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.
Currency & Money Tips for Travelers
The currency of the Czech Republic is the Česká (Czech) Koruna (CZK) or Czech Crown. The Crown is subdivided into 100 Haler, but all sub-Crown coinage is no longer in use. Czech coinage consists of 1,2,5, 10, 20 and 50 Crown pieces. Banknotes come in 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 (CZK 50 note is not valid since spring 2011 but can be exchanged in a bank), increasing in size with value and varying in color and graphic designs. Price tags in stores frequently have odd amounts such as, e.g., Kr. 34,70 or Kr, 9,60 (note European decimalization). These prices are rounded up or down at the register to the nearest crown.
The standard voltage in Czech Republic is 230 V and the power plugs and sockets are of type E. Type E power socket also works with plug C and with plug F if it has an additional pinhole.
Food and beverage
During the opening hours of the congress, lunch and coffee breaks are covered by the registration fee.
In the city center, you can easily find cozy restaurants with either with international or local cuisine.
To find the best places, please visit the Food & drink site of https://www.prague.eu/en.
Prague and Czech Republic (Facts about)
Prague, Czech Praha is the capital of the Czech Republic. The city has a rich architectural heritage that reflects both the uncertain currents of history in Bohemia and an urban life extending back more than 1,000 years. The physical attractions and landmarks of Prague are many. Among the finest is the Charles Bridge (Karlův most), which stands astride the Vltava River.
Getting around in Prague
Public transport is something Prague can be proud of. Comparing to other capital cities it’s cheap, efficient and highly integrated. It is also quite safe to travel around Prague by tram and the metro, both during the day and at night. The Prague Metro operates daily 05:00-24:00. Metro lines operate a service every 2-3 minutes during peak hours, and 4-9 minutes after 19:00. Daytime trams operate daily 04:30-24:00. The most popular trams run every 4 minutes. Other trams run every 8-10 minutes during the week, and every 8-15 minutes at weekends.
Tickets and Passes
The Prague public transport system uses two types of single-trip tickets*:
30-minutes ticket: 24 CZK (Adults: 24 CZK, Children 6-15 years old: 12 CZK, Children under 6: free)
90-minutes ticket: 32 CZK (Adults: 32 CZK, Children 6-15 years: 16 CZK, Children under 6: free)
*If necessary, you can buy a 90-minute ticket directly from the driver for 40 CZK.
Both tickets can be used on any type of public transportation and allow transfers between lines (subway to subway, tram to tram, etc.) and transfers between different types of transport (subway to tram, tram to bus, etc.) for up to 30/90 minutes from validation. Tickets are sold through yellow ticket vending machines (also in English, coins only), at ticket offices located at some metro stations, at a Tabák/Trafika, at some news-stands, and at tourist information centers. You can also buy tickets by using your mobile phone and sending the text message “DPT24” or “DPT32” to the number 902 06. Your ticket will usually be sent to your phone within one minute. A ticket must be punched at the entrance to the metro station and on the tram/bus to mark the start of the validation period. If you requested a ticket by SMS, you must have received your ticket before you enter the vehicle or the paid zone on the subway. There are several short-term and long-term passes available.
Short-term (tourist) passes:
24-hour pass: 110 CZK (children 6-15 years: 55 CZK)
3-day pass (72 hours): 310 CZK
Validation and Inspection of the tickets
Sometimes foreigners don’t have in mind that it is necessary to validate the tickets at the validating machines before entering the metro, or when getting in trams or buses. In the case you have the ticket, but it has not been validated, you can get a fine of up to 900 CZK (!) In Prague public transport, ticket inspections are quite often, especially at the beginning and at the end of the month (a lot of people have pre-paid 1 month ticket).
Shopping in Prague is very pleasant not only thanks to the many shopping centers where you can find shops of different brands offering various types of goods in one place, but also thanks to many specialized shops, such as fashion boutiques, design shops, specialty food and drink shops, streetwear shops, and more. While shopping in Prague you can easily opt to buy everything organic, from organic food to organic cosmetics not only in specialized organic products shops, but also in the ever-more-popular farmers' markets. The real treasures are hidden in antiques stores, small shops selling homemade goods, as well as in the flea markets that are also becoming increasingly popular in Prague. Recently there has also been an increase in the number of young fashion designers and jewelry designers who create first-class pieces in which you will feel original and inventive. These fresh creative forces are putting Prague design back on the map. If you would like to buy something in Prague as a souvenir from the Czech Republic then choose from famous Czech glassware and crystal jewelry or decor, liquors (such as Becherovka, Fernet, Slivovice), Garnet and Moldavite jewelry, antiques, Czech spa wafers, traditional ceramics, or wooden toys. All of these can be easily bought in Prague, and if you want to be sufficiently prepared before going shopping, take a look at our Shopping in Prague section below and get inspiration from our tips that will make getting yourself oriented among the array of design and other shops in Prague a whole lot easier.
Laws restricting smoking are in effect in the Czech Republic. Smoking is prohibited in public areas (public transport platforms – bus and tram stops, train stations; on public transport; in cultural facilities; in healthcare facilities and in all dining establishments).
Tipping in the Czech Republic is commonly expected. Foreign visitors are often expected to tip at least 10%.
Weather in Prague
Prague has a typically European continental climate with cold, snowy winters and warm (sometimes wet) summers. The weather continues to get warmer in Prague, Czech Republic in April, when the spring season is underway. During this month, the average temperature for the city begins at 6.5°C, created by highs of 11°C during the daytime and lows of 2°C after dark.
In Czech Republic, the official language is Czech, but in the capital, most service providers will be able to help you in English.
The language of the conference is English. The sessions of the CGS/ ES SGS will be held in Slovak language.
Although Prague is a safe city, please be aware of your belongings on the streets and on public transport.
The congress venue
Venue: Prague Congress Centre (PCC)
Address: 5. kvetna 1640/65, Nusle, Prague, Czech Republic
Tel: +420 261 171 111