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International dialling code: +420

Driving on the right

European Emergency Dial: 112. 

Border Crossing(s)

Entry: From Germany

Additional information: No formal border but spot checks possible. Between Germany and the Czech Republic, you do not have to stop or even slow down your car. The police can stop your car at random (mostly in an area of +/- 50 kilometers of the border) to search it or to check your identification documents/ visas and the documentation for the vehicle of course.

Approximate time to clear:​ 5 mins. Normally no stops or delays.

Exit:  to Austria 

Additional information: EU Country - normally no formal border checks. 

Approximate time to clear:​ 5 mins

 

Documentation:

Passport: For British Citizens your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you do not need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.Carry your passport with you at all times for identification. The police may fine you or arrest you if you fail to do so. Keep copies of your insurance policy, European Health Insurance Card, ticket details and a 24-hour emergency number in a safe place and leave further copies with family or friends in the UK.

VISA's: Not required for British Citizens. EU & Schengen member. If you’re travelling to Czech Republic, previous visits to the Schengen area within the 180 days before your date of travel would count against the 90-day limit, but trips to other EU countries outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania) would not. 

EHIC: You should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before you travel. If you already have an EHIC, make sure it hasn’t expired. 

Driving licence: Visitors can drive using a valid UK or other EU/EEA driving licence. You will need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP) to be able to drive in some European countries as a visitor if there’s a no-deal Brexit. Check this guidance page for full information. You should also check guidance on driving in the EU after Brexit for information on other additional documents you may need to carry. 

Vehicles from the UK may be imported into Czech Republic for up to 6 months in any period of 12 months. When driving in Czech Republic the following documents should be carried:

  • Full, valid driving licence*  

  • Proof of Insurance (third party or above)

  • Proof of ID (passport)

  • Proof of ownership (V5C certificate)

  • International Driving Permit (see driving licence section)

Insurance: Keep copies of your insurance policy, European Health Insurance Card, ticket details and a 24-hour emergency number in a safe place and leave further copies with family or friends in the UK.

 Logistics

Roads: 

If you’re planning to drive to the Czech Republic, you may like to consult the green line motoring helpline run by the Czech Central Automobile Club (UAMK), which has information available in Czech and English (telephone: 00 420 1230).

To drive on motorways you’ll need to buy a special vignette (sticker) from a Post Office, petrol station, bureau de change or at the border. Failure to display a valid vignette can result in a fine. More information about vignettes can be found on the website of the Czech Ministry of Transport.

There is a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

You must have your headlights on dipped beam when driving anywhere in the Czech Republic, even during the hours of daylight.

 

Traffic: See Via Michelin or various applications including Wase.

Towing:  Caravans, camper vans and luggage trailers may be imported without formality.  Articles of value must be registered on the visitor's currency declaration form or listed in an inventory of the contents of the caravan. Maximum dimensions:

  • Height4 m

  • Width2.55 m

  • Length (vehicle and trailer)18.75 m

On-the-spot fines: The police can issue a fine on-the-spot and demand immediate payment of fines of up to 5000CZK.

The police can confiscate the driving licence on the spot for serious offences.

Emergency equipment: While driving in Czech Republic you are required by law to carry the following items. Hefty on-the-spot fines can be issued for failing to carry specific items: 

  • Headlamp beam deflectors (Depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjusted the beam manually) 

  • High-visibility vest for driver’s use. However, it is recommended that there is a vest for each passenger

  • A first-aid kit is required in all motor vehicles

  • Warning triangle (Any motor vehicle travelling in Czech Republic, regardless of country of registration, must carry a warning triangles) 

  • Motorcyclists (Safety helmets are compulsory for drivers and passengers of mopeds and motorcycles)

 

Winter Tyres: You need winter tyres between 1 November and 31 March.

Weather: BBC weather forecast Prague

 

Fuel: Some filling stations on international roads and in main towns are open 24 hours a day.

Means of payment. Some petrol stations in main towns and tourist areas accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diner’s Club). 

