Travelling to the Slovak Republic: Entry of Foreigners During the Extraordinary Situation

Updated on: 9.7.2020

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Travelling from a low risk country? No restricions apply.

Have you visited a country considered not safe during the previous 14 days? After arriving to the Slovak Republic you must remain in home isolation (a hotel or an accommodation facility) until you receive the negative RT-PCR test for COVID-19. Testing is done no earlier than on the fifth day of home isolation, so be prepared to stay quarantined for at least one week (if everything goes smoothly and the test is negative). The test is provided by Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic free of charge.

Find out which countries are considered safe and read carefully instructions bellow.

Civil Protection of the Population, the Government of the Slovak Republic declared, on March 11, 2020, an extraordinary situation in the territory of the Slovak Republic. On March 12, 2020, the Central Crisis Staff of the Slovak Republic adopted, inter alia, travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 disease.

In accordance with the Measure of the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic  all persons who enter the territory of the Slovak Republic from 6 July 2020 and who visited a country not considered to be a „low-risk country“ from the epidemiological point of view  during the previous 14 days, are ordered to remain in home isolation (self-isolation) until they receive the negative RT-PCR test for COVID-19. (If the person does not have a place of residence in the Slovak Republic, the isolation in a hotel or an accommodation facility is acceptable.) 

This person is obliged to immediately contact the competent Regional Public Health Authority and to undergo the laboratory diagnosis of COVID-19 not earlier than on the fifth day of home isolation. During the period of home isolation, this isolation is also ordered to persons living in a common household with the isolated person. The testing is not obligatory for children under 3 years of age, unless the regional Public Health Authority of the General Practitioner – Paediatrician does not decide otherwise.

List of “low risk countries” from the epidemiological point of view in relation to COVID-19:

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The list has been updated by Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic on 20th of July 2020 and is revised approximately every two weeks.

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Cyprus
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • France
  • Greece
  • Croatia
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Hungary
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • The Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Germany
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
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Foreigners (including EU citizens) who have visited a country not listed as a “low-risk country” (except for the Slovak Republic) within the period of last 14 days, may enter to the Slovak Republic through the internal borders of the Slovak Republic with the Czech Republic, Republic of Austria, Republic of Poland and Hungary, as well as air borders (border crossing points located at the airports on the territory of the Slovak Republic) provided that they comply with the quarantine measures of the Public Health Authority (they remain in home isolation until they receive the negative RT-PCR test for COVID-19 done in the Slovak Republic). The categories of persons exempted from the quarantine measures are listed under points 4 to 8 of the Measure of the Public Health Authority.

Entry of foreigners through the internal air border  if flying from a country not listed as a „low-risk country“ is not allowed (flight departure from the country not listed as a „low-risk country“). Such flights are prohibited.

Travelling to the Slovak Republic from Ukraine

Arrival to the Slovak Republic through the external border between the Slovak Republic and Ukraine  is possible for the following categories of foreign nationals:

  1. Foreign nationals who are relatives of Slovak citizens, i.e. husbands/wives, minor children, parents of a minor child entering the Slovak Republic Minor children, husbands/wives do not have to travel together with the foreign national; their family relationship shall be demonstrated by presenting, for example, a birth certificate or marriage certificate (Should a foreign national not carry the original, a standard copy of the document shall suffice.). If the document exists only in a foreign language, the foreign national shall provide for its translation (a non-official translation is enough). When undergoing the check, the foreign national should present the original in the foreign language and its translation.
  2. Foreign nationals who have a valid residence in the territory of the Slovak Republic, pursuant to Act No. 404/2011 on the Residence of Foreign Nationals, as amended, and who present themselves with a valid residency permit, a residence ID and a statement confirming that their residency has been registered.
  3. Foreign nationals who belong to one of the categories defined in points 4 to 8 of the  Measure of the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic in the endangerment to the public health in the wording of its later amendments.

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