Canada has announced its decision to lift visas for Czech nationals as of
November 14. The Canadian ambassador to Prague, Otto Jelínek, made the
announcement at a press briefing on Thursday saying the move had been linked
to the introduction of a stricter asylum law in Canada. Visa-free travel
will be possible for a period of up to six months.
Ottawa reimposed visas on Czechs in 2009 following a wave of Czech asylum
seekers. It had come under increasing pressure from Prague to remove the
travel restriction, with Czech officials linking the issue to the country’s
approval of a key trade agreement between Canada and the EU.