Foreigners in Slovakia

News and features on living in Slovakia

Booked out of the Foreigners’ Police online system? It's not an error

Trying to book an appointment online in Trnava and Dunajská Streda is a waste of time.Nina Hrabovská Francelová, 5. Dec 2019, at 12:06

Foreigners' Police in Bratislava
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Strange parallels as Britain and Slovakia go to the polls

‘Who should I vote for?’ Slovak friends sometimes ask. I am in no position to offer advice any more.James Thomson, 2. Dec 2019, at 10:42

The idea of demonstrators waving EU flags in Westminster would have seemed faintly ridiculous before 2016; now it is a common sight at moments of parliamentary drama.
UPDATED October 28, 2019

Brexit: What UK nationals in Slovakia need to know

The UK has been granted a Brexit "flextension" until January 31, 2020. Here’s how the UK’s departure will affect UK nationals living in Slovakia.Anna Fay, 28. Oct 2019, at 8:42

British Union flags fly in front of The Houses of Parliament in London, January 22, 2019.

Foreigners will be able to submit an e-application to the Foreigners’ Police

Police face enormous increase in applications for residence permits.Compiled by Spectator staff, 24. Oct 2019, at 23:51

Ladislav Csémi

Ombudswoman inquires about the experience with the Foreigners’ Police

Foreigners can participate in the survey until November 15.Compiled by Spectator staff, 17. Oct 2019, at 13:57

Some problems with Foreigners’ Police continue.

Blog: A page out of the foreigners’ storybook

At the Bratislava True Stories event on September 20, “Odkiaľ si” became the Slovak version of “Once Upon a Time”.Anna Fay, 30. Sep 2019, at 10:58

Nastaran (Nasi) A Morlagh tells a story at a Bratislava True Stories event in 2018.

A new website helps foreigners return home

The website is available in four languages, including English and Russian.Compiled by Spectator staff, 18. Sep 2019, at 13:21

Foreigners who wish to return home from Slovakia can seek help from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

“Foreigners” born in Slovakia show their faces

Otherness can be smaller than we think, the photo project of Tomáš Halász and the Milan Šimečka Foundation shows.Radka Minarechová, 18. Sep 2019, at 9:59

Foreigners invisible to most Slovaks

People do not have a clue how many foreigners live in Slovakia. At the same time, they do not trust them, a recent poll shows.Radka Minarechová, 12. Sep 2019, at 14:01

Get to know foreigners. Bratislava's Fjúžn festival has begun

The festival will try to find answers to seemingly easy questions.Compiled by Spectator staff, 11. Sep 2019, at 21:56

When bryndza is over… reality sinks in

Foreigners cannot avoid paying higher kindergarten fees. Where's the justice in that?Anca Dragu, 10. Sep 2019, at 13:51

Integration/inclusion of Roma children is crucial, illustrative stock photo.

A proposal to help foreigners in less traditional families

But many problems related to foreigners asking for permanent residence left out.Zuzana Števulová10. Sep 2019, at 13:38

Foreigners' Police office in Žilina has moved to a new building

The online booking system will get an upgrade too, the police pledged.Compiled by Spectator staff, 3. Sep 2019, at 13:07

Interior Minister Denisa Saková at the opening of the new premises of the foreigners' police branch in Žilina, northern Slovakia.

Blog: How I fainted during my first blood donation and why I will try it again

Foreigners with permanent or temporary residence can donate blood too.Roman Cuprik, 28. Aug 2019, at 21:32

Firstimer during blood donation.
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Doing the right thing

This week, Slovakia marks 75 years since the Slovak National Uprising. But what was the SNP, and what is its significance?James Thomson, 28. Aug 2019, at 9:35

From Chopin to Pink Floyd: Music helps the universe continue

Musicologist Marcus Zagorski has experienced many different cultures in his lifetime, but his love affair for music has never changed.Ugne Mazonaite23. Aug 2019, at 10:30

Marcus Zagorski

More and more foreigners coming to work in Slovakia

Ukrainians, Serbs and Romanians make up half of all foreigners on the Slovak labour market.Compiled by Spectator staff, 15. Aug 2019, at 12:04

Illustrative stock photo

Summer language school opens its doors to foreigners

As many as 160 foreigners from 35 countries want to learn the Slovak language at Comenius University.Compiled by Spectator staff, 6. Aug 2019, at 21:36

Foreigners attending the 55th year of the Slovak language summer school.
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The door with no handle

Getting treated in the Slovak public health care system is never less than an adventure. Some of the surprises are tiresome; many are just odd.James Thomson, 25. Jul 2019, at 16:05

Waiting rooms are full of patients, illustrative stock photo

Europe united – strength in unity to face global challenges

Europe is getting a fresh start with a new EU Commission and European Parliament.Joachim Bleicker24. Jul 2019, at 15:02

German Ambassador to Slovakia Joachim Bleicker