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CZECH REPUBLIC            Europe Enquiry Form
   
     
 
                                                           

The written history of the Czech Republic can be dated back to the early 30s of the 6th century. This nation in the heart of Europe has experienced turbulent times. In January 1993, the Czech Republic finally came into being as a modern and democratic country with a rich cultural and historical heritage.

The capital, Prague, portrays the influence of past cultures with architectural styles ranging from Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance palaces to art nouveau, cubist and functionalist houses and contemporary structures.

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Outside the city, beautiful and wild untouched parks are home to protected wildlife including wolves, wildcat, lynx and the big bustard.

Main Regions & Cities

Prague
Ceský Krumlov
Karlovy Vary
Kutna Hora

                                                           

WEATHER    Back to top

Winters in the Czech Republic tend to be very cold with snow, while summers are often mild and wet. The best time to visit is from May to September when days are warm and nights cool. The European summer is the tourist high season.

Prague

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

26

20

27

35

64

71

81

72

47

29

29

22

Rainfall (inches)

1.0

0.8

1.1

1.4

2.5

2.8

3.2

2.8

1.8

1.1

1.1

0.9

Min Temp (°C)

-5

-4

-1

3

7

10

12

12

9

4

0

-3

Max Temp (°C)

0

3

8

13

18

21

23

23

19

13

6

2

Min Temp (°F)

22

25

30

37

45

51

53

53

48

40

32

26

Max Temp (°F)

33

37

46

56

65

70

74

73

66

56

43

36



                                                           
GOOD TO KNOW    Back to top

Sport & Activities
Cycling = summer
Skiing & snow sport = winter

Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

Electricity: 230 volts, 50Hz. Round pin plugs with a hole for a male grounding pin are standard. Most sockets also take the standard European two-pin plugs.

Money: The official currency is the Koruna (CZK), which is divided into 100 haler. Most credit cards including American Express, Diners Club, Visa and MasterCard are accepted, but it is best to have cash handy when travelling away from Prague and the main tourist centres. Travellers cheques and foreign currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some hotels; commission is highest in hotels. Banks are closed on weekends. ATMs (known as 'bankomats') are becoming more common in Prague and are probably the best way to obtain local currency at a good rate and without commission. The Czech Republic is still cheap compared to the rest of Europe, though the gap is closing.

Approximate Currency Exchange Rates

CZK 1.00 =

USD 0.04

GBP 0.02

CAD 0.05

AUD 0.06

ZAR 0.32

EUR 0.04

NZD 0.07

Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only. Please go to our Currency Converter for the latest rates.

 
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Language: Czech is the official language but English and German are also widely spoken.

Passport/Visa Note: All visitors must hold an onward or return ticket and all documents required for onward travel, and proof of sufficient funds to cover period of intended stay. These must be produced on request at border crossing points. Visitors must sign a border-crossing card. Passports of all visitors must be valid at least 90 days beyond expiry date of the visa or 90 days beyond period of intended stay for visa exempt nationals.

Health: There are no vaccination requirements for international travellers, and no major health risks are associated with travel to the Czech Republic. A reciprocal health agreement with the UK entitles citizens with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to free emergency health care; however medical insurance is still advised. Visitors to forested areas should seek medical advice about immunisation against tick borne encephalitis. In March 2006, bird flu was discovered in wild birds in southern Bohemia; the risk to travellers is low, but close contact with live birds should be avoided and all egg and poultry dishes should be well cooked as a precaution.

Tipping: Tipping in restaurants is optional and no service charge is added to bills. Gratuities of 5 to 10% are expected if the service is good. Taxi drivers are tipped by rounding up the fare at the end of the journey.

Safety: The majority of visits to the Czech Republic are trouble-free, although the country has a risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which it shares with the rest of the world. On 1 August 2004 an explosive device in the centre of Prague injured 17 people, including tourists. Petty theft is on the increase, especially in Prague, and visitors should be vigilant about their belongings particularly on public transport and around the main tourist sites.

Communications: The international access code for the Czech Republic is +420. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). There are high surcharges on international calls from hotels; it is cheaper to use the public telephone boxes - phone cards can be bought from newsagents. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with all major international operators. Internet cafes are available in the main towns.

Duty Free: Travellers to the Czech Republic over 17 years and entering from the EU do not have to pay customs duty on 800 cigarettes, or 400 cigarillos, or 200 cigars, or 1kg tobacco; 10 litres of spirits with alcohol content over 22%, or 20 litres of alcoholic beverages with alcohol volume less than 22%, or 90 litres of wine or 60 litres of sparkling wine, or 110 litres of beer. Travellers arriving from non-EU countries do not have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco, or a proportional assortment of these; 1 litre spirits or 2 litres wine; 50g perfume or 250ml eau de toilette; and food, fruits, medications and flowers for personal use. Other goods to the value of €175 per adult and €90 per child under 15 years are allowed. Guns brought into the country have to be accompanied by a license.

                                                           
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