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Planning the summer holidays ahead can be complicated with the varying anti-Covid measures applicable in different European countries.
The Slovak Spectator presents a set of FAQs on travelling to Slovakia, staying in the country and enjoying holidays without breaching any of the anti-pandemic measures in place and protecting your own health.
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How to plan your holiday in Slovakia
- I am travelling from a red-tier country, but I will also cross a green-tier country. What rules apply to me?
- Are there any exemptions for vaccinated people or those who have overcome the disease?
- I am planning my holiday in Slovakia for August. Will travel rules still apply?
- Is there a difference between coming with my own car or by bus, train and plane?
- The registration document asks me to enter the address of my quarantine location. Can I enter the address of the hotel or pension where I am staying?
- Where can I obtain a negative result after arrival?
- Are there any restrictions when travelling within the country?
- How do I know what rules apply in the respective district?
- Are hotels and apartments open for visitors?
- Are restaurants and wellness centres part of a hotel's operation?
- Are restaurants and cafés in general open outside the hotels? What measures apply?
- Will summer festivals take place?
- Are zoos or botanical gardens open?
- What rules apply for castles, caves, museums and galleries?
- Are water parks and wellness centres open?
- Is it possible to go to the cinema?
Arriving in Slovakia
All foreigners who are rightfully staying in the Schengen Area are allowed to enter Slovakia via inner borders (via Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic or Poland) for any purpose. They are obliged to observe the current anti-epidemic measures.
When entering Slovakia via outer borders (Ukraine), there are slightly different rules.
Citizens of member countries of the EU and their family members may enter Slovakia via the outer border for any purpose.
The entrance of a non-EU national via outer borders is limited. They may enter only if one of these exceptions applies to them:
- they are related to a person with permanent or temporary residence in Slovakia or to a Slovak citizen (ie spouse, child, parent of a child who is Slovak citizen);
- they have a valid residence permit in Slovakia or they are a holder of a national visa issued by a Slovak embassy abroad
- they fall under the general exception from obligatory isolation and other obligations after entrance (e.g. members of a freight crew, transiting passengers to the Member States in which they are granted residence, holders of diplomatic and service passports)
- they are residents of Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Israel, China (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, Macao)
The Interior Ministry added that these people are still required to follow all anti-pandemic rules after their arrival.
As of May 31, the travel traffic light system applies in Slovakia. This system divides countries across the world into green, red and black tiers and different rules apply upon arrival depending on which group the country you are coming from belongs to.
Green countries are all the EU member states, as well as countries with a favourable epidemic situation, such as China, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and more.
Upon arrival to Slovakia, you are required to register the eHranica form at http://korona.gov.sk/ehranica. Those arriving by plane are also required to fill in a special document at https://www.mindop.sk/covid.