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

IMPORTANT: Changes in the Act on the Residence of Foreigners

Borders

Foreign Police / Residence in Slovakia

Employment

Businesses

Quarantine

General Information

Social Insurance Agency

Schools

Important Contacts and Useful Links

 

Borders

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, currently, only the following persons can enter Slovakia:

  • Slovak citizens
  • foreigners with a granted residence in Slovakia
  • foreigners who are close relatives of Slovak citizens (spouse, minor child, parent of a minor child) 
  • foreigners living within 30 km from the border and commuting regularly for work to Slovakia if they can show proof thereof from their employer at the border
  • persons with a permanent or temporary residence in Czechia or Hungary, entering Slovakia for a maximum of 48 hours
  • EU citizens and their family members returning to their home country, passing through Slovakia without stopping
  • students for participating in entrance exams, final exams or other exams, school registration or collection of personal belongings from dormitories or other accommodation facilities, accompanied by max. one person, who submit proof thereof (e.g. exam/registration invitation) and who submit a negative RT-PCR test result not older than 96 hours when entering Slovakia
  • foreign diplomats and their close accompanying relatives
  • freight transport drivers
  • health services crews and their drivers
  • funeral services employees
  • persons with a granted exception from a Public Health Authority (source/more information: Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also reports on restrictions at the borders of foreign countries.

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Foreign Police / Residence in Slovakia

IMPORTANT: The 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.

As of Monday, 11 May the offices of the Foreign Police all over the country work at an expanded capacity until further notice. The currently valid office hours are Mon: 8 AM - 2 PM, Wed: 12 PM - 5 PM and Fri: 8 AM - 2 PM. The online appointment booking system is operating again as of 10 May 2020. Clients with an online appointment will be prioritized.

Currently, the Foreign Police deals with the following requests:

  • applications for the renewal of temporary residence, permanent residence for an unlimited period and long-term residence 
  • registration of residence of EU citizens and their family members
  • issuance and activation of the authenticator
  • requests regarding the issuance of the residence card
  • requests regarding the change of employer if the residence is valid.

Other applications can be accepted only for reasons worthy of special consideration, upon a decision of the Director of the respective Directorate of the Border and Foreign Police or Bureau of the Border and Foreign Police of the Presidium of the Police Force. 

When entering the buildings of the Foreign Police, the clients need to follow safety measures such as covering the face/wearing face masks and submit to selection and control by the police personnel.

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Employment

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). According to this instruction, foreigners whose residence should have expired during the crisis situation or within one month of the situation being revoked and was extended by law are allowed to continue working.

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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% (or 10% in March) may apply for a lump-sum contribution to compensate for their loss of income. The amount of contribution is EUR 90 – 270 in March and EUR 180 – 540 in April. 

Self-employed persons and single-member limited liability companies (s.r.o.) that do not have any other income as of 13 March may apply for a contribution to compensate for their loss of income from the gainful activity. The lump-sum contribution shall be EUR 105 for March 2020 and EUR 210 for April and May 2020.

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 average wage of an employee, up to EUR 1100.

Employers 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 his or her average earnings, up to EUR 880, or as a lump-sum allowance to cover part of the wage costs for each employee (EUR 90 – 270 in March and EUR 180 – 540 in April). 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). 

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 e-mail  

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Quarantine

Everyone who enters Slovakia is obliged to be isolated in the facilities designated by the state. Register your planned arrival as soon as possible using the form on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The isolation in the facility will last for the time necessary to perform the laboratory diagnosis of COVID-19 and in case of a negative result, a person is ordered home isolation for a total period of 14 days. During the period of such home isolation, home isolation is also ordered for persons living in the common household. 

The isolation in state facilities is not obligatory for:

  • pregnant women,
  • persons with reduced orientation and mobility,
  • persons with oncological disease or psychiatric disorders, severe immune disorders, persons with special nutritional needs, persons with chronic respiratory diseases, with heart and arteries disease, persons with metabolic disorders, persons with epilepsy, persons with mental disorders, persons with severe conditions requiring continued injections at regular intervals and the disabled persons,
  • persons over 75 years of age,
  • and for persons close to them and accompanying them at the time of crossing the state borders of the Slovak Republic. 

