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WE HAVE just moved to Bratislava with our one-year-old baby girl. I am new to the area and would like to find out if there is any place where we can exerce or go swimming together.
For baby swimming I recommend you contact the Alva swimming centre (www.alva.sk). Although not all of their staff speaks English, it will not be a problem for you to join their classes. Their courses are usually three months long and swimming lessons take place twice a week. They have scheduled hours for beginners as well as for advanced swimmers.

WE HAVE just moved to Bratislava with our one-year-old baby girl. I am new to the area and would like to find out if there is any place where we can exerce or go swimming together.

For baby swimming I recommend you contact the Alva swimming centre (www.alva.sk). Although not all of their staff speaks English, it will not be a problem for you to join their classes. Their courses are usually three months long and swimming lessons take place twice a week. They have scheduled hours for beginners as well as for advanced swimmers.

All you have to do is sign up for the classes and bring a permission slip from your paediatrician to the first lesson.

For exercise, there are several smaller clubs with various groups that you can join. The Private Rehabilitation Centre in Petržalka offers regular exercise sessions using fit balls. For more information call 02/6383-8674. You can contact DK Cultus Trávniky (02/4333-0518). They have regular exercise sessions for mothers with children under one.

Personally, I recommend you contact the local International Women's Club of Bratislava (www.iwc.sk). They can be a great source of the kind of information you need, and besides that, they also have regular playgroups where you can meet with other international mothers and their babies.


I am retired and would like to move to Slovakia. What type of permission do I need?


If you are coming from the EU, you are not required to have any type of residency permit - you should just do a very simple registration at the Foreign Police to notify them you are staying in our country.

If you are from outside the EU, the situation is not so simple. Slovak legislation does not recognise any type of permission for those who want to reside here without working; they require you get residency for family reunification, work, or business. You will be here as a tourist without a specific residence permit. Please remember that you can stay here a maximum of 90 days at one time.

Being here as a tourist means that you may not move your belongings or get car registration in Slovakia, since they require a residency permit for these things.


Ivona Telekiová, General Manager of the Bratislava-based company Relocation s.r.o. (www.relo.sk), awaits your questions at surviving.slovakia@gpp.sk

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