go to content go to search box go to global site navigation

Legal Matters

Foreigners in the Czech Republic are subject to the laws of the host country. While your embassy or consulate is the best stop in any emergency, bear in mind there are some things it can't do for you, such as getting local laws or regulations waived, investigating a crime, providing legal advice or representation, getting you out of jail and lending you money.

  • A consul can usually issue emergency passports, contact relatives and friends, advise on how to transfer funds, provide lists of reliable local doctors, lawyers and interpreters, and visit you if you've been arrested or jailed.
  • In the Czech Republic, the legal blood-alcohol level for drivers is zero.
  • Cannabis occupies a legal grey area; it's been decriminalised but is not technically legal. Police will rarely hassle someone for smoking a joint, but always exercise discretion and do not smoke indoors. Buying and selling drugs of any kind, including cannabis, is illegal.