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 25-country Schengen Area¹, 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 Area² 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.
While the Czech Film Commission does not arrange visas for visiting filmmakers, we can advise you on the necessary steps and introduce you to Czech partners who can help you with your visa needs. Czech co-producers and production service providers are experienced in assisting visiting filmmakers with visa and residence issues and can help you choose the best course of action.
The Czech embassy or consulate in your home country can provide you with more detailed information. In any event, please consult with the authorities, a local partner or with us in sufficient time prior to your arrival.
¹ The Schengen Area includes Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the United Kingdom are not currently Schengen Area member states. For more information please see the Your Europe web portal.
² The European Economic Area includes the 27 EU member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.