Slovakia was among the first countries that implemented radical measures against spread of the coronavirus. Thanks to these quick steps of our government Slovakia is ranking on the top places of the health safest countries in Europe for COVID-19.
Starting 24 October, 2020, Slovakia introduces a partial curfew. In addition, there was voluntary comprehensive testing of the entire population. You can find all current information on the website of korona.gov.sk/en.
The following measures are applicable starting from 16 November:
- The number of customers in facilities is limited to one person per 15 square meters;
- Advice to consider a body temperature measurement at entrances to shopping malls;
- Public catering facilities (restaurants, pubs, cafés, etc.) may serve beverages and food only outdoors (e.g. on a terrace) or to pack them for a take-away;
- Opening hours of public catering facilities will be limited as until now, e.g. until 10 PM;
- Dedicated shopping hours at grocery stores and drug stores for older people from 9 to 11 A M – shopping is also permitted outside of these hours, however, using these dedicated times is strongly advised;
- Churches, places for theatrical, musical, movie and other art performances may be in operation, however, with a maximum audience occupancy of 50 percent
- Outdoor and indoor swimming pools, saunas, water parks, gyms and wellness centres may be in operation, however, the maximum number of participants at the same time is limited to 6 people,
- Masks MUST by worn both indoors and outdoors;
- Masks are NOT OBLIGED when in nature, for members of the same household, or when the strangers are more than 5 metres apart.
Visits to museums, galleries and other attractions in Bratislava are possible. More information on the partial curfew and comprehensive testing of the population can be found HERE.
Slovakia has open borders to citizens of these “safe countries”. You can find list of them HERE. However a rearrangement of this system is currently being considered.
Upon arrival from other countries, it is necessary for to prove a negative test for COVID-19 disease to the relevant regional public health office in the Slovak Republic, which must be registered immediately. Subsequently, those arriving remain in home isolation. The relevant regional public health office in the Slovak Republic authorizes these persons to take the COVID-19 test on the 5th day after their arrival at the earliest. If the test result is negative, the home isolation will end. This ends the obligation of state quarantine.
It is currently possible to fly from and to Bratislava from these destinations.
The latest measures for mass public events:
The Public Health Authority banned any and all public events of cultural, sport, social and/or other nature. All public events are forbidden (except for weddings, baptisms and funerals, with a limitation of one person per 15 square meters indoors and 2-metre distance outdoors, the number of participants is not limited).
The exception will also be applicable for professional league games (football, ice hockey, volleyball, basketball, handball – First League), however, without spectators, and the players will be regularly tested for COVID-19.
Another exception is applicable for gatherings organised pursuant to law (municipal councils, national parliament gatherings, courts), provided that the established pandemic measures are met.