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

IMPORTANT: Changes in the Act on the Residence of Foreigners 

NEW: Borders

Foreign Police / Residence in Slovakia

Employment

Businesses

NEW: Quarantine measures

NEW: Vaccination against COVID-19 - as of 2 August 2021 vaccination available without registration

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) under the condition of compliance with quarantine measures 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 measures:

  • 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.
  • persons who meet conditions for exemptions specified in Art. 6 - 8 of the valid Public Health Authority Decree (e.g. transiting persons, persons providing care of close relatives),
  • residents of Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, Qatar, Moldova, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Ukraine, China (special administrative regions of China: Hong Kong, Macau), Kosovo, Taiwan,
  • persons who have received the last recommended dose of one of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the EU no later than 14 days before entering the EU+ region. (Pfizer/BioNTech [Comirnaty], Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson [Janssen])
  • EU citizens and their family members. 

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 Interior. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs 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

Registration duty before entering Slovakia

Persons older than 12 years of age entering Slovakia are obliged to:

  • register on the website http://korona.gov.sk/ehranica when entering Slovakia at the latest,
  • be able to demonstrate their registration to a member of the Police Force or an employee of the Regional Public Health Authority when entering and during their stay in Slovakia.

The registration duty does not apply to persons transiting through Slovakia.

Persons entering Slovakia by air must also fill in the electronic passenger search form published on the website https://www.mindop.sk/covid/.

Fully vaccinated persons and registration validity

The following persons are considered to be fully vaccinated:

  1. a person vaccinated with both doses of a two-dose vaccine if at least 14 days but not more than 12 months passed since receiving the second dose (registration is valid for 6 months),
  2. a person vaccinated with the first dose of a single-dose vaccine if at least 21 days but not more than 12 months passed since receiving the first dose (registration is valid for 6 months),
  3. a person vaccinated with the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if at least 14 days but not more than 12 months passed since receiving the first dose and if vaccination was received within 180 days of overcoming COVID-19 (registration is valid for 6 months).

The proof of the status of a fully vaccinated person may be in Slovak, English or Czech.

Isolation duty and exceptions thereof

Persons entering Slovakia must undergo isolation in their home environment or a quarantine accommodation facility. Your isolation will end:

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

Isolation of children under the age of twelve terminates (if asymptomatic) by ending the isolation of persons living with them in the same household.

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

The isolation duty does not apply to:

  1. fully vaccinated persons,
  2. persons specified in § 6 - 8 of the Decree

Persons over 12 years of age entering Slovakia by air from countries not listed in Annex no. 1 of the Decree must be able to demonstrate, at the request of a member of the Police Force, a negative result of the RT-PCR test for COVID-19 not older than 72 hours. 

Persons transiting through Slovakia

The compulsory registration and isolation do not apply to persons transiting through Slovakia. Those are:

  1. persons and their family members travelling to the country of their residence or nationality
  2. EU citizens and their family members travelling to another EU Member State
  3. other persons who do not meet the conditions set out in point a) or b) upon approval by the Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic

Persons transiting through Slovakia must cross Slovak territory through the so-called “transport corridors” (Annex No. 2 to the Decree) without stopping, except for the necessary refuelling, within eight hours of entering Slovakia.

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.

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NEW: 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 (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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