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Older versions of Czech banknotes expire

Most Czech banknotes with older designs will no longer be valid after June 30th 2022 and can be exchanged for valid notes at Czech National Bank offices.

Further details here

UK flights to Czech & Slovak Republics

Since we last published this table of direct flights between UK airports and the Czech and Slovak republics, there has been a general reduction in frequency, while some of the routes proposed for resumption in the spring did not materialise. Easyjet has been in the news for its cancellations from Gatwick, and this is now reflected in a summer schedule of just seven flights per week. Ryanair seems to have been the airline least affected by cutbacks.

The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in London

The Consular Section of the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in London will be located in new premises from 26.7.2021 at
 18 Stanhope Place W2 2HB.

Submitting of consular applications (passport, ID card, driving license, registration of birth and marriage, no criminal record, certificate of citizenship) is strictly on appointment basis via online portal only. Appointment for signature verification can be made via phone: 02073136470 or e-mail:

Visa applications must be submitted via the portal only. For further information on the process and conditions of visa issuance please check the section Services.

Working hours of visa & consular services except for national & state holidays
Monday9:00 – 12:00, 13:00 – 16:00
Tuesday9:00 – 12:00, 13:00 – 16:00
Wednesday9:00 – 12:00, 13:00 – 16:00
Thursday9:00 – 12:00, 13:00 – 16:00
Friday9:00 – 12:00, 13:00 – 15:00

Issued passports, ID cards and driving licenses can be collected anytime during working hours without prior appointment.

Czech School Without Borders is looking for volunteers to fill the positions of Teaching Assistants/Teachers who are available to work on Saturdays in London.

Candidates must be native speakers of Czech and should be, ideally, graduates or students of a faculty of education or have a similar background in the humanities.


– experience in teaching at primary and secondary school or delivering free time activities

– interest in Czech literature, culture, history and/or Geography

– valid DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)

We offer:

– rewarding experience of teaching bilingual children

– collaborative culture

– friendly team

If interested, please send us your CV and cover letter to


To keep abreast of  news – such as restrictions on travel in or out of the Slovak and Czech Republics –  visit the websites of their respective Embassies (see our links page) or you can follow their Facebook pages.

The Foreign Office also provides advice for British nationals at and .

WHERE IS MY HOME? The story of Czechoslovak emigrants in Britain

World War 2 was followed by the Cold War where half of Europe was free and the other oppressed including Czechoslovakia. these are the stories of three BCSA members who needed to escape their country to be free.

Tereza Tomanová created this documentary to complete her MA in multi media journalism.

The background to her research is explained in an interview with Radio Prague.

LIDICE LIVES in Stoke-on-Trent

Working together with partners in the private, third and public sector Tesco Hanley and Lidice Lives are developing a plot of land off Morley Street, at the bottom of Broad Street in Stoke-on-Trent City Centre, into a sculpture and rose garden celebrating and promoting international peace and friendship across the region, the UK and beyond!

On the 10th June 1942, the picturesque village of Lidice in former Czechoslovakia was systematically obliterated by the Nazis in a callous reprisal for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich – the allied Operation Anthropoid.

When news reached Stoke-on-Trent the Miners’ Federation of North Staffordshire together with Shelton GP and councillor Barnett Stross resolved to rebuild Lidice in defiance of Hitler’s command that “Lidice Shall Die Forever”. After ratification into a national miners’ policy at the Miners’ Federation of Great Britain conference on July 20th, the 6th September 1942 saw a packed Victoria Hall witness pledges from all the main speakers that “Lidice Shall Live”.

By the end of the war, under the stewardship of Barnett Stross, North Staffordshire miners had raised the equivalent of £1.5m, giving the newly reformed Czechoslovakian government the impetus to rebuild Lidice.

Tesco and Lidice Lives are proud to work on the development of Morley St as a tribute to the legacy of the Lidice Shall Live campaign. It’s an exciting long term project where new international friendships and discoveries await.

To become a partner on this inspirational Anglo-Czech/global peace and fellowship programme please contact Alan or Cheryl Gerrard 07809 505245

Follow developments on Facebook and Twitter @LidiceLives