the United States. The country is full of historical sites and many have been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites. Castles, medieval ruins, ancient cities; Czechia offers an introspective look at the past through the lens of the present.

Bohemian Paradise was the Czech Republic’s first nature reserve with castle ruins and an underground lake. Czechia is renowned for having more castles than anywhere in Europe; more than 2000 are peppered throughout the country. Visitors can immerse in the country’s culture visiting the capitol city of Prague situated in the north west of the country along the Vitava River. The Czech Republic has a long tradition of beer brewing dating back more than a thousand years. There is wonderful a two-day brew festival every year in Prague. Na zdravi! The Czech Republic has many hidden treasures and a cultural background that is rife in history and European tradition.

The Czech Republic joined the European Union in 2004 and became a member of the Schengen Agreement in 2007. The Electronic System for Travel Authorization, ETIAS, is coming in 2021. With authorization for the ETIAS Visa Waiver Program for visa-free travel with a generous 90-day limit, per trip, The Czech Republic along with dozens of Schengen Area countries, your visions of dreamy Prague are closer than ever.

Primary Languages: Czech, then English, German, Slovak, Russian, Polish.

Where to Go

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    The Cities and Villages

    Prague, the capital city, attracts over 8 million visitors a year and is admired for the beauty of its well-preserved old town with romantic narrow pathways and an amazing variety of architectural styles. It is a European rarity in that the city sustained little damage from WWII bombings. The incredible medieval architecture is part of its boundless of charm. The ‘City of 1000 spires’ is best savored slowly and walking is a delightful way to take it in. Franz Kafka, a well-known novelist was born in Prague and you can follow his trail around the Prague Museum. Or, for a breathtaking panoramic view of the city’s 300 bridges Letna Park will fit the bill. The Vltava River wanders through the city and crossing a bridge is more than just the way to get to the other side. Named after King Charles IV, The Charles Bridge (named for King Charles IV, the first King of Bohemia to become Holy Roman Emperor) is arguably the most famous of them all and rightfully so; its romantic lanterns cast a glow upon the stone pathway. So lovely is the bridge it was become a place for marriage proposals. Be prepared to swoon.

     

    For showstopping cuisine Prague has two Michelin star-rated restaurants– the prix fixe La Degustation and Field, hailed for sustainable gastronomy which offers both a la carte and 10-course dinners and wine pairings. Countless excellent eateries both casual and formal fill this small city, so the bigger decision will be, where to indulge first. 

     

    Kutná Hora is one of the most visited destinations in the country. It is renowned for its splendid architecture and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Kutna Horá is famous for its silver mines and visitors can tour the Czech Museum of Silver in Hrádek. Medieval Churches, a monastery, and the Cathedral of St. Barbara are among the landmarks here.  Český Krumlov is a fairytale city that attracts many visitors, but this should not come as a surprise once you have arrived. This little town in the South Bohemian region is one of the best-preserved mediaeval cities in all of Europe.

     

    The red rooftops, colorful houses, and dramatic castle views along with picturesque river panoramas make it an amazing destination that will stay in the hearts of all those that are lucky enough to have paid it a visit. It is also famous for the artwork of the Austrian painter Egon Schiele.

     

    Bohemian Switzerland, also call Czech Switzerland,  is named for its resemblance to a beautiful Swiss landscape. It is a wonderful area of charming valleys, long forest walks, picture postcard views and giant rock formations. It is home to one of the largest natural sandstone areas in Europe.

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    The Czech Countryside

    High in the mountains is Krkonoce National Park which is noted for its unique landscapes. It is a dedicated UNESCO reserve and is ruggedly handsome. Cesky Krumiov is another UNESCO site of beauty. It has a fairytale attractiveness near the Vitava River.

    The Punkva Caves are open for exploring and feature a stalactite more than 12 feet long, and there is also a deep gorge that plunges 450 feet down and leads to an underground river.

    Karlovy Vary is the perhaps the finest jewel of Western Bohemia. It is a beautiful spa town in the heart of the valley.  It boasts myriad thermal springs and a dedicated spa district along the river dotted with brightly hued homes, shops and spas, as well as stunning 19th century byzantine style church.

     

    Must see: Tucked into the Czech countryside, Telc has rows of gingerbread style houses of Italian Renaissance architecture on an enormous main square and is UNESCO protected. It was built as a Royal waterfront at the crossroads to trade routes. It was made famous by tragedy; In 1530 all the wooden buildings burned in a massive fire. The rebuild of Telc stirred the community collectively to ensure it became a legendary town. It has and it offers charm and more charm. Here you can visit the Gothic castle, climb to the top of the tower at Saint James's Church and explore mysterious passageways underneath the main square.

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    The Lakes and waterfalls

    The countryside is filled with crystal-clear waterfalls surrounded by lush forest and enchanting woodlands. At higher than 40 feet, the waterfall in Bílá strž is the tallest waterfall in the Bohemian Forest. Its postcard-pretty site makes an idyllic spot for a picnic after an easy 2-mile hike through the Black Lake area.

     

    The highest waterfall in the Czech Republic, Pančava Waterfall, reaches more than 475 feet skyward through verdant woods. The Czech Republic has the most amazing lakeside beaches where visitors can spend the day relaxing on a sun lounger, soak up the sun and get a tan. Lhota Beach offers a deep cool lake surrounded by pine trees featuring many family amenities. Lipno Dam beaches are part of a hydroelectric project built across the Vitava River. Set in the beautiful countryside of Sumava with breathtaking views and spots for picnicking, swimming, and sunning.

Neighboring Countries

The Czech Republic is bordered by Germany, Poland, Slovakia, and Austria. All five countries are members of the Schengen Area. The Czech Republic and the other four Schengen member states will require ETIAS authorization for the Visa Waiver Program being launched by the European Union in 2021.