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Local Time: GMT+1
Subject to DST (Daylight Saving Time)
Capital City: Prague
Population: 10.51 million
Area: 78,864357,021 square km, 30,450 square miles.
Language(s): Czech, some German, English, Slovak & Russian
Dialling Code: 420
Emergency: Police: 158. Fire: 150. Ambulance: 155 (Prague)
TV Standard: PAL/SECAM
Driving: Driving is on the right. National photocard licence required (for a stay up to 180 days, EU nationals - no limit) or International Driving Licence
Electricity: 220V AC 50Hz
Currency: Czech Koruna (CZK 1 = 100 Haleru)
Notes: CZK: 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000
Coins: CZK: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50. Haleru: 50
Credit Cards/Travellers Cheques: Credit cards and travellers cheques are accepted
Bank: 0800-1700 Mon-Fri
Office: 0800-1600 Mon-Fri
Shops: 0800-1800 Mon-Fri, 0800-1200 Sat (some shops open on Sun & shopping centres till 2200)
26 Dec : St Stephen’s Day
Business/Social Hints: Business is conducted in Czech, many executives speak a second language. Very strict laws against drinking and driving apply. On social occasions, eg invitation to restaurants, punctuality appreciated. Dress as for business meetings unless otherwise indicated. The minimum drinking age is 18 years
Tipping: Around 5-10% is customary
Required, but NOT by the following:
The following details relate to holders of adult normal passports (requirements for children may be different). If any other type of passport or travel document is held, entry requirements may differ and should be checked with the relevant embassy or consulate.
Note: The Czech Republic is a member of the EU and a member of the Schengen Visa Agreement.
Please note:- See Passport/Visa section in England/Scotland/Northern Ireland or Wales for a complete list of EU members, Schengen State & EEA Countries. These are listed under “Special Notes” at the foot of the page.
Passport Validity: For EU nationals (including British citizens) passports must be valid for the intended duration of stay.
For non EU nationals entering without a visa, passports must be valid for three months after the intended duration of stay.
The following DO NOT require a visa:
1) Nationals of Czech Rep.
2) Nationals of;
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland & United Kingdom (British Citizens)
3) For stays up to 90 days by nationals of;
Albania (Biometric passports), Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Biometric passports), Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Biometric passports), Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong (SAR passports), Israel, Japan, Macao (SAR passports), Macedonia (Biometric passports) Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro (Biometric passports), New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, South Korea, San Marino, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Serbia (Biometric passports), Seychelles, Singapore, Taiwan (passport with ID card number), Vatican, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela.