Spectator Guide

ARRIVING IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

CUSTOMS AND AIRPORTS The Czech Republic became a member of the EU in 2004. There are diff erent rules for citizens of other EU member countries than for tourists from other parts of the world. Everyone must carry ID at all times.

CUSTOMS QUOTAS AND REGULATIONS: When bringing goods into the Czech Republic there are limits set on certain commodities. If a certain amount is exceeded, duty must be paid, and the importer is required to inform customs of the amount of the commodity he or she is bringing in to the country.

EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES: You can access assistance in diffi cult situations from your country’s embassy. Embassies are always located in the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague, and a complete list can be found on the Ministry for Foreign Aff airs website.

VISA AND PASSPORT INFORMATION: The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union (EU) and of the Schengen area, therefore most tourist visitors do not require a visa to visit Prague, just a valid passport (or ID card for EU citizens). Where a visa is required, visitors will need to apply for a Schengen (short-term) visa. More information on visitors that require a visa is available on the Ministry of Foreign Aff airs website.

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - VACLAV HAVEL AIRPORT PRAGUE (PRG) is a flight hub used by more than 60 airlines that travel to more than 140 destinations around the world. It has three passenger terminals. Terminal 1 is used for fl ights outside the Schengen zone, while the Terminal 2 is used for fl ights within the Schengen zone and Terminal 3 is for private and charter fl ights. You can get all the relevant information on the non-stop phone lines +420 220 111 888.

GETTING TO THE VENUE

The venue of the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships is located in North Bohemia just about halfway between Prague and Ústí nad Labem. There are several options how to get to Račice – whether you use a car, a train or a bike. 

By car
From Prague use an exit at the 29th km of the motorway D8 (direction to Ústí nad Labem). Then follow the road number 240 to Roudnice nad Labem. Turn right on the roundabout next to the Billa supermarket. On the next crossroad turn left, you will pass through Předonín village and then continue to Štětí. From Mělník and Česká Lípa use road number 9, then in Liběchov turn to the road number 261 to Štětí. You can use the same road (261) while driving from Litoměřice. IMPORTANT NOTICE: Reserved parking for spectator will be in Štětí. Shuttle service between the parking and the venue will be provided for free.

Distances and estimated times:

  • Ústí nad Labem, 56 km, 60 minutes
  • Praha, 60 km, 65 minutes
  • Litoměřice, 25 km, 30 minutes
  • Mělník, 18 km, 20 minutes
  • Roudnice nad Labem, 10 km, 15 minutes

By train
You can reach the venue by about 15 minutes long walk from the Hněvice train station that is located on the main railroad to Germany. That offers a very convenient train connection from Prague and North Bohemia. Train from station Masarykovo nádraží and Prague-Holešovice leaves every hour (express train take you to Hněvice in 46 or 36 minutes), from Ústí you can use express train (38 minutes) or stopping train (55 minutes). Direct connection also runs from Děčín (every two hours, 55 minutes).

More information about train schedules: www.cd.czwww.idos.cz.

If you are a fan of cycling, you will certainly appreciate the pleasant cycleway by Labe and Vltava, or you can combine the cycle trip with train ride.

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