GENERAL INFORMATION

AC Power Plugs and Sockets

The Czech Republic uses a 220 volt 50Hz system, sockets have the European standard and plugs are three-prong grounded.

Cell Phones

Participants are kindly requested to turn off or switch their cell phones to silent mode in the meeting rooms where scientific sessions are held.

City Transport

Travelling by Prague city transport is possible with a valid ticket only. Passen­gers have to obtain their tickets before boarding the vehicle or entering the Metro system. The ticket is valid only if marked in the validation appliance.

Currency

The official currency of the Czech Republic is the Czech Crown = Česká koruna (CZK = Kč) which is subdivided into 100 hellers (h). International credit cards are accepted for payment in most hotels, restaurants and shops. Exchange offices and ATM machines are easily available throughout the city and at the Prague International Airport. Payment in cash in EUR is also available in some restaurants and shops, please ask for details on-site. You can find the official exchange rates on the website of the Czech National Bank.

Czech Language

Even though at all the hotels, shops and restaurants in Prague are English spoken, we include a few basic Czech words and sentences that can be useful during your stay in Prague.

Hi     Ahoj
Hello     Dobrý den
Good evening     Dobrý večer
Good night     Dobrou noc
How are you?     Jak se máte?
I am fine     Mám se dobře
Thank you     Děkuji
How much is it?     Kolik to stojí?
Beer     Pivo
Would you like to go for a beer?     Nechceš jít na pivo?
One     Jeden
Two     Dva
Three     Tři
Ten     Deset

Entry Formalities

All foreign visitors to the Czech Republic must possess a passport valid for at least the next three months. Participants requiring visa should apply in advance to consular offices of the Czech Republic or diplomatic missions in their countries in order to avoid delay in travel to the Congress.

Important Telephone Numbers

112 - General Emergency (The European Standard number)
150 - Fire
155 - Ambulance
158 - Police

Insurance

The organizers can accept no liability for personal injuries or for loss or damage to property belonging to the Congress participants, either during or as a result of the event. Participants are advised to take out proper travel and health insurance before departing from their home country.

Czech Language

Nevertheless all the hotels, shops and restaurants in Prague are English spoken.

Language of the WAS 2017

The official language of the WAS 2017 is English. Translation services will not be provided.

No-smoking

Smoking in the WAS 2017 area is not allowed.

Shopping

Most shops in Prague are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday till Saturday. Shops in the city centre are usually open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday till Sunday.

Time Zone

The Czech Republic is on Central European Time - Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) plus 1 hour. From April to October is summer time, i.e. GMT + 2 hours.

Tipping

Service is usually included in the bill in bars and restaurants but tips are welcome. If you consider the service good enough to warrant a tip, we suggest about ten percent.