Water: Readily available at most campsites and garages

Food: 

Vehicle / trailer repairs: Main cities. 

Bottle Gas or Refills: Do not plan on lifting gas here. You should arrive with enough gas for the duration of your planned stay. It is illegal to fill gas bottles in the Czech Republic. LPG is available at some garages. See www.mylpg.eu. The following bottled gas retailers sell gas in the Czech Republic:

Gas adapter: Where gas is available, a Dish adapter is required in Czech Republic. 

 

LPG: In addition to cooking gas for those with tanks, LPG is also used to power vehicles. Details of LPG gas stations and connectors can be found on the website myLPG.eu. A list of Points of Interest (POI's), a list of stations, can also be downloaded in other applications and on other devices like Garmin, TomTom, Google Earth and iGO primo. Links can be found here.

Currency: Czech Koruna. It is very difficult to change Scottish or Northern Irish bank notes in the Czech Republic.

Scottish bank notes can be exchanged in ERB Bank in Prague 5. Check with the bank beforehand that they still offer this service:

ERB Bank Exchange Štefánikova 78/50, 150 00, Prague 5

Pets

 

There will be no quarantine for your pet as long as the following regulations are met. Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs, cats and ferrets including service and emotional support dogs and cats. Owners of other pets should refer to item 12. 

For owners of pets entering or returning to the European Union (EU) from the United Kingdom (UK): as of October 31, 2019, if there is no ratified deal between the UK and EU, the UK is likely to be treated as an unlisted (high-rabies) country under the EU Pet Travel Scheme. If this is the case, then a titer test will be required a minimum of 3 calendar months in advance of travel any EU Member State from the UK. (see step #3) Your pet will also need an EU health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of travel. (see step #5) Your pet will need to enter the EU at an approved Border Inspection Post.

For owners of pets returning to the UK from the EU, your pet will need either an existing EU pet passport (both for UK and EU citizens) or the EU health certificate issued in the UK used to travel to the EU.

Places to stay 

 

Name / Point of contact / Email / Tel No / Website

Price per night

Hotels

Campsites including places (like hotels) that allow camping within their grounds

Wild camping

Things to do and places to see

  • Nadic Partnership. Floodwater management projects and tree planting

  • Prague

    • Levitate  Restaurant

    • Charles Bridge

    • Prague Castle

    • National Monument

    • Naptuka Farmers Market

Any other suggestions / Information: 

Only buy alcohol from legitimate places like supermarkets or bottle shops. Make sure the bottle has an original, untouched seal around the cork or cap.

Prague city police advises visitors of the following:

  • always exchange currency at a currency exchange office or bank, never on the street as this money is often counterfeit

  • avoid contact with women and men acting as street prostitutes as they are often pickpockets

  • take care when using cash machines

  • the sale and distribution of drugs is illegal and the drugs are often hazardous counterfeits

  • be aware of consumption charges in night clubs; they are often high. Be careful with consumption cards, which carry high financial penalties if they are lost before the bill is paid

Take care of yourself and your belongings in the same way as you would do in the UK. Take precautions against pickpockets and bag snatchers and don’t leave your belongings or food / drinks unattended.

Petty theft is a problem, especially in major tourist areas in Prague. Try to avoid busy carriages on the metro and trams, which are favoured by pickpockets. There is also a risk of pick-pocketing on flights from the UK. It is best to keep your passport and valuables with you before and during your flight.

Beware of bogus plain-clothes policemen, who may ask to see your foreign currency and passport. If approached, don’t show your money, but offer instead to go with them to the nearest police station. If you suspect that you are dealing with a bogus police officer, you can call 158 or 112 to check their identity. No police officer in the Czech Republic has the right to check your money or its authenticity. 

You may be fined if you attempt to cross a road or tram tracks within 50 metres of a designated crossing point (commonly marked by ‘zebra’ style crossing or traffic lights). You may also be fined if you cross at a pedestrian crossing if the green pedestrian crossing light is not lit.

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