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Travel Advice for Czech Republic

When to Go

Most Czechs (and citizens of neighboring countries) have their holidays in July and August, Easter and Christmas, so it is at this time that the accommodations are usually fuller and higher prices.

Most tourism is concentrated in Prague and the spa towns as Karlovy Vary, and the ski resorts in winter season.

The months from May to September are the best months, when temperatures are pleasant and not so many crowds. April and October are also good choices, and where you can find cheaper prices and stays calm in crowds.

During the winter, snow is the main protagonist and many tourist attractions are closed, except the ski resorts (high season from December to March).

Language
The official language is Czech. It is also spoken in many places some English, German and Russian. In many tourist cities restaurants menus can be found in all these languages.

 

Weather
The climate in the Czech Republic is characterized by cool summers and cold winters, cloudy and humid.

The ideal time to visit is late spring (mid May to mid June) and early summer (from September to mid October), when the weather is usually nice but unpredictable, for example, sometimes it rains without notice. Most likely it is warm and sunny days from mid July to mid August. Spring and autumn are characterized by an abundance of rain.

In the cold months of December, January and February temperatures fall below 0 / 5 º C in city and mountain -10/-15 º C (-30 º C at high altitudes).

Travel Documents
It takes passport valid for at least three months after your stay for all citizens, except those of the European Union that have a card (card) of national identity.

Without a visa, UK citizens can visit the Czech Republic for up to 180 days. Citizens of the United States, New Zealand and the European Union 90 days. Australians, Canadians and South Africans must obtain a visa at an embassy outside the Czech Republic. No visas are issued at airports or borders.

Most other nationalities must apply for a visa at the embassy.

For more information on visas, view the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in www.mfa.cz

Electricity
Generally 220 volts AC, 50 Hz Most hotels have standard international plug two slots.

 

Health
Fleas are carriers of encephalitis in rural areas during the summer months. In that case recommended vaccines for hepatitis A and B. However, if you only travel to a city not need any immunizations.

Tap water contains chlorine, which can cause abdominal problems and is recommended to drink bottled water, and is very easy to get. Never drink water from lakes or rivers because it may contain viruses that cause stomach problems. Milk and dairy products are pasteurized, but not always the case. Normally when you ask for water, is it with bubbles, so if you explicitly ask for water without bubbles. We recommend drinking bottled water bottles with fruit flavors, come in different flavors and can be purchased at any supermarket or shop.

Medical care in Prague, Brno and Bratislava are generally good, and it is very likely to find a doctor who speaks English. The standards, medical care and hygiene are not usually at the same level at which most Westerners are accustomed to, but usually adequate for routine problems. The embassies and luxury hotels can usually recommend doctors or clinics. It is advisable to have travel insurance.

Pharmacies are easy to find and can sell typical counter medicines and vitamins. In any case, if you need a drug for a minor ailment (headache, menstrual pain, allergies, etc) is recommended in amounts sufficient to bring it if necessary.

Citizens of the European Union and Switzerland can receive free or reduced cost treatment after filing a European Health Insurance Card valid. Each country has different rules about medical provision.

Business Hours
Stores generally are open Monday through Friday from 09:00 to 18:00, Saturdays from 09:00 to 12:00. Some shops open on Sundays.
Banks are open Monday through Friday from 08:00 to 18:00, although it should be noted that some banks close early on Fridays.

 

Currency
Los billetes vienen en denominaciones de CZK de 20, 50, 100, 200, 1000, 2000, 5000. Notes come in denominations of CZK 20, 50, 100, 200, 1000, 2000, 5000. Coins are available in denominations of CZK 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50.

As for the exchange, the U.S. dollar and the euro coins are easier to change. Banks usually offer the best exchange rate and charge the lowest commissions (2%). Travel agencies and post offices also charge a commission of 2%, while hotels usually make a charge of 5%. Houses or change are often in convenient locations and advertise very attractive rates, but usually make a charge up to 10% commission or other fees apply, so it is best to change money in banks.

 

Credit and Debit Cards
Major credit cards like American Express, Diners Club, Discover, Visa and MasterCard and some others may be used to withdraw money in local currency of the majority of ATMs, withdrawing money from banks and are accepted at some hotels, restaurants and shops especially in large cities like Prague.

Traveler's checks from American Express, Thomas Cook and Visa are widely accepted in most banks and are relatively easy to replace if lost or stolen. Most banks charge a commission of 2% change. In Prague there are offices of American Express and Thomas Cook, where you can cash the checks without commission.

Security
The Czech Republic has a low crime rate. But street crime such as pickpocketing and muggings are a problem, particularly in tourist areas in Prague and on public transport. Incidents of violent crime are relatively rare, but increasingly are becoming more common in Prague.

If you need help police, call 158

 

Useful numbers
To call within the country numbers, dial nine digits.

Country Code: 420
Directory Assistance: 1180 and 1181
International Access: 00

Emergency Numbers
Ambulance: 155
Fire: 150
Police: 158
Time GMT +1, GMT +2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October

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