Czechia – or the Czech Republic, to give it its full name – is a growing destination for British trade as exports of goods and services there more than doubled between 2000 and 2010 and two-way trade is worth over £5billion.
A flight to Prague only takes a couple of hours, if you’ve business associates over there, you might want to consider conference calling as a way to stay in touch – it’s a lot more cost effective and convenient than jetting out there. And current Covid-19 restrictions mean that travel is not permitted between the UK and Czechia.
The good news is, you can set up a conference call for up to 100 people in just a few simple steps, using nothing more than a landline or mobile phone. Here’s how…
How to set up a conference call between the UK and the Czechia
Visit ConferenceCall.co.uk to get your free PIN instantly. Then click on the ‘Invite Participants’ tab to generate an email template into which you should enter the time, date and subject of the conference call you’re setting up.
Choose UK and Czechia dial-in codes, click the button marked ‘Copy this invitation’, paste it into an email, send it to up to 100 participants, and you’re good to go.
What dial-in numbers do you need to call Czechia?
At the allotted time participants dial the following numbers and enter your PIN:
- UK participants dial 033 3006 7775 (landline) +44 33 3006 7775 (when overseas) 83000 (mobile)
- Czechia participants dial 225-985726 (from landlines) or +44 843 373 0999 (from mobiles)
Your conference call can now begin!
What’s the best time to call Czechia from the UK?
Sitting in central Europe, the Czech Republic is just an hour ahead of London, so business times will be roughly the same as the UK.
Where is Czechia?
A long-locked country in central Europe, the Czech Republic was established, alongside Slovakia, when Czechoslovakia broke in two in 1993. It is bordered by Poland to the north east and Germany to the north west. Austria sits to the south and Slovakia is on its eastern border.
What is the Czech Republic called now?
Czechia is the new, shorter geographic name for the Czech Republic – in much the same way ‘France’ is the shorter geographic name for ‘The French Republic’.
What’s the FCO advice on travelling to Czechia?
Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.
Almost half a million people travel to the Czech Republic every year, and most visits pass without incident, but you should be aware of the threats of street crime, particularly in the capital, Prague.
Pickpockets are a problem around the capital, so always take care of your belongings as you would at home, and don’t leave any valuables unatteneded.
Bogus police officers can also be a problem. Operating as plain clothes officers, they’ll ask to see your foreign currency and passport, which they’ll then steal. If you’re approached by anyone claiming to be a police officer, avoid showing your money or documents and instead offer to go with them to the nearest police station.
The real Prague city police advise visitors to:
- always exchange currency at a currency exchange office or bank, never on the street as this money is often counterfeit
- avoid contact with women and men acting as street prostitutes as they are often pickpockets
- take care when using cash machines
- the sale and distribution of drugs is illegal and the drugs are often hazardous counterfeits
- be aware of consumption charges in night clubs; they are often high. Be careful with consumption cards, which carry high financial penalties if they are lost before the bill is paid
Report any thefts in person to the Czech police within 24 hours and get a police report crime number.
The national emergency numbers in the Czech Republic are:
- 150 – fire brigade.
- 155 – rescue/ambulance.
- 156 – metropolitan police.
- 158 – police.
It’s also worth knowing that each lamppost in Prague has a six-digit number posted at eye-level, whih you can use to pinpoint your location should you need assistance from the police or emergency services.
Prague police station is open 24 hours and has English translators – it can be found at the following address. Jungmanovo namesti 9, Prague 1 – nearest metro stop is Mustek – and there’s also a police station at the airport where you can get a police report. Although you can get a reference number for a crime related incident by reporting it to a police station in the UK, but it’s much better to report the crime in the Czech Republic.
If your passport is lost or stolen you will need to get a police report and apply for an Emergency Travel Document from the British Embassy in Prague.
If you’re taking a taxi, always confirm the fare rate (per km) before getting in, as some taxis can charge highly inflated prices. The rates should be clearly marked on the side of the taxi.
Save yourself the time and trouble of travelling, conference call instead.