How to travel to Slovakia during COVID-19
Given the changing epidemic situation currently impacted by the occurrence of new Covid variants, the Slovak government agreed on changing some parameters of the COVID automat alert system, which was launched on February 8.
Self-isolation will be prolonged from 10 to 14 days, both for incomers from abroad (if the country is not on the safe list) and those who become infected in Slovakia.
People who return from abroad will be required to either show a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours or register at korona.gov.sk and start home isolation. The form requires you to fill in a phone number, a place of isolation, and the name of your attending physician. You may stop self-isolating after you receive a negative RT-PCR test result for COVID-19, which you can take earliest on the 8th day of your arrival.
When entering the country, you should be able to show police officers a confirmation of your registration on the website. Police controls will be random.
Performing artists & crew entering Slovakia from Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary
After entering the Slovak Republic, you do not need to self-isolate at home or in a quarantine facility if:
- You enter the territory of the Slovak Republic from the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary or Austria, or if you return to the Slovak Republic, and you also meet the following conditions:
- As performing artists or members of the production crew, you participate in a cross-border production of an audio-visual work or television programme, you work in the news and media broadcasting as foreign correspondents or crew members, you participate in a cross-border production including rehearsals or on-line broadcasting, music or dramatic production, or you participate in restoration/conservation or in archaeological research on site, in museums, archives or other memory, academic or scientific institutions, or you participate in installation of an exhibition in a gallery or exhibition hall, or you have an engagement in a theatre or music institution; and
- When entering the territory of the Slovak Republic, you can present a letter of confirmation signed by the producer of the audio-visual work, broadcaster or programme producer, media institution, producer of audio-visual programme or sound recording, theatre, music institution, or by the contractor of restoration works, operator of the exhibition hall, gallery or museum, archives, other memory institution or signed by another person in charge of activities pursuant to the previous point.
Documents you need when entering the Slovak Republic
- Certificate issued by the Ministry of Health of the SR stating negative COVID-19 antibody test result, not older than 7 days; or
- Certificate of negative COVID-19 antibody test result issued by a mobile testing centre or a testing spot in a social services care home in the Slovak Republic according to Annex 4 of this decree podľa prílohy č. 4 tejto vyhlášky, not older than 7 days; or
- Certificate of negative COVID-19 antibody test result, not older than 14 days, or negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result, not older than 7 days.
Artists and further professionals in culture who regularly cross the border may also present certificate of negative COVID-19 antibody test result performed in another state.
- an effort to take into account the ability of artists and other persons working in the sector of culture to respond to the amendments in the Decree of the Public Health Authority, as listed above, members of the Police Force will approach persons who enter the territory of the Slovak Republic by midnight of Friday 11 December 2020 on a case by case basis, if they reliably justify they were unable to take a COVID-19 test and therefore they are not able to prove its negative result.
Neither your accompanying persons need to self-isolate at home or in a facility, if they can show a proof of such status.
Monitor your health (and accompanying persons, too) and if you observe any symptoms of respiratory disease, call without any delay:
- the healthcare provider who provides healthcare to you in the relevant specialisation and with whom you have an agreement on the provision of healthcare;
- if you do not have a healthcare provider in the territory of the Slovak Republic, call the emergency number 112.
- The Ministry of Culture can provide exemptions for essential crew members.