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Czech Republic Consular Information Sheet
May 31, 2007
COUNTRY DESCRIPTION: The Czech Republic is located in
the heart of Europe. Tourist facilities in Prague are at the level of those
found in most European capitals, while travelers can expect lower standards
outside of Prague. Travelers are encouraged to be vigilant as pick-pocketing and
petty theft occurs often in crowded tourist areas, restaurants and on public
transportation. More information can be found in the section on crime. Please
read the Department of State Background Notes on the Czech
for additional information.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: A passport is required and must be valid
for 3 months beyond the intended stay. Visas are not required for U.S. citizens
for tourist, short study or business visits of up to 90 days. Visas are required
for longer stays and for any gainful activity. See our Foreign
Entry Requirements brochure for more information on the Czech Republic and
other countries. Visit the Embassy of the Czech Republicâ€™s website at http://www.mzv.cz/washington
most current visa information. The Czech Government
requires that proof of finances to pay for your stay and for you to have
travel/health insurance and is requiring proof of medical insurance for
travelers to the Czech Republic. Minimum coverage of the insurance has to be at
According to the Czech Government, a health insurance card or an
internationally recognized credit card with health insurance included will
generally be accepted as proof of insurance to enter the Republic.
The health insurance requirement does not apply to those who have visas
permitting them to work.
and Exit Requirements for more information pertaining to dual nationality
and the prevention of international child abduction. Please refer to our
to learn more about customs regulations.
SAFETY AND SECURITY: Civil disorder is rare in the
Czech Republic, although strikes and demonstrations may occur. U.S. citizens
should be vigilant in protecting their security, bearing in mind that even
demonstrations meant to be peaceful may turn violent. Americans are advised to
avoid street demonstrations.
For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should
regularly monitor the Departmentâ€™s Internet
, where the current Worldwide
Caution Public Announcement, Travel
Warnings and Public Announcements
can be found.
Up to date information on security can also be obtained by calling
1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S., or, for callers outside the U.S. and
Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available
from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S.
The Department of State urges American citizens to take responsibility for
their own personal security while traveling overseas. For general
information about appropriate measures travelers can take to protect themselves
in an overseas environment, see the Department of Stateâ€™s pamphlet A Safe Trip
CRIME: The Czech Republic generally has a low rate of
crime. However, street crime-particularly pick-pocketing and occasional
mugging-is a problem, especially in major tourist areas in Prague. Travelers are
encouraged to be especially vigilant in Pragueâ€™s restaurants, train stations,
and on public transportation around the city center. Incidents of pick
pocketing were reported in significant numbers during 2006. Incidents of violent
crime, while still relatively infrequent, are becoming more common in Prague.
Travelers should be aware of the reported use of rohypnol, and other â€œdate rapeâ€
drugs in the Czech Republic. Caution should be used when accepting open drinks
at bars or clubs. Travelers should be very careful while riding trains, trams or
metro, where most crime occurs. Travelers should keep a copy of their passport
in a safe place separate from the passport itself; this copy can help you to
apply for a new passport if yours is lost or stolen. Visitors should be alert to
the potential for substantial overcharging by taxis, particularly in areas
frequented by tourists. Radio-dispatched taxis are often much more reliable. It
is also advisable to set the price in advance.
INFORMATION FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME: The loss or theft abroad
of a U.S. passport should be reported immediately to the local police and the
nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. If you are the victim of a crime while
overseas, in addition to reporting to local police, please contact the nearest
U.S. Embassy or Consulate for assistance. The Embassy or Consulate staff
can, for example, assist you to find appropriate medical care, to contact family
members or friends and explain how funds could be transferred. Although
the investigation and prosecution of the crime is solely the responsibility of
local authorities, consular officers can help you to understand the local
criminal justice process and to find an attorney if needed.
See our information for Victimâ€™s
MEDICAL FACILITIES AND HEALTH INFORMATION: Prague has
good Western-style medical clinics with English-speaking doctors and dentists.
However, staff members at the majority of Czech medical facilities do not speak
English. Doctors and hospitals often expect cash payment for health services,
though some facilities do accept credit cards. Hospitalization in the Czech
Republic is much more liberal that in the United States; conditions that would
be treated on an outpatient basis in the United States are often treated on an
inpatient basis in the Czech Republic. Ambulance services are not on a par
with U.S. standards. Response time can sometimes be slow, and different
ambulances are dispatched depending on the perceived severity of the patientâ€™s
condition. Many ambulance companies expect payment at the time of
delivery. Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical
evacuation to the United States can cost thousands of dollars or more.
