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Czech Republic Country Report

Overview

INTRODUCTION

Travel conditions in this charming, landlocked Central European country (population 10.6 million) continue to be very good. The majority of trips take place without any particular issue. These favorable conditions should not, however, deter visitors from exercising a basic level of vigilance.

CRIME

Prague, the political (and tourism) capital of the country, is affected by rising levels of petty crime. Pickpocketing and fraud are common. Be particularly vigilant around Prague Castle and, as a general rule, take basic common sense precautions (do not display obvious signs of wealth, keep identity papers in a safe location, etc.).

POLITICS

The country held its presidential election by popular vote in 2013, with Milos Zeman emerging the winner. The next presidential elections will take place in 2018.

SOCIAL UNREST

Large-scale protests are not unknown in the country. On June 16, 2011, the largest strikes and demonstrations of the past decade were organized by public transit workers in the cities of Prague, Brno, and Zlin. On August 25, 2013, anti-Roma ("gypsy") demonstrations were held by nationalist groups in several major cities, leading to violent clashes.

NATURAL RISKS

Regarding meteorological conditions, travelers should note that summer rains often lead to significant flooding; one-third of Czech territory was underwater in August 2002 (17 people killed).

HEALTH

High quality medical services are available throughout the country, particularly in large urban areas.

TRANSPORTATION

Regarding transportation, foreign visitors are advised to use only officially sanctioned taxis (for example, the following companies: Porfitaxi, Cititaxi, or AAA) and to buy public transit tickets in advance (available at newspaper kiosks, metro stations, and hotel reception areas). Finally, Czech Railway is a dependable way to travel throughout the country.

OTHER

The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union and the visa- and border checkpoint-free Schengen Area. It does not, however, use the euro, but instead the national currency, the Czech Crown (czk).

Climate

The Czech Republic has a continental climate, with hot summers and long, cold, even harsh winters. Temperatures range from 18°C to 26°C in the summer (June to September) and from -3°C to 0°C in the winter (October to March). Temperatures will also vary in mountainous regions where winters are very rainy and snowy. It rains regularly throughout the year.

Useful Numbers

Country Code: +420 Police: 158 Fire Dept.: 150 Ambulance: 155

Electricity

Voltage: 230 V ~ 50 Hz

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