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Planning on backpacking across Europe? Exploring your options for a European family vacation? One of the most popular destinations in Central Europe, the Czech Republic is known for its spa towns, architectural heritage, castles, cathedrals, churches and museums. The Czech countryside also has many excellent national parks and conservation areas. Whether you are staying for a few days or a few weeks, you need to include travel insurance to ensure you don’t have any issues getting into the country. Plus, you will have the peace of mind in knowing you are covered.

Useful travel tips for Czech Republic

A valid Canadian passport is required to enter the Czech Republic, and it must be valid for at least three months after your anticipated departure date. You will also be required to provide proof of valid travel health insurance, and you may be asked to show proof of accommodations and sufficient funds for your stay. Business and work visas are required. Tourist and student visas are not required for stays less than 90 days; however, if you plan to stay more than 30 days, you must register with the police within three days of your arrival.

Since the country is part of the Schengen area, a group of 26 European countries that share common visa rules, you are permitted to travel within the countries without additional travel visas or documentation. The official currency is the Czech koruna (CZK). Traveller’s cheques and credit cards are widely accepted.

If you plan on driving, an international driving permit is required. The country has a great transit system, and if you plan on spending most of your time in Prague, public transportation is recommended.

The best time of the year to visit the country is late spring and early fall. Flooding is possible during the summer months. If flooding occurs, follow the instructions of local authorities.

Where to visit during your trip to the Czech Republic

In Prague, make sure you visit Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, and Konopiště Chateau and the Archduke's trophies. Other top tourist attractions to consider visiting include the Brno Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Český Krumlov Castle, “bone church” in Kutná Hora, National Library of the Czech Republic, Moser Museum in Karlovy Vary and Hluboká Castle.

If you are interested in national parks, Bohemian Paradise, with its rock formations and old castles, and Podyjí National Park, with its large unspoiled forests, are must-visit destinations.

The country is also known for its beer festivals, including the Czech Beer Festival, Pilsner Fest and many others.

Travel insurance coverage for trips to the Czech Republic

You will be required to provide proof of a valid travel health insurance policy with a minimum of €30,000 of coverage. Blue Cross offers travel insurance solutions for all travellers and can ensure you meet the entry requirements for travel insurance coverage. Contact us today to get a free travel insurance quote, so you can travel worry-free on your next trip.

General Czech Republic Canada
Continent: Europe
Population (2012): 10,510,785 34,754,312 (2012)
Area (km2): 78,867 9,984,670
Capital: Prague
Currency: Czech koruna
Official language(s): Czech
Drive: Right
Diesel (2012): 1.87 1.23 (2012)
Gasoline (2013): 1.81 1.23 (2013)

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