General rules when arriving from abroad
At the latest, immediately on entering the territory of the Slovak Republic, individuals are required to register at korona.gov.sk/ehranica and subsequently to be able to show proof of this registration on request, even during their stay in the territory of the Slovak Republic.
Anyone entering the territory of the Slovak Republic by air must also complete a form at www.mindop.sk/covid/ before entering. Additionally when arriving from a country outside the list below, a negative RT-PCR test result not older than 72 hours must be presented.
All unvaccinated people entering Slovakia after 6:00am on 9 July 2021 will have to undergo quarantine, which will end at the end of the 14th day if they are symptom-free and untested.
If, after returning from abroad someone develops symptoms of COVID-19, they are required to report it to their general practitioner or paediatrician; if the individual does not have a doctor in the Slovak Republic, they must report it to the doctor of the respective municipality.
Definition of a fully vaccinated person
- A person at least 14 days but not more than 12 months after the administration of the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine with a two-dose schedule (the validity of registration in eHranica is 6 months),
- a person at least 21 days but not more than 12 months after the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine with a single-dose schedule (eHranica registration validity is 6 months),
- a person at least 14 days but not more than 12 months after the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine if the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine was administered within 180 days of the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine (eHranica registration validity is 6 months).
In addition to the EU COVID pass or a certificate of completion of vaccination in Slovakia, it is also possible to show certificates from other countries. The only condition is that the certificate must be in Slovak, Czech or English language.
Registration on e-Border
Anyone entering the territory of the Slovak Republic from 9 July 2021 must register at www.korona.gov.sk/ehranica. Registration is not required for children under 12 years of age and persons in transit through Slovakia (defined below).
Registration is required for every entry into the Slovak Republic. This does not apply to:
- fully vaccinated individuals whose first registration is valid for the following 6 months
- people who have been vaccinated with the first dose of any of the vaccines – the first registration for these people is valid until 9 August 2021
- individuals aged between 12 and 18 years for whom the first registration is valid until 9 August 2021
- anyone travelling for medical diagnosis or treatment for whom the first registration is valid for 1 week
A single registration is sufficient until 1 September 2021 for:
- those who have permanent or temporary residence in Slovakia and a place of work in neighbouring states, EU countries or Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, provided they have visited only these countries in the last 14 days and are travelling only for work
- those who are a permanent resident or reside in countries of the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland and, in the case of Ukraine, within 100 km of an open border crossing point, have their place of work in the territory of the Slovak Republic and are only travelling for work
- citizens of the Slovak Republic who live in border areas of neighbouring countries within 100 km of an open border crossing point.
Everyone who enters Slovakia from 6:00am 9 July 2021 will have to undergo quarantine (subject to quarantine rules below), which ends at the end of the 14th day if they are symptom-free and untested.
The quarantine may be terminated by a negative RT-PCR test which is obtained no earlier than day 5.
There is no requirement to test children under the age of 12, their quarantine will terminate when the other members of the household have completed their quarantine.
Quarantine also applies to household members who have not travelled – it terminates when the other members‘ quarantine is completed.
Quarantine is not mandatory for:
- fully vaccinated people
- people aged between 12 and 18 years when no other member of the household is under mandatory quarantine – temporarily until 9 August
- people who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons; must provide confirmation and have a negative RT-PCR test result not older than 72 hours
- unvaccinated citizens of the Slovak Republic who have permanent or temporary residence in the border areas of a neighbouring country within 100 km of an open border crossing point into the territory of the Slovak Republic – they are required to provide a negative result RT-PCR test not older than 7 days
- unvaccinated people who were previously exempted, such as aircraft and train crews, truck drivers, funeral service workers and others, the exact list and the potential obligation to prove a negative test result for COVID-19 is determined by the Decree; these individuals are still required to register on the e-border
Further changes to quarantine exemptions:
Entry to the Slovak Republic for selected professional groups (e.g. delegations of representatives of the Slovak Republic, Members of the European Parliament or employees of international organisations) and in specific life situations, requires the provision of a negative RT-PCR test result not older than 72 hours when entering Slovakia. (The conditions are detailed in Article 7 of the Decree)
The obligation to quarantine also applies to unvaccinated persons entering or leaving the Slovak Republic for a short period of time for the purpose of attending a marriage, including close relatives of the couple. However, the exemption remains for short-term entry for the purpose of attending the funeral of a close person, if the unvaccinated person provides a negative RT-PCR test not older than 72 hours.
