Past meets the present in Czech Republic. The country’s history and its progress can be seen through the fascinating historical and contemporary architecture, landscape and culture. We’ve compiled a few things to ease your way into this wonderful country.
- Expat Clubs
- Local News Sources
- Country Information
- Resident and Work visa information
- How to get a driving license
- Where to live and about the accomodation types
- Healthcare information including Hospitals and Insurance
International Organization for Migration (IOM) Prague
This Website should facilitate the foreigners living in the Czech Republic.
Address: Argentinská 38, 170 00 Praha 7
Tel: +420 2333 70160
Fax: +420 2333 82259
International Women's Association of Prague
The International Women’s Association of Prague (IWAP) is an independent, non-political, non-profit organization run voluntarily by its members. IWAP has nearly 320 diverse and international members ranging in age from 23 to 93. Many of our members are from the Czech Republic, but the majority come from approximately 35 different countries.
Address: Slezská 74, 130 00, Prague 3
Tel: +420 222 252 220
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The Prague round, a gradually growing German-speaking community in Prague, in what friends as well as from business Germany and the Czech Republic.
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1st International School of Ostrava
The school also has Preliminary Membership with the Council of International Schools, and Membership with the International Primary Curriculum, and will be working on gaining accreditation in the coming months and years.
Curriculum: International Primary Curriculum, Middle Years Program (MYP), International Baccalaureate, Czech Maturita
Address: Gregorova 3, 702 00 Ostrava, Czech Republic
Tel: +420 727 944 637, +420 727 946 350, +420 595 136 395
International School of Prague
The International School of Prague is a not-for-profit educational institution, classified as an s.r.o. by the Czech tax authorities. As an s.r.o., the School has one shareholder - The International School of Prague Foundation, which is a US 501(c)3 (an American not-for-profit). ISP pays no dividends, and any surpluses are re-invested in the school every year.
Address: Nebusicka 700, 164 00 Prague 6, Czech Republic
Tel: +420 2 2038 4111
Fax: +420 2 2038 4555
Riverside School provides an international approach to education based on the British National Curriculum, the International Baccalaureate and other curricular models which are adapted to facilitate the child’s successful integration into Riverside School and on to their future schooling. They are a non-profit Christian organisation, based on a high level of stewardship of funds, which does not generate any income for the Board or its Founders. All income is used to provide quality facilities, educational programmes and staff for the School.
Curriculum: British, International Baccalaureate
Address: Roztocka 9, Sedlec, Prague, Czech Republic
Tel: +420 224 315 336
The English College in Prague
It is part of the Czech school system and is non-profit. 80% of its students are Czech and 20% are international students from over twenty different countries.
Curriculum: IGCSE, International Baccalaureate
Address: Sokolovská 320, 190 00 Praha 9 – Vysočany, Czech Republic
Tel: +420 283893113
Fax: +420 283890118
The Prague British School
PBS offers an unrivalled education based on the English National Curriculum to students from both the local and international communities in Prague. The Prague British School is fully accredited and over 650 pupils currently attend daily.
Curriculum: English National Curriculum
Address: The Prague British School, K Lesu 558/2, 142 00 Praha 4, Czech Republic
Tel: +420 226 096 200
Townshend International School
Townshend International School is a co-educational, English medium, high school accredited by the Ministry of Education.
Curriculum: Cambridge International Examinations
Address: Hradcany 1070, Hluboka nad Vltavou 37341, Czech Republic
Tel: +420 387 688 113
Prague Daily Monitor
The Prague Daily Monitor is an English-language news site that brings local and regional news, including Business, Sports, Lifestyle and Real Estate.
The Prague Post is an English language website that brings local, regional, and world news including Finance, Economy, Profiles, Culture and many more.
Capital City: Prague
Other Important Cities: Brno
Currency: Czech koruna (CZK)
Calling Code: +420
Internet TLD: .cz
Electricity: 230V 50Hz.
- Ambulance: 112, 155
- Fire: 112, 150
- Police: 112, 158
The largest electricity producer is in the country is CEZ a.s.
Visitors from certain countries including the US and the EU may enter Czech Republic. Other nationalities must secure a Schengen visa from a Czech Republic embassy or consulate in their home or host country. The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs has information on countries who require a Schengen visa here.
