The Czech Republic officially acceded to the Schengen agreement on 1st January 2008. The Schengen agreement enables countries to remove their internal borders and allows people to travel without checks from country to country within the Schengen area.
On 21st December 2007, checks at land borders into the Czech Republic ceased.
While there are no longer any border checks, you are advised not to attempt to cross land borders without a valid travel document. It is likely that random identity checks will be made in areas surrounding land borders even following accession to the Schengen agreement.
Children aged 15 and above must have their own passports. Those travelling on a parent’s passport will be refused entry to the Czech Republic.
It is basically possible to cross the border anywhere. Exceptions are explained in the following table.
|Name||Type||Options for use|
|Neurehefeld – Moldava||Street, vehicles up to 3.5 tons|
|Georgenfeld/Zinnwald – Zadní Cinovec||Hiking trail|
|Altenberg – Cinovec||Street, vehicles up to 12 tons, Busses|
|Fürstenau – Fojtovice||Hiking trail|
|Breitenau – Krásný Les||Motor way A 17/D 8|
|Bahratal – Petrovice||Street, vehicles up to 3.5 tons|
|Rosenthal – Jílové/Sněžník||Hiking trail|
|Bad Schandau – Děčín||Rail|
|Schöna – Dolní Žleb||Elbe cycle path|
|Schöna – Hřensko||Foot passenger ferry|
|Schöna – Hřensko||Warerway Elbe/Labe|
|Schöna – Hřensko||Street, vehicles up to 3.5 tons, Busses|
|Zadní Jetřichovice – Rabensteine||Hiking trail|
|Niedermühle – Vlčí deska||Hiking trail|
|Hinterhermsdorf – Zadní Doubice||Hiking trail|
|Weißbachtal – Brtnícký potok||Hiking trail|
|Hinterhermsdorf – Mikulášovice||Hiking trail|
|Saupsdorf (Wachberg) – Mikulášovice||Hiking trail|
|Sebnitz OT Hertigswalde (Waldhaus) – Mikulášovice – Tomášov||Hiking trail|
|Sebnitz (Forellenschänke) – Mikulášovice – Tančnice||Hiking trail|
|Sebnitz – Dolní Poustevna||Street, vehicles up to 3.5 tons|
|Langburkersdorf – Lobendava||Hiking trail|
Small border traffic on hiking trails
You can cross the border on the sites mention above with a valid identity-card, passport or another valid border crossing document. It doesn’t apply to third-country citizen who are need a visa
- in the Federal German Republic and/ or
- in the Czech Republic and/ or
- in one of the member states of the European Union.
Because of reasons of environmental protection it’s not allowed to use motor-assisted bicycles on hiking trails in Saxony. Automatically powered wheel chairs with a maximum speed over 6 km aren’t permitted to cross the common border on hiking trails into the Czech Republic.