Breaking news: the Czechs and Slovaks are visa-free!Breaking news: the Czechs and Slovaks are visa-free! /Dulezite oznameni: Cesi a Slovaci muzou vyhodit viza konecne do kose! - Czechmatediary
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Breaking news: the Czechs and Slovaks are visa-free! /Dulezite oznameni: Cesi a Slovaci muzou vyhodit viza konecne do kose!

It’s official! Starting in November, the Czech Republic, Slovakia (and also Estonia, Hungary, Latvia,Lithuania and South Korea) will be able to travel to the USA without visas. The exact date will probably fall on the 17th of November, which is also the 19th  anniversary of the Communist regime collapse in former Czechoslovakia. Bush annonced it today at the White House conference where one of the invited participants was also the Czech Ambassador of the US, Petr Kolar. During his speech president Bush explained that Michael Chertoff, the US Secretary of Homeland Security, is scheaduled to travel to Europe – Prague being his first stop – where he will officialy announce the exact date. (so let’s get it going!)

CZ: Tak uz je to tady! Ceska republika, Slovensko ( a take Madarsko, Litva, Lotyssko, Estonsko Jizni Korea) konecne splnili podminky pro vstup do americkeho bezvizoveho systemu a obcane techto zemi tak konecne budou moci cestovat to USA bez viz, a to jiz pristi mesic. Presne datum pravdepodobne padne na 17. listopad, tedy 19. vyroci Sametove Revoluce. Pred chili to tak v tiskove konferenci v Bilem dome zverejnil president Bush. Mezi velvyslanci cizich zemi byl rovnez nas velvyslanec Petr Kolar. Bush ve svem proslovu oznamil, ze presne datum bude oznameno americkym ministrem vnitrni bezpecnosti  Michaelem Chertoffem, a to pri jeho navsteve Prahy planovane zacatkem pristiho mesice.


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8 comments… add one
  • Sue October 17, 2008, 4:38 pm

    Yay. This means my MIL can visit more often. *sigh* On the other side. YAY! My Czech friends can finally visit!!!

  • Tanja October 17, 2008, 4:57 pm

    I know, that’s the bad part…that means that EVERYONE will want to come and “visit” (you know, the Czech way – the visit lasts at least 3 weeks….and the visitors have no car….and no money…;)

  • Robert October 17, 2008, 6:16 pm

    Yay. It is still a visa, you have to ask a permission to visit the USA. It is cheaper, though. You do not get the sticker in your passport, so let’s call it what it is. Sticker free visa.

  • Ernest October 18, 2008, 1:42 am

    Yay! My friends from the Czech Republic and Slovakia and come and visit!

    I know some of them think the US has all the high-paying jobs in the world – but when they come now, with the US economic crisis/credit crunch, they will have the money! (Czech korun) =D

  • keef October 18, 2008, 3:19 am

    and no deodorant…

  • Sue October 18, 2008, 5:10 pm

    LOL on the no deodorant part! You get used to it after a while. 🙂
    and yea.. they will have all the money. My MIL just came to visit 3 months ago and brought 2 empty suitcases with her. She said everything is so cheap here! Which is funny because thats what I said 3 years ago in Czech 🙂

  • Michaela November 15, 2008, 11:40 am

    I agree. They come here now to shop, shop, shop… and we have to drive them around. Still, it’s good to see them and spend time with. It’s like they bring piece of home with them. When I go home, I don’t shop. I visit with many family members and eat. 🙂

  • Tanja November 15, 2008, 12:03 pm

    now it’s going to be the other way…we shop when we go back to Czech/Slovakia…and they have to lend us money!!

    Proste ted jsme ti chudi pribuzni my!

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