Local Information

Climate
Situated at the heart of central Europe, Prague has a continental climate with cold winters and hot summers. The month of May is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 16°C / 60°F to 20°C/ 68°F over the course of the month, exceeding 26°C/ 80°F or dropping below 10°C/ 50°F only one day in ten.

Currency
The local currency is the Czech Crown (CZK).
Czech banknotes are issued in the following denominations: 100/200/500/1000/2000/5000.
Some hotels, shops and restaurants accept Euros as well, but many only take Czech Crowns.

Credit Cards
Almost all establishments in the city centre do accept credit and debit cards. The best choice to take is Visa and MasterCard followed by AMEX.

Electricity
Electricity in the Czech Republic is 220V and AC 50Hz.
Make sure your appliances have a switch to change the voltage to 220V. All sockets have two round female contacts (live left) and round blanking/grounding protecting pin in the middle of the top.
If you are visiting from North America you will need a transformer as North America works on 110V and 50 cycles and Europe works on 220V.

Emergency Numbers

  • Ambulance: 155
  • Police: 158
  • Fire department: 150
  • Municipal police: 156
  • Emergency road service: 1230, 1240

Language
The official spoken language of the Czech Republic is Czech.
As the city of Prague is a major tourist attraction, you will get along very well with English which is widely spoken.

Business Hours
Banks are open from 08:00am to 05:00pm, Monday to Friday.
Museums and galleries usually open from 09:00am to 06:00pm except for Mondays, when most are closed.
Department stores and hypermarkets usually open at 09:00am and close at 08:00pm/ 09:00pm from Monday to Sunday.

Time Zone
CET (Central Europe Time)
From late March until late October: GMT+2

Tipping and Tax
If you were satisfied with the services, it is customary to leave around 10% tip.
In restaurants and taxis one generally rounds the bill to the next 10 CZK or 20 CZK. 
A value-added tax (VAT) of 21% is added to most goods and services. 
A reduced rate of 15% VAT applies for accommodation and food.

Visa Regulations
The Czech Republic has been a member of the European Union since 2004 and signed the Schengen agreement in 2007. Inhabitants of the Schengen countries can move freely within the Schengen area without having to go through border checkpoints. However, they still must have their passports or identification cards with them when travelling.

Visitors from other countries must have passports valid for at least further six months after the date of arrival and in some cases visa. The list of countries whose citizens require a visa in order to visit the Czech Republic can be found here.

Please note that it is the sole responsibility of the attendee to take care of his / her visa requirements. Attendees who require an entry visa must allow sufficient time for the application procedure. Attendees should contact the nearest embassy or consulate to determine the appropriate timing of their visa applications.

It is recommended to apply for a visa at least 3 months in advance of the Congress.