Over recent years, Prague has evolved into one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations – and for good reason. With a near-intact medieval core of Gothic architecture, Prague transports you back 500 years. The Charles Bridge, dating from the 14th-centuary, connects two historic neighbourhoods across the Vltava River. The castle ramparts and spires of St Vitus Cathedral are one of the classic sights of world travel. But the city is not just about history; it’s a vital urban centre with a rich array of cultural offerings, and a newly emerging foodie scene.
Currency: the Czech crown (Koruna česká; Kč)
As in every European city, Prague has numerous ATMs which accept most credit and debit cards. Visa, MasterCard and American Express, are widely accepted in shops and restaurants.
An entry visa is generally not needed for stays of up to 90 days.
- Citizens of EU countries can freely enter the Czech Republic and are entitled to apply for visas to stay indefinitely.
- Citizens of the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Japan and many other countries can stay in the Czech Republic for up to 90 days without a visa. Other nationalities should check current visa requirements with the Czech embassy in their home country. There's more information on the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs (www.mzv.cz) website.
- The Czech Republic is a member of the EU's common border and customs area, the Schengen Zone, which imposes its own 90-day visa-free travel limit on visitors from outside the EU. In practice, this means your time in the Czech Republic counts against your stay within the entire Schengen Zone – plan your travel accordingly.
If you live outside the EU, it is advisable to contact your local Czech Embassy or Consulate for more information. If required, the conference secretariat can provide a personal “letter of invitation” for visa applications. It should nevertheless be understood that this letter should not be considered as a commitment of the organizers to provide any financial support. This letter will be sent only to registered participants.