Travel to the Slovak Republic

Regulation valid from: 17. 2. 2021
Regulation valid until: until cancelled

Updated on: 16.2.2021

Obligations when arriving to Slovakia from the EU countries, Island, Norway, Lichtenstein, Northern Ireland and Switzerland

Please note that the Government of the Slovak Republic adopted the Decrees of the Government of the Slovak Republic  No. 77 of 5 February 2021 and  No. 88 of 13 February 2021No. 83 of 10 February 2021 restricting the free movement and stay on the territory of the Slovak Republic from 8 February 2021 until 19 March 2021.

Please take also into consideration that the Decree of the Government and the Decree No. 45/2021 of the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic (PDF; 531 kB) imposes restrictions to short-term accommodation provided by hotels and other facilities.

When you arrive in Slovakia after you visited countries other than the EU countries, Island, Norway, Lichtenstein, Northern Ireland or Switzerland within the 14 days before you arrive, you must self-isolate at home or in a quarantine accommodation facility.

Preventive measures applicable to all persons entering the territory of the Slovak Republic are stipulated in the Decree of the Public Health Authority  (PDF, 310 kB). The measures do not apply to:

persons referred to in Sections 4 – 8 of the Decree 

  • Persons referred to in Sections 5 and 8, over ten years of age, must be able to submit, upon entering the territory of the Slovak Republic:
    1. certificate issued by the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic with a negative result of the antigen test for COVID-19, not older than 7 days, or
    2. a  confirmation of negative result of the antigen test for COVID-19  (pdf; 232.70 KB) issued by a mobile collection point or a collection point in a social services facility, in the territory of the Slovak Republic according to Annex 3, not older than 7 days, or
    3. confirmation of negative result of the antigen test for COVID-19, not older than 14 days or the negative result of the  RT-PCR test COVID-19, not older than 7 days.
  • Persons referred to in Section 6 of the Decree are obliged to:
    1. to register at the latest immediately upon entry into the Slovak Republic at the website http://korona.gov.sk/ehranica,
    2. during their stay in the territory of the Slovak Republic to be able to submit a confirmation under letter a) to members of the Police Force of the Slovak Republic,
    3. be able to present upon entry into the Slovak Republic a negative result of the antigen test for COVID-19, not older than 48 hours or a negative result of the RT-PCR test for COVID-19, not older than 72 hours,
    4. undergo isolation in the home environment or in a quarantine accommodation facility, which shall end upon completion of its 14th day with an asymptomatic course of isolation, or upon receiving a negative result of the RT-PCR test for COVID-19. With an asymptomatic course of isolation in children under ten years of age, by ending the obligation of home isolation for persons living with them in the common household.

Both you and other persons who were ordered to self-isolate with you may ask your relevant GPs or paediatrician for a sick note issued on the grounds of COVID-19 quarantine.

Exemptions from self-isolation

Selected professions and groups of people as defined by the relevant ministries are exempt from mandatory self-isolation at home or in quarantine facilities.    

Exemptions from mandatory self-isolation:

