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SURVIVING Slovakia

WE ARE an American family planning on moving from the US to Slovakia. Can you suggest a reputable removal company, and what documents and restrictions do we need to be aware of?
I will not recommend any specific removal company, but suggest you visit www.greenpages.sk which will list a number of international movers.

WE ARE an American family planning on moving from the US to Slovakia. Can you suggest a reputable removal company, and what documents and restrictions do we need to be aware of?


I will not recommend any specific removal company, but suggest you visit www.greenpages.sk which will list a number of international movers.

I assume the procedure is very similar for all such companies. First they will provide a preliminary survey to assess the size of the task. Then they will give you a quotation. It makes sense to approach at least two companies for a quotation, as it could save you a few thousand euros.

The removal company will also inform you about documentation. In all probability you will need a tenancy agreement, with a rental period of no less than two years. Then there is the residence permit, and most likely you will also need to give them authorisation to manage customs clearance.

At the border, Customs Police may require a deposit for letting your belongings into the country, calculated from the total value of your shipment. The Customs Police will also check your documentation (the residence permit and tenancy agreement). If the documentation is incomplete they may impound your belongings in a customs warehouse until the documentation is in order.

Therefore, you should definitely plan your move well in advance to ensure everything is catered for.


I read your article about there being less restrictions for EU citizens. Does this mean we too can just move to Slovakia without any problem? And what are the chances of a foreigner finding a job?


Yes it is correct, you can move here without any problems. You just have to register with the Foreign Police or you can obtain an ID for five years.

Without knowing your current profession, I am unable to give you a precise answer as to how easy or difficult it is for a foreigner to get a job. There are many recruitment companies with which you can register - which is a good place to start. You can also approach the large multinational companies, some of which will employ foreigners who do not speak Slovak. Being an English native speaker you can, of course, find a job at a language school.


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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