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Czech Republic Country Security Report

Travel Advisory

The current U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory at the date of this report’s publication assesses Czech republic at Level 2, indicating that travelers should exercise increased caution due to COVID-19. Review OSAC’s report, Understanding the Consular Travel Advisory System.

The Institute for Economics & Peace Global Peace Index 2021 ranks the Czech Republic 9 out of 163 worldwide, rating the country as being at a VERY HIGH state of peace.

Crime Environment

​The U.S. Department of State has assessed Prague as being a MEDIUM-threat location for crime directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests.

The U.S. Department of State has not included a Crime “C” Indicator on the Travel Advisory for the Czech Republic.

The crime emergency line in the Czech Republic is 112. Review the State Department’s Crime Victims Assistance brochure.

Crime: General Threat

The most common crimes are theft and other economically motivated offenses. Visitors are most likely to face petty street crime, particularly pickpocketing and ATM card skimming. These incidents frequently occur in crowded tourist locations or on public transportation such as buses, trains, subways, and trams.

Pickpockets may operate in groups or as individuals. Members of these rings can vary in age, gender, and appearance. For example, there are reports of pickpockets operating while dressed in business attire, posing as panhandlers, carrying babies, and as tourists. Mobile phones are an attractive target for thieves. Handbag and purse snatching are common at restaurants, cafes, and bars when left on the back of chairs or on the sidewalk.

On trains, there have been reports of surreptitious thefts of bags and valuables from luggage bins and those left unattended, including when the owner is asleep. Criminal gangs will target a particular route, such as Prague to Vienna; when police increase enforcement efforts on that route, they move to another station/routing. A common tactic is for a thief to enter the train car, take a bag, and then exit right before the train departs the station. Distracted travelers have reported their bags snatched while waiting on the platform. 

Review OSAC’s report, All That You Should Leave Behind.

Violent or confrontational crime is rare in the Czech Republic. Criminals rarely use violence or the threat of violence to perpetrate a crime, but since they could arm themselves with simple weapons such as knives, avoid direct confrontation.

ATMs are widely available throughout major cities in the Czech Republic. Change money only at banks, legitimate businesses, or ATMs. An offer to change money by an unknown person on the street is most likely a scam. Almost all ATMs have multilingual instructions and allow access to U.S. bank accounts. There are multiple ongoing investigations into groups illegally obtaining ATM card numbers and PINs by “skimming” the information from cards at public ATMs. This activity has reportedly occurred at ATMs in public areas, including in bank lobbies covered by security cameras. Skimming can also occur when swiping a card to access bank lobbies. Use machines at more secure or heavily traveled and monitored locations, including commercial banks, large hotels, and the airport. Attempt to use a different card to open lobby doors than the one you use inside. Many door-access devices will permit entry with any card that has a magnetic strip (e.g. gift cards).

Some ATMs have a green translucent security device at the card input. Be sure to inspect the machine for anything installed over/around the PIN pad. Look for signs of tampering, including a loose, detached, or flexible card slot, or glue or tape around card slot. Many times, criminals hastily install these skimming devices and intend to remove them quickly. Cover the keypad while typing your PIN and be alert for suspicious individuals loitering in the area.

Credit card fraud and identification theft are no less prevalent in the Czech Republic than most other European locations. It is a good standard practice to shred ATM/bank receipts/statements (or refuse them altogether) to reduce opportunities for ID theft. Do not give your credit card number over the telephone unless you initiated the call. When providing a credit card at point of sale, ensure it remains in line of sight throughout the transaction. Restaurants that permit payment by credit card use hand-held, mobile payment machines that allow completion of the transaction at the table. Check accounts regularly and notify the bank of discrepancies immediately. Keep a list of telephone numbers to call to report the loss or theft of wallet or credit cards. 

Review OSAC’s reports, The Overseas Traveler’s Guide to ATM Skimmers & Fraud and Taking Credit.

Generally, auto thefts and break-ins have declined over the last decade; however, they do occur frequently, especially in major cities such as Prague. Use parking garages and an anti-theft device, if possible. Keep personal belongings, to include recharging cords, out of plain sight. U.S. passports are commonly stolen; protect them no differently than you would a wallet. Criminals steal vehicles for resale or for dismantlement and sale of parts locally or abroad. Gangs will surveil more affluent neighborhoods and may steal several vehicles of similar type, based on the current market for parts. The Czech Republic also serves as a transit route for stolen cars from Western Europe. The recovery rate of stolen vehicles, as with most stolen property, is extremely low.

