General information

Visa and Entering the Czech Republic

Citizens of EU Member States and those of Switzerland, Norway, Island and Lichtenstein need either a passport or other official identification card to enter the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic is a part of the Schengen Territory, so entry inspections at the border no longer exist. Visitors from countries outside the EU must have a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry into the country.

List of countries required to have a visa to enter the Czech Republic can be found at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the CR (EN directly on


The currency used in the Czech Republic is the Czech Crown – Kč/ CZK. Coin denominations are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 CZK, and bill denominations are 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 5,000 CZK. It’s also possible in larger shopping centres to pay in Euros, but paying by card will always be more advantageous. Although most shops and restaurants accept payment by card, we recommend having a bit of cash on you too. Ostrava has no machines accepting paper cash.

Electrical network

The Czech electrical voltage network is 230 V. If you’re not from Central Europe, your electrical appliance may have a different plug. If so, just purchase an adapter in any electrical products supply store. Larger hotels often offer free use of an adapter at reception.

Emergency Call Centre numbers

Fire – 150
Rescue service – 155
Police – 158
Municipal police – 156
Universal European emergency call number – 112

Touristic information

The Ostrava City Information Centre operates a tourist information service. You can communicate freely in English. The infocentres offers tourists free maps and a guide to Ostrava and the Moravian-Silesian Region. You’ll obtain free information at any of five branches.

Web: (or directly

Ostrava-Svinov Train Station

Phone: +420 597 310 174

Ostrava Main Train Station

Phone: +420 596 136 218

Leoš Janáček Ostrava Airport

Phone: +420 558 272 419