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Coronavirus: Certain Safety Measures Lifted

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.

Some of the measures are now lifted and the life is slowly getting back to “new normal”, the state of emergency, however remains valid. People with permanent or temporary residence in Slovakia travelling to the Poland, Croatia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Germany who return within 48 hours will not be required to take the coronavirus test and undergo mandatory quarantine after May 21.

The movement of citizens between Slovakia and the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary has been unrestricted since 5 June. The borders with these countries are completely open and movement and residence in the country are unrestricted.

Trains to Prague currently operate in limited mode. Trains to Vienna will start operating in full mode on 15 June. From 6 June, Slovak Lines buses will run to Vienna, Schwechat Airport, Hainburg, Budapest and Ferenc Liszt Airport in Budapest.

All 3 international airports remain closed. All arrivals and departures are still canceled. Checks at the some border crossings remain in force.

Currently we are in the last phase of lifting the measures which means as from June 3rd following measures are valid:

  • Long-term and short-term accommodation is opened,
  • Outdoor swimming pools, spas, fitness and wellness centers may open. Hotels that have these facilities may provide all these services,
  • Indoor swimming pools and sports venues are open,
  • Accommodation – cancelled 24-hour break between accommodations in the same room; for the bathroom and toilet in the room it is still obligatory,
  • Shopping centers are open, apart from playgrounds. The operators of shops within the shopping centers will have to maintain certain restrictions, like offering hand disinfection, restricting the number of customers and keeping a 2-meter distance between customers. There will be a ban on people gathering in common spaces,
  • Restaurants with indoor seating are open. They have to observe the same limits as for outdoor seating, like keeping a 2-metre distance between the table corners and disinfection of surfaces after guests leave. Also outdoor terraces with tables that are two meters apart are opened. Restaurants will not have to limit the number of people at one table, nor their opening hours. Tables still need to be placed at least 2 meters from each other,
  • Meetings set by law, like municipal council meetings, party congresses and shareholders’ meetings, are allowed without any restrictions to the number of participants,
  • Masks will be compulsory only inside, during events and when the distance between people is less than 2 meters,
  • Indoor and outdoor tourist attractions are opened. Casinos, zoos and botanical gardens can let visitors in, both interiors and exteriors. Museums, galleries, libraries, exhibition halls are opened,
  • Taxi drivers are no longer obliged to have a barrier between the driver and clients in their cars. The government also cancelled the 15-minute compulsory break between individual clients. Air conditioning is allowed,
  • The requirement to close shops on Sundays is still valid but special opening hours for seniors are cancelled. The limit for one customer in a shop has decreased to 10 square meters,
  • Competitive sports events are allowed again,
  • Cinemas, theatres and other mass events are allowed,
  • At cultural events, it will be possible to have a chessboard form of seating instead of having a two-meter distance. Between individual visitors, at least one seat has to be empty. Artists are not required to have a COVID-19 test,
  • Mass events – from June 10, maximum of 500 persons, from July 1 until the end of the year, maximum of 1,000 people,
  • Barbers, beauty salons and hairdressers, solariums, pedicures and manicures are opened,
  • Commercial establishments and services regardless of the number of square meters are opened,
  • Rehabilitation services are opened.

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