Residential burglaries occur, but are more frequent when a home is unoccupied. Keep valuables and important documents in a safe. Use residential alarms where available. Czech police report that many break-ins are thwarted when an alarm activates. In many residential neighborhoods in Prague, vagrants commonly panhandle or beg for gratuities, especially during December and January. Do not open your door to vagrants. Avoid pulling out wallets or purses to give money to panhandlers on the street. Grocery delivery services are widely available and popular with the expatriate community; do not leave delivery personnel unattended in your home, even for a moment in the lobby.

Review OSAC’s report, Shaken: The Don’ts of Alcohol Abroad.

Find more information on crime statistics in the Czech Republic online.

Crime: Areas of Concern

​There are no areas of the Czech Republic that are off limits to U.S. Embassy staff.  Pickpockets and scam artists favor some of the more popular tourist spots such as the Charles Bridge area, Wenceslas square (Václavské náměstí), Old Town square (Staroměstské náměstí), and Prague Castle.

Czech bars and dance clubs are generally safe, but drugs tend to be prevalent in these locations. Although enforcement may vary, commerce in illegal substances is against the law. Security personnel at nightclubs could respond more forcefully than at similar venues in the United States. Avoid altercations with bar personnel or other patrons. Exercise caution around the many bars/restaurants, strip clubs, and casinos off Wenceslas Square, and at Karlovy Lázně nightclub near the Charles Bridge.

Use of “date rape” drugs such as Rohypnol has occurred at local bars and clubs frequented by tourists, often reportedly to disable victims for robbery and/or sexual assault. Do not leave drinks unattended or accept drinks from anyone other than a server or bartender. A common practice is for someone to ask an unsuspecting bar patron to “taste” their mixed drink, which is spiked with some type of drug.

Gaming establishments are prevalent. Casinos are government-regulated, but there is a high likelihood they either are attractive business opportunities for organized crime or already have affiliations with organized crime elements.

Review OSAC’s reports, All That You Should Leave Behind, Hotels: The Inns and Outs, Considerations for Hotel Security, and Taking Credit.  

Kidnapping Threat

The U.S. Department of State has not included a Kidnapping “K” Indicator on the Travel Advisory for the Czech Republic.

Review OSAC’s reports, Kidnapping: The Basics and Active Shooter and Kidnapping Response Tips.

Drug Crime

The Czech Republic is a trans-shipment point for Southwest Asian heroin, and a minor transit point for Latin American cocaine to Western Europe. The country is a producer of synthetic drugs for local and regional markets and is susceptible to money laundering related to drug trafficking and organized crime. The Czech Republic is a significant consumer of ecstasy.

The sale, possession, or use of illicit drugs is against the law. Authorities generally overlook the personal use and possession of marijuana, so travelers may encounter it. 

Consult with the CIA World Factbook’s section on Illicit Drugs for country-specific information.

Terrorism Environment

​The U.S. Department of State has assessed Prague as being a LOW-threat location for terrorism directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests.

The U.S. Department of State has not included a Terrorism “T” Indicator on the Travel Advisory for the Czech Republic.

The Institute for Economics & Peace Global Terrorism Index 2020 ranks the Czech Republic 111 out of 163 worldwide, rating the country as having a Very Low impact from terrorism.

Terrorism: General Threat

Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Europe. The Czech Republic is part of the Schengen Zone, which has virtually eliminated travel checks between the 26 European member states. Despite the relatively low threat, widely reported incidents across the region demonstrate that terrorist organizations can plan and execute attacks in Europe. While local governments continue counterterrorism operations, the degrading of the centralized ISIS command structure has given rise to more independent or “lone actor” style attacks. There is still a possibility that returning (terrorist-affiliated) foreign fighters, terrorist sympathizers, self-radicalized extremists, or opportunity-driven malcontents may conduct attacks with little or no warning.

Extremists continue to focus on locations where large numbers of people gather, including tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, airports, and other soft targets remain priority locations for possible attacks. Those who plan to visit these locations should remain aware of their surroundings, have an exit plan, and think about where they may find cover if an incident were to occur unexpectedly.

Terrorists persist in employing a variety of tactics, including firearms, explosives, ramming vehicles, and edged weapons that are difficult to detect prior to an attack.

Political Violence and Civil Unrest Environment

​The U.S. Department of State has assessed Prague as being a MEDIUM-threat location for political violence directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests.

