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COVID-19: official measures and important information (updated continually)

IMPORTANT: The extraordinary situation declared on 11 March 2020 remains in place. 

From 1 October 2020, the state of emergency was declared again. It was extended by 40 days from 30 December 2020, by another 40 days from 8 February 2021 and by another 40 days as of 20 March 2021.

IMPORTANT: Changes in the Act on the Residence of Foreigners 

NEW: Curfew

Borders

Foreign Police / Residence in Slovakia

Employment

Businesses

NEW: Quarantine measures

NEW: Vaccination against COVID-19

Other measures

Social Insurance Agency

Schools

Important Contacts and Useful Links

 

NEW: Curfew 

From 20 March 2021, a curfew continues throughout Slovakia from 5:00 AM to 1:00 AM the following day.

To perform certain activities, you need to be able to demonstrate one of the following documents (unless stated otherwise):

  • negative RT-PCR test for COVID-19 not older than 7 days, or
  • negative antigen test for COVID-19 not older than 7 days, or
  • confirmation on overcoming COVID-19 not older than three months, or
  • confirmation on being vaccinated against COVID-19 with the second dose of vaccine, which must have been provided at least 14 days ago.

None of the abovementioned documents must be provided by a person whose medical condition or medical contraindications do not allow the COVID-19 test to be performed.

Information on the level of warning in which your district is included can be found in the COVID automat.

Curfew exceptions for which you do not need a negative test result or other evidence:

  • provision of essential necessities from 5 AM to 8 PM (e.g. purchase of food, medicines and medical devices, personal hygiene and drugstore products, feed and supplies for animals, providing care for children and pets, refuelling) - all in the nearest store/service provider from the place of residence 
  • visiting a medical facility for the purpose of urgent or planned medical care, including an escort by a close person or relative
  • visiting a medical facility for the purpose of preventive examination from 5 AM to 8 PM, including an escort by a close person or relative
  • undergoing an RT-PCR test or an antigen test from 5 AM to 8 PM
  • funeral of a close person, marriage, baptism from 5 AM to 8 PM
  • care for a close person or relative who relies on such care
  • stay in nature, including individual sports within the district in the districts included in 1st and 2nd degree of vigilance, or 1st - 3rd degree of warning (in Bratislava within the Bratislava self-governing region and in Košice within the city and district of Košice surroundingsfrom 5 AM to 8 PM
  • walking a dog or cat up to 1000 m from the place of residence, care for livestock, provision of veterinary care
  • going to/from the nursery from 5 AM to 8 PM
  • the journey of the child and his or her accompanying person to the parent or to a person having the right to meet the child from 5 AM to 8 PM
  • the journey made in connection with the court's decision on the parent's contact with the child from 5 AM to 8 PM
  • walk of a person over 65 years of age or a severely disabled person who moves with the help of a wheelchair, within a distance of 1000 m from the residence from 5 AM to 8 PM (alone or with members of the household)
  • walk with a child up to six years of age within a distance of 1000 m from the residence from 5 AM to 8 PM.
  • provision of individual spiritual care.

Curfew exceptions for which you do need a negative test result or other evidence:

  • going to/from employment - schools and school facilities employees - from 5 AM to 8 PM - necessary to have a confirmation from employer specifying working hours and place of work
  • going to/from employment, business or other similar activity, if due to the nature of the work, it is not possible to perform work in the form of a home office - necessary to have a confirmation from employer specifying working hours and place of work - the negative result must not be older than
    • 7 days in the districts included in the 3rd and 4th level of warning
    • 14 days in the districts included in the 2nd level of warning
    • 21 days in the districts included in the 1st level of warning
  • purchase of newspapers and press, visiting the dry cleaner's, optician, bank, insurance company, library, bicycle service and motor vehicles service, technical and emission control services for vehicles, gardening store and shoe repair from 5 AM to 8 PM
  • visiting a post office or a delivery point of shops/e-shops from 5 AM to 8 PM
  • attending a mass event authorized by the Public Health Authority of Slovakia from 5 AM to 8 PM
  • travel/arrival from abroad, except for holidays abroad (travelling for holidays is also prohibited from 01.00 to 05.00)
  • stay in nature, including individual sports within the district in the districts included in 4th degree of warning from 5 AM to 8 PM
  • going to/from kindergarten, elementary school (class 1 - 4) and special school from 5 AM to 8 PM - a negative result is to be provided by the legal representative
  • going to/from school (class 5 - 9 of the elementary school and higher) from 5 AM to 8 PM - a negative result is to be provided by the pupil as well as the legal representative 
  • accompanying the child to/from the nursery, kindergarten or school from 5 AM to 8 PM
  • going to/from university/university facility: students of 4th - 6th year of the doctoral study program in the field of general medicine, 2nd and 3rd year of the bachelor's study program in the field of nursing, 2nd and 3rd year of the bachelor's study program in the field of midwifery, 3rd year of the bachelor's study program in the field of urgent health care 
  • visiting a public authority in order to perform an act which cannot be performed by sending a mail or electronically from 5 AM to 8 PM
  • journey to a job interview, selection procedure and signing of an employment contract from 5 AM to 8 PM.

