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Money and duty free for Czech Republic

Currency and Money

Currency information

Koruna (CZK; symbol Kč) or Crown = 100 haler. Notes are in denominations of 5,000, 2,000, 1,000, 500, 200 and 100Kč. Coins are in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1Kč, and 50 haler.

Credit cards

Most major credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, Discover, Visa, MasterCard are accepted for most types of transaction. For smaller amounts you may have to pay in cash.

ATM

ATMs are widespread throughout the country, and will almost certainly offer an English translation.

Travellers cheques

These are accepted in banks, but only rarely in hotels and almost never in restaurants. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in US Dollars, Euros or Pounds Sterling.

Banking hours

Generally Mon-Fri 0900-1700. Some banks close early on Fridays.

Currency restrictions

There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency. However, amounts exceeding €10,000 or equivalent must be declared if travelling from or to a country outside the European Union.

Currency exchange

Foreign currency (including traveller's cheques) can be exchanged at all bank branches and at authorised exchange offices, main hotels and road border crossings.

Czech Republic duty free

The Czech Republic is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragrance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Czech Republic by travellers over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages up to 22% volume.
• 4L of wine.
• 16L of beer.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air travellers and €300 for other travellers (reduced to €200 for children under 15).

Banned Imports

Explosives are prohibited. Firearms and ammunition are only permitted with a licence.

Banned Exports

Prohibited or restricted exports include veterinary goods, items of cultural value, weapons, ammunition, explosives and narcotics.

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