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Coronavirus: Current Information and Eased Measures

With the second wave virtually over, the measures in Bratislava have started to ease once again and the city is ready to welcome its visitors. The number of new infections is at a minimum, bars and pubs have re-opened, and museums and galleries are starting to organise events. Hotels and restaurants are back up and running.  Entry to Slovakia is governed by the Travel Traffic Light that divides the countries into green, red and black ones. Classification of the countries by colour is regularly updated and available on www.korona.gov.sk/cestovatelsky-semafor.

When having a certificate of COVID-19 vaccination or recovery, the persons do not need to go into quarantine anymore. Non-vaccinated persons can avoid potential quarantine when they present themselves with a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours or an antigen test not older than 24 hours done in Slovakia or in a neighbouring green country. You can find all current information on the website of korona.gov.sk/en or website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Regardless of the country colour, everybody arriving to Slovakia is obliged to register on e-hranica portal: www.korona.gov.sk/en/ehranica/ in advance, either prior to entry or at the border.

Moreover, persons arriving to Slovakia by air are obliged to fill in the Traveller Search E-form so that a traveller can be found for the purpose of public health protection; the form is published on www.mindop.sk/covid/.

Green Countries

Countries – All EU countries, Australia, China, Faroe Islands, Hong Kong, Greenland, Iceland, Israel,
Japan, South Korea, Macao, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, San Marino, Singapore,
Switzerland, Vatican City, Taiwan

Entry Conditions

non-vaccinated persons can avoid compulsory 14-day quarantine at home or at a quarantine accommodation facility if:

  • they present themselves with a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours
  • they present themselves with a negative antigen test not older than 24 hours done in Slovakia or in a neighbouring green country (Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Poland)
  • antigen tests are free, for a list of antigen testing sites in Slovakia visit www.health.gov.sk

vaccinated persons and persons who recovered from COVID-19 within the last 180 days

  • exempt from the compulsory quarantine and the test on arrival to Slovakia, however, must carry with them certificate of vaccination or doctor’s confirmation of recovery, either in Slovak or English
  • persons must be vaccinated with the 1st dose of a mRNA vaccine (Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech) or of a vector vaccine (AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Johnson&Johnson) at least 21 days from the vaccination

persons under 18

  • exempt from the compulsory quarantine and the test on arrival to Slovakia

Red Countries

Countries – Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Georgia,
Jordan, Canada, Cuba, Lebanon, Moldova, Puerto Rico, Russia, Northern Macedonia,
Serbia, The United States of America, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine

Entry Conditions

Non-vaccinated persons

  • are obliged to go into a compulsory 14-day quarantine at home or at a quarantine accommodation facility
  • when symptom-free, the quarantine can be ended on the 14th day or terminated earlier on the 8th day, provided there is a negative PCR test result

 Vaccinated persons and persons who recovered from COVID-19 within the last 180 days

  • persons must be vaccinated with the 1st dose of a mRNA vaccine (Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech) or of a vector vaccine (AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Johnson&Johnson) at least 21 days from the vaccination
  • exempt from the compulsory quarantine and the test on arrival to Slovakia, however, must carry with them certificate of vaccination or doctor’s confirmation of recovery, either in Slovak or English, and at the same time must meet any of the following:
  • employment relationship or a place of work performance in the territory of a red country, while having their permanent or temporary residency in Slovakia;
  • concluded employment relationship or place of work performance in Slovakia, while having their permanent or temporary residency in the territory of a red country
  • unless the conditions above are met, the same rules apply as for non-vaccinated persons

Black Countries

Countries – all other countries, e.g., United Kingdom, India, Brazil

Entry Conditions

  • The same as for entry from the red countries.


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.

Interior

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.

Exterior

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 – agelclinic@agelclinic.sk, agelclinic.sk
  • UNILABS – unilabs@unilabs.sk, 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

Official info portal: www.korona.gov.sk
Digital overview of COVID Automat: www.automat.gov.sk

COVID-19 Hotline

  • 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

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