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Country Name
Czech Republic
Geographical Area
78,866 square kilometers (30,451 square miles)
Population
10,230,060
Capital City
Prague
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People   Czech 90.4 %; Moravian 3.7 %; Others 5.9 %
Language   Czech
Religion   40% Roman Catholic, 10% Protestant
Government   parliamentary democracy; the head pf the state is the president, the head of the government is the prime minister
Head of Government   president: Václav Klaus; prime minister: Petr Necas
Embassy   American Embassy Trziste 15, 118 01 Praha 1 Czech Republic Tel: (42-0) 257-530663
Visas   A visa is not required for a U.S. or Canadian citizen holding a valid passport unless he/she expects to stay in Czech Republic more than 90 days and/or to study or seek employment. Bearer of Czech tourist visa must register at any Czech Immigration Police Station within 3 days after arrival in the Czech Republic. Visitors staying in hotels are registered automatically. The Main Immigration Police Office is located at Olsanska 2, Praha 3.
Health Risks   No immunizations are required for entry. The following vaccinations are recommended: hepatitis A and B, tetanus and typhoid as well as vaccination against tick-borne encephalitis for those traveling in risk areas who are unable to avoid tick bites. Another disease transmitted by ticks is the lyme disease. In most cases it can be prevented by performing a thorough tick check because the tick must be attached for at least 36 hours to transmit the disease.
Visitors are required to have a travel/health insurance to travel to the Czech Republic. The health insurance must cover the medical services abroad - if not, visitors must have a travel insurance for possible expenses and hospitalization charges for medical reasons (accidents or unexpected illness while traveling in the Czech Republic), including repatriation to the country of legal residence or the country which issued the passport. Minimum coverage of the insurance has to be at least $35,000.

Clothing Suggestions   SUMMER: June to August – Czech summers are usually mild (20-27°C/70-80°F) and somewhat humid. Heat waves can be expected in July and August. Casual, lightweight clothes and good walking shoes are essential. Sudden showers and thunderstorms are common, so bring an umbrella and/or raincoat. WINTER: November to March – Be prepared to layer and bundle up when visiting the Czech Republic in winter; wear shoes that can handle snow and water. An overcoat, hat, gloves and scarf will protect you from much of the cold and wind. For extra measure, waterproof your winter jacket or purchase a garment that is made of watertight fabric. SPRING/FALL: March to May and September to November- The weather in spring and fall can be very varied. Therefore, wearing multiple layers and bringing a coat and umbrella is recommended. DINING: Informal attire, except for some selected restaurants, which require a jacket and tie for men.
Time Zone:   GMT/UTC +1 - Czech Republic is in the Central European Time Zone. It is 1 Hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, 6 hours ahead of New York and Montreal, 9 hours ahead of Los Angeles. Daylight saving time is in effect from the last Sunday in March till the last Sunday in October.
Banking / Exchange   Banks open from 8 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Foreign exchange bureaus are available for tourists at airports, railway stations, major hotels and popular tourist resorts abroad without any time limit.
Currency   Czech Koruna (Kc)
Electric Current   The voltage in the Czech Republic as well as the socket and plug sizes is identical to the most of European countries (220V / 50Hz), and differs from the voltage in the Americas (110V/60 Hz). A voltage converter is recommended.

Credit Cards / Traveler Checks   Banks and hotels accept all convertible currencies, traveler’s checks and credit cards.
The following credit cards are accepted in the Czech Republic:
Visa, Europay/Master-Card, American Express.
It is recommended that Traveler's Checks or cash are taken as an alternative to these cards. Most ATM's are connected to the Cirrus/Plus Networks. ATM locators are available online.
Shopping   Shops in Prague are generally open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or later and from 9 a.m. to the noon on Saturday. Food stores are open from 7a.m. and many of them stay open till the evening on Saturdays. There are also some hypermarkets that are open nonstop. Many tourist shops in the centre are open daily till 8 p.m.
Weights & measures   The metric system is standard throughout the country.
How to shop Tax Fee   1. Shop in any of the stores that display a TAX-FREE FOR TOURISTS window sticker and ask for a Tax-Free Shopping Form. With this form you can later claim your VAT (Value Added Tax) Refund. The VAT is included in the selling price. 2. When leaving the country, show the unused goods to customs and get your form stamped. 3. Return your completed, customs stamped form to Global Blue-Czech Republic by mail to receive your refund
National Airport   Prague International Airport (PRG)
Major Tourist Attractions   Prague , Karlovy Vary
Tipping Suggestion   A tip of 5-10% is appreciated in any tourist restaurant with table service. The usual protocol is for them to tell you the total food bill and for you, as you hand over the money, to say how much you are paying with the tip included. It is customary to tip tour guides 5 to 7 EUR per person per day on multiday tours and drivers 3 to 5 EUR per person per day. The suggested tip for day tours is 10 to 15 EUR for the guide and 5 EUR for the driver.
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