  1. Drivers and crew in haulage and bus transport, pilots, flight crew and other aviation personnel, shipping crew, train drivers, wagon engineers, train crew and service providers on trains; while:
    1. These persons are authorised to cross the border of the Slovak Republic also by other means of transport to get to their place of work or when they return home from work if they show a letter of employment signed by their employer and written in the state language of the SR, or a letter for the workers in international transport – the template is in Annex 3 of the European Commission Communication on the implementation of the Green Lanes;
    2. When loading and unloading goods, these workers must use personal protective equipment, limit as much as possible direct contact with any personnel abroad, and their vehicles must be equipped with rubber gloves and hand sanitisers for regular hand cleaning;
    3. The employer in railway transport shall issue a certificate to its employees, proving that the crossing of the state border results from the nature of their work to ensure the provision of railway transport;
  2. Drivers and crew in personal road, air and bus transport who participate in repatriation of persons in the territory of the Slovak Republic;
  3. Drivers and crew in ambulance service transporting patients, and drivers and crew transporting organs for transplantation, blood and blood substitutes. They have to use vehicles with a dedicated separate space for the patient, and they
    1. Must use protective equipment and sanitisers for regular hands disinfection.
  4. Employees in funeral services who carry out international transport of human bodies and remains for burial or cremation. They are also obliged:
    1. To use respirators FFP2 / FFP3 when collecting, handling and handing over human bodies and their remains;
    2. To minimise direct contact with the staff abroad;
    3. To have in the vehicle rubber gloves and hand sanitisers for regular hand disinfection.
  5. Upon approval by the Ministry of Health of the SR, all persons with permanent or temporary residence in the SR who enter or exit the territory of the SR for the purpose of acute and urgent diagnosis and treatment, prevention and treatment protocol, and ongoing treatment of their health condition or of their close relatives. Persons who enter or leave the territory of the Slovak Republic for such purpose for a period shorter than 12 hours may cross the state border even without a certificate issued by the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic, if they show an invitation for the treatment when leaving, or proof of medical treatment when they return. If they need to stay longer than 12 hours, they need to request an assessment of the application via the website of the Ministry of Health of the SR https://cestujem.standardnepostupy.sk,
  6. Upon approval by the Ministry of the Interior of the SR, members of the police forces who may enter or transit through the territory of the SR to perform tasks arising from the EU membership, and members of the armed forces to perform tasks arising from the EU and NATO membership.
  7. EU citizens and their family members when travelling through the territory of the SR to another EU member state (transit), while these persons must cross the territory of the SR without undue stopping, except for necessary refuelling of their vehicles and exit no later than eight hours from their entry into the territory of the Slovak Republic;
  8. Persons with temporary or permanent residence in one of the EU member states when returning to the state of which they are citizens (transit), while these persons must travel through the territory of the Slovak Republic without undue stopping, except for neccessary refuelling of their vehicles, and exit no later than eight hours from their entry into the territory of the Slovak Republic;
  9. Third-country nationals to one of the EU member states where they have permanent or temporary residence. These persons must travel through the territory of the Slovak Republic without undue stopping and within 8 hours from entering, including necessary refuelling of their vehicles;
  10. Persons in transit through the countries not listed in the Annex if they are able to prove their stay or visit in the country where they began transiting and the time of entry into the country not listed in Annex;
  11. Upon approval by the Ministry of the Interior of the SR, persons who enter the territory of the Slovak Republic upon request of the courts or law enforcement authorities;
  12. Civil servants and employees performing tasks in public interest and representing the Slovak Republic in international organisations or international military missions abroad who enter the territory of the SR during and after their mission abroad together with their family members;
  13. Persons enjoying diplomatic privileges and immunities in the territory of the Slovak Republic;
  14. Upon approval by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, staff of international organizations, international financial institutions and institutions of the European Union who have their workplaces in the territory of the Slovak Republic, including their family members;
  15. Members of the European parliament elected in the SR, and their family members;
  16. Persons posted to embassies and delegations of the Slovak Republic who enter the territory of the Slovak Republic during and after their missions abroad, and their family members;
  17. Persons who enter the territory of the Slovak Republic based on a valid court decision to perform their rights of shared parental care for a minor or to perform their right of contact with a minor, while these persons entering the territory of the Slovak Republic are obliged to
    1. present a valid court decision or parental agreement when entering the territory of the SR; and
    2. inform the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and the Family of the Slovak Republic (Centre for International Protection of Children and Youth) of their intention to enter the territory of the Slovak Republic on the grounds stated above.
  18. Upon approval by the Ministry of the Economy of the SR, employees of the operators of critical infrastructure in the sectors of energy and industry who provide for the continuous operation of the strategic and vital functions in the SR;
  19. Upon approval by the Ministry of Transport and Construction of the SR, employees of the operators of critical infrastructure in the sector of electronic communication;
  20. Upon approval by the Ministry of Agriculture and Regional Development of the SR, persons providing for the operation and maintenance of agricultural and forestry equipment, crew of such equipment and their accompanying teams.

