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

IMPORTANT: The state of emergency declared on 25 November 2021 ended on 22 February 2022. The extraordinary situation (crisis situation) declared on 11 March 2020 is still in force.  

IMPORTANT: Changes in the Act on the Residence of Foreigners 

NEW: Borders

NEW: Foreign Police / Residence in Slovakia

Employment

Businesses

NEW: Quarantine measures

Vaccination against COVID-19 

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). 

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):

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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NEW: Foreign Police / Residence in Slovakia

As of 1 April 2022, the Foreigners' Police departments are open as follows:

You need an appointment to submit your application. 

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 - CANCELLED

From 6 April 2022, no registration with eHranica or quarantine for the unvaccinated is required for entry into Slovakia.  

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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:

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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 at 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 the public (in English and other languages)

Information leaflet on COVID-19 for foreigners in 26 languages (IOM Italy)

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