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The Czech Republic was one of the first countries in the former Eastern Bloc to become a member of the EU in 2004. The country was recognized by the World Bank in 2006 as a ‘developed country’ and then ranked in 2009 by the Human Development Index as a nation of ‘very high human development.’

The Schengen agreement was signed in 2007.
Whilst the EU is more business orientated, the Schengen zone,is exclusively concerned with entry arrangements and immigration.

For visitors to the Schengen zone, there is an entry policy for three different groups of visitors

  • Citizens of E.U. and Schengen members – if you are a Schengen member citizen you are entitled to free movement across all other Schengen countries.
  • Citizens of specified 60 countries (the list is updated regularly) – Citizens of these countries are allowed free access for 90 days.
  • Citizens of every other country – These citizens need to apply for a visa before they arrive.

The second group is the one that the new ETIAS system is designed for.

Before they are allowed entry to the Czech Republic, once the ETIAS system comes into effect in 2021, all of these travelers must apply for an ETIAS.
Unlike a Schengen visa, the ETIAS is designed more like a visa waiver.

The purpose of introducing it is to help E.U. member countries to more effectively protect their borders and obtain more information on who is entering the European Union.

About Czech Republic

The Czech Republic, also known as Czechia, is a landlocked country in Central Europe, bordered by Austria, Germany, Poland, and Slovakia.
Covering an area of 78,867 sq. km, it has an estimated population of over 10.5 million people.
The official language is Czech, and the currency is the Czech koruna (CZK).
The capital city Prague is the fifth most visited city in Europe after London, Paris, Istanbul, and Rome.

The Czech Republic, with about 75% of the population not declaring any religion in the polls, has one of the least religious populations in the world. Catholicism is the major religion, with 10% of the population declaring their faith at the same polls.

Boasting twelve UNESCO World Heritage Sites, all in the cultural category, the Czech Republic offers a wonderful tourist experience. Located in the heart of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, it has experienced a rich and eventful history.

Foreign stonemasons and stucco workers, tradesmen and artists have lived and worked here. Alongside locals, they cultivated the land, built statuesque castles, monasteries and stately mansions. As a result, the Czech Republic is endowed with a huge number of architectural treasures. Prague, the capital city, has been called ‘the most handsome city in Europe’ since the 18th century.

Although beautiful, unemployment and population decline in the Czech countryside are rampant, thanks to more job opportunities in the large cities like Prague.
According to the United Nations, Czechia compares favorably with the rest of the world for inequality-adjusted human development.

Czech Republic at a glance

Capital: Prague

Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour

Languages: Czech 95.4%, Slovak 1.6%, Other 3%

Area: 78,866 KM2

Currency: Koruna (CZK)

Population: 10,476,000

Calling Code: +420

Travel to Czech Republic

The Czech Republic may not be the largest country, but for the visitor who can tear themselves away from the capital city of Prague, there is a rich and diverse land to be explored.

Areas such as the Cesky Raj, Krkonose, and Sumava mountains attract visitors for the outdoor pursuits, wildlife, flora, and fauna.
The highest point in the country is at Krkonose; its summit Snezka measures 5,2059ft.

For a largely non-religious country, the Czech Republic has many religious buildings. Amongst these are fifteen churches and twelve cathedrals that have been elevated to the rank of basilica by the Pope.

Beer is a popular beverage in the Czech Republic, and it is celebrated by numerous festivals. The Czech Beer Festival in Prague, the biggest of its kind, is usually held in May for 17 days.
Other beer festivals include Festival Slavnosti Piva v Českých Budějovicích, The Olomoucký pivní Festival, and the Pilsner Fest.

For a more relaxing vacation, visitors unwind in the many spa towns of which Jáchymov, Františkovy Lázně, Karlovy Vary and Mariánské Lázně are the most popular.

Hosting four National Parks, outdoor opportunities abound in the Czech Republic. Visitors can choose from Bohemian Switzerland, Podyjí National Park, Šumava National Park (Biosphere Reserve) or the oldest of the four, Krkonoše National Park (Biosphere Reserve)

The Czech Republic’s excellent travel networks make journeying further afield in Europe a simple matter. Bus and train routes connect to popular European cities while the International airport in Prague has flights to and from all major international countries.

The US and the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic became a democracy in 1989, joined NATO in 1999 and became a member of the E.U. in 2004. All of these were clear indications of a desire towards a fuller integration in world markets.

The US and the Czech Republic are close economic partners and share membership of the following organizations

  • United Nations
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council
  • Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • International Monetary Fund
  • World Bank
  • World Trade Organization

The two countries share an important alliance, especially in the areas of energy security and defense and diplomacy.

Travel between the countries is by direct flight or is easily reached via various European airports. Direct train travel from close neighboring European countries is an entertaining and educational way to travel.

When the ETIAS visa waiver system is introduced in 2021, travel authorization to Schengen zone countries will be obligatory. The Czech Republic, as a member of both the E.U. and the Schengen zone, has the same immigration policies as all other Schengen countries.

For members of the 60 countries that do not presently need a visa to enter the Schengen zone, the ETIAS will be a new requirement. Received after online application, the ETIAS still allows the 90-days of travel in the zone that travelers are accustomed to at present but gives authorities important information regarding visitors to Europe.

List of US diplomatic offices in Czech Republic

The Embassy of USA in Praha, Czech Republic

Address: Tržiště 15 118 01 Praha 1 – Malá Strana Czech Republic
Phone: (+420) 257 022 000
Fax: +42 0 228883000
Email: [email protected]
Facts: Stephen B. King – Ambassador

The Embassy of Czech Republic in Washington, USA

Address: 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW Washington, DC 20008
Phone: (202) 274-9100
Fax: (202) 966-8540
Email: [email protected]

Consulate of Czech Republic in New York, USA

Address: 321 East 73rd Street New York, NY 10021
Phone: (646) 422-3308
Fax: (646) 422-3311
Email: [email protected]

Consulate of Czech Republic in Los Angeles, USA

Address: 10990 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1100 Los Angeles, CA, 90024
Phone: +1 (310) 473-0889
Fax: +1 (310) 473-9813
Email: [email protected]


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