Protest & Demonstration Activity

Civil disorder is rare, although strikes and demonstrations do occur. Depending on the number of people, protests could affect traffic flow and pedestrian movements around gathering points. Demonstration organizers must notify Prague City Hall in advance, allowing police to prepare for these events and respond in a competent and professional manner. On rare occasions, spontaneous demonstrations have occurred, usually around Palacky Square (Palackého náměstí) in Prague 2, where advance notification is not required. Unless demonstrators are breaking laws or causing an excessive disturbance, authorities are disinclined to disband a peaceable protest.

When large protests do occur, they gather at Wenceslas Square and Letna Park. These demonstrations can attract people from all over the Czech Republic. Even with large numbers, events remain peaceful. 

Review OSAC’s report, Surviving a Protest.

Soccer matches are well-attended in Prague and other locations around the country. Rival matches have resulted in disorderly conduct, arrests, and injuries to bystanders. Authorities prepare for the possibility of violence and/or disruptive behavior during these matches. It is common to see a large police presence near soccer stadiums during games. Confrontations between rival groups of fans and rowdy pre- and post-match celebrations may occur. Even events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid areas of unruly gatherings, and exercise caution if near any such events.

Law Enforcement Concerns: Security Agencies

Police Response

​The emergency line in the Czech Republic is 112. English-speaking operators are available 24/7. For local first responders, refer to the Embassy’s Emergency Assistance page. Download the State Department’s Crime Victims Assistance brochure.

The national police (Policie) report to the Interior Ministry of and are responsible for enforcing the law and maintaining public order, including protecting the border and enforcing immigration law. The Police post updates regularly to their twitter account: @PolicieCZ

Local city police forces (Městská Policie) have municipal responsibilities.

The General Inspection of Security Forces reports to the Office of the Prime Minister and is responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct involving police, customs officials, fire fighters, and the prison service. General Inspection of Security Forces inspectors investigated allegations of criminal misconduct and carried out “integrity tests,” or sting operations, to catch violators in action.

The Defense Ministry oversees the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic. Civilian authorities maintain effective control over the security forces. Members of the security forces have committed some abuses.

Law Enforcement Concerns: Emergency Contact/Information

The emergency line in the Czech Republic is 112. English-speaking operators are available 24/7. For local first responders, refer to the Embassy’s Emergency Assistance page. Download the State Department’s Crime Victims Assistance brochure.

Transportation Security

Road Safety

Drivers may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. The Road Safety Annual Report (2020), published cooperatively by The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Transport Forum, as well as the International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group has consistently reported that overall road safety in the Czech Republic is among the weakest in Europe. One catalyst is that traffic volume, including truck traffic has significantly increased because of a rapidly growing economy. To improve road conditions, many highways and secondary roads are under construction, exacerbating problem areas.

Driving speeds on European highways are higher than in the United States. Stay in the right lane except when passing. Highways in the Czech Republic generally meet European standards. However, on two-lane roads, prepare to encounter uneven surfaces, irregular lane markings, and unclear sign placements. Streets in towns are not always in good condition. Pay special attention when driving on cobblestone and among streetcars, which have the right of way in historic city centers. Rain, ice, and snow on cobblestone streets create conditions far slicker than on asphalt. Traffic lights hang before the intersection, so be aware of where to stop. Speed limits vary in towns, and can change rapidly on highways, especially prior to entering tunnels. An International Driving Permit (IDP) must accompany a U.S. driver’s license; failure to have the IDP with a valid license may result in denial of an insurance claim after an accident.

Vehicles must display a toll sticker (vignette) to drive legally on major highways, or have purchased an electronic vignette. Signs near the border stating this requirement are easy to miss. The stickers are available at most gas stations, and available online. Authorities assess the fine for failing to display a toll sticker on the spot.

Czech law requires that drivers always have their headlights on. The law also requires that all private cars carry each of the following items: fluorescent green high visibility safety jacket, first-aid kit, spare pair of prescription glasses kept in the glove compartment (if necessary), warning triangle, and complete set of spare bulbs. Rental cars have these items in the vehicles, but it is best to confirm.

Czech law allows local law enforcement officials to administer breathalyzer tests on drivers stopped for any reason. There is a zero-tolerance policy, which means that driving with any trace of detected alcohol, however slight, is illegal; those caught usually face immediate fines and possible criminal proceedings.