Commuters

You do not need to self-isolate at home or in a quarantine facility if:

  1. You have permanent or temporary residence in the Slovak Republic, and if you also meet the following conditions:
    • You have an employment relationship, a similar employment relationship or a place of work performance in the territory of a neighbouring state, and
    • You hold a confirmation letter from your employer proving your employment or confirmation of work performance according to Annex 2 of this Decree:podľa prílohy č. 1 tejto vyhlášky,
  2. You have permanent or temporary residence in a cross-border area in the neighbouring state up to 30 km from an open border crossing to the Slovak Republic, and you also meet these conditions:
    • You have an employment relationship, a similar employment relationship or a place of work performance in the territory of a neighbouring state up to 30 km by road from an open border crossing to the Slovak Republic, and
    • You hold a confirmation letter from your employer proving your employment or confirmation of work performance according to Annex 2 of this Decree:podľa prílohy č. 1 tejto vyhlášky,
  3. You are citizen of the Slovak Republic and you have permanent or temporary residence in a cross-border area in the neighbouring state up to 30 km from an open border crossing to the Slovak Republic.

Persons living in the same household with you do not need to self-isolate either if they cross border with you.

Documents you need when entering the Slovak Republic

  • Certificate issued by the Ministry of Health of the SR stating negative COVID-19 antibody test result, not older than 14 days; or
  • Certificate of negative COVID-19 antibody test result issued by a mobile testing centre or a testing spot in a social services care home in the Slovak Republic according to Annex 4 of this decree podľa prílohy č. 4 tejto vyhlášky, not older than 14 days; or
  • Certificate of negative COVID-19 antibody test result, not older than 14 days, or negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result, not older than 14 days.
Upozornenie

Persons crossing the border regularly may also present certificate of a negative COVID-19 antibody test result performed in another state. 

In an effort to take into account the ability of commuters to respond to the amendments in the Decree of the Public Health Authority, as listed above, members of the Police Force will approach persons who enter the territory of the Slovak Republic by midnight of Friday 11 December 2020 on a case by case basis, if they reliably justify they were unable to take a COVID-19 test and therefore they are not able to prove its negative result.

Exemptions granted by the Public Health Authority

After entering the Slovak Republic, you do not need to self-isolate at home or in a quarantine accommodation facility if your were granted an exemption issued by the Slovak Public Health Authority.

The Slovak Public Health Authority will grant exemptions only in necessary cases on the basis of a reasoned written request of a member of the Government of the Slovak Republic to whose competence the reason for crossing the border belongs. Any such person with granted exemption must have a negative RT-PCR test for COVID-19 not older than 72 hours when entering the territory of the Slovak Republic.

In justified cases, the Public Health Authority may grant an exemption from the obligation to prove a negative RT-PCR test result if so requested by the member of the Government.

Students

After entering the Slovak Republic, you do not need to self-isolate at home or in a quarantine facility if:

  1. You have a permanent or temporary residence in the Slovak Republic and you also meet the following conditions:
    • You attend, study or apply for attendance of a kindergarten, primary or secondary school or university in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary or Austria; and
    • You can present a confirmation of the fact stated in the previous point and also that you study in a regular in-person form (confirmation issued by the school).
  2. You have permanent or temporary residence in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary or Austria, and you also meet the following conditions:
    • You attend, study or apply for attendance of a kindergarten, primary or secondary school or university, and
    • You can present a confirmation of the fact stated in the previous point and also that you study in a regular in-person form (confirmation issued by the school).
  3. You have permanent or temporary residence in the Slovak Republic, and you also meet the following conditions:
    • you have the status of a primary or secondary school student or the status of a full-time university student (in-person education);
    • you participate in training as regular members of a sport club in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary or Austria;
    • you are under 26 years of age; and
    • when entering the Slovak Republic, you can prove the facts stated above (status of a student… participation in training process…) and you can also prove that these activities require in-person presence (confirmation issued by the relevant institution).

