Arrival Guide

Before arrival

Documents to travel with

  • Travel documents

    For both, EU citizens as well as third-country nationals, we would like to recommend traveling with passport and an ID card together.

  • Travel medical insurance

    Proof of travel medical travel insurance is understood to be a document in which the relevant insurance company declares/confirms:

    • § the period of insurance (insurance must cover the entire stay in the Czech Republic)
    • § the extent of the insurance (the insurance policy must cover the costs that the foreign national is obliged to cover for the period of his/her stay in the Czech Republic in the event of providing necessary and urgent health care including the costs associated with transport or, in the case of his/her death, those associated with transferring his/her physical remains to the state that issued the travel document or to another state in which he/she has a residence permit)
    • § the amount of the insurance benefit (the agreed insurance benefit limit for one insurance event must be at least EUR 60 000, that being without an insurance retention on the amount of the given costs).
    • The insurance policy must not exclude coverage for injuries and damage caused by the applicant´s intentional acts, injuries and damage caused by fault or contributory fault on the part of the applicant, and injuries and damage caused by the consumption of alcohol, narcotic and psychotropic substances by the applicant.
    • As of August 2nd, 2021 and for a period of five years travel medical insurance in the scope of comprehensive healthcare as required by the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals may be concluded exclusively with Pojišťovna VZP, a. s.
  • Confirmation of studies

    Please, keep with you a copy of confirmation of studies. You can use it before you will be enrolled.

  • Confirmation of your accommodation

    To check-in at the dormitory you will be asked to provide your booking confirmation.

  • Medicines and medical certificates

    If you have a history with certain medical conditions (e.g. asthma, allergies, etc.) please prepare all medical certificates before coming to Prague to help the local doctors diagnose you and provide a prescription.

  • Four passport size photographs

    After arrival you will be asked to provide photographs at the Study Department as well as for your university ID/ISIC card, dormitory ID, etc.

Other documents

Contact the Czech Embassy in your home country and ask about the requirements for legalising documents for use in the Czech Republic. Also enquire about the Apostille.

The Apostille is an official stamp authenticating public document for use abroad. In case you would like to retain the original document (e. g. diploma) make notarised copies. It’s cheaper and easier to bring all documents to Prague and then make a notarised copy at a local notary or a CzechPoint service office before getting the required documents translated here in Prague.

Lastly, you have to translate all documents into Czech language with a certified court translator (in Czech “soudní tlumočník”).


  • Bank cards
    All types of MasterCard and VISA cards are widely accepted in shops, supermarkets, restaurants, at petrol stations, reception desks, etc. You may encounter problems using a Maestro, American Express, Diners Club International, JCB Card, Mir, Union Pay and other cards.
  • Cash (for the first days)
    For the first days after arrival you will need cash for various transactions. We recommend you prepare about CZK 12 000 (approx. EUR 500 or USD 600) in cash in advance or at least withdraw/exchange about CZK 1 200 (approx. EUR 50 or USD 60) at the airport before heading into town.

The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union, but it is not part of the Eurozone and the official currency is the Czech crown (or “koruna”). Some vendors may accept Euros, but the exchange rate is unfavourable. There are cash machines (ATMs) available throughout Prague but be aware of withdrawal charges as they vary with the specifics of a transaction.

After arrival

First steps after arrival

  • Get a 24- or 72-hour public transport pass

    You can buy this pass at the airport, any train or bus station. You can pay with cash as well as by card.

  • Register at the dormitory

    Please, inform your dormitory Manager about your arrival date (and time) in advance.

  • Study enrolment

    After arrival you have to register at the Study Department (in Czech “Studijní oddělení”). Make sure you have all important documents including the photographs.

  • Get your university ID/ISIC card

    To get your university ID/ISIC card, please, visit the Department for University Identity Card Issuing at the Student House (in Czech “Studentský dům”).

  • Register at the foreign police

    After arrival you are obliged to register within 3 business at the Foreign Police. This requirement is optional for students registered at the dormitory. We are recommending all third-country nationals also to register at the foreign police to get the stamp with a “Czech address”. You will need it to open a bank account, register to the library, etc.

  • Open a bank account

    Open an account at the local bank with a debit card to get scholarships and pay invoices. Make sure you have your university ID/ISIC card or confirmation of studies with you to get special offers.

  • Get your pre-paid public transport pass

    First of all, apply for the Prague Municipal Card called “Lítačka”, which serves as your public transport card, Municipal Library card, etc. This card will be really useful! Then you will be able to buy on it pre-paid public transport passes for 30 or 90 day as well as for 5 or 10 months.

  • Get a Czech sim-card

    You can also save money using the local prepaid or contract sim-card. Your student ID/ISIC Card will make you eligible for discounts and special offers.

  • Register to the dormitory club

    After registration you will get many benefits such as access to the internet, study rooms, gym, etc.

Important Contact


All important information concerning the dormitories including reservation system, rules and contacts on its managers are available on the website of CTU Service Facilities Administration.

Foreign police

Olšanská 2176/2, 130 51 Praha 3

Opening hours:
Mondays & Wednesdays 8:00–17:00
Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00–15:00

Make sure you have your travel document or/and an ID card, confirmation of studies, confirmation of your accommodation (e. g. contract) and medical insurance card or contract with you.

Free legal and social counselling

If you need a legal or social assistance, you can contact non-profit organisations defending rights of foreigners in the Czech Republic, e. g. Association for Integration and Migration, Integration Centre Prague, InBáze, etc.

CTU Accommodation cards

Ask for CTU Accommodation Cards that are available at the reception of all CTU dormitories. Accommodation cards will help you to communicate with the receptionist when you need to book a laundromat, visit a study room or gym, fix something, etc.

You can download CTU Accommodation Cards here.

Weather in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is a country of four seasons. It is good to be prepared for the season in which you are going to arrive too. Winter months (November to early March) can be very cold and frosty and the temperature may fall (and stay) below zero. So a warm jacket, hat and gloves could be an advantage. Spring and autumn is quite mild and summer can be very hot.


  • How to access the wife or your new email? IT Centre (SVTI) will help you.
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Responsible person Ing. Mgr. Radovan Suk