US will lift visas for Czechs on November 17
On November 17, Czech citizens will be able to travel to the United States without visas for the first time ever. Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek and US Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff announced in Prague on Monday that the Czech Republic, along with several other central and eastern European countries, has been included in the US Visa Waiver Program.
“We were able to complete all the necessary legal steps in order to be able to announce the initiation of this programme for the Czech Republic on the eve of a great day, the 90th anniversary of [the foundation of] Czechoslovakia. And I’m delighted to say that the first visa-free travel will occur on November 17 of this year, which of course is another great day in the history of the Czech Republic.”
The US Secretary of Homeland Security also said the first Czechs without visas might even get a special welcome.
“Those who do those two things will be enjoying their first visa-free travel from the Czech Republic to the United States on November 17, and I look forward to greeting the first new travellers, if possible, even myself, on that Monday.”