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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. NEW: On 29 December, the state of emergency was extended for another 40 days.

IMPORTANT: Changes in the Act on the Residence of Foreigners 

NEW: Curfew

Borders

NEW: Foreign Police / Residence in Slovakia

Employment

Businesses

Quarantine measures

Other measures

Social Insurance Agency

Schools

Important Contacts and Useful Links

 

NEW: Curfew 

From 11 January to 24 January 2021, a curfew applies throughout Slovakia from 5:00 AM to 1:00 AM the following day.

The curfew does not apply to the following exceptions:

  • 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
  • purchase of food, medicines and medical devices, personal hygiene and drugstore products, feed and supplies for animals, providing care for children and pets, refuelling, purchase of newspapers and press, visiting the dry cleaner's, optician, bank, insurance company, bicycle service and motor vehicles service - all in the nearest store/service provider from the place of residence 
  • attending a mass event authorized by the Public Health Authority
  • visiting a post office or a delivery point of shops/e-shops
  • visiting a medical facility for the purpose of an urgent or planned medical care or a preventive examination, including an escort by a close person or relative
  • undergoing an RT-PCR test or an antigen test
  • funeral of a close person, own marriage, baptism
  • care for a close person or relative who relies on such care
  • walking a dog or cat up to 1000 m from the place of residence, care for livestock
  • returning from one household which has not been visited by a person from another household since the beginning of the curfew (19 December)
  • travel/arrival from abroad
  • stay in nature, including individual sports within the district (in Bratislava and Košice within the city)
  • 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
  • journey back from recreation
  • the journey made in connection with the court's decision on the parent's contact with the child
  • going to/from and accompanying a child to/from the nursery, kindergarten and school.

In the district of Nitra, a curfew applies until 29 January 2021, with the following exceptions:

  • 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, if the person has a negative result of the RT-PCR test or antigen test for COVID-19, not older than 7 days or if the person has overcome COVID-19 and has a confirmation thereof not older than three months
  • stay in nature, including individual sports within the district, if the person has a negative result of the RT-PCR test or antigen test for COVID-19, not older than 7 days, if the person has overcome COVID-19 and has a confirmation thereof not older than three months and if a person is under 10 years of age
  • visiting a delivery point of shops/e-shops, if the person has a negative result of the RT-PCR test or antigen test for COVID-19, not older than 7 days or if the person has overcome COVID-19 and has a confirmation thereof not older than three months
  • purchase of food, medicines and medical devices, personal hygiene and drugstore products, feed and supplies for animals, providing care for children and pets, refuelling, purchase of newspapers and press, visiting the dry cleaner's, optician, bank, insurance company, bicycle service and motor vehicles service - all in the nearest store/service provider from the place of residence 
  • visiting a medical facility for the purpose of an urgent or planned medical care or a preventive examination, including an escort by a close person or relative
  • undergoing an RT-PCR test or an antigen test
  • funeral of a close person, own marriage, baptism
  • care for a close person or relative who relies on such care
  • walking a dog or cat up to 1000 m from the place of residence, care for livestock
  • returning from one household which has not been visited by a person from another household since the beginning of the curfew (19 December)
  • travel/arrival from abroad
  • 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
  • journey back from recreation
  • the journey made in connection with the court's decision on the parent's contact with the child
  • going to/from the nursery, kindergarten and school
  • accompanying a child to/from the nursery, kindergarten and school, if the person has a negative result of the RT-PCR test or antigen test for COVID-19, not older than 7 days or if the person has overcome COVID-19 and has a confirmation thereof not older than three months.

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Borders

Foreigners who visited a country not included in the list of less risky countries (Annex 1 to the Public Health Authority Decree) during the previous 14 days 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 PHA 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,
  • residents of Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea or Taiwan
  • 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 pertaining to certain categories of the PHA 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 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.  

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

NEW: In connection with the curfew, the Foreign Police departments will not accept any clients until further notice. Clients who had appointments for a specific date during the curfew will have to re-schedule via the online booking system for the next available date. 

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.

Current office hours of 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

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% 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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Quarantine measures

If you have only visited countries listed in the Decree of the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic in the last 14 days before your arrival in Slovakia, you do not need to stay in home isolation or take a COVID-19 test.

1. If in the last 14 days before your arrival in Slovakia you visited a Member State of the European Union not listed in the Decree, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, 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 10th 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.

The obligation of isolation does not apply to you if:

  • upon entering Slovakia, you have 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
  • upon entering Slovakia, you have a negative result of an antigen test for COVID-19 according to Annex no. 5 of the Decree, carried out in laboratories in Austria or Czechia, not older than 72 hours
  • you meet all the following conditions: you have a residence in Slovakia, you are a citizen of the EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, you have overcome COVID-19 in the period of no more than 3 months before entering Slovakia and you are able to demonstrate a certificate according to Annex no. 3 of the Decree when entering Slovakia

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. 

2. 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 (with the exception of Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland), 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, the 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 fifth day of isolation at the earliest
  • 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.

Information on more exceptions from these obligations can be found in the PHA Decree.

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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

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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