Country: The Czech Republic is a landlocked country in central Europe. It borders Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east, and Poland to the north. The total population is approximately 12.5 million and its capital and largest city is Prague. Czech is the primary language spoken.
To access emergency services: Dial 112
Currency: Czech koruna (CZK)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to the Czech Republic, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers
What to expect in a Czech hospital: The Czech health care system is among the top five in Europe, according to a report by the European Health Consumer Index. Wait times are low because of the good patient-to-doctor and patient-to-bed ratios.
If you are visiting, you will most likely be treated at University Hospital Motol in Prague. It has departments for every branch of medicine except adult psychiatry and dentistry. According to its annual report, its pediatric department, which has just been refurbished, is one of the largest in the world. It is also a major center for lung transplants.
University Hospital Motol is where you will most likely go if you need hospital treatment and you do not have Czech health insurance and/or you don't trust your Czech language skills enough to be treated in another hospital. However, most Czech doctors in public and private hospitals speak some English.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in the Czech Republic: To read about specific facilities that are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Czech Republic-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or the WHO for up-to-date travel notices.