In tandem with the increased number of vehicles on the road, the amount of pedestrian and cycle traffic has also grown. This has led to a jump in pedestrian and cyclist injury/fatalities. Since 2015, there has been a 25% increase in cyclist fatalities and a 15% increase in pedestrian fatalities. This is partially due to a lack of adherence to basic traffic laws. Cyclists and pedestrians should always be familiar with rules of the road, compulsory equipment, rules for riding with children, and rules for riding in or near motorized traffic. Pedestrians often have the right of way at crosswalks but should exercise caution since drivers often speed through intersections without looking. Streetcars do not stop for pedestrians, so exercise caution when crossing the street in areas they frequent.

In a roadside emergency in Prague city, relay the number on the nearest lamppost to the emergency operator to facilitate finding your location.

For specific information concerning Czech requirements for driver’s permits, vehicle inspection, road tax, and mandatory insurance, visit the website of the Czech Republic’s national tourist office and the Ministry of Transport

For detailed, country-specific road and vehicle safety information, read the World Health Organization’s Global Status Report on Road Safety.

Review OSAC’s reports, Road Safety Abroad, Driving Overseas: Best Practices, and Evasive Driving Techniques; and read the State Department’s webpage on driving and road safety abroad.  

Public Transportation Safety

Public transportation by bus, trolley, and subway is safe and reliable. Passengers on public transportation should buy a ticket prior to boarding to avoid fines. Tickets are good for a limited timeframe. Validate your ticket at the outset of the trip by inserting it into the yellow box on trams and buses, and in the entry halls of Metro stations. You can also download the Lítačka app to purchase tickets, but you must purchase the ticket prior to entering a bus/trolley and prior to crossing the yellow line at the top of escalators in the subway stations. Many Prague Metro stations have ticket offices. You can also purchase tickets at tabak shops (cigarette stands), newspaper stands, post offices, metro station vending machines, and major tram stops. Travelers who do not validate their tickets face the possibility of encountering a transportation inspector who operates in plain clothes and will display a small metal badge (emblazoned with the words “Prepravní Kontrola”) when inspecting tickets. Fines are 1500 CZK paid on the spot. You must carry PID Lítačka Travel Cards on your person; photos are not permitted.

Travel by taxi is generally safe and reliable. Remain alert to the potential for taxi drivers to charge more than the standard rate, particularly in tourist areas. The best approach for obtaining a taxi is to call the company directly rather than hail one on the street; this ensures that the company’s dispatcher logs the ride. Taxis should be clearly marked (ideally with a permanently installed roof lamp and taxi sign) and must include the driver’s personal information, registration number, company name, and price list on the doors. Taxi drivers should use a meter and provide a receipt (from the meter) upon completion of the trip. Visitors may also obtain a taxi at a "Fair Place" taxi stand. The main taxi stand at the airport has generally proven reliable. Avoid using taxis managed by individuals who approach travelers inside the airport or away from the main taxi queue. Fares from the airport to the city center should cost 600CZK or less.

Uber and other travel services like Liftago are also widely available in Prague and most other Czech cities. They are a dependable alternative transportation choice due to the prepayment option. Issues arising from Uber use have been no more prevalent than those encountered in the United States.

Review OSAC’s Report, Security in Transit: Airplanes, Public Transport, and Overnights and Safety and Security in the Share Economy; and consider the European Union Air Safety List.

Aviation Concerns

​The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of the Czech Republic’s Civil Aviation Authority as compliant with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for Czech air carrier operations. Security at the airport, to include screening of baggage and passengers, is generally very good.

Personal Identity & Human Rights Concerns

Safety Concerns for Women Travelers

While the incidence of sexual assault is statistically low, attacks do occur. Be aware of “date-rape” drugs, including GHB and liquid ecstasy. Be cautious in bars and clubs, and in other situations involving alcohol consumption. Leaving your drink unattended or accepting a drink from a stranger can lead to serious consequences. 

Review the State Department’s webpage on security for female travelers.

Consider composite scores given to the Czech Republic by the UN Development Program (UNDP) in its Gender Development Index, measuring the difference between average achievement in three basic dimensions of human development, and Gender Inequality Index, measuring inequality in achievement in reproductive health, empowerment, and the labor market. For more information on gender statistics in the Czech Republic, see the World Bank's Gender Data Portal.

Safety Concerns for LGBTI+ Travelers

​Anti-discrimination laws prohibit discrimination against LGBTI+ persons in housing, employment, and access to health care, and the government generally enforced such laws. The country does not have specific hate crime provisions covering sexual orientation and gender identity. The number of incidents of violence based on sexual orientation is low. 

