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.


Czech crown (CZK) is the official currency of the Czech Republic. Exchange of foreign currency is available at Prague international Airport and most hotels, banks and exchange offices throughout the city. International credit cards are accepted for payments in hotels, restaurants and shops. Payment in cash in EUR is also available in some restaurants and shops. Please ask for more details on-site. You can find the official exchange rates on the website of the Czech National Bank at

Czech Language

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

Hi Ahoj (ah-hoy)
Hello Dobrý den (dob-ree den)
Good evening Dobrý večer (dobree vecher)
Good night Dobrou noc (dobrow nots)
How are you? Jak se máte? (jak se mahte)
I am fine. Mám se dobře. (mam se dobrzhe)
Thank you Děkuji (dyekooyi)
Please Prosím (proseem)
Beer Pivo (pivo)
One/two/three Jeden/dva/tři (yeden/d-vah/trzhee)
Entry Formalities

For EU nationals it is enough to hold a passport or national ID card valid for the duration of stay. Visitors from non-EU countries must possess a passport valid for at least three months longer than the planned date of departure from the Czech Republic. Participants requiring a 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 Meeting.

Telephone Numbers
  • 112 General Emergency
  • 155 Ambulance
  • 158 Police
  • 150 Fire Department

The organizers can accept no liability for personal injuries or loss or damage to property belonging to the 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.

Language of the Meeting

The official language of the INTERSPEECH 2021 is English. Translation services will not be provided.


Smoking in the INTERSPEECH 2021 area is not allowed.


Most shops in Brno are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday till Friday, on Saturday they have usually adjusted opening hours. Shopping centres are open Monday till Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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.


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.