Czech Republic Travel Information
GMT +1 (GMT +2, Apr - Oct)
Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs with a hole for a male grounding pin are standard. Most sockets also take the standard European two-pin plugs.
Czech is the official language but English and German are also widely spoken.
Tipping in restaurants is optional and generally no service charge is added to bills. Gratuities of about 10 percent are expected for good service. Taxi drivers are tipped by rounding up the fare at the end of the journey.
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 most of Europe. Petty theft is a concern, especially in Prague, and visitors should be vigilant about their belongings, particularly on public transport and around the main tourist sites. Violent crime is rare.
Drunken behaviour and drinking in public is punishable by law in the Czech Republic. Some bars and restaurants in Prague will not allow entry for stag parties.
Punctuality is expected in the Czech business world and dress should be smart and conservative. Initial greetings are usually formal, expect a firm handshake. Titles and surnames are used, unless otherwise indicated. There is generally some polite small talk to establish rapport at the beginning of meetings. German is the most common foreign language used in the Czech Republic but English is widely spoken by younger generations. Translators are available and, any attempts at speaking Czech will be appreciated when doing business. Deals can take a long time to complete due to significant bureaucratic red tape, so it's important to be patient. Business hours usually run from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, with some businesses closing for the month of August.
The international access code for the Czech Republic is +420. Purchasing a local prepaid SIM card is a good way to keep calling costs down, as international roaming can be expensive, and international calls from hotels involve high surcharges. Many cafes, restaurants, hotels and shopping centres offer free wifi access.
Travellers over the age of 17 arriving from non-EU countries don't have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars, or 250g tobacco. The same applies to one litre of spirits over 22-percent volume, two litres of spirits under 22-percent volume, four litres of wine, and 16 litres of beer. Other goods up to the value of €430 for travellers arriving by air, and €300 for other travellers (reduced to €200 for children under 15) are also duty free.