Travel to the Slovak Republic after 1. October 2020

Regulation valid from: 1. October 2020, 7:00 a.m.
Regulation valid until: until cancelled

Updated on: 30.09.2020

The obligation for self-isolation and COVID-19 test at entry in the territory of the Slovak republic.

If you enter the territory of the Slovak Republic starting 1. October 2020, 7:00 a.m. and in the past 14 days you have visited a country that is not on the list of less risky (safe) countries:

    • if you are travelling from an EU country and are asymptomatic, your self-isolation is completed after your 10-day self-isolation period is over, even if you do not obtain a negative RT-PCR test for Covid-19 disease. If you are travelling from a non-EU country (or you have visited such country in the past 14 days; a country that is not on the list of “safe countries”), you must stay in self-isolation until you obtain a negative RT-PCR test, 
    • you are obliged to get tested for Covid-19 disease on the fifth day of your home isolation at the earliest,
    • home isolation is also mandatory for persons living with you in a common household,
    • you are also obliged to report by phone to Regional Public Health Office or electronically by registering (online) by filling-in the form and to your health care provider (i.e. to your general practitioner/pediatrician in case of children) with whom you have a valid health care contract.
Upozornenie

During your stay in the territory of the SR, you are obliged to present a confirmation of the above registration via filling-in the form to the officer of the Police corps of the Slovak Republic.

If you enter the territory of the SR from the EU countries which are not on the list of safe (less risky) countries, alternatively, in addition to the above obligations of registration and self-isolation, it suffices to submit a negative RT-PCR test for COVID-19 disease performed by the laboratories outside the territory of the Slovak Republic not older than 72 hours from time of entry and at the same time:

  • there is no need to report to Regional Public Health Office,
  • there is not need to report to your health care provider, i.e. to your general practitioner (or pediatrician in case of children) with whom you have a valid health care contract.
Upozornenie

All persons arriving in the territory of the Slovak Republic from 1 October 2020, 7:00 a.m. onwards, including persons living with such a person in a common household, are entitled to a medical certificate of incapacity for work due to Covid-19 quarantine, if they so request. This does not apply to persons arriving with a negative RT-PCR test for COVID-19 disease.

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

The list has been updated by Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic on 1st of October 2020 and is revised approximately every two weeks.

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Cyprus
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Republic of San Marino
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City State

If you arrive from other than less risky countries and you are referred for Covid-19 test by a medical doctor or by the Regional Public Health Authority, testing for Covid-19 is free of charge.

Testing for Covid-19 disease is not obligatory for children under age 3 (unless the respective Regional Public Health Authority or a health provider providing health care in pediatric specialisation instructs otherwise). An obligation to self-isolate in children under age three without acute respiratory infection will be terminated upon the termination of the obligation to self-isolate in persons living with the child in a common household.

Exemptions from self-isolation

You are advised to consider the precise wording of exemptions laid down in the Measure of the Public Health Authority of the SR OLP/7310/2020.

The above stipulation does not apply to persons who are listed below. However, these persons are obliged to immediately report to their general practitioner and in the event they do not have a GP in the territory of the SR, they are obliged to phone an emergency telephone number 112 if they feel the symptoms of a respiratory infection.

The precise wording of exemptions within the meaning of the Measure of the Public Health Authority of the SR OLP/7310/2020 is listed below:

(Point 4):

