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General Information

Weather

September weather in Prague can be quite pleasant, but it is still unpredictable with maximum day temperatures around 18–22 °C, minimum night temperatures around 7–10 °C and somewhat humid. Sunny days as well as showers and thunderstorms are common, therefore, an umbrella is recommended. The weather forecast can be found here.

Currency and Banking

The Czech Crown is the official currency of the Czech Republic. Foreign currency exchanges are available at Václav Havel Airport in Prague and at most hotels, banks and Exchange offices throughout the city. International credit cards (Visa, MasterCard) are accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops

as well as in ATMs. ATMs are commonly available in the city, including the Prague Congress Centre. Payment in cash (in EUR) is also available in some restaurants and shops, so please ask for details on-site if necessary. For official exchange rates visit the website www.cnb.cz.

Electricity

The Czech Republic uses a 230 volt 50 Hz system. Sockets are standard European type F (two-prong round pin plugs with a hole for the main ground pin). In order to use electric appliances from your country, you may need a special voltage converter with an adapter plug.

Time Zone

The Czech Republic is on Central European Time – Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) plus 1 hour. From April to October is summer time, i.e. GMT + 2 hours.

Programme Changes

The organizers cannot assume liability for any changes in the programme due to external or unforeseen circumstances.

Official Language of the Congress

The official language of the Congress is English. No translations are provided.

Liability and Insurance

The organizers do not accept responsibility for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. All participants are strongly advised to procure their own personal health and travel insurance before travelling to the symposium.

Parking

Parking at the Prague Congress Centre

A parking lot with almost 1000 spaces is situated under the Prague Congress Centre and Vyšehrad Business Centre.

Price List:

Basic rate per 1 hour 50 CZK
Up to 10 hours, hourly rate 50 CZK
For over 10 hours, every 24 hours 500 CZK
24-hour parking permit with unlimited number of entries 500 CZK

Parking in the City Centre

The centre of Prague is divided into 3 parking zones – orange, green and blue:

• The orange zone (maximum parking time is 2 hours).

Charges: approx. 40 CZK per hour.

• The green zone (maximum parking time is 6 hours).

Charges: approx. 30 CZK per hour.

• The blue zone (long-term parking zone designated exclusively for local residents or companies based in these districts). Only vehicles with a parking card can park there.

Taxi Service

In the city centre, taxis are easy to take from the street, but we strongly recommend you use hotel taxis or call taxi by phone via a radio taxi service.

We recommend using the following taxi companies:

AAA Taxi +420 14 014
Profi Taxi +420 14 015

The official fare is approximately 30 CZK per kilometer and the starting rate is approximately 40 CZK. Please check the price which should be listed on the car, before you get in.

Entry formalities

All foreign visitors to the Czech Republic must possess a passport valid for at least the next three months. Participants requiring visa should apply in advance to consular offices of the Czech Republic or diplomatic missions in their countries in order to avoid delay in travel to the Conference. Please see part Registration for detailed information.

Shopping

Most shops in Prague are open from 9:00 to 18:00, Monday to Saturday. Shops in the city centre are usually open from 9:00 to 20:00, Monday to Sunday.

Tipping

Service is usually included in the bill in bars and restaurants but tips are welcome. If you consider the service good enough to warrant a tip, we suggest about ten percent.

Important telephone numbers

112: General Emergency for Europe 
150: Fire 
155: Ambulance
156: Prague Police
158: Police

Good to know

Complete information is available at the official website of the Czech Republic at www.czech.cz