Czech Republic Country Report
The minority ANO-ČSSD government formed after the October 2017 parliamentary election relies on the support of the far-left Communist Party, complicating government longevity and policy predictability prospects. The government is likely to promote fiscally responsible and investment-friendly policies, and would be highly unlikely to support the Communists' anti-EU/anti-NATO agenda. Eurozone-related structural reforms will represent the foremost challenge, although accession into the single-currency bloc is unlikely before 2022. The economic outlook for the remainder of the year and into 2019 looks positive. Concerning security, far-right activities will continue to pose injury risk to the Roma and refugees of different ethnicities. Strikes are rare, but large and peacefuldemonstrations against the president, government, and corruption are likely in Prague and Brno occasionally. Terrorism risk is likely to remain moderate.
The Czech Republic's strategic location close to some of Europe's largest markets (particularly Germany), low labour costs, and investment-friendly legislative framework benefit the operational environment. Transport infrastructure has improved in recent years, with more plans in the pipeline, particularly improving the Czech Republic's ground cargo connections with its regional peers. However, corruption during the tender process will continue to pose obstacles, and red tape and arbitrary bureaucracy are likely in dealings with local government officialdom. Trade unions are generally weak, and long and disruptive labour unrest remains rare, although the tightened labour market slightly raises risks.
The risk of terrorist attacks staged by Islamist militants remains lower than in Western Europe. The country's small Muslim community is well-integrated, and although the country supports US foreign policy and missions, it is unlikely to become a prime target (when compared with France, United Kingdom, or the United States). Isolated motivations and works of lone individuals, including Czech nationals converted to Islam, would be more probable. Should an attack occur, government premises, foreign embassies, and Jewish quarters in Prague would be at the highest risk.
The Czech Republic is highly unlikely to become involved in an interstate military conflict. The country pursues positive relations with its regional neighbours, as well as Russia and the United States. Although some bilateral disputes are present (for instance, the country's ties with Austria and Germany tend to flare up over the issue of the Beneš decrees and the nuclear power plant in Temelín), these are highly unlikely to result in an armed conflict. The Czech Republic is an EU and NATO member, and belongs to the regional Visegrad Four (V4) organisation alongside Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia, mitigating the risk further.
The protest risks primarily stem from far-right groups that tend to organise small-scale, but frequent rallies against immigration policy and Roma communities, as well as counter-rallies against LGBT pride marches. The risk of anti-refugee demonstrations is likely to remain elevated. Violence and property damage risks, particularly vandalism, are probable during these protests. Political protests are most probable during national holidays and anniversaries, affecting mainly Prague, but these are unlikely to be violent. Environmental activism tends to focus mainly on the nuclear power plants in Temelín and Dukovany and less frequently against the Czech energy provider ČEZ.
Vaccines required to enter the country
No vaccinations are required to enter the country.
Vaccines recommended for all travelers
Routine vaccinations: Consult your doctor to ensure all routine vaccinations - such as for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, influenza, measles, mumps, pertussis, rubella, varicella, etc. - are up to date (include booster shots if necessary).
Vaccines recommended for most travelers
Hepatitis A: The vaccine is given in two doses, six months apart, and is nearly 100 percent effective. The WHO recommends the vaccine be integrated into national routine immunization schedules for children aged one year or older.
Vaccines recommended for some travelers
Hepatitis B: The WHO recommends that all infants receive their first dose of vaccine as soon as possible after birth, preferably within 24 hours. The birth dose should be followed by two or three doses to complete the primary series. Routine booster doses are not routinely recommended for any age group.
Rabies: The rabies vaccination is typically only recommended for travel to remote areas and if the traveler will be at high risk of exposure (e.g. undertaking activities that will bring them into contact with dogs, cats, bats, or other mammals). The vaccination is administered in three doses over a three-to-four week period. Post exposure prophylaxis is also available and should be administered as soon as possible following contact with an animal suspected of being infected (e.g. bites and scratches).
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.
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