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Borders

Foreigners who have entered the Schengen area legally may enter Slovakia through its internal borders with Austria, Czechia, Hungary or Poland, as well as through internal air borders (border crossings at airports in Slovakia for flights from within the Schengen Area) under the condition of compliance with quarantine measures (home isolation, testing for COVID-19) in accordance with the current Public Health Authority Decree. 

The following persons can enter Slovakia via its external border (border with Ukraine as well as air borders for flights from outside the Schengen Area):

  • persons related to a Slovak citizen or to a temporary/permanent resident in Slovakia, i.e. spouse, minor child, parent of a minor child. This fact can be proved e.g. by a birth certificate, marriage certificate (if you do not have the original, a plain copy is enough). If the document is only in a foreign language, it is necessary to provide a translation (unofficial translation is sufficient),
  • persons with a valid residence in Slovakia, who can prove a valid residence permit, residence registration certificate or are holders of a national visa issued by the embassy of the Slovak Republic, the entry of third-country nationals for the purpose of attending nursery or study at a primary, secondary or higher education institution in Slovakia and demonstrating confirmation of this fact is considered a valid residence according to this point,
  • persons who meet conditions for the exemptions specified in Art. 4, 5, 6 para. 1 letter a) to c) and Art. 8 of the valid Public Health Authority Decree (e.g. transiting persons, persons providing care of close relatives),
  • holders of an exemption in accordance with the PHA Decree. These persons must have a negative result of the RT-PCR test for COVID-19 not older than 72 hours when entering the territory of the Slovak Republic. In justified cases, the PHA may grant an exemption from this obligation.
  • EU citizens

All persons who arrive in Slovakia by aeroplane are obliged to fill in the Public Health Passenger Locator Form

More information is available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry also reports on restrictions at the borders of foreign countries.

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Foreign Police / Residence in Slovakia

The Ministry of the Interior announced that the Foreign Police departments will start accepting clients again as of 15 February 2021. They will only serve clients with booked appointments. Clients who have already registered in the system and have an appointment from 15 February onwards do not need to rebook. Clients who were assigned an appointment during the period when the Foreign Police departments were closed must re-schedule via the online booking system for the next available date. 

Current office hours of Foreign Police departments are Mon 7:45-15:00, Wed 7:45-17:00, Fri 7:30-12:00 (in Bratislava until 14:00). 

IMPORTANT: Slovak parliament has approved an amendment to the Act on the Residence of Foreigners, which is dealing with issues emerging in connection with the spread of the COVID-19 disease. Learn more about the approved measures HERE.

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Employment

An amendment to the Act on Employment Services has been approved. According to it, the validity of confirmations on the possibility to fill a vacancy/high qualified vacancy and work permits that would have expired during the crisis situation or within one month of the situation being revoked is extended until two months of the crisis situation being revoked.

The Central Office of Labour, Social Affairs, and Family issued an Instruction on the employment of third-country nationals whose temporary residence validity expired during a crisis situation (published in Slovak). 

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Businesses 

Self-employed persons who had to close their operations due to the decision of the Slovak Public Health Authority or whose revenues decreased by at least 20% may apply for a lump-sum contribution to compensate for their loss of income. The amount of contribution is EUR 270 – 810.

Self-employed persons that do not have any other income as of 1 October may apply for a contribution to compensate for their loss of income from the gainful activity. The lump-sum contribution shall be EUR 315.

Employers (including self-employed persons employing others) who had to close their operations due to the decision of the Slovak Public Health Authority may apply for a contribution to the wage compensation of their employees. The amount of the contribution is 80% of the total price of work, up to EUR 1100.

Employers (including self-employed persons employing others) who retain jobs even in the event of interruption or limitation of their activities during a declared emergency situation may apply for a contribution to the wage of their employees. The contribution can be provided either in the form of an employee's wage compensation of up to 80% of the total price of work, up to EUR 1100, or as a lump-sum allowance to cover part of the wage costs for each employee (EUR 270 – 810). The employer can choose only one of the options for the whole period of the contribution.

You can find detailed information on conditions for claiming these contributions, as well as application forms at www.pomahameludom.sk (in Slovak).