  • persons who in the past 14 days have exclusively visited a country listed in Annex 1 to the Measure (i.e. less risky countries),
  • freight drivers, pilots, air crew members or other aviation personnel, crew members on cargo ships, engine drivers, wagon engineers, train crews and rail freight operators; these persons crossing the border of the Slovak Republic also by other means of transport in order to travel to the place where they will perform their work, or when returning home, shall present a letter signed by the employer in the state language of the Slovak Republic or by a letter signed for the workers in international transport – its template is in Annex 3 of the European Commission Communication on the implementation of the Green Lanes,
  • drivers and crews of passenger, air or bus transport providing for the transport of repatriated persons to the territory of the Slovak Republic,
  • drivers and medical service crews providing for the transport of patients, and drivers and crews transporting organs for transplantation, blood, and blood substitutes,
  • the employees of funeral services performing international transport of human bodies and remains for burial or cremation,
  • upon approval by the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic, persons entering or leaving the territory of the Slovak Republic with a view to ensuring acute and urgent diagnosis and treatment, protocol prevention and treatment, and continued treatment of their health condition or of their close ones,
  • upon approval by the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic or the Ministry of Defense of the Slovak Republic, the transit of police officers crossing the territory of the Slovak Republic for performing the tasks arising from EU membership and members of the armed forces and NATO,
  • transit of the citizens of EU Member States and their family members returning to an EU Member State. These persons must pass through the territory of the Slovak Republic without stopping, no later than 8 hours after the entry, including the necessary refueling of fuels,
  • transit of persons temporarily or permanently resident in an EU Member State on return to the State of which they are nationals. These persons must pass through the territory of the Slovak Republic without stopping, no later than within 8 hours after the entry, including the necessary refueling of fuels,
  • transit of third-country nationals to one of the EU Member States in which they have a permanent or temporary residence. These persons must pass through the territory of the Slovak Republic without stopping, no later than 8 hours after the entry, including the necessary refueling of fuels,
  • persons transiting the countries not listed in Annex 1 without stopping, providing they are able to prove their stay or visit in the country of the commencement of their transit and time of entry into the country not listed in Annex 1,
  • upon approval by the Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic, persons entering the territory of the Slovak Republic on the basis of a request by court or by law enforcement agencies,
  • civil servants and employees performing work in public interest seconded to perform tasks arising from the representation of the Slovak Republic in an international organisation or an international military agency outside the territory of the Slovak Republic who enter the territory of the Slovak Republic during the secondment and after its termination along with their family members,
  • persons enjoying diplomatic privileges and immunities in the territory of the Slovak Republic,
  • upon approval by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, employees of international organisations, international financial institutions, and EU institutions with a place of work in the territory of the Slovak Republic and their family members,
  • members of the European Parliament elected in the Slovak Republic and their family members,
  • persons posted to the embassy of the Slovak Republic, entering the territory of the Slovak Republic during the secondment and after its termination along with their family members,
  • persons entering the territory of the Slovak Republic on the grounds of the execution of a valid court decision regarding the performance of joint custody of a minor, or the right to be in contact with the minor. A person entering the territory of the Slovak Republic on this ground is obliged to present a valid court decision or a parental responsibility agreement upon entering the territory of the Slovak Republic and at the same time to inform the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, and the Family of the Slovak Republic (The Centre for the International Legal Protection of Children and Youth) of its intention to enter the territory of the Slovak Republic for the above reason,
  • employees of the operators of critical infrastructure in energy and industry sectors continuously providing for strategic and vital functions of the state
  • upon approval by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic, persons providing service and maintenance of agricultural machinery, crews of agricultural machinery and persons accompanying them.

In the event the abovementioned persons have symptoms of respiratory illness, they are ordered to promptly report this fact by phone to their health care provider providing health care in the field of general practice and with whom the persons have valid healthcare contracts. If these persons do not have a healthcare provider in the territory of the Slovak Republic, they shall communicate this information without delay by calling emergency telephone number 112.

Freight drivers, air crew members or other members of the aviation personnel, crew members on cargo ships, engine drivers, wagon engineers, train crews and rail freight operators entering or leaving the territory of the Slovak Republic for the purpose of transporting, loading and unloading goods are ordered to use personal protective equipment when loading and unloading the goods for the sake of minimising direct contact with the staff abroad and to have rubber gloves in their vehicles ready for use as appropriate, and to have hand sanitisers for regular hand hygiene. For rail transportation workers, the employer shall sign a letter clearly demonstrating that a forced crossing of the state border arises from the nature of their work, by which they ensure freight transport. For the required stay of these persons outside the performance of their duties in the territory of the Slovak Republic, home isolation is ordered, if possible, away from the persons living in a common household with them. Respective civil aviation personnel are ordered to comply with anti-epidemic measures laid down by the Ministry of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic.

The employees of funeral services carrying out international transport of human bodies and remains for burial or cremation are ordered to wear respirators FFP2/FFP3 at takeover-handover and the loading of human bodies and remains, to minimise direct contact with the staff abroad and to have rubber gloves in their vehicles for use as appropriate and hand sanitisers for regular hand hygiene.

Drivers and medical service crews carrying out patient’s transport are ordered to carry out the transport only in vehicles with a separate space for the patient, to use personal protective equipment (respirators FFP2/FFP3, protective goggles, gloves), and to use hand sanitisers for regular hand hygiene.

(Point 5)

The measure under points 1 to 3 does not apply to persons not included under point 4, permanently or temporarily residing in the Slovak Republic and who have an employment relationship, a similar employment relationship or the place of work (e.g. self-employed persons) in border areas in the territory of a neighbouring state within 30 km by road from an open border crossing to the territory of the Slovak Republic and hold a letter signed by the employer of such performance of work or a note proving such performance of work.

At the same time, the measure under points 1 to 3 does not apply to persons permanently or temporarily residing in border areas of a neighbouring country 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 letter signed by the employer of such performance of work or a note proving such performance of work. The measure pursuant to points 1 to 3 does not apply to persons living in a common household with such a person, assuming they cross the border accompanied by such a person.

