Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to your city?
No vaccinations are required to enter the Czech Republic, but all travellers coming into the country should be up-to-date on tetanus-diphtheria, measles-mumps-rubella, polio and varicella immunizations. It is important to bring any medical certificates/records from your home country. Check any specific vaccination requirements carefully with your local Czech Republic consulate or embassy to confirm medical requirements.
It is recommended that you have your own health insurance and bring all your information with you when visiting the doctor or hospital. Most private medical institutions and services in Prague satisfy international requirements.
The local word for doctor is either Doktor or Lekar.
Your insurance carrier will inform which hospitals and doctors are best suitable for you. If not, your expat coordinator may help you. For further assistance contact Crown Prague.
Do expats in the area tend to leave the city/area/country to seek medical care? If so, why and where do they go?
No, most expats stay within the country for their medical care, but others may wait for a trip back to their home land to visit their regular doctor.
The common phone numbers used for emergencies are listed below:
Medical Emergency: 155
Fire Rescue: 150
24-hour Medical Center (UNICARE): +420 602 20 10 40 (English)
What do I do if there's an emergency in the middle of the night—or at another time when my normal doctor/clinic is unavailable?
If an emergency occurs in the middle of the night either call the number above and wait for an ambulance or have a family or friend drive you to the closest major hospital in your area. Major hospitals have 24-hour emergency clinics and some suburb hospitals also have 24-hour clinics. Identifying the closest 24-hour emergency clinic from where you live is an important first task once you have had a chance to settle in.
The local language for "pharmacy" in Prague is "Lekarna" and you can easily recognize one thanks to the bright green cross (white inside) with a snake on it.
Yes, the water is very safe to drink.
Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.