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

IMPORTANT: The state of emergency declared on 25 November 2021 ended on 22 February 2022. The extraordinary situation (crisis situation) declared on 11 March 2020 is still in force.  

IMPORTANT: Changes in the Act on the Residence of Foreigners 

NEW: Borders

NEW: Foreign Police / Residence in Slovakia

Employment

Businesses

NEW: Quarantine measures

Vaccination against COVID-19 

Other measures

Social Insurance Agency

Schools

Important Contacts and Useful Links

 

NEW: 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). 

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, 
  • persons with a valid residence in Slovakia and holders of a national visa issued by the embassy of the Slovak Republic,
  • persons who by meeting conditions stipulated by law are not required to obtain a temporary residence for up to 90 days from the beginning of their stay in Slovakia (temporary residence types: study, employment, special activity, research and development, a person with long-term residence status in another member state). The purpose of their stay must be demonstrated by credible documents when entering Slovakia.
  • residents of Bahrain, Chile, China (special administrative regions Hong Kong and Macau), Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Taiwan,
  • persons travelling with an essential function or need: healthcare workers, health researchers and elderly care workers, cross-border workers, seasonal agricultural workers, persons working in transport, diplomats, personnel of international organisations and persons invited by international organisations whose physical presence is necessary for the proper functioning of those organisations, military personnel and humanitarian and civil protection workers in the exercise of their functions, transit travellers, travellers travelling for urgent family reasons, seafarers, persons in need of international protection or travelling for other humanitarian reasons; third-country nationals travelling for the purpose of studies, highly skilled third-country workers where their employment is economically necessary and where the work cannot be delayed or carried out abroad,
  • persons who have received the last recommended dose of one of the EU approved or WHO emergency list COVID-19 vaccines no later than 14 days before entering the EU+ region and no more than 270 days have elapsed since the last recommended dose was administered: Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty), Moderna (Spikewax), AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria, Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), Bharat Biotech (Covaxin), Sinopharm, Sinovac Biotech (Sinovac - CoronaVac), Nuvaxovid/Novavax,
  • are persons who overcame the COVID-19 disease not more than 180 days before entering the territory of the Slovak Republic and can credibly prove this fact with a relevant certificate,
  • EU citizens and their family members. 

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

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NEW: Foreign Police / Residence in Slovakia

As of 1 April 2022, the Foreigners' Police departments are open as follows:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: from 07.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. - all applications for granting/renewal of temporary residence, applications for permanent residence and applications for granting/extension of tolerated stay
  • Tuesday, Thursday: from 07.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. - applications for residence cards for international truck or bus drivers whose residence has been extended due to a crisis situation and applications for national visas in the interest of the Slovak Republic.

You need an appointment to submit your application. 

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 

You can find detailed information on conditions for claiming contributions for businesses that had to close their operations due to the decision of the Slovak Public Health Authority or whose revenues decreased, 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 - CANCELLED

From 6 April 2022, no registration with eHranica or quarantine for the unvaccinated is required for entry into Slovakia.  

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Vaccination against COVID-19

As of 2nd August 2021, the vaccination without registration is open in designated hospitals (list HERE). Registration for COVID-19 vaccination is open to anyone from the age of 12 HERE.

People without public health insurance are also eligible for free vaccination if they are:

  • granted subsidiary protection in Slovakia,
  • victims of trafficking in human beings in the program of the Ministry of Interior,
  • medical students working in hospitals,
  • granted a temporary, permanent, long-term or tolerated residence in Slovakia (it is necessary to show a residence card),
  • are full-time students of a university in Slovakia from an EU Member State (it is necessary to show a certificate of school attendance and a European Health Insurance Card),
  • are students of a primary or secondary school in Slovakia from an EU Member State (it is necessary to show a certificate of school attendance and a European Health Insurance Card), 
  • are asylum seekers in Slovakia,
  • are applicants for temporary refuge and residents of Ukraine who are staying in Slovakia.

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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 at 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 the public (in English and other languages)

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

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IMPORTANT NOTICE
Until further notice the IOM Migration Information Centre  provides its services only via telephone and email. Personal consultations are provided by appointment only in "OP" regime (vaccination or recovery from COVID).

 

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