(Point 6)

In justified cases, the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic may grant an exemption from points 1 to 3 on the basis of a justified written request by a member of the Government of the Slovak Republic. When entering the territory of the Slovak Republic, a person to whom the exemption is granted, must present a negative RT-PCR test for COVID-19 disease not older than 72 hours. In justified cases, the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic may grant an exemption from the obligation on the basis of a justified written request by a member of the Government of the Slovak Republic under his authority.

(Point 7)

The Measure under points 1 to 3 does not apply to persons not falling under  point 4, permanently or temporarily residing in the Slovak Republic and who have an employment relationship, a similar employment relationship or place of work (e.g. self-employed persons) in health care, nursing, who are scientific researchers, pedagogical staff or seasonal workers in agriculture or food industry, at a distance of more than 30 km by road from a border crossing from the territory of the Slovak Republic to the territory or the Czech Republic, and holding a letter signed by the employer testifying to such work performance. The person must be able to prove such fact upon entering the territory of the Slovak Republic.

(Point 8)

The Measure under points 1 to 3 does not apply to persons not falling under point 4, permanently or temporarily residing in the Slovak Republic and who attend, study or apply for studies at a nursery, primary school, high school or a university in the Czech Republic, including one accompanying person. When entering the territory of the Slovak Republic, the person shall present a document testifying to the fact (e.g. certificate of study, invitation to entrance/final exams, enrolment in school, and also a sworn statement of an accompanying person).

The Measure under points 1 to 3 does not apply to persons permanently or temporarily residing in the Czech Republic and attending, studying or applying for attendance or study at a nursery, primary school, high school or a university in the territory of the Slovak Republic, including one accompanying person. When entering the territory of the Slovak Republic, the person shall present a document testifying to the fact (e.g. certificate of study, invitation to entrance/final exams, enrolment in school, and also a sworn statement of an accompanying person).

The Measure under points 1 to 3 does not apply to persons not falling under point 4, having the status of a primary or secondary school pupil/student or the status of a full-time university student and who are under 26 years of age and have a permanent or temporary residence in the Slovak Republic and take part in the training process as regular members of a sports club in the Czech Republic, including one accompanying person. When entering the territory of the Slovak Republic, the person shall present a letter confirming such fact (e.g. confirmation of membership in a sports club and also a sworn statement of an accompanying person, if any).

(Point 9)

The Measure under points 1 to 3 does not apply to persons not falling under point 4, permanently or temporarily residing in the Slovak Republic and providing urgent care for their close relatives, who are unable to take care of themselves, in the territory of a neighbouring state, including one accompanying person. A person crossing the border of the Slovak Republic for this reason is obliged to present a certificate of urgent care issued by a doctor of the close relative and an affidavit of family relationship. These documents shall be translated into Slovak.

At the same time, pursuant to points 1 to 3, the Measure does not apply to persons permanently or temporarily residing in one of the neighbouring states of the Slovak Republic and crossing the border of the Slovak Republic in order to provide urgent care in the territory of the Slovak Republic for their close relatives, who are unable to take care of themselves, including one accompanying person. A person crossing the border of the Slovak Republic for this reason is obliged to present a certificate of urgent care issued by a doctor of the given close relative and an affidavit of family relationship. These documents shall be translated into Slovak.

(Point 10)

The Measure under points 1 to 3 does not apply to persons, not falling under point 4, permanently or temporarily residing in the Slovak Republic and farming lands located in the territory of the Czech Republic within 10 km from the state border of the Slovak Republic. Equally, the Measure under points 1 to 3 does also not apply to persons permanently or temporarily residing in the Czech Republic and farming lands located in the territory of the Slovak Republic within 10 km from the state border.

These persons are obliged to present a credible document proving the stated fact (e.g. a title deed, a contract on the lease of agricultural land).

(Point 11)

The Measure under points 1 to 3 does not apply to persons performing or otherwise participating in cross-border audiovisual, television, theatre, or other artistic production and who therefore, due to the production of an audiovisual work or programme, artistic performance or realisation of a work of art in the Slovak Republic, enter the territory of the Slovak Republic from the Czech Republic or return to the territory of the Slovak Republic after taking part in the production of an audiovisual work, programme, artistic performance or the realisation of a work of art in the territory of the Czech Republic, provided they hold a certificate from the audiovisual producer, broadcaster or the producer of a programme, theatre or other person managing the artistic performance or the realisation of a work of art. A person crossing the border of the Slovak Republic for this reason is obliged to present a letter confirming such fact.

(Point 12)

Persons referred to under points 7 to 11 are ordered to monitor their health condition and in the event of any respiratory disease symptoms, report this fact immediately by phone to their health care provider providing health care to the person in the relevant field of specialisation with whom the person has a concluded healthcare agreement. If these persons do not have a healthcare provider in the territory of the Slovak Republic, they shall notify this information without delay to the emergency number 112.

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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