Foreigners in Slovakia

News and features on living in Slovakia

Foreigners' Police extends operation as coronavirus measures ease

Take a look at the new office hours valid since Monday.Compiled by Spectator staff, 6. May 2020, at 21:11

The Foreigners' Police in Slovakia will check if non-Slovak nationals have been in 14-day self-quarantine before they are let in the office. The measure will be in place from March 13, 2020.

Foreign business owners feel a little safer in Slovakia than in their home countries

The Slovak Spectator spoke to three foreign business owners and a nonprofit director in Bratislava about the effects of COVID-19 on their work.Anna Fay, 17. Apr 2020, at 11:08

Kerim Hudson, co-owner of PAKTA, is trying to help others by offering face masks and the patterns for those who want to make them at home.

What changes for foreigners during the coronavirus outbreak?

The Foreigners’ Police have issued several instructions for foreigners living in Slovakia.Compiled by Spectator staff, 13. Apr 2020, at 20:47

Foreigners' Police in Dunajská Streda, southern Slovakia, changes its address on February 4, 2020.

Foreign medical workers living in Slovakia ready to help with coronavirus crisis

The Health Ministry is looking for a way to engage them. It is one of the ways the government is looking to secure enough health care professionals to walk Slovakia through the crisis.Nina Hrabovská Francelová, 7. Apr 2020, at 17:29

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Foreigners’ Police limits its operation in light of coronavirus

EU nationals temporarily freed from in-person registration.Compiled by Spectator staff, 12. Mar 2020, at 23:09

The Foreigners' Police in Slovakia will check if non-Slovak nationals have been in 14-day self-quarantine before they are let in the office. The measure will be in place from March 13, 2020.

Foreigners’ Police unaffected by the coronavirus

The office hours remain unchanged.Compiled by Spectator staff, 10. Mar 2020, at 22:10

A contact centre falling under the Interior Ministry in Bratislava.

An ancient symbol of globalisation in central Bratislava

The Old Town Hall tells tales of famous royals and precious improvisations.Anna Fay, 10. Mar 2020, at 14:03

Foreigners and Slovaks in Bratislava pose in the beautiful interior of the Old Town Hall.

Number of foreigners working in Slovakia has dropped

Ukrainians continue to be the largest group of foreigners working in Slovakia.Compiled by Spectator staff, 27. Feb 2020, at 13:37

Health care is one of risks in the general government budget in terms of revenues and spending.

The number of non-EU workers in Slovakia has increased

The majority of foreign workers have low qualification.Compiled by Spectator staff, 30. Jan 2020, at 13:16

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UPDATED Feb 3, 2020 (Qs about telecom and bank operations added)

How to prepare for Brexit (FAQ)

A short guide to residence, studies, and business in Slovakia and the UK during the transitional period.Radka Minarechová, 30. Jan 2020, at 10:08

A pro EU protestor waves flags opposite the House of Parliament in London in April 2019.

Košice now has website for foreigners

Foreigners can find information about orientation in the city, help with basic administrative acts and contacts for an organisation that deals with the process of integration.Compiled by Spectator staff, 29. Jan 2020, at 14:06


FAQ: What foreigners ask before relocating to Slovakia?

Finding a new home in Slovakia.Radka Minarechová, 5. Jan 2020, at 12:40

FAQ: Dealing with Slovaks

What are the specifics of the Slovak labour market that foreigners might find surprising?Compiled by Spectator staff, 3. Jan 2020, at 15:05

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A decision to stay in Slovakia changed these foreigners' lives

A Kazakh, Nepali, and Ukrainian will recount their stories at the Lumière cinema.Compiled by Spectator staff, 10. Dec 2019, at 21:43

A shot from the film Stranger in Paradise, which will be screened on December 11 at a Bratislava cinema

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.