Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Use Normal Level of Caution

The Czech Republic is located in central Europe among the neighbouring countries of Poland, Germany, Austria and Slovakia. The population is about 11 million people.

The government is a parliamentary republic with a president as chief of state and a prime minister as head of government. Czechoslovakia was part of the eastern bloc of communist countries until the collapse of the USSR. The country became a democracy with the peaceful “Velvet Revolution”. In 1993, Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia with the “velvet divorce”.

The Czech Republic is a stable and prosperous country. Tourism contributes to the economy. Some of the tourist highlights are Prague, Budweis and Plzen (known for beer), castles, and chateaux.

Currency CZK: Czech koruna
Language Czech. Many regional languages and Slovak are also spoken.
Capital Prague
Recent Alerts 1
Latest Alert November 18, 2017 - Hepatitis A outbreak in Czech Republic

Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in Czech Republic. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Hepatitis A

There is a significant risk for hepatitis A virus exposure in the Czech Republic through contaminated food or water. Infection can still occur at tourist destinations and resorts.

Hepatitis B

There is a significant risk for acquiring hepatitis B in the Czech Republic.

Tick-Borne Encephalitis

Tick-borne encephalitis occurs in early and late summer in the Czech Republic, especially in forested areas south and west of Prague, north of Brno, and the areas west of Plzen (Pilsen).

Rabies

There is a low risk of exposure to rabies within 50 kilometers of the Polish and Slovakian borders. The remainder of the Czech Republic is not at risk for rabies in animals, although bats may carry rabies-like viruses.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is present in all regions of the country.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to Czech Republic.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

There is a significant risk of exposure to hepatitis A for this country, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

There is a significant risk of infection with hepatitis B for this country, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Tick-Borne Encephalitis Vaccine

Travellers who plan to visit this country during the summer months and hike or camp in rural or forested areas that provide a habitat for the ticks that carry the virus should consider obtaining this vaccine. This vaccine is only available in Europe.

Rabies Vaccine

Vaccination against rabies is recommended for travellers involved in outdoor activities (e.g., adventure travellers, and cavers) who may have direct contact with bats.

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to Czech Republic.

None required.

Safety and Security in Czech Republic

Emergency Numbers

112

English-speaking assistance is not always available from the local police, but the police station located at Jungmannovo Namesti 9 near the Mustek metro station and Wenceslaus Square caters specifically to foreigners and always has an English-speaker available.

Personal Safety

Travellers rarely experience security problems in the Czech Republic, however, petty crime is fairly common in urban and tourist areas. Pickpocketing occurs frequently on public transportation and in tourist areas. Violent crime is rare. To minimize the risk of theft, travellers should avoid displaying signs of wealth, and ensure that belongings, valuables and travel documents are kept safe at all times.

Change currency only in currency exchange offices or banks. Street money vendors often substitute counterfeit money when exchanging foreign currency.

Do not accept food or drink from strangers since it may be drugged.

You must be able to present your passport to police for identification if requested.

Do not give foreign currency or travel documents to people on the street posing as police officers. Instead, offer to go to the nearest police office. Official police will not ask to see your foreign currency.

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