Czech Republic

Best Time to go: May – June & September

Best For: UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Hot springs & Mineral Baths, Archaeological & Religious Sites, Historical Sites

Capital: Prague (PRG)

Currency: Koruna (CZK)

Language: Czech. English and German are widely spoken.

Dialling code from SA: +420

Time Zone: UTC / GMT +1 (1 hour behind South Africa)

Daylight Savings Time: From last Sunday March to last Sunday October: UTC / GMT +2 (same time as South Africa)

Side of the Road: Right

Plugs: Generally 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Most major hotels have standard international two-pin razor plugs.

Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink.

Health: There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities, however visitors are required to pay for these services. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended.

Customs: It is considered polite to say ‘dobrý den’ (good day) when you meet someone, and ‘na shledanou’ (goodbye) when you leave.

Local Offences / Laws: Drunken behaviour and drinking in public is punishable by law

Duty Free: The Czech Republic is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragrance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs – all at tax-free equivalent prices.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Czech Republic by travellers over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco
• 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages up to 22% volume
• 4L of wine
• 16L of beer
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air travellers and €300 for other travellers (reduced to €200 for children under 15).

Prohibited Imports: Explosives are prohibited. Firearms and ammunition are only permitted with a licence.

Prohibited Exports: Prohibited or restricted exports include veterinary goods, items of cultural value, weapons, ammunition, explosives and narcotics.

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