Support provided to UK nationals until 30 June 2021

The International Organization for Migration offers free of charge support to UK nationals living in Slovakia until 30 June 2021.

This support is provided thanks to the extension of the UK Nationals Support Fund (UKNSF) financed by the the British FCDO. For more information on the extension see here and for more information on the nature of the support provided see here.

Quarantine measures for people travelling from the UK

last updated on 22 June 2021 

Regularly updated information about quarantine measures upon return to Slovakia from abroad is available here.

The UK is currently listed as a black country.

If you have visited the UK (or any other black country) in the last 14 days before coming to Slovakia, you must stay in isolation at home or in a quarantine accommodation facility after crossing the Slovak border. Your isolation will end upon the completion of its 14th day in the event of an asymptomatic course of isolation. Isolation of children under ten years of age terminates (if they are asymptomatic) when persons living with them in the same household end their isolation.

You must take an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 on the eighth day of isolation at the earliest. However, obtaining a negative result does not mean an earlier termination of isolation.

During the period of home isolation, the isolation is also obligatory for people living with you in the same household, except for those who:

  • have been vaccinated only with the first dose of a two-dose vaccine and at least 21 days but not more than 90 days passed since the vaccination,
  • have been vaccinated with both doses of a two-dose vaccine and at least 21 days but not more than 12 months passed since receiving the first dose,
  • have been vaccinated with a single-dose vaccine and at least 21 days but not more than 12 months passed since the vaccination,
  • have been vaccinated with the first dose of a vaccine, which was received within 180 days of overcoming COVID-19 and at least 21 days but not more than 12 months passed since the vaccination,
  • have overcome COVID-19 within the last 180 days.

The exception for vaccinated persons does not apply to persons coming from the black countries themselves, only to persons living in the same household. The exception from isolation applies to persons who do meet the condition of being vaccinated and:

  • work in the territory of a black country and have permanent residence in Slovakia, or
  • work in Slovakia and have permanent or temporary residence in the territory of a black country.

When coming from a black country, you have the following duties:

  • register on the website immediately upon entering Slovakia at the latest
  • be able to demonstrate your registration to a member of the Police Force when entering and during your stay in Slovakia
  • if entering Slovakia by air, fill in the electronic form published on the website

You may also check the entry requirements for Slovakia on the UK Government website

COV-19 vaccination: People 12+ years old can now register

last updated on 22 June 2021

Regularly updated information about vaccination against COV-19 is available here.

Registration for vaccination is now open for people above the age of 12 (apart from other categories). Those belonging to this group can request a vaccine by registering online (available only in Slovak language). The vaccination is voluntary.

Vaccination is available for:

  • Persons with public health insurance in Slovakia; or
  • Persons with health insurance in another EU member state or in the UK who are eligible for full healthcare costs' coverage in Slovakia, e.g. based on an S1 form registered in the Slovak system.

People without public health insurance are also eligible for vaccination if they e.g.:

  • Have permanent residence in Slovakia (it is necessary to show a residence card),
  • Are full-time students of a university in Slovakia (it is necessary to show a confirmation thereof),
  • Are students of a primary or secondary school in Slovakia (it is necessary to show a confirmation thereof),
  • Are medical students working in hospitals.

There will be 12 phases in total. You can read which groups of people belong to each phase in Slovak or in English.

All residents of the Banská Bystrica Region above the age of 16 can register for vaccination as substitutes. You can register as a substitute here. More information about this option is available here.

Restrictions on non-essential travel to Slovakia

last updated on 16 March 2021

Travel of UK nationals and their family members to Slovakia from the UK or any other non-Schengen country which is not considered as essential may be restricted due to COVID-19. Such persons may be denied entry into the Schengen area/denied the possibility to board an aircraft.

This restriction does not apply to:

  • UK nationals and their family members who can prove they have residence in Slovakia or who are holders of a national visa issued by a Slovak Embassy
  • UK nationals and their family members who can prove they are beneficiaries of the Withdrawal Agreement
  • UK nationals and their family members who can prove they are attending kindergarten or are enrolled in a primary school, secondary school or university in Slovakia
  • UK nationals who are close relatives of Slovak citizens (spouses, minor children, parents of minor children)
  • UK nationals who are close relatives of permanent/temporary residents in Slovakia (spouses, minor children, parents of minor children)
  • Family members of UK nationals who are citizens of EU member states
  • UK nationals and their family members belonging to certain specific categories (e.g. pilots, air crew members, freight and bus drivers, medical service drivers, persons providing care to close relatives)

Even if you are exempt from the restrictions, you may still be subject to the applicable quarantine measures upon your arrival to Slovakia.

Information cards for UK nationals

last updated on 16 December 2020

The Bureau of Border and Foreign Police has sent out information cards to all UK nationals who have registered residence in Slovakia. The information card summarizes the steps required to maintain their residence in Slovakia due to the UK’s departure from the EU and has been prepared in cooperation with IOM.

If you wish to leave Slovakia permanently or if you no longer reside in the country, please be informed there are certain steps you should take.

Watch a video on how IOM can help you

last updated on 17 December 2020

IOM has prepared a short video on the most important information and dates you need to bear in mind in order to secure your stay in Slovakia.

Watch the video to learn how IOM can help you with that.

New information leaflet

last updated on 15 December 2020

IOM has issued a practical leaflet summarizing the most important information for UK nationals and their family members living in Slovakia before 31 December 2020 or planning to move to Slovakia before this date.

Advice for UK nationals travelling home in December 2020

last updated on 29 December 2020

UK nationals and their family members currently living in Slovakia (before 31 December 2020) who wish to travel out of the country during the upcoming Holiday Season should be aware of the following:

Key date

  • On 31 December 2020 at 23h59 CET, the transition period ends
  • As of 1 January 2021 at 00h00 CET, UK nationals are treated as third country nationals (i.e. non-EU citizens)

Register your residence and get a residence card in Slovakia before traveling

  • If you are living in Slovakia without being registered and without having a residence card, we strongly encourage you to do so before you leave Slovakia for holidays
  • Unless you have already done so, we advise you to register your residence and apply for a residence card at your earliest convenience

Please read the conditions and our advice for traveling back to Slovakia after 1 January 2021.