CONTACT: In case you have questions regarding the contributions, please contact the Office of Labour, Social Affairs and Family (phone and e-mail contact available here) during working days from 8:00 to 15:00.

The National Business Centre has prepared information on adopted measures for entrepreneurs as well as a brochure (in Slovak). NBC client centres are available for entrepreneurs on weekdays from 9 AM to 5:30 PM via phone and e-mail. Their contact details are available on the NBC website. For consultations in English, we recommend using the e-mail contact:  

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NEW: Quarantine measures

General obligations

1. If in the last 14 days before your arrival in Slovakia you visited a Member State of the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland or the UK, you must stay isolated at home or in a quarantine accommodation facility after entering Slovakia. Your isolation will terminate:

  • by obtaining a negative result of the RT-PCR test for COVID-19 disease
  • in the case of an asymptomatic course of isolation by completing its 14th day
  • in the case of an asymptomatic course of isolation of children up to ten years of age by terminating the home isolation of persons living in the same household.

2. If in the last 14 days before your arrival in Slovakia you have visited a country that is not an EU member state (with the exception of Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein,  Switzerland and the UK), you must stay isolated at home or in a quarantine accommodation facility after entering Slovakia. Your isolation will terminate:

  • by obtaining a negative result of the RT-PCR test for COVID-19 disease
  • in the case of an asymptomatic course of isolation of children up to ten years of age by terminating the home isolation of persons living in the same household.

During the period of home isolation, isolation is also ordered for people living with you in the same household.

In relation to isolation, you have the following duties:

  • register on the website korona.gov.sk/ehranica immediately upon entering Slovakia at the latest
  • be able to demonstrate your registration to a member of the Police Force during your stay in Slovakia
  • undergo a laboratory diagnosis of COVID-19 on the 8th day of isolation at the earliest
  • if entering Slovakia by air, fill in the electronic form published on the website https://www.mindop.sk/covid/
  • notify your placement in isolation by telephone or by electronic means to your GP or paediatrician. If you do not have a GP in Slovakia, you must notify the locally competent doctor of the self-governing region.

Transport to and from airports

Persons providing transport of other persons to/from international airports in Austria, Czechia, Hungary or Poland, who register at the naletisko.mzv.sk website before crossing the Slovak border at the latest and are able to demonstrate at the request of a police officer printed or electronic confirmation of registration and the ticket of the person transported or an electronic copy thereof are exempt from the quarantine obligations. 

Information on exceptions from these obligations can be found in the Public Health Authority Decree.

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NEW: Vaccination against COVID-19

Registration for COVID-19 vaccination is open to:

  • Specific groups (healthcare professionals, healthcare students who come into contact with patients during their studies, service staff working in hospitals, employees of social services facilities, field social workers, hospital staff who come into contact with patients, emergency medical service and transport medical service staff who come into contact with patients, mobile testing point staff who come into contact with persons being tested for COVID-19, persons who provide spiritual service within a church or religious society for patients with COVID-19 in a hospital or for recipients of social services in a social services facility)
  • persons older than 60 years (to be vaccinated with Pfizer/BionNTech or Moderna)
  • persons aged 50 - 59 (to be vaccinated with AstraZeneca).

If you belong to one of these groups and have public health insurance in Slovakia, you can register using the form HERE.

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Other Measures

An overview of measures still in place is available HERE (currently in Slovak only).

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Social Insurance Agency (SIA)

General practitioners can write out an incapacity for work (PN) due to the quarantine. The confirmation of this will be sent by the doctor directly to the Social Insurance Agency in order to restrict the movement of people. Information on how to claim benefits without visiting a Social Insurance Agency branch is available on the SIA website 

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Schools

Online materials for home-schooling and information on current measures, instructions and guidelines in the area of education can be found at the official portal "Ucime na dialku".

A new toll-free info line is available under the Ministry of Education: 0800 864 833. The line is aimed for parents in difficult situations, in need of advice from a social mediator, or for psychological or special educational intervention. The service is available from 09:00 to 18:00.

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Important Contacts and Useful Links

All the important up-to-date information, incl. the option to request a test for COVID-19 can be found at the official Government portal korona.gov.sk. 

For more information about the official measures, also see the website of the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic (press release section, in Slovak).

Information from the Facebook page of the Police of the Slovak Republic (in Slovak)

Radio Slovakia International: continually updated article (in English) about the current official measures by the Slovak government, related to the situation with COVID-19.

WHO (World Health Organization) information portal with up-to-date information and advice for public (in English and other languages)

Information leaflet on COVID-19 for foreigners in 26 languages (IOM Italy)

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