Please note that because euthanasia is not permitted under Czech law, U.S.
living wills providing for no exceptional interventions to prolong life cannot
be honored in the Czech Republic.
People traveling from April through October who plan to participate in
camping or hiking in long grass or woodlands run the risk of both tick-borne
encephalitis and Lyme disease. All travelers should take precautions to prevent
tick bites. There is a vaccine for the former, but not for Lyme
Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food
and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the
Centers for Disease Control and Preventionâ€™s hotline for international travelers
at 1-877-FYI-TRTP (1-877-394-8747) or via the CDCâ€™s Internet site at http://www.cdc.gov/travel
information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad consult the World
Health Organizationâ€™s (WHO) website at http://www.who.int/en
. Further health
information for travelers is available at http://www.who.int/ith
MEDICAL INSURANCE: The Department of State strongly
urges Americans to consult with their medical insurance company prior to
traveling abroad to confirm whether their policy applies overseas and whether it
will cover emergency expenses such as a medical evacuation.
Please see our information on medical
TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: While in a foreign
country, U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions that differ significantly
from those in the United States. The information below concerning the
Czech Republic is provided for general reference only, and may not be totally
accurate in a particular location or circumstance.
Travelers should note that road fatalities are occurring at an increasing
rate in the Czech Republic, placing it amongst the most lethal places to drive
in Europe. First-class roads in the Czech Republic generally meet European
standards. However, on side roads, drivers should be prepared to encounter
uneven surfaces, irregular lane markings and sign placements that are not clear.
Streets in towns are not always in good condition. U.S. drivers should pay
special attention to driving on cobblestone and among streetcars in historic
city centers. Traffic lights are placed before the intersection and not after as
in the United States. Speed limits are 50 km/h in towns, 90 km/h outside of
towns and 130 km/h on highways. An International Driving Permit (IDP), available
from AAA (in the United States only), must accompany a U.S. driverâ€™s license;
failure to have the IDP with a valid license may result in denial of an
insurance claim after an accident.
Persons driving into the Czech Republic should be aware that a road usage tax
sticker is required to drive legally on major highways. Signs stating this
requirement are posted near the border, but they are easy to miss. The stickers
are available at gasoline stations. The fine for failing to display a motorways
toll sticker is assessed on the spot.
For specific information concerning Czech requirements for driverâ€™s permits,
vehicle inspection, road tax and mandatory insurance, please contact the Czech
Tourist Authority offices in New York by telephone at (212)288-0830 or via email
Visit the websites of the Czech Republicâ€™s national tourist office and
national authority responsible for road safety at http://www.turistik.cz and http://www.mdcr.cz
Please refer to our Road
page for information.
AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: The U.S. Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Czech Republicâ€™s Civil
Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation
Organization international aviation safety standards for oversight of the Czech
Republicâ€™s air carrier operations. For more information, travelers may
visit the FAAâ€™s Internet web site at www.faa.gov/safety/programs_initiatives/oversight/iasa.
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES: Czech customs authorities
enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from
the Czech Republic of items such as firearms, antiquities, medications, business
equipment, etc. It is advisable to contact the Embassy of the Czech Republic in
Washington, D.C, or the Consulates General of the Czech Republic in New York and
Los Angeles for specific information regarding customs requirements.
Please see our information on Customs
CRIMINAL PENALTIES: While in a foreign country, a U.S.
citizen is subject to that country's laws and regulations, which sometimes
differ significantly from those in the United States and may not afford the
protections available to the individual under U.S. law. Penalties for
breaking the law can be more severe than in the United States for similar
offenses. Persons violating Czech Republic laws, even unknowingly, may be
expelled, arrested or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use, or
trafficking in illegal drugs in the Czech Republic are strict and convicted
offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines. Engaging in sexual
conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign
country is a crime, prosecutable in the United States.
Please see our information on Criminal
CHILDREN'S ISSUES: For information on international
adoption of children and international parental child
abduction, see the Office of Childrenâ€™s
REGISTRATION/EMBASSY AND CONSULATE LOCATIONS:
Americans living in the Czech Republic are encouraged to register with the U.S.
Embassy through the State
Departmentâ€™s travel registration website
, and to obtain updated information
on travel and security within the Czech Republic. Americans without
Internet access may register directly with the U.S. Embassy. By
registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in
case of emergency. The U.S. Embassy in Prague is located
at Trziste 15, 118 01 Prague, Czech Republic; telephone (420)257 530 663; for
after-hours emergencies only, telephone (420 257 532 716; Consular Sectionâ€™s fax
(420) 257 534 028; webpage: www.usembassy.cz
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This replaces the Consular Information Sheet dated October 31, 2006, to
update information in the Crime
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