Schengen Visa Requirements (but not limited to):
- an application form – completed duly and legibly, and signed (in case of children under 15, the application form should be signed by the legal guardian; in case of applicants aged 15-18, written consent of their legal guardian should be presented);
- a national passport with UAE residence permit and the Emirati ID card, all valid for at least three months longer than the intended stay. The passport must have been issued within the last 10 years, must be in a good shape and have at least 2 empty pages. The applicant needs to provide a photocopy of the identity page of the passport, the UAE residence permit and any previous Schengen visas from the last 3 years;
- a recent passport size photograph (light background and neutral expression necessary, no head covering acceptable except for religious reasons; please attach your photo to the application using glue, do not staple!);
- a letter from an employer and /or a sponsor stating designation, date of employment, and salary; if the reason for the trip is business, the period of stay, purpose of visit, and financial arrangements shall also be mentioned. The letter must have an original signature and a stamp; if the sponsor is a natural person (except for a family member), we recommend a verified signature or a common signature with the sponsor's passport copy attached. If the applicant is an owner of a company or a partner, original Company Trade License and a copy should be presented;
- a proof of sufficient financial means to cover the period of your intended stay – preferably a bank statement for the last three months showing regular income. The bank statement must show the applicant’s name, and be stamped and signed by the bank’s representative. Please note that cash will not be accepted as a proof of funds;
- a return flight ticket (at submitting the application a flight reservation will be accepted, the original may be required at the collection of the visa);
- a confirmed hotel reservation for the whole duration of stay. The confirmation needs to be issued directly by the hotel/guesthouse and clearly state the visa applicant´s full name, dates of accommodation, the hotel address and contact details;
- a travel insurance certificate for the whole period of stay, including the information on Terms and Conditions.The insurance should cover all medical expenses including emergency hospital treatment and repatriation for the period of your stay in the Schengen area (coverage at least 30.000 EUR). The travel insurance certificate shall be signed and stamped (original signature and stamp, not a scan or printout!) by the insurance company representative;
- other original document(s) proving the purpose of travel, if applicable (e.g. an original letter from a conference organizer (identifiable company-sender fax or email accepted), a tour voucher, a medical report in case of medical reasons, official letters from receiving (and sending) institution if study reasons, a letter from the inviting person if visiting family or friends, etc.)
- a detailed travel plan, if the applicant is travelling to more than one Schengen area country, including the information on means of transport (flight reservations, train connections, etc.) and accommodation (confirmed hotel reservations);
- if an invitation verified by the Czech Immigration Police is presented, it can replace some of the supporting documents (financial means, accommodation).
Please visit the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs site for more details.
Hunting for accommodation in Czech Republic can be difficult; there are only a few quality yet affordable rentals to go around. There are many in the capital, however they can be quite expensive. Beyond Prague, it can be even more difficult.
Rental control, where the maximum price is set by law, poses a problem for owners, affecting the maintenance and the overall condition of the unit. Finding an apartment in good condition and at a reasonable price is elusive.
The Internet, newspapers, notice boards and personal advertisements, are good places to start looking for accommodations. Real estate agents is another way, as they will have rental listings.
Visitors to the country can use their driving license along with an international driving permit to legally drive in the Czech Republic, however expats with a long stay visa may not use this method and must obtain a Czech driving license. It is easy for citizens of the EU to drive as they have a right (not an obligation) to request for a replacement license. However non-EU citizens will have to pass the theory and practical tests at one of Prague’s testing centres. There are test in English available.
You can find more information here.
There are dodgy deals that you can do with officials, many expats tend to take this route, however this is not recommended as you really should know the street signs and the way in which people drive.
The medical facilities in Czech Republic are up to Western standards and operates quite similarly. Public and private hospitals are also available, and they offer high quality services. European travelers may use the EHIC cards to get free or low cost treatments, while other foreigners are advised to secure a comprehensive health insurance plan. Payment in cash should be expected, not all hospitals will accept paying by credit cards.
Citizens, permanent residents, self-employed and employees of companies in Czech Republic are required to contribute to the public healthcare system that provides them health insurance coverage. For more information please visit here.