Documents you need when entering the Slovak Republic

  • Certificate issued by the Ministry of Health of the SR stating negative COVID-19 antibody test result, not older than 14 days; or
  • Certificate of negative COVID-19 antibody test result issued by a mobile testing centre or a testing spot in a social services care home in the Slovak Republic according to Annex 4 of this decree podľa prílohy č. 4 tejto vyhlášky, not older than 14 days; or
  • Certificate of negative COVID-19 antibody test result, not older than 14 days, or negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result, not older than 14 days.
Upozornenie

Students crossing the border regularly may also present certificate of negative COVID-19 antibody test result performed in another state. 

In an effort to take into account the ability of students to respond to the amendments in the Decree of the Public Health Authority, as listed above, members of the Police Force will approach persons who enter the territory of the Slovak Republic by midnight of Friday 11 December 2020 on a case by case basis, if they reliably justify they were unable to take a COVID-19 test and therefore they are not able to prove its negative result.

Neither your accompanying persons need to self-isolate at home or in a facility, if they can show a proof of such status.

Monitor your health (and accompanying persons, too) and if you observe any symptoms of respiratory disease, call without any delay:

  1. the healthcare provider who provides healthcare to you in the relevant specialisation and with whom you have an agreement on the provision of healthcare;
  2. if you do not have a healthcare provider in the territory of the Slovak Republic, call the emergency number 112.

Caring for close relatives

After entering the Slovak Republic, you do not need to self-isolate at home or in a quarantine facility if:

  1. You have a permanent or temporary residence in the Slovak Republic and you also meet the following conditions:
    1. You provide urgent care for close family members in the territory of a neighbouring state who are unable to take care of themselves; and
    2. When entering the territory of the Slovak Republic, you are able to show a certificate of the need for urgent care issued by an attending physician of a close family member and a declaration on honour of family relationship; both documents written in Slovak;
  2. You have permanent or temporary residence in one of the neighbouring countries of the SR, and you also meet the following conditions:
    1. You cross the border of the Slovak Republic to provide urgent care for close family members in the territory of the SR who are unable to take care of themselves; and
    2. When entering the territory of the Slovak Republic, you are able to show a certificate of the need for urgent care from the attending physician of a close family member and a declaration on honour of family relationship; both documents written in Slovak.

Documents you need when entering the Slovak Republic

  • Certificate issued by the Ministry of Health of the SR stating negative COVID-19 antibody test result, not older than 14 days; or
  • Certificate of negative COVID-19 antibody test result issued by a mobile testing centre or a testing spot in a social services care home in the Slovak Republic according to Annex 4 of this decree podľa prílohy č. 4 tejto vyhlášky, not older than 14 days; or
  • Certificate of negative COVID-19 antibody test result, not older than 14 days, or negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result, not older than 14 days.
Upozornenie

Persons caring for their close relatives crossing the border regularly may also present certificate of negative COVID-19 antibody test result performed in another state. 

In an effort to take into account the ability of persons caring for their close relatives to respond to the amendments in the Decree of the Public Health Authority, as listed above, members of the Police Force will approach persons who enter the territory of the Slovak Republic by midnight of Friday 11 December 2020 on a case by case basis, if they reliably justify they were unable to take a COVID-19 test and therefore they are not able to prove its negative result.         

Neither your accompanying persons need to self-isolate at home or in a facility, if they can show a proof of such status.

Monitor your health (and accompanying persons, too) and if you observe any symptoms of respiratory disease, call without any delay:

  1. the healthcare provider who provides healthcare to you in the relevant specialisation and with whom you have an agreement on the provision of healthcare;
  2. if you do not have a healthcare provider in the territory of the Slovak Republic, call the emergency number 112.

