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Record number of tourists apply for Czech visas

Since the beginning of this year, more than 400,000 foreigners have applied for a Czech visa. The Czech Republic now ranks among the most popular destinations in the European Union.

This year, the Czech Republic expects a record number of tourists to spend their holidays in the country. This prediction stems from the number of visa applications submitted to Czech embassies. In the first six months of this year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has registered about 400,000 applications. "Moreover, this number does not include the busiest months of the year, i.e., the summer season," adds Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zuzana Štíchová.

By the end of the year, the number of applications for Czech visas is likely to double. Not only Czech hotels and restaurants but also the state treasury will benefit. Fees for processing applications is expected to bring a record one billion CZK to the state budget, which is about a quarter more than last year.

Most often, people in Russia and Ukraine apply for Czech visas. While the Russians usually come to the Czech Republic as tourists, the Ukrainians mainly aim to get a job there.

However, the Czech Republic is also increasingly attractive for visitors from the Far East. "Recently, there has been an influx of visitors from China, India and Saudi Arabia," said David Nový, the Director of the Visa Department of the Foreign Ministry.

The Czech Republic, although quite small and not having access to the sea, is one of the most attractive destinations among tourists in the European Union. Regarding the number of visas issued, the Czech Republic is the seventh most requested destination within the Schengen area.

People who get permission to travel to the Czech Republic can automatically travel to all EU countries. However, there are special requirements that help to prevent potential security and migration risks associated with free movement of people in Europe.

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