Regime for people travelling for work who are not vaccinated – valid until 1 September 2021:
They are not subject to quarantine if they meet all of the following conditions:
- In the last 14 days have visited only the countries of the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland or Ukraine and at the same time they have their permanent or temporary residence in Slovakia and place of work in the countries of the European Union, Iceland Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland or Ukraine; or
- are a permanent resident or reside in countries of the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland and, in the case of Ukraine, within 100 km of an open border crossing point, have their place of work in the territory of the Slovak Republic and are only travelling for work
- have written confirmation from their employer about the place of work
- have a negative RT-PCR test result not older than 7 days
Students over 12 years of age attending a kindergarten, primary, secondary or higher education institution in neighbouring countries and entering Slovakia (or in reverse, reside in these countries and attend school in Slovakia) do not have to undergo quarantine if they have a certificate of full-time study and at the same time have a negative RT-PCR or antigen test result not older than 7 days. The conditions also apply to one accompanying adult who, in addition to the negative test, must provide proof of „accompanying person“ status. Please note that students must cross the boundaries for active study only (i.e. full-time study must be in progress, students cannot claim this particular scheme when teaching is in abeyance, e.g. during the summer holidays).
Entering the territory of the Slovak Republic via air transport:
The regime at the border for air passengers from 9.7.2021
If you are entering Slovakia by air from a country that is not on the designated list, you must present a negative RT-PCR test result for COVID-19 no older than 72 hours.
- List of countries that do not require a negative test: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, China, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Greece, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Jordan, South Korea, Kosovo, Cuba, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Latvia, South Korea, Austria, Luxembourg, Macau, Hungary, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Germany, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, San Marino, North Macedonia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, USA, Mexico, Serbia, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine.
- Applies to all arrivals at airports in the territory of Slovak Republic
- Each individual must fill in the form on the website www.mindop.sk/covid/
- When arriving from countries that are not on the above list, a negative RT-PCR test result no older than 72 hours must be presented on arrival – this also applies to vaccinated persons. This condition is imposed because travellers arriving by a high-risk type of transport from a country where there is an increased risk of contracting an epidemiologically serious variant of the SARS virus – CoV-2. The combination of registration and testing significantly reduces the risk of introduction and subsequent uncontrolled spread of new and even more dangerous variants of the pandemic virus.
Transit routes via Slovak republic valid from 9.7.2021
The obligation to quarantine upon entry into Slovakia does not apply to the transit of persons and their family members to a country in which they have been granted residence or of which they are citizens, whereby such persons must pass through the territory of the Slovak Republic along designated transport corridors without stopping, except for the necessary refuelling, within a total of eight hours at the latest of their entry into the territory of Slovakia.
For transit through the territory of the Slovak Republic, it is still required to pass without stopping, except for refuelling.
- Transit must be completed within 8 hours.
- It is not necessary to pre-register for transit.
- The corridors designated for transit are as follows:
Ukraine – Czech Republic
- The route Ukraine – Czech Republic is set in the direction of the border crossing Vyšné Nemecké – Uzhorod, Sobrance, Michalovce, Prešov, Poprad, Ružomberok, Žilina, via the border crossing Makov – Bílá-Bumbálka/Starý Hrozenkov – Drietoma
Czech Republic – Ukraine
- The route Czech Republic – Ukraine is set in the direction of the border crossing Makov – Bílá-Bumbálka/Starý Hrozenkov – Drietoma, Žilina, Ružomberok, Poprad, Prešov, Michalovce, Sobrance, border crossing Vyšné Nemecké – Uzhorod
Poland – Austria/Hungary
- The route Poland – Austria/Hungary is set in the direction of the border crossing Trstená – Chyžné, Dolný Kubín, Martin, Žilina, Nové Mesto nad Váhom, Bratislava border crossing (Bratislava -Jarovce – Kittsee/ Čunovo – Rajka).
- The route Poland – Hungary is set in the direction of the border crossing Trstená – Chyžné, Dolný Kubín, Ružomberok, Banská Bystrica, Zvolen, border crossing Šahy – Parassapuszta.
- The route Poland – Austria/Hungary is set in the direction of the border crossing Skalité – Zwardoň, Čadca, Kysucké Nové Mesto, Žilina, Nové Mesto nad Váhom, Bratislava border crossing (Bratislava -Jarovce – Kittsee/ Čunovo – Rajka).
- The route Poland – Hungary is set in the direction of border crossing Vyšný Komárnik – Barwinek – Svidník, Giraltovce, Prešov, Košice, border crossing Milhosť – Tornyosnémeti.
Austria/Hungary – Poland
- The route Austria/Hungary – Poland is set in the direction of the border crossing (Bratislava -Jarovce – Kittsee/ Čunovo – Rajka), Bratislava, Nové Mesto nad Váhom, Žilina, Martin, Dolný Kubín, border crossing Trstená- Chyžné.
- The Hungary – Poland route is set in the direction of border crossing Šahy – Parassapuszta, Zvolen, Banská Bystrica, Ružomberok, Dolný Kubín, border crossing Trstená – Chyžné.
