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COV-19 vaccination: People 40+ years old can now register

last updated on 16 April 2021

The 8th phase of vaccinations is currently ongoing. Registration for vaccination is now open for people above the age of 40 (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.

New: Vaccination is only 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.

A UK-issued EHIC (European Health Insurance card) does not automatically entitle you to full healthcare costs coverage in Slovakia and may not be sufficient to obtain the COV-19 vaccination.

There will be 11 phases in total. You can read which groups of people belong to each phase in Slovak or in English.

New: All residents of the Banská Bystrica Region above the age of 18 can register for vaccination as substitutes. You can register as a substitute here. More information about this option is available here.

How to check available capacities

Before registering, you can verify available capacities in medical facilities throughout Slovakia. Please note that the vaccination capacities are subject to frequent changes. If you can't find free capacities, we advise to keep an eye on the above links and check them regularly.

If you face obstacles with the online registration for your vaccination due to the language barrier, please get in touch.

Online legal consultations now available for UK nationals and their family members in Slovakia

last updated on 10 March 2021

If you are a Withdrawal Agreement beneficiary, you can now have an online face-to-face consultation with an IOM lawyer. You can request a consultation by completing this form. The online consultations are held via MS Teams and are free of charge.

Conditions for visiting Foreign Police departments

last updated on 8 March 2021

The Foreign Police departments are open only for clients with a booked appointment and only if they fall under one of the specified exceptions, such as e.g.:

  • people with a negative COV-19 test result (RT-PCR or antigen) not older than 7 days
  • people who overcame the COV-19 disease and have a confirmation thereof not older than 3 months
  • people diagnosed with the COV-19 disease not more than 3 months prior to the appointment and who have a confirmation thereof
  • people who got both shots of the COV-19 vaccine and  at least 14 days have passed since the vaccination
  • people above 65 years of age
  • children under 10 years of age

Appointments can be booked through the online booking system.

If you need more information related to the above, please get in touch with us.

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.

If you face obstacles in entering Slovakia despite being exempt from the restrictions, please get in touch.

Mandatory quarantine for people travelling from the UK

last updated on 8 January 2021 

As of 21 December 2020, mandatory quarantine in the form of home isolation applies to:

  1. All persons who have visited the UK in the past 14 days prior to their entry to Slovakia
  2. Those living in the same household with the person(s) under point 1

Submitting a negative result of a RT-PCR test for COVID-19 instead (to avoid the quarantine) is no longer possible. More information about relevant obligations is available here.

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.