Czech Republic Health Care and Vaccinations
The standard of healthcare facilities in the Czech Republic is high, and hospitals are generally well-equipped in terms of facilities. There is a mixture of public and private healthcare; the country is becoming a burgeoning hub for medical tourism due to the relatively cheap cost of procedures compared to the rest of Europe.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles European travellers to free or reduced cost emergency medical care, at state-run facilities, in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. Contact the Centre for International Reimbursements (https://www.kancelarzp.cz/index.php/en) for more details.
Tourists are advised to take out comprehensive travel insurance before travelling. In the event of a medical emergency, call 112.
Food and Drink
The Czech Republic is relatively risk-free in terms of food and drink. It’s fine to drink the tap water, and as long as you take the usual precautions regarding hygiene and preparation, the danger from food and drink, is minimal, unless it’s from overindulging.
Tick-borne encephalitis exists in rural forested areas during summer months; it may help to wear long sleeves, long trousers and hats, in order to minimise the risk of getting bitten. Immunisation against hepatitis B is sometimes advised.
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