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

IMPORTANT: Changes in the Act on the Residence of Foreigners

NEW: Borders

Foreign Police / Residence in Slovakia

Employment

Businesses

NEW: Quarantine measures

Lifting of measures

Social Insurance Agency

Schools

Important Contacts and Useful Links

 

Borders

Foreigners who visited a country not included in the list of less risky countries (Annex No. 1 to the Public Health Authority Measure) during the previous 14 days may enter Slovakia through its internal borders with Austria, Czechia, Hungary or Poland, as well as through air borders (border crossings at airports in Slovakia) under the condition of compliance with quarantine measures (home isolation, testing for COVID-19) in accordance with the current Measure of the PHA. 

NEW: The following persons can enter Slovakia via its external border:

  • 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,
  • residents of Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea or the UK,
  • cross-border workers, permanently or temporarily residing in neighbouring border areas of Ukraine within 30 km from an open border crossing to the territory of the Slovak Republic and who have an employment relationship, a similar employment relationship or a place of work (e.g. for self-employed persons) in the territory of the Slovak Republic within 30 km by road from an open border crossing to the territory of the Slovak Republic and hold a certificate of such performance of work, 
  • persons transiting to the EU Member States where they have a permanent or temporary residence or to the EU Member State which have issued their national (D) visas,
  • persons transiting without stopping through the countries not listed as low-risk countries, as long as they are able to provide the evidence of their residence or the evidence of their visit in the country of commencement of the transit and the time of entry into the country not listed in Annex 1 of the Measure,
  • persons permanently or temporarily residing in Slovakia and providing urgent care for their close relatives, who are unable to take care of themselves, in the territory of Ukraine, including one accompanying person,
  • persons permanently or temporarily residing in Ukraine and crossing the border in order to provide urgent care for their close relatives in Slovakia who are unable to take care of themselves, including one accompanying person,
  • foreign nationals who belong to certain categories defined in point 4 of the current Measure of the PHA,
  • holders of an exemption in accordance with point 6 of the Measure.

All persons who visited a country not listed in the list of less risky countries during the previous 14 days are obliged to register on the website korona.gov.sk/ehranica when entering the Slovak Republic at the latest. During their stay in Slovakia, these persons are obliged to be able to demonstrate their registration to a member of the Police Force of the Slovak Republic. The exemption from the registration obligation applies to persons who visited only non-listed EU countries and who proved a negative result of the RT-PCR test for COVID-19, performed in laboratories outside the territory of the Slovak Republic, not older than 72 hours. 

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

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.

The current office hours of the Foreign Police Departments are Mon 7:30-15:00, Wed 7:30-17:30, Fri 7:30-12:00 (in Bratislava until 14:00). At Bratislava Foreign Police Department, the office hours are also on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 to 14:00 (only for clients with an online appointment). The appointment booking system has been relaunched from 10 May 2020. Priority is given to clients based on online reservations.

From 1 June 2020, the Foreign Police handles all types of applications for residence.

When entering the buildings of Foreign Police departments, it is necessary to have face protection and be ready to be inspected by the police staff.

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

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 210.

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 180 – 540). 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). You can also contact the infoline +421 2 2211 5656 (during working days from 8:00 to 20:00).

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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Quarantine measures

NEW: If you have only visited a country/ies listed in the Measure of the Public Health Office of the Slovak Republic in the last 14 days before your arrival in Slovakia, you do not need to take home isolation or a COVID-19 test.

If in the last 14 days before coming to Slovakia you visited a Member State of the European Union not listed in the Measure and at the same time, you did not visit a country that is not an EU Member State and is not listed in the Measure, you must stay in home isolation after entering Slovakia, until obtaining a negative RT-PCR test result. If you do not show any symptoms during your home isolation, you can terminate the isolation by completing its 10th day. During the period of home isolation, this is also ordered for people living with you in the same household. You must register on the website korona.gov.sk/ehranica when entering Slovakia, at the latest. During your stay in Slovakia, you are obliged to be able to demonstrate your registration to a member of the Police Force. As an alternative to the obligations of registration and isolation in the home environment, after entering Slovakia, you can submit a negative result of the RT-PCR test for COVID-19 performed in laboratories outside the Slovak Republic, not older than 72 hours.

If in the last 14 days before your arrival in Slovakia you have visited a country that is not an EU member state and is not listed in the Measure, you must stay in home isolation after crossing the Slovak border until you obtain a negative RT-PCR test for COVID-19. You are required to undergo a laboratory diagnosis of COVID-19 at the earliest on the fifth day of isolation at home. During the period of home isolation, isolation is also ordered for people living with you in the same household. You must register on the website korona.gov.sk/ehranica when entering Slovakia, at the latest. During your stay in Slovakia, you are obliged to be able to demonstrate your registration to a member of the Police Force.

Exceptions from these obligations are listed in the PHA Measure.

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Lifting of Measures

Details on the gradual lifting of the official measures: available HERE

An overview of measures still in place is available HERE.

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Social Insurance Agency

General practitioners can write out an incapacity for work (PN) due to the quarantine. The confirmation of this will be sent directly by the doctor to the Social Insurance Agency in order to restrict the movement of people.

Special procedures related to COVID-19: CLICK HERE

How to claim benefits without visiting an insurance branch: CLICK HERE

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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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Contact us

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