- Czech Republic
- Visitor info
- Working and living
- Did you know
The Czech Republic is not a large country but has a rich and eventful history. the country is graced with hundreds of ancient castles, monasteries and stately mansions, and even entire towns that give the impression of being comprehensive artifacts.
The largest airport is in Prague, Vaclow Havel Airport. There are also airports in Brno, Ostrava, Pardubice and Karlovy Vary.
Buses and trains connect the Czech Republic with many cities all over Europe as well as Russia. The Czech Republic is included in the Inter-Rail pass scheme which is available throughout Europe. So if you are visiting a number of countries this is well worth it.
Pickpockets can be a problem. As usual, be careful of your possessions at busy tourist spots and on trains, buses and trams.
For more tips on staying safe, visit our security section.
The European Health Insurance Card is valid here for citizens of E.U. member states. This will cover you in the case of an emergency but remember that you should still have health insurance as the EHIC will not cover everything.
The emergency number is 112.
If travelling in the country side wear a strong insect repellent with DEET in it to prevent tick bites as they do carry Lyme disease.
Food and water standards are very high in the Czech Republic.
For travel tips on packing, camping, flying and much more, visit our travel tips section.
The economy in the Czech Republic has been opened up to foreign investment since the early 1990s. Its location in Central Europe and its excellent transportation and infrastructure links to both the west and the east. English and German are widely spoken in business but you will need basic knowledge of the Czech language to work here. When submitting your application try to have it in the Czech language.
EU nationals do not need a visa or work permit. After 90 days you will have to apply for a certificate of temporary or permanent residence. You will need a valid passport, proof of health insurance and a document that proves the intention of your stay. EU nationals share the same working rights as Czechs. Graduate opportunities can be found in international companies.
There are shortages of IT specialists, engineers and skilled manual workers. The tourism sector continues to grow and teaching English is a great way to get work. The Erasmus programme offers students a chance to study here for three to twelve months.
The average working week is 40 hours per week over 5 days. There are usually four weeks holidays in a year. The tax rate is 15%.
The Czech Republic is still quite cheap compared to many European countries but prices are rising.
Visit www.mzv.cz/jnp for more information on visas.
Soft contact lenses were invented in the Czech Republic in 1959.
There are over 200 castles in the Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic was once part of Czechoslovakia, until it split into two in 1993.