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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. NEW: On 14 May 2021, the state of emergency was terminated.

IMPORTANT: Changes in the Act on the Residence of Foreigners 

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

 

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) under the condition of compliance with quarantine measure:

  • 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. 7, 8 or Art. 9 of the valid Public Health Authority Decree (e.g. transiting persons, persons providing care of close relatives),
  • persons with permanent or temporary residence in Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, China (special administrative regions of China: Hong Kong, Macau),
  • persons who meet conditions stipulated by law who are not required to obtain a temporary residence permit for the period up to 90 days from the beginning of the stay in Slovakia (temporary residence types:  study, employment, special activity, research and development, residence permit of a person with long-term residence status in another member state). The purpose of the stay when entering Slovakia must be proved by presenting credible documents.
  • EU citizens

All persons who arrive in Slovakia by airplane 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 Foreign Police departments have started accepting clients again as of 15 February 2021. They are only serving clients with booked appointments. 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. The Foreign Police departments should also accept clients in situations for which an appointment cannot be scheduled.

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 

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

Isolation conditions upon arrival from abroad vary depending on whether you are coming from a green, a red or a black country.

Green countries

Green countries are the EU Member States and non-EU countries with a high vaccination rate and a favourable epidemiological situation: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Vatican.

If you have visited only green countries in the last 14 days before coming to Slovakia, you must stay in isolation at home or in a quarantine accommodation facility after crossing the Slovak border. Your isolation will end:

  • in the case of an asymptomatic course of isolation by completing its 14th day, or
  • by obtaining a negative result of an RT-PCR test or an antigen test for COVID-19 disease. You can take the test on the first day of isolation.

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

The obligation to stay in isolation does not apply to persons who:

  • have a negative result of an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 not older than 72 hours when entering Slovakia,
  • are coming from the territory of neighbouring states and have a negative result of an antigen test for COVID-19 not older than 24 hours (the test must be performed in a neighbouring state or in Slovakia),
  • have been vaccinated only with the first dose of a two-dose vaccine and at least 21 days but not more than 90 days passed since the vaccination,
  • have been vaccinated with both doses of a two-dose vaccine and at least 21 days but not more than 12 months passed since receiving the first dose,
  • have been vaccinated with a single-dose vaccine and at least 21 days but not more than 12 months passed since the vaccination,
  • have been vaccinated with the first dose of a vaccine, which was received within 180 days of overcoming COVID-19 and at least 21 days but not more than 12 months passed since the vaccination,
  • have overcome COVID-19 within the last 180 days, or
  • are under 18 years old.

When coming from a green country, 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 when entering and during your stay in Slovakia
  • if entering Slovakia by air, fill in the electronic form published on the website https://www.mindop.sk/covid/.

Red countries

Red countries are non-EU countries with an unfavourable epidemiological situation: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Cuba, Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Puerto Rico, Russia, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America, Uzbekistan.

If you have visited any of the red countries in the last 14 days before coming to Slovakia, you must stay in isolation at home or in a quarantine accommodation facility after crossing the Slovak border. Your isolation will end:

  • in the case of an asymptomatic course of isolation by completing its 14th day, or
  • by obtaining a negative result of an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 disease. You can take the test on the eighth day of isolation at the earliest.
  • Isolation of children under ten years of age terminates (if they are asymptomatic) when persons living with them in the same household end their isolation.

During the period of home isolation, the isolation is also obligatory for people living with you in the same household, except for those who:

  • have been vaccinated only with the first dose of a two-dose vaccine and at least 21 days but not more than 90 days passed since the vaccination,
  • have been vaccinated with both doses of a two-dose vaccine and at least 21 days but not more than 12 months passed since receiving the first dose,
  • have been vaccinated with a single-dose vaccine and at least 21 days but not more than 12 months passed since the vaccination,
  • have been vaccinated with the first dose of a vaccine, which was received within 180 days of overcoming COVID-19 and at least 21 days but not more than 12 months passed since the vaccination,
  • have overcome COVID-19 within the last 180 days.

The exception for vaccinated persons does not apply to persons coming from the red countries themselves, only to persons living in the same household. The exception from isolation applies to persons who do meet a condition of being vaccinated and:

  • work in the territory of a red country and have a permanent or temporary residence in Slovakia, or
  • work in Slovakia and have a permanent or temporary residence in the territory of a red country.

When coming from a red country, 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 when entering and during your stay in Slovakia
  • if entering Slovakia by air, fill in the electronic form published on the website https://www.mindop.sk/covid/.

Transit through the territory of a red country shorter than 8 hours without stopping (except for refuelling) or transit through the airport (without leaving the airport premises) is not considered a stay in a red country. Such stays in a red country are considered stays in a green country.

Black countries

Black countries are those that are neither green nor red countries.

If you have visited any of the black countries in the last 14 days before coming to Slovakia, you must stay in isolation at home or in a quarantine accommodation facility after crossing the Slovak border. Your isolation will end upon the completion of its 14th day in the event of an asymptomatic course of isolation. Isolation of children under ten years of age terminates (if they are asymptomatic) when persons living with them in the same household end their isolation.

You must take an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 on the eighth day of isolation at the earliest. However, obtaining a negative result does not mean an earlier termination of isolation.

During the period of home isolation, the isolation is also obligatory for people living with you in the same household, except for those who:

  • have been vaccinated only with the first dose of a two-dose vaccine and at least 21 days but not more than 90 days passed since the vaccination,
  • have been vaccinated with both doses of a two-dose vaccine and at least 21 days but not more than 12 months passed since receiving the first dose,
  • have been vaccinated with a single-dose vaccine and at least 21 days but not more than 12 months passed since the vaccination,
  • have been vaccinated with the first dose of a vaccine, which was received within 180 days of overcoming COVID-19 and at least 21 days but not more than 12 months passed since the vaccination,
  • have overcome COVID-19 within the last 180 days.

The exception for vaccinated persons does not apply to persons coming from the black countries themselves, only to persons living in the same household. The exception from isolation applies to persons who do meet a condition of being vaccinated and:

  • work in the territory of a black country and have a permanent or temporary residence in Slovakia, or
  • work in Slovakia and have a permanent or temporary residence in the territory of a black country.

When coming from a black country, 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 when entering and during your stay in Slovakia
  • if entering Slovakia by air, fill in the electronic form published on the website https://www.mindop.sk/covid/.

Transit through the territory of a black country shorter than 8 hours without stopping (except for refuelling) or transit through the airport (without leaving the airport premises) is not considered a stay in a black country. Such stays in a black country are considered stays in a green country. 

Transport to and from airports

Persons providing transport of others 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. 

Visiting the embassy

An exemption from compulsory isolation is granted to persons with a permanent or temporary residence in Slovakia who leave Slovakia for less than 12 hours due to the need to visit an embassy/consulate accredited for the Slovak Republic located in the Czech Republic, Hungary or Austria and are able to demonstrate this fact.

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 anyone from the age of 12 with public health insurance in Slovakia. You can get registered HERE.

People without public health insurance are also eligible for 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 (it is necessary to show a confirmation thereof),
  • are students of a primary or secondary school in Slovakia (it is necessary to show a confirmation thereof), or
  • are asylum seekers 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 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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