Most filmmakers do not need a visa to enter the Czech Republic, but you may need a visa if you intend to stay for a longer period of time.
The Czech Republic is part of the 26-country Schengen Area, which allows free movement of labor and services across most of Europe. Citizens of Schengen states can stay in the Czech Republic up to three months in any half-year without any special permits but will need a visa if they intend to stay longer than three months.
Citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia and of EU and the European Economic Area member states do not need a visa to enter the Czech Republic. Visitors from these countries can stay in the Czech Republic up to three months in any half-year without a residence permit.
If you intend to stay longer than three months, or if you plan to pursue gainful employment, Czech law requires you to have a visa. Visitors must submit their applications for these visas at a Czech embassy or consulate abroad, which can also provide you with more detailed information.
For more information, please visit Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Entry & Residence info page.
The Czech Republic is well-connected to the rest of Europe and the world. Prague’s Václav Havel Airport Prague services direct flights to major cities all over Europe, with up to nine flights daily to London Heathrow and 13 to Paris Charles de Gaulle. Václav Havel Airport Prague also services direct flights to Atlanta and New York.
|To Prague from||Flight time|
|London (direct flight)||2h|
|Paris (direct flight)||1h45′|
|Rome (direct flight)||1h50′|
|New York (1 stop)||11h30′|
|Los Angeles (1 stop)||14h|
|Mumbai (1 stop)||12h20′|
|Beijing (1 stop)||12h|
|Sydney (1 or 2 stops)||26h|
Ground transportation to and from neighboring countries is fast and easy. Trains from Berlin or Vienna reach Prague in just five hours, and traveling by car will get you here just as fast. By car it’s 320 km (199 miles) to Vienna, 380 km (236 miles) to Munich, and 350 km (217 miles) to Berlin.
Once in Prague, you will find a range of major international hotel chains as well as many independent, boutique hotels. International hoteliers are opening more and more facilities in the regional towns as well, so guests can stay in comfort outside the capital.
Numerous agencies lease apartments and villas for short or long stays.
Prague’s restaurants offer dining comparable to the best of any European capital. Diners can choose from nearly every cuisine imaginable, and there are dozens of quality bars and cafes, in addition to the hundreds of traditional Czech beer halls.
In the event you need medical attention, many international medical centers are prepared to help you. The Czech health care system is mainly a public system, but many private hospitals and clinics offer enhanced, personalized care and staff members who speak English and other foreign languages.