Country Information


Location: Europe
Capital: Prague
Population: 11 million
Currency: Euro
Language: Czech
Main religion: Roman Catholic

Hello: Ahoj
Thank you: Dekuji

Dates in the country

September 2017


The Czech Republic lies in the temperate climate zone, which is characterised by mild, humid summers with occasional hot spells, and cold, cloudy and humid winters.

Public Holidays

  • January 1st Restoration Day of the Independent Czech State
  • March/April Easter
  • May 1st Labour Day
  • May 8th Liberation Day
  • July 5th St Lyril and Methodius Day
  • July 6th Jan Hus Day
  • September 28th St Wenceslas Day
  • October 28th Foundation of the independent Czechoslovak State
  • November 17th Struggle for freedom and Democratic Day
  • December 24th Christmas Eve
  • December 25th Christmas Day
  • December 26th St Stephen’s Day


  • Australian and New Zealand passport holders planning a visit to any of the 28 Member States of the EU do not require a visa if their stay is no longer than 90 days in a six month period within the EU.
  • UK part of EU


Vaccines advised:

  • Tetanus
  • Tick-borne encephalitis

Rules of the Road

  • The minimum age for driving is 18 years.
  • Drivers must drive on the right side; overtake on the left side of the road.
  • All passengers must fasten their seat belts.
  • Drivers must pay a motorway tax for using motorways and express roads.
  • A vehicle sticker must be showed on the right side of a windscreen. You can buy such stickers at the border of Czech Republic, petrol stations or post offices. Duration of sticker is one year, one day or ten days. If you have not got a sticker, you will be fined.
  • The speed limits are 50 km/h (31 mph) in towns, 90 km/h (56 mph) in a countryside and 130 km/h (81 mph) on highways.
  • Radar detectors are illegal.
  • Dipped headlights or daytime lights required through the year. Fine for non-observance is about 2,000 CZK.
  • Driving with any alcohol content in blood is illegal. A driver can be fined between 25,000 and 50,000 CZK or his driving license must be confiscated for two years. Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs is a criminal offence.
  • In Prague you can park at “automats”, they are indicated with green stripes (parking for 6 hours) or orange stripes (parking for 2 hours). Permitted to park on the right side of the road with the exception of one-way roads.
  • You must have a first-aid kit, fluorescent green high visibility safety jacket, warning triangle, complete set of spare bulbs.
  • Using mobile phones while driving are not permissible.
  • Parallel curb parking and parking at an angle facing towards the curb are permitted.
  • When overtaking into a free lane on a road with two or more lanes, the right-hand rule applies.
  • The maximum fine for traffic offence is 100,000 CZK.
  • Licenses issued in any country of European Union are valid in Czech Republic. For visitors from other countries, an International Driver Licenses must accompany their National Driving Permit. Failure to have the IDP with a valid license may result in denial of an insurance claim after an accident. You can drive on your IDP for 3 months in Czech.

Places to Visit

  • Prague
  • Cesky Krumlov
  • Pilsner Urquell Brewery


A detailed route showing where we went overlanding and exploring. We jotted down the routes we travelled on a physical map which travelled with us from Australia to the UK, then transferred this to a digital form using Google Maps (KML and GeoRSS Layers) 

These are exact appropriations, maps differ between brands and converting from paper to digital may lose some details in translation. This should still show in great detail our route.