Mail and Packages

Students should NOT plan to receive packages from the U.S.  A recent law was passed which requires that packages sent from outside the European Union are taxable. Students attempting to obtain packages sent from the U.S. will have to go through a tedious, time consuming, and sometimes expensive procedure with customs (even just for a jar of peanut butter or pack of M&Ms).  Packages sent via FedEX or UPS are OK, as these companies will handle the procedure with customs.

There is a custom tax of 30% on any package sent into the Czech Republic with a declared value of over $30. Packages are held in a customs office until students pay the tax or they will be shipped back to the country of origin. If you are planning to have your parents send you anything, keep this in mind – it might be cheaper and less hassle to buy things in Prague.

Although it is not recommended, should you still choose to receive packages please read through these additional considerations and regulations .

  • ALL letters and packages should be sent to students at the NYU Prague center.
  • To avoid paying heavy customs duties and VAT, students should have care packages and clothes sent to them as “used personal items”. These should be addressed solely to you, as shown below.
  • Our staff will sign for packages and pick up notices and notify you of any mail.  All correspondence should be addressed exactly as follows below:
    • Student Name (First and Last, no nicknames)
      C/O New York University Prague
      Male namesti 2
      Praha 1 110 00
      Czech Republic

Czech Republic Postal Regulations prohibit the entry of certain items including, but not limited to:  Coins; paper money; securities and other paper values of any kind; as well as savings-bank booklets; and unmanufactured gold, silver, and platinum may be imported only by authorization of the State Bank. Publications, drawings, photographs, records, sheets of music, etc., contrary to the State public order. (…) Playing cards.” Source: US Postal Service, Country Conditions for Mailing – Czech Republic

PLEASE NOTE: Students are advised to bring ALL THEIR MEDICATIONS (prescription or over-the-counter) WITH THEM IN THEIR LUGGAGE in its original packaging/containers.  Bring sufficient refills for the duration of your time abroad.  Consult the pre-departure information from NYU Study Abroad regarding medications and travel abroad for further information.

TIP:  NYU Mail Services has further information on shipping and international customs. Click here: NYU Mail Services: International Customs Information