Czech Republic Business Travel Guide

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The Czech Republic Business Travel Guide contains valuable travel information to assist business travellers. The guide contains facts on the Czech Republic, visa information, business customs, useful tips and other resources. An appreciation and good understanding of other cultures, languages and customs can be extremely useful to business travellers and offer a real advantage to ensuring a successful business trip.

The Czech Republic is a member of the OECD, EU and has a developed economy with a number of business opportunities. Major trading partners include neighbour Slovakia, Poland, France, Austria and Germany. The Czech Republic is a landlocked country sharing borders with Austria to the south, Germany to the west, Poland to the north west and Slovakia to the south east. The country has a variety of landscapes including hills, low mountains, rolling plains and plateaus.

Famous attractions include Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Church of St Nicholas, Old Town Square and Prague Astronomical Clock in Prague, Karlštejn Castle, Špilberk Castle and Cesky Krumlov.

Czech Republic Guide

Quick Facts on the Czech Republic
Czech Republic Travel Advice
Visa Requirements
Business Customs and Etiquette
Travel Advice and Tips
Public Holidays
Czech Republic Map
Czech Republic Weather & Climate

Quick Facts on the Czech Republic

Country: Czech Republic

Capital: Prague

Currency: Czech Koruna (1 Koruna = 100 Halers)

Population: 10.6 Million (UN, 2012)

Area total: 79,000 sq km

Languages: Czech

Time Zone: GMT +1

Daylight Saving Details: Starts in late March until late October

Electricity: 220V 50Hz

Dialling Code: 420

GDP: USD$ 198.4 billion (World Bank, 2013)

Religion: Predominately Christian (Catholic, Protestant).

Political System: Republic

Internet Domain: .cz

Czech Republic Travel Advice

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office offers travellers useful advice when travelling to the Czech Republic. Find entry requirements for Czech Republic, advice on local laws and customs, tips on safety and security and the address and contact details of the British Embassy in the Czech Republic. The information is usually up to the minute providing a very useful resource for both business and leisure travellers to check before starting their trips. For more information please see: Czech Republic Travel Advice

Visa Requirements

No visa requirement for national of EU member states. No visa need for US and Canadian nationals for visits less than six months. Visa requirements are subject to change with changes in requirements and rules for further information please see: Czech Republic Embassy UK

Business Customs and Etiquette

Business greetings are usually formal with a handshake, people are usually addressed formally and should wait to be invited to use first names. Punctuality is deemed very important for meetings and a non confrontational style is preferred. There can be bureaucracy and strict adherence to protocol and rules so decision making can take time, be prepared to be patient, it can take several meetings to reach a decision.

Business dress is conservative and mainly formal; many Czech business people speak English however it is best to check to see if the services of an interpreter are required. Visitors should note many businesses are closed during the holidays in July and August and it is best to avoid these periods.

Travel Advice and Tips

The Czech Republic is a relatively safe country for travel for both business and leisure visitors with the vast majority of trips being incident free. However there are incidents of pick pockets especially in crowded public areas and theft with valuables stolen. It is important to be aware of your surroundings and environment and remain vigilant at all times.

Travel Checklist: See our Packing & Travel Checklist containing useful tips and reminders to ensure you have everything you will need on your trip.

Travel Vaccinations: It is recommended you check with your GP whether you require any travel vaccinations up to eight weeks before you travel. For more information and advice on travel vaccinations please see the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Tipping: If service charge is not included usually around 10%

Hours of Business:

For Business & Retail:
08.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday
For Banking:
09.00 to 17.00 Monday to Thursday
0.900 to 16.00 Friday

NOTE: Larger shops and supermarkets may have opening hours staying open at the weekends and some are 24 hours.

Public Holidays

Public Holidays (2015):

Jan 1: New Year's Day & Restoration Day
Apr 1: Easter Monday
May 1: Labour Day
May 8: Liberation Day
Jul 5: St. Cyril and St. Methodius Day
Jul 6: Jan Hus Day
Sep 28: St. Wenceslas Day (Czech Statehood Day)
Oct 28: Independent Czechoslovakia Day
Nov 17: Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day
Dec 25: Christmas Day

Czech Republic Map

Map of Prague, Czech Republic

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Czech Republic Weather & Climate

Czech Republic's location in eastern Europe give it a continental climate with typically warm and dry summers with cold winters. The best of the weather is usually between May to September benefiting from warm days and cool nights, autumn is usually colder and wetter and winters can be cold, foggy and include snowfall. The coldest month is January whist the hottest month is July. The relatively moderate climate means it is a destination that can be visited throughout the year.

Lightweight cotton and linen clothing can be warn in the summer months, a jumper or jacket s advisable in the cooler evenings; rain coats and umbrellas are advisable throughout the year. Additional layers and warmer clothing (medium to heavy) is required in the winter.

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