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Czech entry requirements

Hi,
I am planning a trip to Prague in October. I am looking up entry requirements and I am reading that I need proof of sufficient funds (like bank statements?), travel medical insurance, accommodation reservations, and return flight ticket. All sounds very extreme. Do I really need all those things to enter Czech? Will the border officials ask for all of those information?

I am only staying for 4 days.

Thank you!

Posted by
20461 posts

First, what country is your passport from? Where are you entering from and by what means?

Posted by
674 posts

I’ve travel to the Czech Republic three times (entering five different times) and have never had to produce any of the documents (even though prepared to do so). The requirements list is not uncommon. Questions at passport control regarding your visit (in many countries) are common including whether or not you’re traveling alone, purpose of your visit, where are you staying, etc. Think of these things in simplistic terms. You have a return ticket (train, bus, flight, rental vehicle). You have funds (cash, credit card). You have a place to stay (hotel or with family or with friends). Travel insurance (maybe yes, maybe no). Have fun!

Posted by
5450 posts

@ramonelee - Careful, your US privilege is showing. Most of the world's population need visas or need to meet other requirements before entering Europe. You are a lucky American.

To the OP, it would be useful to understand your nationality.

Posted by
674 posts

@emily

Please note that the “op” did not request information regarding authorization or visa information to enter a country. Nor is the request made to clarify the same. His/her review of entry requirements would indicate that they have reviewed and are familiar with what is needed. Instead their interest is requested in understanding other details listed. I applaud the “op” for taking the time to research and plan accordingly. I take the time to review the same information without assuming anything about any country that I travel to even if it is a revisit.

Posted by
7 posts

Hi! Thank you for all your replies.

I have a US passport. Planning on flying out from Newark Airport.

Thank you.

Posted by
2494 posts

Hi yoojson, welcome to the site!

proof of sufficient funds (like bank statements?)

I think this is more about making sure you have a way to pay for your stay there, like a credit card and/or cash.

Posted by
4637 posts

Your age and appearance matters. A 19 year old hippie type may attract attention. For the typical Rick Steves reader nothing will be demanded, although proof of a flight home at one's fingertips is always smart.

Also where are you entering the Schengen zone? Most enter Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris etc and do their immigration there. Unless you enter on a flight from UK/Ireland or have a nonstop from the US* you won't see the Czech immigration folks anyway.

*Only flight is on Delta and it doesn't seem to be flying in October.

Posted by
15702 posts

The plane that leaves Newark....where does it first land?

What airline?

Posted by
18812 posts

As Emily correctly points out, they will see your US passport and you will be treated accordingly, as you should be. Still. I would keep a bank statement on my phone along with my insurance information and travel plans.

Posted by
7 posts

Hi,

I will be departing from Newark airport and layover at Copenhagen Airport for 6 hours. Then from there to Prague!

Thank you

Posted by
5450 posts

You will only go through immigration in Copenhagen. You will interact with no one in Czechia. In other words you will not see border officers in Prague as you will have already entered the EU/Schengen.

Posted by
7 posts

Oh! But the border officials at Copenhagen might ask for all those documents?

Also, if I'm staying in Prague, don't I need my passport stamped at Prague?

Sorry for all the questions and thanks

Posted by
5450 posts

Who would stamp your passport in Prague? There’s no border. The countries in Europe are like the states in the US. Do you show your passport to anyone when you drive from Virginia into Maryland?

Could someone In Copenhagen ask you some questions? Very unlikely with a U.S. passport. I’ve entered Europe dozens of times and only ever showed my passport and was waved through.

Worry about something else.

Posted by
18812 posts

About a third of the time, I get asked a question. Usually my final destination, the last time I entered (about 3 weeks ago) I was asked how long I would be staying ... the answer got me in a little trouble. Fortunately, on a US passport, not much more than that. I have friends living in Europe who travel on Asian passports, and they report that they do have more issues than I do.

Emily, you just show your US passport, you don't show your residency card? The last time I entered, I got scolded for showing the passport instead of the residency card. Interesting.

Posted by
15702 posts

Although, be prepared for anything....on a flight last year from Athens to Stockholm, everyone on my flight had to go through passport control in Stockholm.

And it was the most intense grilling I've ever had entering a Schengen country.

Purpose of my visit, show proof of my travels, proof of when I was leaving Schengen, explain my entire itinerary and where I was staying. I wasn't prepared for this and it took awhile to find all this info. I was grilled for ten minutes. (I tried to show her my itinerary on Tripit but she wanted the official emails. All of them.)