Farmers

After entering the Slovak Republic, you do not need to self-isolate at home or in a quarantine facility if:

  1. You have a permanent or temporary residence in the Slovak Republic and you also meet the following conditions:
    1. You manage land located in the territory of the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary or Austria within a distance of 10 km from the state border of the Slovak Republic; and
    2. You can show a proof of the fact as stated in the previous point when entering the Slovak Republic;
  2. You have permanent or temporary residence in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary or Austria and you also meet the following conditions:
    1. You manage land located in the territory of the Slovak Republic within a distance of 10 km from the state border of the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary or Austria; and
    2. You can show a proof of the fact as stated in the previous point when entering the Slovak Republic.

Documents you need when entering the Slovak Republic

  • Certificate issued by the Ministry of Health of the SR stating negative COVID-19 antibody test result, not older than 14 days; or
  • Certificate of negative COVID-19 antibody test result issued by a mobile testing centre or a testing spot in a social services care home in the Slovak Republic according to Annex 4 of this decree podľa prílohy č. 4 tejto vyhlášky, not older than 14 days; or
  • Certificate of negative COVID-19 antibody test result, not older than 14 days, or negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result, not older than 14 days.
Upozornenie

Persons who manage land located up to 10 km from the state border and who regularly cross the border may also present certificate of negative COVID-19 antibody test result performed in another state. 

In an effort to take into account the ability of farmers who manage land within a distance of 10 km from the border to respond to the amendments in the Decree of the Public Health Authority, as listed above, members of the Police Force will approach persons who enter the territory of the Slovak Republic by midnight of Friday 11 December 2020 on a case by case basis, if they reliably justify they were unable to take a COVID-19 test and therefore they are not able to prove its negative result.         

Neither your accompanying persons need to self-isolate at home or in a facility, if they can show a proof of such status.

Monitor your health (and accompanying persons, too) and if you observe any symptoms of respiratory disease, call without any delay:

  1. the healthcare provider who provides healthcare to you in the relevant specialisation and with whom you have an agreement on the provision of healthcare;
  2. if you do not have a healthcare provider in the territory of the Slovak Republic, call the emergency number 112.

Culture

After entering the Slovak Republic, you do not need to self-isolate at home or in a quarantine facility if:

  1. You enter the territory of the Slovak Republic from the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary or Austria, or if you return to the Slovak Republic, and you also meet the following conditions:
    1. As performing artists or members of the production crew, you participate in a cross-border production of and audio-visual work or television programme, you work in the news and media broadcasting as foreign correspondents or crew members, you participate in a cross-border production including rehearsals  or on-line broadcasting, music or dramatic production, or you participate in restoration/conservation or in archaeological research on site, in museums, archives or other memory, academic or scientific institutions, or you participate in installation of an exhibition in a gallery or exhibition hall, or you have an engagement in a theatre or music institution; and
    2. When entering the territory of the Slovak Republic, you can present a letter of confirmation signed by the producer of the audio-visual work, broadcaster or programme producer, media institution, producer of audio-visual programme or sound recording, theatre, music institution, or by the contractor of restoration works, operator of the exhibition hall, gallery or museum, archives, other memory institution or signed by another person in charge of activities pursuant to the previous point.

Documents you need when entering the Slovak Republic

  • Certificate issued by the Ministry of Health of the SR stating negative COVID-19 antibody test result, not older than 14 days; or
  • Certificate of negative COVID-19 antibody test result issued by a mobile testing centre or a testing spot in a social services care home in the Slovak Republic according to Annex 4 of this decree podľa prílohy č. 4 tejto vyhlášky, not older than 14 days; or
  • Certificate of negative COVID-19 antibody test result, not older than 14 days, or negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result, not older than 14 days.
Upozornenie

Artists and further professionals in culture who regularly cross the border may also present certificate of negative COVID-19 antibody test result performed in another state. 

In an effort to take into account the ability of artists and other persons working in the sector of culture to respond to the amendments in the Decree of the Public Health Authority, as listed above, members of the Police Force will approach persons who enter the territory of the Slovak Republic by midnight of Friday 11 December 2020 on a case by case basis, if they reliably justify they were unable to take a COVID-19 test and therefore they are not able to prove its negative result.         

