In case of emergency, call an emergency line valid in all EU member states: 112. You can dial this number even when the phone is locked, has no SIM, credit or your operator’s signal is missing. The line operators speak English, German and other world languages.
There are also national emergency numbers (free of charge as well) to reach one of the specialized bodies of the Integrated Rescue System:
- 158 – State Police (Policie ČR)
- 156 – Municipal Police (Městská policie)
- 155 – Ambulance (Záchranná služba)
- 150 – Fire brigade (Hasiči)
If you find yourself in need of help and you happen to be situated somewhere in the city, find the nearest lamp-post. The operator on the emergency line will ask you about your location. When you tell him/her the number of the lamp-post, they will figure out where you are immediately.
You can also download the Záchranka application which calls 155 emergency line and sends your location automatically by pressing the red cross.
Nonstop 24/7 emergency service and pharmacy: Municipal hospital Nemocnice České Budějovice (registration fee: 90 CZK)
How to get there: http://www.nemcb.cz/practical-information/transport-and-connections/
Support Centres for Foreigners in CB
Integration advising for EU and non-EU nationals:
- Center for Support of Integration of Foreigners (professional social and legal consulting, interpreting, Czech language and sociocultural courses and education events) – map
- Diocesan Charity in České Budějovice – map
- Department of Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior – map
Administration Offices in CB
Some of the important offices in CB:
- Department of Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior: Foreigners' Residence Unit (MOI; OAMP MV, Odbor azylové a migrační politiky Ministerstva vnitra: Oddělení pobytu cizinců) – map
- Czech Social Security Administration (Česká správa sociálního zabezpečení, ČSSZ or OSSZ) – map
- Labour Office (Úřad práce) – map
- Tax Office – map
- VZP ČR (health insurance company Všeobecná zdravotní pojišťovna ČR) – map
Opening hours of administration offices in České Budějovice differ and it is recommended to check them at the office's website and the office's profile on online maps. The opening time is usually somewhere between 7 and 9 a.m. A lot of the offices have so called "long" and "short" days during the week. The long days are Mondays and Wednesdays (closing time at 5 or 6 p.m.), while the short days are Tuesdays and Thursdays (closing time at 11 a.m., noon or 1 p.m., in some cases longer). Fridays are also short (till 11 a.m. or noon) or the offices are often closed entirely.
To visit an office for foreigners, you are usually required to reserve an appointment.
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