Transitional period for teenagers is over. Their vaccination status will now decide on quarantine

About one fifth in this age group has been vaccinated.

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The exemption from self-isolation for teenagers crossing the Slovak border is over.

Until August 9, children aged 12-18 followed the same rules as their parents when coming to Slovakia. This means that if their parents were vaccinated, they were not asked to self-isolate, but if the parents were not vaccinated, the children had to self-isolate with them.

The exemption was introduced by the Public Health Authority (ÚVZ), to give those aged 12-18 time to get vaccinated against Covid. Slovakia allows the vaccination of this age group, using the vaccine by Pfizer/BioNTech.

Yet, only 19 percent of minors aged 12-17 years have been inoculated so far, as Education Minister Branislav Gröhling (SaS) has said.

Application of adult rules

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The end of the transitional period means that from August 10, children aged 12-18 are treated as adults.

This means that if they have been fully vaccinated, children in this age group do not have to self-isolate after coming to Slovakia from abroad.

If they have not been fully vaccinated (applies to those who received the first dose of a two-dose vaccine as well as the unvaccinated), this age group needs to self-isolate for 14 days, even if both parents are fully vaccinated. They can take a PCR test no sooner than on the 5th day after their arrival and end self-isolation after receiving a negative test result.

Everybody coming to Slovakia, whether vaccinated or not, are obliged to fill in the eHranica online form.

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