Before you go to see places you’ve not been to before, we advise checking some basic information to ensure that your trip goes smoothly.
Entry and visas
If you’re an EU citizen, all you need for entry to the Czech Republic is a valid passport or government ID card. For a stay exceeding 3 months, don’t forget to arrange a residence permit. If you do not come from an EU country, you will require a valid passport to enter the country, with citizens of some countries also requiring an entry visa. Please check visa requirements before you leave. People entering the country can bring with them one litre of liquor, two litres of wine or fifty cigarettes.
The majority of tourists in the Czech Republic arrive at the international airport in Prague. To get to the city centre, travellers can take a taxi (fare c. 500 CZK) or public transport, taking bus 119 then the A line on the metro. If you arrive by car, make sure you are aware of traffic regulations and also of the fact that parking in the centre of towns and cities is highly limited due to the so-called blue parking zones for residents.
Climate and time
The Czech Republic is located in the centre of Europe and experiences four separate seasons. Winters are cold, especially in January and February, while hot summers are experienced between June and August. We therefore recommend that city tourists visit in May and June or September and October. For current weather information, see here. The Czech Republic is on Central European Time – UTC +01:00. From the end of March to the end of October you can set your watch to so-called European Summer Time.
The official language is Czech, which is a Slavic language written in Latin script. Most of the population, however, speaks at least basic English, and German and Russian can also be used.
when you’re on your travels you’ll pay with Czech crowns. You’ll be able to use your debit or credit card virtually everywhere (apart from small grocery shops and pubs). Cash dispensers can be found everywhere and you will also find many change bureaux in town centres. Money can also be changed in any bank or at the receptions of larger hotels.
The Czech emergency telephone number is 112 and is valid across the whole EU. Hospitals, most of which have 24/7 accident & emergency (A&E) departments, can be found in towns. Cough or flu medicines can be purchased without a prescription in chemists’. If you have a more serious complaint, look for an A&E department. We recommend arranging travel insurance before your departure.
emergency telephone number – 112
Czech Tourism Information Centre - +420 224 861 587 and firstname.lastname@example.org
just to be safe, store the contact details for your embassy before departure.