Slovakia welcomes travellers with new travelling rules. Bratislava eases COVID measures again

Incomers to Slovakia vaccinated against Covid will have benefits

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Photo Credit: The Slovak Spectator/TASR

Incomers to Slovakia vaccinated against Covid will have benefits

Starting on Friday, July 9, Slovakia will no longer use its travelling traffic light system. Instead, unvaccinated incomers to Slovakia will have to register with the eHranica online form (children up to 12 and people who transit Slovakia are exempt) and show confirmation of registration at the border check. They will subsequently have to self-isolate. They can take a PCR test five days after their arrival and if the test is negative, end their self-isolation.

Fully vaccinated people will have an exception from self-isolation. They do not have to register every time they enter the country, unlike unvaccinated people. The first registration is valid for six months. They will not be asked to register, but will have to show a certificate of vaccination (EU or national) at the border check.

“Anyone fully vaccinated returning to Slovakia from abroad will be automatically exempted from self-isolation and testing because he or she will be able to prove vaccination through a European or national Covid certificate,” State Secretary of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Martin Klus, wrote on Facebook.

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Photo Credit: The Slovak Spectator/TASR

A person is considered fully vaccinated if:

– in the case of two-dose vaccines: 14 days have passed since receiving the second vaccine shot (but no more than one year);
– in the case of one-dose vaccines: 21 days have passed since receiving the vaccine shot (but no more than one year);
– in the case you recovered from Covid: 14 days have passed since receiving the first vaccine shot within 180 days since recovering (but no more than one year).
– only until August 9: After application of the first dose of vaccines against Covid-19 of one-dose or two-dose vaccine (immediately after the first dose)

Instead of the list of green, red and black tier countries, the Health Ministry and the Foreign Affairs Ministry will prepare a list of high-risk countries that it recommends against travelling to. It will be updated on a weekly basis. It contains the same countries that were identified as black-tier, or “no go” states. In the current valid list, Italy was added to the high-risk countries.

For people vaccinated with the first dose of the vaccine and people between the ages of 12 and 18, their initial registration on eHranica is valid until August 9. People who have permanent or temporary residence in Slovakia and work in neighbouring countries, in the EU, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland or Lichtenstein and who have visited in the last 14 days only these countries for work have to register with eHranica only once; registration is valid until September 1.

EVENTS IN SLOVAKIA AND BRATISLAVA

The majority of Slovakia has been enjoying more relaxed anti-epidemic measures since May 31. Bratislava has among other events welcomed the GLOBSEC 2021 Bratislava Forum, which is one of the most important events taking place in Slovakia.

BRATISLAVA EASES COVID-19 MEASURES

From 12th July Bratislava is at degree Monitoring (green) of COVID automat which means:

General:

– Face masks mandatory inside including mass transport means and taxi service
– Face masks mandatory for mass events also outside

Reopened:

– Hotels
– Restaurants and bars, both terraces and inside with no limitations
– Wellness, waterparks and spas (50% of capacity, max. 1000 people)

Lifting restrictions for mass events:

– Seated inside: up to 75 percent capacity, maximum 500 people
– Seated outside: up to 75 percent capacity, maximum 1000 people
– Standing inside: up to 50 percent capacity, maximum 500 people
– Standing outside: up to 50 percent capacity, maximum 1000 people
– Weddings, funerals, and parties: the same rules as above

Tourist attractions:

– Museums, galleries, exhibition halls, zoos and botanical gardens: excursions with no limitations

Rules for travelling to Slovakia and current measures applicable: https://korona.gov.sk/en/

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Useful information about COVID-19 measures

Entering Slovakia by plane

When flying to Slovakia, there are special conditions to follow. They apply only when flying to Slovakia, not close to neighbouring airports in Budapest, Vienna, etc.

Every person has to fill in a document at https://www.mindop.sk/covid/. The Public Health Authority put together a list of several countries. When arriving from countries that are not on the list, it is necessary to have a negative RT-PCR test result no older than 72 hours. This condition applies to vaccinated people too.

“It has been proven by scientists that vaccinated people are less likely to carry the coronavirus, and if they are infected, the course of the disease is less dangerous than in the case of those not vaccinated,” noted the Slovakian State Secretary of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Martin Klus.

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