There are no legal restrictions on same-sex relations or the organization of LGBTI+ events in Czech Republic. Outside of Prague, particularly in small towns, such relations or events are less accepted. 

Review OSAC’s report, Supporting LGBT+ Employee Security Abroad, and the State Department’s webpage on security for LGBTI travelers.

Safety Concerns for Travelers with Disabilities

​Czech law prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in employment, education, access to health care, and other state services. Authorities generally enforce these provisions. Many buses and streetcars—especially in Prague—are accessible for those with special needs. 72% of Prague's metro stations are accessible to persons with disabilities; work to expand barrier-free access is ongoing. Taxi services for persons with limited mobility exist. Several companies offer such services in Prague, and some service areas outside Prague. Much of the center of Prague is centuries old, with narrow cobblestone streets that may make accessibility difficult or impossible. Accessibility outside of Prague is generally less available.

Review the State Department’s webpage on security for travelers with disabilities.

Safety Concerns for Travelers Based on Race, Religion, & Ethnicity

​According to the 2020 Human Rights Report, there were approximately 300,000 Roma in the country; many face varying levels of discrimination in education, employment, and housing, as well as high levels of poverty, unemployment, and illiteracy.

Public expressions of anti-Semitism are rare, but small, fairly well organized right-wing groups with anti-Semitic views are active. The Interior Ministry monitors the activities of extremist groups and cooperates with police from neighboring countries as well as the local Jewish community. The Interior Ministry recorded 23 criminal offenses related to anti-Semitism in 2019. The Federation of Jewish Communities reported 697 incidents with anti-Semitic motives in 2019, of which 95% were cases of hate speech on the internet.

In 2020, the government approved a Counter Extremism and Hate Crime Strategy that emphasizes communication, prevention, and education to curb extremism and combat hostility of radicals. The strategy also addresses extremism and hate crimes on the internet.

Review OSAC’s report, Freedom to Practice, and the State Department’s webpage on security for faith-based travelers.  

Concerns involving the Rule of Law, Arbitrary Detention, Official Harassment, Corruption &/or Transparency

The Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index ranks the Czech Republic 49 out of 180 worldwide, where 1 means most transparent.

Communication Issues

The government does not restrict or disrupt access to the internet or censor online content, and there are no credible reports the government monitors private online communications without appropriate legal authority.

The law prohibits, among others, speech that denigrates a nation, race, ethnic, or other group of persons; incites hatred toward members of a group or advocates the restriction of their civil rights; and publicly denies, questions, endorses, or vindicates genocide.

The Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index ranks the Czech Republic 40 out of 180 worldwide, where 1 means most freedom. The Freedom House Freedom on the Net report rates the Czech Republic’s internet freedom as Free, and its Freedom in the World report rates the Czech Republic’s freedom of speech as Free.

Health Concerns

Emergency Health Services

Travelers should deal with life-threatening emergencies in the Czech Republic by calling Záchranná Služba (emergency services) at 112, specifying that they require a physician. Operators speak English. In a roadside emergency in Prague city, relay the number on the nearest lamppost to the emergency operator to facilitate finding your location.

While significant differences exist between U.S. and Czech medical systems, many misconceptions and fears about post-communist medical treatment are outdated. The Czech medical system is no longer entirely socialized; it is partially government-run and partially private. Western-trained doctors operate in Prague.

The Czech philosophy of medical care and the doctor-patient relationship tend to take more of a European approach. That is, the doctor will be less likely to share information about the patient’s condition with the patient than is generally the case in the United States. It is common to find closed doors (where patients should knock or ring for service), rather than an open nursing station. This is a cultural difference, not a personal slight. Czech medical staff maintain a standard of cleanliness; for example, many require that you wear disposable shoe coverings in the hospitals.

The Czech medical system is organized differently than in the United States; for instance, there is not a single central emergency room. Emergencies often dispatch to the facility that treats a specific medical condition (e.g., patients with broken noses go to the ear, nose, and throat facility). Patients can always request a different health facility after their condition stabilizes. Patients will incur charges for services, including transportation to the health care facilities. Ambulance charges are approximately US$200, payable by cash or credit card.

Foreigners who use Czech medical facilities should expect to pay for their care. The U.S. Embassy in Prague cannot guarantee payment or otherwise take financial responsibility for the medical care of private citizens. Medicare does not cover overseas treatment. Providers may not accept credit cards, and usually will not accept U.S. insurance. Generally, patients who have overseas insurance coverage should expect to pay the bill and then seek reimbursement from their insurance company. Contact your health insurance company directly to find out if your policy includes overseas coverage.