European Health Insurance Card
The European Health Insurance Card or EHIC (formerly the E111 form) allows the holder to access health care services when travelling to or on holiday in another EU or EEA country.
Allianz Czech Republic
Allianz Pojistovna commenced its activities in the Czech insurance market in January 1993 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Allianz AG. Today, Allianz is a composite insurer offering life and non-life insurance products to both individuals and corporations.
Address: Ke Stvanici 656/3, 186 00 Praha 8, Czech Republic
Tel: +420 2 24405358
Fax: +420 2 42455506
Their company is engaged in dental care, implantology and esthetic dentistry. They provide professional dental care with international standards.
Address: Hvězdova 33, Praha 4 – Pankrác, Czech Republic
Tel: +420 733 737 337
Fax: +420 241 410 001
CMC in the Park
Canadian Medical Care is a private outpatient health care facility that provides an extraordinarily high level of medical care in all manner in a wide range of specialisations. If you are looking for a truly top-quality alternative to classic medical care, we are available 24 hours a day.
Address: Veleslavínská 1, 160 00 Praha 6, Czech Republic
Tel: +420 235 360 133
Fax: +420 235 364 640
Central Military Hospital Prague
The Military University Hospital Prague is a training, educational and professional medical facilities of the Army of the Czech Republic, which provides comprehensive health care at the level of teaching hospitals. CMH assesses the health state of soldiers in active service and applicants to join the Army of the Czech Republic. Although the primary target group of patients are members of the Czech Army, The Military University Hospital provides medical care for people in the region of Prague 6 and many subspecializations also supranationaly.
Address: U Vojenské nemocnice 1200, 169 02 Prague 6, Czech Republic
Tel: +420 973 208 333
DC Mediscan – Chodov
Mediscan Praha 4-course is a private outpatient medical facility that has a contract with all insurance companies, providing high specialist diagnostic and therapeutic care in the fields of cardiology, internal medicine, angiology, endocrinology, rheumatology, osteology, neurology and more.
Address: Šustova 1930, 148 00 Praha 11 - Chodov , Czech Republic
Tel: +420 267 090 811, +420 267 090 814
Website (Czech): www.mediscan.cz
Respimed offers premium medical care provided by eminent medical professionals within their fields of expertise, including university professors, senior lecturers and medical experts. Their clinic is centrally located in Prague and easily accessible by public transportation or car.
Address: Policlinic Kartouzská, pavilon "VSTUP", Kartouzská 204/6, 150 00 Praha 5, Czech Republic
Tel: +420 257 225 127
Address: Vinohradská 2165/48, 120 00 Praha 2, Česká Republika
Tel: +420 222 51 51 50
Mobile: +420 777 170 489
Unicare Medical Center
Unicare Medical Center is the First Family oriented Private Medical Center offering Comprehensive Medical and Dental Services to the International Community of Prague.
Address: Na Dlouhém Lánu 11, 16 000 Prague 6, Czech Republic
Tel: +420 235 356 553, +420 235 354 411
Mobile: +420 608 103 060, +420 608 103 050, +420 608 102 090
Doctor International Clinic
Address: Vodickova 28, Prague 1, Czech Republic
Tel: +420 296 236 600, +420 224 220 040
European Dental Center
Address: Peckova 9, Prague 8 and Karlin 186 00, Prague 8, Czech Republic
Tel: +420 224 22 89 84
Fax: +420 224 22 89 93
General Health Care Corporation
Address: Krakovska 8, Prague, Czech Republic
Tel: +420 222 211 206
Address: 5th Floor, Vodickova 28-30, Prague 1, Czech Republic
Tel: +420 224 220 037
Health Centre Prague
Address: Vodickova 28, Prague 1, Czech Republic
Tel: +420 224 220 040, +420 603 433 833
International Medical Services
Address: Konevova 31, Prague, 3, Czech Republic
Tel: +420 2 697 0301, +420 2 697 0307
Fax: +420 2 697 1286
Na Homolce Hospital
Address: Roentgenova 2, 15119 Prague 5 Prague, Czech Republic
Tel: +420 2 5292 2146
Fax: +420 2 5721 3207