With a long history dating back to the ancient Celtic and Germanic founding tribes to the Protestant Reformation and Communism, and with numerous ornate castles, the Czech Republic is perfect for history buffs and culture vultures, but it's also beloved for its beers, hot springs, mineral baths and spa treatments, and stunning natural scenery from trout streams and picturesque lakes in the forest-clad hills of Šumava, bordering on to Austria, to the lofty mountain range of Krkonoše, great for cycling and hiking in the summer months and a fantastic area for wintersports.
KEY FACTS BEFORE YOU GO:
- Capital: Prague
- Currency: Czech Koruna
- Time Difference: The Czech Republic follows Central European Time, which is 1 hour AHEAD of the UK throughout the year. It currently observes Daylight Saving Time from the last Sunday of March to the last Sunday of October, but is due to decide by April 2020 whether it will permanently set its time to Central European Standard (1 hour AHEAD of GMT) or Central European Daylight Saving Time (2 hours AHEAD of GMT/1 hour ahead of BST).
- Flight time: Just under 2 hours to fly direct to Prague
- Official language: Czech
- Entry requirements: Visas are not required. As part of Europe and the Schengen area, in the event of Brexit, please read here for information on changes to travel. Currently, no additional validity is required on your passport, but please also read our further information for changes following Brexit.
- Vaccinations and Health: You should always ensure that you travel with adequate travel health insurance. For up-to-date information, please check this website (as recommended by the Foreign Office): https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/62/czech-republic#Vaccine_recommendations. If vaccinations are required, it is generally advisable to arrange an appointment with a health professional four to six weeks before departure.
General information on travel vaccinations can be found on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/travel-vaccinations/
To find out more, and for the most up-to-date advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/czech-republic
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