Neither your accompanying persons need to self-isolate at home or in a facility, if they can show a proof of such status.

Monitor your health (and accompanying persons, too) and if you observe any symptoms of respiratory disease, call without any delay:

  1. the healthcare provider who provides healthcare to you in the relevant specialisation and with whom you have an agreement on the provision of healthcare;
  2. if you do not have a healthcare provider in the territory of the Slovak Republic, call the emergency number 112.

Sport

After entering the Slovak Republic, you do not need to self-isolate at home or in a quarantine facility if:

  1. You are players in the teams or members of executive teams and you also meet the following conditions:
    1. You participate in the following sport events: TIPOS extra-league (hockey – men), ICE HOCKEY LEAGUE (hockey – men) or MOL League (handball – women); and
    2. You cross the border of the Slovak republic in order to participate in competitions in line with the previous point; and
    3. You can present a proof of the facts stated in previous two points when entering the territory of the Slovak Republic.

Documents you need when entering the Slovak Republic

  • Certificate issued by the Ministry of Health of the SR stating negative COVID-19 antibody test result, not older than 14 days; or
  • Certificate of negative COVID-19 antibody test result issued by a mobile testing centre or a testing spot in a social services care home in the Slovak Republic according to Annex 4 of this decree podľa prílohy č. 4 tejto vyhlášky, not older than 14 days; or
  • Certificate of negative COVID-19 antibody test result, not older than 14 days, or negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result, not older than 14 days.
Upozornenie

Athletes and members of their executive teams who regularly cross the border may also present certificate of negative COVID-19 antibody test result performed in another state. 

In an effort to take into account the ability of athletes and members of executive sport teams to respond to the amendments in the Decree of the Public Health Authority, as listed above, members of the Police Force will approach persons who enter the territory of the Slovak Republic by midnight of Friday 11 December 2020 on a case by case basis, if they reliably justify they were unable to take a COVID-19 test and therefore they are not able to prove its negative result.         

Neither your accompanying persons need to self-isolate at home or in a facility, if they can show a proof of such status.

Monitor your health (and accompanying persons, too) and if you observe any symptoms of respiratory disease, call without any delay:

  1. the healthcare provider who provides healthcare to you in the relevant specialisation and with whom you have an agreement on the provision of healthcare;
  2. if you do not have a healthcare provider in the territory of the Slovak Republic, call the emergency number 112.

Read the current Vyhlášku Úradu verejného zdravotníctva č. 64/2020 (PDF, 310 kB) z dňa 12. decembra 2020, appealing the previous Vyhlášku Úradu verejného zdravotníctva č. 33/2020 (PDF, 249 kB) z dňa 7. decembra 2020, which regulates the measures to prevent threats to public health and regulates mandatory quarantine for persons entering the territory of the Slovak Republic.   

Please note that in some cases, the exemption form the quarantine measures  may be subject to the consent of the respective ministry or the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic, as stipulated in the Measure of the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic.

Request for consent of the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic with transit shall be sent to: corona.transit@minv.sk.

Inquiries for additional information concerning the conditons of entry into the Slovak Republic in addition to the above stated must be addressed directly to the Border and Foreign Police Bureau of the Presidium of the Police Force of the Slovak Republic – suhcp@minv.sk.

Inquiries for information concerning the epidemiological measures (COVID-19 testing, domestic isolation etc.) shall be addressed to the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic – koronapodnety@uvzsr.sk.

Contacts:

Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic:

tel. +421917222682, novykoronavirus@uvzsr.sk  

  • Regional Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic in Banská Bystrica: +421 918 659 580
  • Regional Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic in Bratislava: +421 917 426 075
  • Regional Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic in Nitra: +421 948 495 915
  • Regional Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic in Trnava: +421 905 903 053
  • Regional Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic in Trenčín: +421 911 763 203
  • Regional Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic in Košice: +421 918 389 841
  • Regional Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic in Prešov: +421 911 908 823
  • Regional Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic in Žilina: +421 905 342 812