- Q: When exactly is the nationwide testing taking place? Is it possible to get tested on Friday too?
- Q: I am a foreigner living in Slovakia with no permanent residence. May I get tested, too?
- Q: Can my children be tested as well?
- Q: I am over 65-year-old. Do I have an exemption in testing?
- Q: I am afraid that someone without training in health care will do my swab.
- Q: Where should I get tested? Will I be invited to a specific place and specific time?
- Q: Where can I find more information in other than Slovak?
- Q: Should I register for testing in advance?
- Q: How long does the testing take?
- Q: Could I become infected during the testing?
- Q: Are there any exemptions from the testing?
- Q: What does a negative result mean for me?
- Q: What does a positive result mean for me?
- Q: Can I have results other than from the nationwide testing?
- Q: I already took an RT-PCR test a week ago (two weeks, months). Am I obliged to participate in the testing?
- Q: I had already had COVID-19 in the past, should I be tested again?
- Q: I do not want to participate in the nationwide testing.
- Q: What fines apply if I go out after the first round of testing and do not have a negative test result with me?
A: The first round of the nationwide testing is scheduled from October 31 to November 1, 2020. Testing points will be open between 07:00 and 22:00, except for 12:00-12:45 and 18:00-18:30 (hygienic breaks). The last swab will be taken at 21:30 to obtain a result by 22:00. The second round is expected to take place under the same conditions the weekend after, but this is yet to be confirmed.
A: Yes, you can. Residence is not important in the case of testing. Anyone staying in Slovakia at the time of the testing can undergo the test. It is necessary to prove your identity with an ID, residence permit card, or passport.
A: Yes, if they are older than 10 years of age. Defence Minister Jaroslav Naď stated that parents can have younger children tested if they want to, but he does not recommend that in order to prevent the testing sites from overloading.
A: People over 65 are recommended not to participate in the nationwide testing, if they spend their time mostly at home and avoid social contact anyway.
If you are over 65 and still have to go to work, post office, bank, etc., you still need a certificate showing your negative coronavirus test result in order. Those who do not get tested are required to observe stricter curfew rules.
The Minister also asked people to be tolerant and let the elderly, pregnant women, people with disabilities and parents with children to skip the queue.
A: The swabs required for testing will only be taken by medical personnel. Only administration work can be done by volunteers without health care training.
A: No, you will not. The government recommends going to your closest testing point regardless of your address of permanent residence to avoid excessive mobility. Testing sites will be organised similarly to polling stations during elections, you will most likely find yours in the nearest school or municipal office.
Be aware that the testing can take you a few hours. People in some places during the pilot testing in Orava and Bardejov waited in the queue for up to two hours.
Testing points are able to test about 35 people per hour. It means that if you arrive at the spot and see about 70 people ahead, consider returning later, the Defence Minister said.
The Defence Ministry recommends municipalities to regulate the arrival of people to their respective testing points according to the first letter of their surname. Your local authorities should inform you if they decide to put such a system in place for the testing.
The list of the testing points should be published on the official website somzodpovedny.sk, in Slovak. Some municipalities have already started publishing them. They also recommend following the Facebook profile of your municipality and their official websites for more information.
In Bratislava, drive-thru testing spots will also be available (for example Ružinov and Karlova Ves), others will be placed both indoors and outdoors, in army tents.
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A: No, just show up at the testing point and wait in the queue.
A: First, you need to fill in the registration form on the spot. The swab with preparation takes only about five minutes. Then you need to wait for your results, for an estimated 15 to 30 minutes.
A: Authorities responsible for the testing claim they will prevent that. The staff is tested in advance. The testing points will be disinfected before, during and after the testing.
Maintain a distance of 2 metres from strangers when queueing for the test. Wear your mask properly, covering your mouth and nose. Do not touch your face.
After the paperwork, you will be handed a paper tissue, asked to remove your mask for a moment and cough. You may bring your own paper tissues. After the swab is taken, you will put your mask back on and wait for the results, which will be handed to you in a sealed envelope.
A: Only children younger than 10 and people with health conditions are exempt. People with an autistic spectrum disorder, oncological patients, or people with a broken nose are exempt.
These people can observe curfew with exemptions valid for people with negative results. Instead of a negative result certificate from the testing, they will need to prove their exemption with a medical report or other proof that states their medical condition.
You are also exempt if you have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
A: Be careful and keep following the measures. Wear your mask, maintain distance and wash hands.
The government lifted the curfew for those with the negative test from November 2 until November 8 (when the next testing takes place). You should observe the rules that are in place since October 15 - shopping, going to the hairdresser's
or to a fitness centre will thus be allowed.
Keep in mind that negative antigen test result does not mean that you are actually negative, only that the infection was not detected in you at the time of the testing.
To eliminate these false negative results, the government plans to repeat the testing one week later. The second round should take place between November 7 and 8, under the same rules as the first round, including curfew rules. This is yet to be confirmed, however.
A: You should leave the testing point immediately and go straight to home isolation. You should inform your GP about the result of the test (by phone or e-mail), ask for sick leave, if applicable.
You should also inform your close contacts from two days before the test. They are also obliged to quarantine until their results are negative. You should not participate in the second round of the testing.
Your quarantine should be over at the end of the curfew after the second round of the testing (end of curfew expected Nov 15, based on the epidemic situation).
A: Yes, you may take an RT-PCR test (a more reliable test that takes longer to return results) on your own, and pay for it on your own. The government excluded the possibility of taking an antigen test from another company. Blood tests are not admissible either.
If you prefer taking the PCR test, it must be performed no earlier than Thursday, October 29 and until Sunday, November 1. If you take your test later, you must wait for a negative result before you can go to work (or go out based on exemptions that only apply to people with negative test results).
Take note that the private labs performing paid testing have most slots for testing around this time booked by now.
A: Yes. It is required to have negative tests no older than October 29, in the first round of testing. If you do not have these results, the quarantine applies to you.
A: Those who have had a positive test result no older than 90 days are considered negative. This applies to people who have been through their COVID quarantine and are officially considered healed.
The ministry did not specify whether people who already were positive should carry around proof. They will need to show confirmation - the SMS or e-mail proving they had a positive test before will be considered sufficient.
A: You may take an RT-PCR test or stay at home under stricter curfew. In the latter case, you will not be able to go shopping or send your child to school.
If you do not take the test and isolate at home until the next testing (Novmber 8), you are not entitled to pandemic sick-leave. You can agree with your employer to work from home, if possible, or take paid or unpaid leave.
Exceptions from the curfew for people who do not attend the test: between 1:00 and 5:00, visiting a doctor, closest shop selling foodstuffs or pharmacy, testing, taking out pets within a perimeter of 100 m from place of residence, caring for farm animals, attending the funeral of a close person, a wedding ceremony and a christening
, accompanying children to kindergartens and schools.
A: You may be fined between €1,000 and €1,659.
Read more about the coronavirus outbreak in Slovakia:
- Do I have the coronavirus? How to proceed if you have a suspicion
- Coronavirus in Slovakia: statistics
- How to travel to and from Slovakia during COVID-19
- The list of low-risk countries and risky regions
- More information about what the coronavirus is and how to protect yourself from the infection (WHO)
- Q&A: State of emergency declared about coronavirus+