Entry and Exit
Singaporeans can visit the Czech Republic for up to 90 days within 180 days from the date of initial entry within the Schengen region without a visa, provided no employment is pursued.
The Czech Republic is part of the Schengen area. Entry into any of the 26 European countries in the Schengen area for short-term tourism, a business trip, or in transit to a non-Schengen destination, requires a minimum three months’ passport validity beyond the intended date of departure. Singaporeans should have their passports with them when crossing borders, even within the Schengen area.
As immigration requirements can change at short notice, travellers are advised to contact their travel agent or the Consulate of the Czech Republic in Singapore (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the latest information.
Safety and Security
While the crime rate is generally low, petty crime, such as pickpocketing and street theft, does occur. Be aware of your surroundings and take care of your belongings. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or wearing jewellery. Beware of imposters who impersonate police officers and use fake IDs: if in doubt, offer to accompany them to the nearest police station or call 112 to verify their identity.
Always conduct currency exchanges at a legitimate currency exchange office or reputable bank. Use ATMs at secure, monitored locations such as commercial banks, large hotels, and the airport. Ensure that credit card charges are accurate before signing, keep all receipts, and verify against your credit card statements.
Pedestrian traffic violations may be enforced. Attempting to cross a road or tram tracks within 50 metres of a designated crossing point and/or crossing at a pedestrian crossing if the green pedestrian crossing light is not lit may result in a fine.
It is illegal to photograph some buildings, including indoor shopping centres. If in doubt, check with the local authorities.
Driving: Headlights must be switched on at all times, even during the day. There is a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of alcohol. To drive on toll roads, travellers need to purchase a special sticker from a post office, petrol station, or at the border. Failure to display a valid sticker may result in a fine. Purchase travel insurance that covers vehicle incidents before departure.
There is a risk of tick-borne encephalitis, a viral disease that affects the central nervous system, as well as Lyme disease in the Czech Republic. See your doctor for advice on appropriate vaccinations before you travel. Take precautions against insect bites.
General Travel Advice
Overseas Travel - Be Safe and Be Informed [29 May 2019]
In view of the upcoming school holidays, Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorism. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws and customs restrictions, including immigration procedures and entry requirements.
Singaporeans travelling to and from Malaysia, in particular via the land checkpoints, are reminded to ensure that your passport is presented to a Malaysian immigration officer and stamped correctly before leaving the Malaysian immigration booth. Failure to do so is an immigration offence in Malaysia and the penalties can be severe, including detention, a fine, and a ban from future entry into the country.
In 2019, demonstrations have occurred in several major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and to heed advice of the local authorities.
For those planning to travel, here are some tips:
- Familiarise yourself with our network of overseas missions.
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
- Equip yourself with research about your destination’s entry requirements, current situation, local laws and customs.
- eRegister with us on our website (https://www.mfa.gov.sg) so that we may reach out to you during an emergency.
- Always take care of your personal safety, remain vigilant and monitor local weather news, advisories, and security developments.
- Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.
- Be prepared for possible delays and last-minute changes in travel plans especially during unforeseen events such as natural disasters or terror attacks.
- Stay connected with your friends and family. Inform them of your whereabouts and provide them with your overseas contact details.
In the event that you require consular assistance, please contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/8855.
Advisory: Email Scams [Updated: 12 May 2016]
There has been an increasing number of reports in recent years of individuals receiving scam emails purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas. These emails typically originate from an email address known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance. The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.
MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously. Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance. If you receive such emails from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails before responding to their request. It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport nos., address, telephone number, etc. Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails. Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately. Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.