- The route Austria/Hungary – Poland is set in the direction of the border crossing (Bratislava -Jarovce – Kittsee/ Čunovo – Rajka), Bratislava, Nové Mesto nad Váhom, Žilina, Kysucké Nové Mesto, Čadca, border crossing Skalité – Zwardoň.
- The Hungary – Poland route is set in the direction of the border crossing Milhosť – Tornyosnémeti, Košice, Prešov, Giraltovce, Svidník, border crossing Vyšný Komárnik – Barwinek.
Czech Republic – Austria/Hungary
- Route along the D2 highway in the direction of the border crossing Breclav- Brodské, Bratislava, border crossing (Bratislava -Jarovce – Kittsee/ Čunovo – Rajka).
Austria/Hungary – Czech Republic
- Route along the D2 highway in the direction of the border crossing (Bratislava-Jarovce – Kittsee/Čunovo – Rajka), Bratislava, border crossing Breclav – Brodské.
Individuals with permanent or temporary residence in Slovakia who enter or leave Slovakia for medical diagnosis or treatment, as well as their close relatives, do not need to apply for an exemption from the Ministry of Health if their stay does not exceed 12 hours. However, they must provide a doctor’s note or a subsequent certificate of treatment. If the stay exceeds 12 hours, they must request an assessment of the application on the website www.cestujem.standardnepostupy.sk
Anyone transporting their relatives to or from international airports in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary or Austria must register at https://naletisko.mzv.sk/ at the latest when leaving Slovakia. When requested they must provide a printed confirmation of this registration and the ticket of the person being transported or an electronic copy thereof. They are obliged to travel exclusively through the territory of the EU member states, without stopping (except for the necessary refuelling and boarding or disembarking). If these rules are followed, it is possible to enter Slovakia without a valid negative test.
If you develop symptoms of a respiratory illness after returning from abroad, no matter which country you came from, contact your doctor by phone and inform them of your full travel history. The doctor will then determine any further course of diagnosis and treatment. The same applies to anyone who develop symptoms of a respiratory disease and knows they have been in contact with a person who has come from abroad.
Selected Applicable Measures
Measures at facilities and at mass events are currently governed by the COVID Automat. Slovakia has been classified into districts of Level 1 and 2 of Alert, followed by Warning Levels I to IV. The most relaxed measures are in Level 1 of Alert, which currently applies to all of Bratislava.
In all indoor areas and transport vehicles, all persons must cover their mouth and nose using a face mask or a scarf. Children below 6, mentally handicapped persons, persons with hearing impairment, autistic persons are exempt, as well as persons with a doctor’s confirmation about the inability to cover their mouth and nose.
All museums, galleries, leisure activities, places to stay, shops and places to eat in town are open, however basic hygiene directives still apply such as covering your mouth and nose, hand disinfection and keeping safe distances.
Food and beverages can be consumed also indoors.
It is not necessary to cover your mouth and nose outdoors provided that you keep a safe distance. Mass events are an exemption where all participants are required to cover their mouth and nose. Moreover, the organiser is obliged to make a list of participants, including their names and contact details (tel. number, e-mail address), in case the contacts need to be sought for later.
Group Sightseeing Tours
For city tours, the same rules apply as for the mass events. The maximum number of participants allowed for outdoor mass events in Bratislava is 250 when standing and 500 when sitting.
Museums and galleries are allowed to have group tours of up to 30 persons.
The organiser is obliged to make a list of participants, including their names and contact details (tel. number, e-mail address), in case the contacts need to be sought for later.
Group Transport (buses, ships)
Each transport company has their own internal hygiene standard that is adhered to in their vehicles. Recommendations include measures such as regular ventilation, disinfectant dispensers, regular deep disinfection of the interior in between the transport legs, as well as separate doors for entry/exit.
Currently, there is no limitations of number of passengers in tourist sightseeing vehicles.
In case of a positive case of any of the transported persons, all passenger of the respective vehicle must go into quarantine. The quarantine can be made at a dedicated quarantine accommodation facility or on board of a ship in case of a cruise. A quarantine accommodation in Bratislava is currently offered at Hotel Expo*** on Viedenská cesta 7.
If necessary, there is an option to order a mass antigen testing for the passengers. However, this must be done at least 5 days in advance and with at least 50 persons. This is a paid service and all related costs must be borne by the ordering party. The following companies offer such service in Bratislava:
- AGEL CLINIC – firstname.lastname@example.org, agelclinic.sk
- UNILABS – email@example.com, unilabs.sk
Testing / Vaccination of Tourist Guides
Both testing and vaccination in Slovakia is non-compulsory. It is up to each supplier of the conductor services to define their own rules for collaboration with the guides.
More information on Current Measures
- Available daily from 8AM to 8PM
- When calling from Slovakia, please dial: +421 800 174 174
- When calling from abroad, please dial: +421 222 200 910, +421 222 200 910