Remember. I had already entered Schengen in Athens.

I was surprised especially since I'm an older than middle aged US passport holder. But everyone was getting this treatment except for Swedish nationals and those carrying passports from other Scandinavian countries.

Posted by
7 posts

Oh?! That scares me 😱

When I'm coming back from Prague, I have a layover at Stockholm airport. Well, I guess it does not matter since I'm leaving?

Posted by
15702 posts

For layovers they won't bother you.

Nothing to be nervous about crossing borders. Be honest and you'll be fine.

Read up on the Schengen Area to see why you no longer go through immigration when traveling between these countries.

What happened to me in Stockholm was a fluke. I've crossed lots of borders and at a majority of the places, I don't even get asked a question.

Posted by
4637 posts

For layovers they won't bother you.

Well, he is leaving Schengen so there may be a question asked. Being asked how long you plan to stay on arrival, or how long you stayed when departing, is normal. But really nothing to worry about. My experience is they like to ask at least one question, to engage you and make a snap judgment.

Posted by
5450 posts

Why is the OP so scared about borders? It is not big deal.

"Emily, you just show your US passport, you don't show your residency card? The last time I entered, I got scolded for showing the passport instead of the residency card. Interesting."

It depends. I'll flash it and most of the time the immigration officers don't care to see it, especially if my POE is not Vienna.

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18812 posts

Emily

The OP wishes to be informed. Is that a bad thing. How often do we see the equivelent of "you should have known" printed here. Well, you cant have it both ways.

One of the first questions to the OP was what passport. Very relevant question and a second might be what ethnicity ... unfortunately.

My Asian expat friend here in the EU is waiting on the delivery of her renewed residency card and in the mean time has had to cancel a trip to Vienna. i asked why, its Schengen, no one will check. "I am not you" was the answer. If an opportuntiy exists, I will be checked.

Same with you flashing your residency card at the border. Your experience will be different, so its hard to compare with even a US passport alone. By the way, I got spanked in Frankfurt for not presenting the residency card at immigration. I dont blame him. I knew better. Just lazy.

Same with, "should I carry my passport when I am out and about in Vienna?" Depends on what you look like, what language you speak and how you dress.

Posted by
425 posts

WOW! There's a few things that need to be said here.
1) Proof of funds or ability to cover incurred costs - This is a standard text which can be applied to an incoming visitor when it's established how long the visitor intends to stay in the country. In this case all that is required is to show that any accommodation and onward travel has already been paid for and you have a valid bank card debit/credit. If you do not have a bank card this will raise a big RED FLAG. If you are staying over 90 days then the medical insurance question will come up.
2) Show your US Passport and you'll be treated accordingly - This will be an issue in Denmark not in Czechia but in my experience border guards assess the person not the passport.
3) There are no border guards on arrival in Prague Terminal 2 (Schengen) - Yes, true but if the customs officers are in any way suspicious they will pull you over regardless of your passport and during your bag search they'll ask you about how long you are staying and your travel plans but as the OP has already clearly stated the arrival, duration and ongoing travel there will be no issues in Czechia.
4) Sweden - Sweden is a Schengen country so no problem on arrival from Czechia. You transit to a non-Schengen terminal in Stockholm for the final flight but in this case as your final destination is the US and you are a US passport holder then none of these other questions apply. You'll have more issues with the airline requirements rather than the border/customs controls.
So in the worst case scenario you may need to show where you'll be staying (reservation and whether it's paid), your onward travel plans and a bank card. That's it.

Posted by
18812 posts

BUD to FRA to USA i got detoured to an unexpected document and carryon luggage check in FRA. Because of how I look I suspect. Maybe the Texas passport. Took 5 minutes.

Posted by
33335 posts

Maybe the Texas passport.

The Republic of Texas is issuing their own passports again? I knew that governor was uppity.

Posted by
7 posts

Hi,

Thank you all for your replies.

I have another question. Kind of silly but I rarely travel so I'm pretty clueless.

So I'm going from Newark airport to Copenhagen for 6 hr layover. Then from there to Prague airport. I will check in a bag. Do I have to pay fee AGAIN to check in my bag for my flight to Prague? Or will my bag be automatically transferred to the Prague flight?

Thanks 😳

Posted by
15702 posts

Are your flights on one ticket or did you buy them separately?

If on one ticket, after you check them in at Newark, you won't see them again until Prague. (Make sure the luggage tag they put on your bag has PRG somewhere on it.)

If two separate tickets, you will have to retrieve them in Copenhagen and recheck them in.