Find contact information for available medical services and available air ambulance services on the U.S. Embassy website. The U.S. Department of State strongly recommends purchasing international health insurance before traveling internationally. Review the State Department’s webpage on health insurance overseas.

The U.S. Department of State has included a Health “H” Indicator on the Travel Advisory for the Czech Republic, indicating that Health risks, including current disease outbreaks or a crisis that temporarily disrupts a country’s medical infrastructure, are present. Review the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) country-specific Travel Health Notices for current health issues that impact traveler health, like disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, and natural disasters.

See OSAC’s Guide to U.S. Government-Assisted Evacuations; review OSAC’s reports, The Healthy Way, Shaken: The Don’ts of Alcohol Abroad, Health 101: How to Prepare for Travel, and Fire Safety Abroad; and visit the State Department’s webpage on Your Health Abroad for more information.

Vaccinations

Those camping or hiking in long grass or woodlands from March to October run the risk of both tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) and Lyme disease. No vaccine exists for Lyme disease. Even though the CDC does not explicitly recommend the TBE vaccine, other official European sources have recommended it for travelers who plan to stay for extended periods or who plan to camp. Vaccines are available through a general practitioner or a pediatrician in the Czech Republic but are not available in the U.S. Use insect repellent and proper clothing as extra protection.

Review the CDC Travelers’ Health site for country-specific vaccine recommendations.

Issues Traveling with Medications

There are no unusual issues involving traveling to the Czech Republic with medications.

Review OSAC’s report, Traveling with Medication.  

Water Quality

Tap water in the Czech Republic is generally potable.

Review OSAC’s report, I’m Drinking What in My Water?

Environmental Hazards

The Czech Republic continues to improve on legacy environmental damage caused by industry, mining, and agriculture, all of which had a major impact on water resources and air quality. Specifically, the Czech Republic is still recuperating from sulfur dioxide emissions that resulted from the use of lignite (brown coal) as an energy source in the former Czechoslovakia.

The Czech Republic has made international commitments regarding the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, but it is unclear how the country will balance this need with the expansion of industry.

Cybersecurity Concerns

​Czech law provides a roadmap for the development of cyber capability. The Czech equivalent of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) is the National Security Authority (NBU). The NBU is an executive body responsible for the protection of classified information, critical infrastructure computers, and networks. The Czech National Cyber Security Center (NCKB) publishes articles and hosts events related to cybersecurity issues.

Review OSAC’s reports, Cybersecurity Basics, Best Practices for Maximizing Security on Public Wi-Fi, Traveling Abroad with Mobile Devices, and Guide for Overseas Satellite Phone Usage.

Other Security Concerns

Landmines

​This country has no known issues with landmines.

Import/Export Restrictions

A country-specific listing of items/goods prohibited from being exported to the country or that are otherwise restricted is available from the U.S. International Trade Agency website.

Photography

​Photography of government buildings and historic areas are permitted.  

Review OSAC’s report, Picture This: Dos and Don’ts for Photography.

ID Requirements

Local police can require travelers to produce identification to establish identity. Carry passports with you while visiting the Czech Republic and keep a Prukaz on your person if you have established residency. Present these documents to police upon request.

Critical Infrastructure Concerns

Environmental crises such as flooding have greatly affected Prague. After major flooding in 2002 and 2013, Prague expended significant resources to improve fixed and mobile barriers as well as pumping systems/safety valves along the Vltava River. The government has made major improvements to the country’s emergency response capability. This includes implementation of an integrated rescue system, which coordinates police, fire, and medical efforts through multiple command centers positioned around the country. This system coordinates the nationwide allocation of available resources to areas most affected by environmental, safety, and/or security issues. This response can also expand to include municipal police and military personnel.

The fire departments around the Czech Republic are a combination of volunteer and state employees. Departments have sufficient funding and training. Prague has well-trained chemical and biological (hazmat) response teams.

OSAC Country Chapters

There is no OSAC Country Chapter in the Czech Republic.

Contact OSAC’s Europe team with any questions.

Embassy Contact Information

U.S. Embassy Prague, Tržiště 15, 118 01 Praha 1 – Malá Strana. Tel: +420-257-022-000.  Regular hours: 0800 – 1630, Monday – Friday.

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