The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union and entry and exit formalities are the same as travelling to any other EU country.
On arrival at Prague's Václav Havel airport, if you have nothing to declare, simply walk through the green (customs-free) line. Bags are rarely checked. Formal customs regulations are as follows:
- On travel between the Czech Republic and other EU countries, you can import/export 800 cigarettes, 400 cigarillos, 200 cigars, 1kg of smoking tobacco, 10L of spirits, 20L of fortified wine, 90L of wine and 110L of beer, provided the goods are for personal use only (each country sets its own guide levels; these figures are minimums).
- Travellers arriving from outside the EU can import or export duty-free a maximum of 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco; 2L of still table wine; 1L of spirits or 2L of fortified wine, sparkling wine or liqueurs; 60mL of perfume; 250mL of eau de toilette; and €175 worth of all other goods (including gifts and souvenirs).
Generally not needed for stays of up to 90 days.
- Citizens of EU countries can freely enter the Czech Republic and are entitled to apply for visas to stay indefinitely.
- Citizens of the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Japan and many other countries can stay in the Czech Republic for up to 90 days without a visa. Other nationalities should check current visa requirements with the Czech embassy in their home country. There's more information on the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs (www.mzv.cz) website.
- The Czech Republic is a member of the EU's common border and customs area, the Schengen Zone, which imposes its own 90-day visa-free travel limit on visitors from outside the EU. In practice, this means your time in the Czech Republic counts against your stay within the entire Schengen Zone – plan your travel accordingly.