These persons not subject to the isolation regulation in facilities designated by the state are obliged to stay in home isolation for 14 days, provided that when entering Slovakia they submit a negative result of an RT-PCR test for COVID- 19 not older than 96 hours.

Minors not accompanied at the time of crossing the state borders are ordered home isolation for 14 days. Home isolation is also ordered for people living with them in their common household. 

The measure does not apply to selected groups of drivers and crew members. It also does not apply to persons with a permanent/temporary residence in Slovakia who work in the border areas of a neighboring state or vice versa. 

Info hotlines managed by public health officials: 0800 221 234, 0917 222 682, 0917 426 075.

Hotline run by a network of private clinics and hospitals: +421 2 32 32 38 38.

If in quarantine, you are obliged to:

  • monitor their medical condition (sudden onset of at least one of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath) and, in the event of symptoms, contact their GP by phone or email or if not possible then call 112.
  • refrain from social contacts (e.g. visits to cultural, social, sporting or other mass events and the admission of other people for social activities into the place of quarantine)
  • refrain from traveling
  • refrain from participating in teaching/learning activities, except for e-learning forms
  • refrain from going to work; work from home instead
  • refrain from any action which requires leaving the quarantine site or receiving susceptible persons at that site. (e.g. people who may be at higher risk, such as elderly, and those with a pre-existing chronic condition).

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General Information

NEW: As of 20 May, the fourth phase of lifting the restrictive measures has started. Details are available HERE

An overview of measures still in place is available HERE.

 It is still forbidden to move in public without covering your upper respiratory tract (nose, mouth) with a mask, scarf, or any other suitable means. This shall not apply to:

  • children under 2 years of age
  • persons with severe autism spectrum disorders
  • persons in a closed vehicle if all the persons in the vehicle are from the same household
  • public transport drivers who are alone in a closed cabin separated from the other passenger space
  • persons living in the same household while in exterior if their distance from other persons is at least 5 meters
  • persons not living in the same household while in exterior if their distance to each other is at least 5 meters
  • pedagogical or professional staff (e.g. teacher assistant or special pedagogue) within the educational process
  • primary school pupils in the interior and exterior of the school within the educational process
  • children in the interior and exterior of the kindergarten and nursery
  • persons performing sports on indoor or outdoor sports facilities.

All three international airports (Bratislava, Poprad, and Košice) have been closed from Friday 13 March, 7:00. Please check their websites for more information. International public transport has been suspended as of 13 March. The Slovak Railways Company has announced that all IC trains will be cancelled from March 18th until further notice. 

The deadline for submitting annual tax returns for individual taxpayers, companies and sole traders (SZČO) has been extended to June 30th, the Government decided on Wednesday, 18 March. The tax due has to be paid by the same deadline. 

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Social Insurance Agency

How to request social benefits without visiting the Social Insurance Agency: CLICK HERE (currently, the information is in Slovak only)

Parents can claim nursing benefits from the Social Insurance Agency (Sociálna poisťovňa). Detailed information in English can be found on their website. In case of additional questions in English, contact the SIA by email at  or by phone at +421 906 171 934.

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Schools

The Public Health Authority has decided that schools remain closed until further notice.

Online materials and important information will soon be available on the 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.

The high school leaving examinations (maturita) will take place only administratively. The final evaluation of students will be calculated as the arithmetic average of their marks in a given subject and a group of related subjects. Tuition for the last years of high school ends on 7 May. "Testing 9" for the school year 2019/2020 is also canceled.

Applications for admission to kindergartens will be from 30 April to 31 May, without a medical certificate.

Enrollment for the first year of primary schools will take place from 15 to 30 April 2020 without the pupil's personal presence.

Applications for secondary schools may be submitted by 15 May, without a medical certificate. Entrance examinations for secondary schools will take place no later than 30 June 2020, as well as the talent examinations.

The deadline for entrance examinations for universities has not yet been specified.

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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 (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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Contact us

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IMPORTANT NOTICE
In order to prevent spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), until further notice the IOM Migration Information Centre in Bratislava and Košice provides its services ONLY via telephone and email.

 

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