Entry to the Czech republic

The Czech republic is a part of the European Union and Schengen area. A valid passport or an identity card is a sufficient travel document for EU citizens to enter. Non-EU citizens need a passport valid at least three months after a day they intend to leave the EU and that was issued maximum ten years ago. In some cases visas may be necessary. If the visa is issued for some of the Schengen countries, it is valid also for other Schengen countries. If you are a non-EU citizen we recommend to check specific entry conditions with relevant autorities in your country.

Entry with dogs to the Czech republic

From other EU contries:
– Dogs must have a valid Petpassport
– Dogs must be marked by a microchip ISO 11784 and ISO 11785. If the microchip is of a different standard the accompanying person must posses a microchip scanner that can scan the microchip. Marking by a tattoo number can be accepted as a proof of identity, if the number is legible and the tattoo was provably carried out before July 3rd, 2011. A dog must be marked by a microchip/tattoo before it is vaccinated against rabies!
– Dogs must have a valid anti-rabies vaccination. Such vaccination must be executed at the minimum age of 12 weeks. The vaccination is considered valid 21 days after it has been carried out or from the day of re-vaccination if it was carried out during the valid period of the previous vacciination. From the listed third countries:
– Conditions for entrance are identical with those for EU citizens. Furthermore:
– A dog must have a veterinary certificate for non-commercial ((in accordance with the model certificate laid down in Commission Implementation Regulation (EU) No 2016/561). The certificate is valid 10 days from the date of issue by an official veterinarian untill the date of a check upon entering the EU.
– A dog must have a written declaration signed by its owner stating that the dog is entering the EU for a non–commercial purpose. From not-listed third countries:
– Conditions are identical with those for the listed third countries. Furthermore:
– Serological testing levels of antibodies against rabies, performed by an EU approved laboratory at least 30 days from the date rabies vaccination and at least three months before entering EU. The minimum level of antibodies must be 0,5 IU/ml. The full version of conditions:

Transportation rules

Cars are driven on the right side in the Czech republic. It is obligatory to have lights on 24/7 regardless climatic/light conditions. There is zero tolerance to alcohol.

Speed limits:
– Highway 130 km/h (highway within a city/town 80km/h)
– Road 90 km/h
– City/town 50 km/h

Using of toll vignettes for highways and speed ways is obligatory. Sections where the vignette is not needed are marked with traffic signs (usually city bypasses). The price of 2019 annual vignette is 1 500,- CZK. The price of the monthly vignette is 440,- CZK and the ten-day vignette is 310,- CZK. The entire surface of the first part of the vignette must be directly attached to the inside of the vehicle’s windshield (or the first vehicle in a group of vehicles). The vignette must be placed at the bottom of the windshield Vignettes are available at border crossings, petrol stations or at the Czech post offices.

More information can be found here:
Motorway network can be found here:

The petrol station network is quite dense in the Czech republic and at the vast majority of them i tis also possible to buy snacks and beverages. Most of them operate 24/7. Compliance with traffic rules in the Czech Republic may checked by State Police, by the Metropolitan Police and by the Customs Administration staff.

Currency, Shopping

The Czech republic has its own currency – Czech crowns (CZK). There are banknotes in denomination of 5.000 CZK, 2.000 CZK, 1.000 CZK, 500 CZK, 200 CZK and 100 CZK and coins in denomination of 50 CZK, 20 CZK, 10 CZK, 5 CZK, 2 CZK, 1 CZK.

In majority of ordinary shops, supermarkets, hotels, restaurants and petrol stations it is possible to pay by credit or debit cards (especially Eurocard/Mastercard and Visa). These places are visibly marked at the entrance. In some shopping malls and petrol stations it is also possible to pay in euro. ATMs for cash withdrawals are heavily represented in the Czech Republic and can be found all over the country as well as in shopping centers. In the Czech Republic there is quite new legislative restrictions on opening hours on certain holidays. In May, it is May, 8th, when bigger shops (over 200m2) cannot be open. Otherwise most supermarkets and shopping centers are open seven days a week, weekends and afternoons as well. There are also shops operating 24/7. Normally, opening hours are from 8:00 to 18-20:00.

Banks usually open only on working days. In Písek, there are following banks represented:

Česká spořitelna (Alšovo náměstí 178/2), opening hours Mo-Fri 8:30 – 17:00

Československá obchodní banka – ČSOB (Karlova 107/1, Písek), opening hours Mo-Fri 9:00-16:00, Monday + Friday ends on 17:00, Wednesday ends on 18:00

Era – Poštovní spořitelna (Velké náměstí 115/5, Písek), opening hours Mo, Tue, Thu, Fri and Sat 9-17. Sunday and Wednesday closed.

Komerční banka (Velké náměstí 27/19, Písek), opening hours Mo – Fri 8:30 – 12:00, 13:00 – 16:30

Moneta Money Bank (Karlova 108/3, Písek), opening hours Mo-Fri 9:00 – 12:00, 13:00 – 17:00, Monday ends on 18:00, Friday ends on 15:00

Raiffeisen Bank (Velké náměstí 116/7, Písek), opening hours Mo-Fri 8:30 – 16:30, Wednesday ends on 17:00

UniCredit Bank (Alšovo nám.16/10, Písek), opening hours Mo-Fri 8:45 12:45, 13:30-17:00, Wednesday ends on 18:00, Friday ends on 16:00

Fio Banka (Nerudova 88/2, Písek), opening hours Mo-Fri 8:30 – 17:00

OberBank (Budovcova 2530/8, Písek), opening hours Mo-Fri 8:30 – 12:30, 13:30 – 16:30, Friday ends on 15:00

Attention, Friday, 01/05 and 08/05 there is a national holiday in the Czech Republic therefore banks are closed!

Health care

There is a city Hospital in Písek (Karla Čapka 589, Písek) where emergency is also available. There is also a pharmacy available within the hospital premises with prolonged opening hours. Another pharmacy with prolonged opening hours is Dr.Max in Kaufland supermarket, which is open daily 8:00 – 20:00. There are 7 other pharmacies in the city.

Animal health

All over the Czech republic there is quite a dense network of European quality veterinarian clinics. Besides X ray, the ultrasound and inhalation anesthesia are a standard equipment of clinics. MRI and CT available within the republic. Ordinary treatment can be obtained from the contract vet MVDr. Simona Petrová, Fráni Šrámka 129/15, 397 01 Písek, tel. 00420 382 216 665 More advanced procedures can be performed at a veterinary clinic in České Budejovice: MVDr.Ladislav Lapáček, U Výstaviště 23, 370 05 České Budějovice,, tel. 00420 605 866 733

Free movement of dogs

Most towns have a decree regulating the free movement of dogs. In Písek, following rules
have to be obeyed:
– Dogs should not be taken to playgrounds, sandpits, sports fields and places with a dog
ban sign (*)
– A dog must be on a leash in the historical city centre and in the natural park Písecké hory
– On public transport a dog must be secured in an appropriate manner so as to avoid injury or damage to humans
– A dog can be off leash in public area (area that serves for public) only if it is fully controllable

Climate conditions

For the last three years in the period of the Championship the temperature in Písek was around 15 – 25 ° C during the day and 8 – 15 ° C at night.

Weather forecast can be checked on the following web site:
Or in English here:

Important phone numbers

150 – Fire brigade
155 – Emergency
158 – Police
112 – General emergency number
1230 – Yellow angels (helping motorists on roads – repairs, towing…)

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