The Czech Republic has blossomed into one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
Landlocked in Central Europe, it borders Germany to the West, Slovakia to the East, Poland to the north, and Austria to the south. It has a population of 10.6 million inhabitants, with 1.2 million living in Prague, the capital city.
Prague is the number one tourist destination in the Czech Republic. Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires”, It is a fascinating, beautiful city famed for its medieval core of Gothic architecture.
The Czech Republic is not geographically large though it has a rich history and a diverse population. Czechs,Germans, Jews and Slovaks have all inhabited the country and French tradesmen and Italian stonemasons also settled during the middle ages. The nation is blessed with scores of castles, monasteries, and other grand structures which visitors can see.
Czech Republic as part of the European Union
The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union along with the majority of the countries on the continent. It is part of the single market, the single currency (the euro), and the Schengen Area.
The Schengen Agreement allows people to move freely between all the participating countries, without the need for a visa. Travelers going to the Czech Republic from other Schengen countries do not need a Europe travel visa for the Czech Republic.
Visitors coming from outside the Schengen Area fall into two categories: citizens from countries eligibles to obtain a Czech Republic ETIAS visa waiver (from 2021), and those from non-eligible countries who need a Schengen visa to enter.
The Czech Republic officially became a member of the European Union in 2004 following a referendum in which 77.3% voted in favor. Since joining, the Czech Republic has worked with its European partners to adapt and develop new initiatives such as ETIAS Europe which will be travel requirement from 2021.
Visiting the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic’s long and fascinating history is visible throughout the country. Its location at the heart of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire has left the Czech republic with a turbulent past. Its mountainous landscapes are dotted with castles, monasteries, chateaus, and medieval towns. More tourists visit the country each year though the majority only see Prague.
What to see and do in the Czech Republic?
Prague is the epicenter of Czech culture and one of the most visited cities in Europe. The medieval core of Gothic architecture is incredible well-preserved and is the cities main draw. The iconic Charles Bridge connects the two historic neighborhoods which are separated by the Vltava River.
Along with Paris and Vienna, Prague is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Some of the highlights include the spires of St Vitus Cathedral and the Convent of St Agnes. Prague’s art galleries also contain their fair share of masterpieces. Alfons Mucha has a renowned art nouveau collection and Veletrzni has a magnificent collection of 20th-century modern artists.
For a small country there is abundance of interesting things to see in the Czech Republic. Only a short distance from Prague there are some amazing attractions such as the Karlovy Vary hot springs, the giant Gothic castle of Karlstejn, and the birthplace of Pilsner: Plzen.
Aside from its selection of home-grown beer, which is the best in Europe, the Czech Republic also produces some world-class wines. The Monrovia wine region is the best place to visit to sample some Czech wine.
Outside of Prague there are numerous medieval towns, spa resorts, and national parks. The Wild Forests of Cesky Krumlov are deservedly a UNESCO world heritage site and provide an un enchanting, unforgettable experience. The lively cities of Olomouc and Brno are also worth visiting.
ETIASrequirements for the Czech Republic
From 2021, ETIAS EU will be a legal requirement for citizens of eligible countries entering the Czech Republic. The Etias Visa Waiver will allow non-EU travelers to enter the country for periods of up to 90 days within a 180-day duration.
To successfully obtain an European visa waiver for the Czech Republic, applicants must complete the ETIAS application form and meet some basic ETIAS requirements.
On the ETIAS for the Czech Republic application it is necessary to enter passport details and some basic information such as name, address, and date of birth, and to answer some basic security and health-related questions.
ETIAS applicants are screened before the approved authorization is sent to the applicant by email. The details provided in the application are cross-checked against various databases including Interpol’s.