Two US citizens detained over visa

11-02-2008

The Czech foreign police have detained two US citizens who have been in the country for more than three months without securing a visa. The two Americans have been taken to a holding centre in Poštorná and are to be deported from the country. The two men have reportedly applied for asylum.

Until the Czech Republic’s entry to the Schengen zone, Americans could live in the country without a visa, leaving every 90 days to get a stamp in their passport. As of the end of last December, visa-less US citizens are only allowed to remain in the country or any other part of the Schengen area for a maximum of 3 out of six months.