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.
Slovakia has opened its borders to citizens of 31 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain and Switzerland. International transport, including air transport, is also being renewed between countries. From Monday (July 6), the mandatory quarantine and e-quarantine for persons returning to Slovakia from these 31 safe countries will be abolished.
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 – no negative coronavirus tests or quarantine are required: Cyprus – Paphos, Greece – Thessaloniki, Corfu, Ireland – Dublin (quarantine required after arrival in Ireland), Spain – Palma de Mallorca, Malaga, Italy – Alghero, Bulgaria – Sofia, Burgas,
Flights from / to Bulgaria (Burgas, Sofia) are still allowed, but upon arrival it is necessary to contact the regional public health office, stay in domestic isolation and at the earliest on the 5th day after arrival take the coronavirus test.
United Kingdom – London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester – flights are prohibited. Flights from/to Russia, Ukraine, Dubai, Skopje, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and other destinations remain prohibited.
THE FOLLOWING MEASURES ARE CURRENTLY VALID:
- Wearing masks in the exterior is voluntary, the obligation to wear a facemask indoors remains in force,
- Children’s corners and nightclubs are open,
- 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. 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. Restaurants will not have to limit the number of people at one table, nor their opening hours. The two-meter distance between tables in gastronomic establishments varies from obligation to recommendation.
- Meetings set by law, like municipal council meetings, party congresses and shareholders’ meetings, are allowed without any restrictions to the number of participants,
- 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.