COVID-19 travel restrictions: Slovakia

Travel Restrictions

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This article was published on December 17, 2021, and all the information in the article is correct as of this time. Before you book your trip, we highly recommend that you also check official sources for the most up-to-date travel requirements, as they are subject to constant change.

Can I enter Slovakia?

Due to the COVID-19 situation, a temporary curfew-based lockdown is in effect in Slovakia from November 25, 2021. Later, the government eased it for vaccinated people and those who had recovered from COVID-19. There are several special rules for entering Slovakia.

Please be aware that the first thing you have to do when traveling to Slovakia is to register yourself at the official website before arrival. The next steps vary depending on your vaccination status.

This rule does not apply to you if:

  • You are up to 12 years and two months old
  • You are transiting through the territory of Slovakia

Can I enter Slovakia if I am vaccinated?

Sloavkian vaccination document stamped with "Covid-19"Entering Slovakia is relatively straightforward if you are vaccinated — Shutterstock

You can enter Slovakia if you are vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated at least 14 days after administration of the second dose for vaccines with a two-dose schedule; or at least 21 days after administration of the vaccine with a single dose schedule.

As of December 2021, four vaccines are approved in Slovakia:

  • Moderna
  • Pfizer / BioTech
  • Janssen (Johnson&Johnson)
  • Oxford / AstraZeneca

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

If you are fully vaccinated, present one of the following documents to prove your vaccination status:

  • For EU citizens — the EU digital COVID certificate
  • For visitors from outside the EU — another national certificate

Please note that in case of the latter, it must be in English and contain the following data:

  • Name and surname
  • Date of birth
  • Name of the vaccine and its manufacturer
  • The total number of vaccinations
  • The date of the last vaccination
  • The stamp of the relevant authority (if it is printed)

Can I enter Slovakia if I am unvaccinated?

You can enter Slovakia if you are unvaccinated. However, please be aware that the entry requirements for unvaccinated visitors are tighter.

Travel documents if you are unvaccinated

If you are unvaccinated, please present one of the following documents:

  • A negative PCR test result no older than 72 hours
  • Documentation of recovery from COVID-19 no later than 180 days before the day of crossing the Slovak border

If you are not vaccinated, and you arrive in Slovakia from “green” or “red” countries

As of December 2021, the government of Slovakia divides countries into “green” and “red.” If you are unvaccinated and traveling to Slovakia from a “red” country, you must:

  • Self-isolate for 14 days, OR
  • Receive a negative RT-PCR test or antigen test result no earlier than the eighth day of self-isolation

The list of “red” countries:

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Jordan
  • Canada
  • Cuba
  • Kosovo
  • Lebanon
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Puerto Rico
  • Serbia
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United States

Who cannot enter Slovakia?

Starting from November 2021, COVID-19 restrictions for travelers from certain countries have come into effect. These countries are:

  • South Africa
  • Botswana
  • Namibia
  • Lesotho
  • Eswatini
  • Mozambique
  • Zimbabwe
  • Israel
  • Hong Kong
  • Seychelles

Regardless of your vaccination status, if you have visited one of these countries in the last 14 days before arriving in Slovakia, you have to:

  • Undergo a 14-day self-isolation OR
  • Receive negative RT-PCR test results on the first day of isolation and then on the eighth day of isolation

Can I leave Slovakia?

There are no COVID-19 restrictions for leaving Slovakia. Please check the destination country’s requirements concerning COVID-19 tests for vaccinated travelers. Some countries, such as the US, demand tests anyway.

Can I leave Slovakia if I am vaccinated?

Vaccinated travelers can leave Slovakia.

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

Vaccinated travelers must have one of the following documents to leave Slovakia:

  • To travel within the EU — the EU digital COVID certificate
  • To travel outside the EU — another document confirming vaccination

Can I leave Slovakia if I am unvaccinated?

There are no restrictions for unvaccinated travelers on leaving Slovakia.

Traveling to “red” or “non-red” countries from Slovakia if you are unvaccinated

Although Slovakia has a list of “red” countries, there are no tight restrictions on traveling there. However, the Ministry of Health urges people to avoid traveling there if it is not absolutely essential.

Travel documents if you are unvaccinated

Unvaccinated travelers have to present one of the following documents:

  • Documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (stating that the visitor has been infected no older than 180 days before the day of crossing the border of a particular country)
  • A negative COVID-19 test result (the relevant period and kind of test may vary, please check the requirements of the destination country)

COVID-19 situation in Slovakia currently

Presently, curfew-based lockdown measures are in effect in Slovakia from November 25. As of December 9, they are less strict for vaccinated people and those who have recovered from the coronavirus disease. It is expected that Slovak hotels will restart services on Christmas Day.

FAQs

COVID-19 travel restrictions: SlovakiaBe Covid-ready to travel to Slovakia — Shutterstock

Is it safe to travel to Slovakia right now?

Slovakia can not be considered a safe place to travel with lockdown measures in place. However, mass gatherings and events are still possible, provided all visitors are VTR (vaccinated/tested/recovered).

Is Bratislava open for travel?

Bratislava has some COVID-19 rules and restrictions, as with the rest of the country. Most establishments are open, but the visitors are required to:
  • Be VTR (vaccinated/tested/recovered)
  • Wear masks in public places

Do I have to quarantine if I go to Slovakia?

If you are fully vaccinated, you do not have to quarantine upon arrival in Slovakia. However, if you are unvaccinated, you are obliged to self-isolate for 10-days. The self-isolation can be ended on receiving a negative RT-PCR test result no earlier than the fifth day of isolation.
However, please be aware of the new rules as of December 10, 2021, for visitors from the following countries:
  • South Africa
  • Botswana
  • Namibia
  • Lesotho
  • Eswatini
  • Mozambique
  • Zimbabwe
  • Israel
  • Hong Kong
  • Seychelles
Regardless of your vaccination status, if you have visited one of these countries in the last 14 days before arriving in Slovakia, you have to:
  • Undergo a 14-day self-isolation
  • Receive negative RT-PCR test results on the first day of isolation and then on the eighth day of isolation

How do I get a health pass to travel to Slovakia?

If you travel from the EU or the Schengen Area, it would be a great benefit for you to install the EU Digital Covid Certificate mobile application to digitize your vaccination status. Visitors from outside the EU or the Schengen Area should carry their paper certificates.

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