Summary
Authorities in Slovakia will extend their existing nationwide daily partial curfew until at least Nov. 8 due to an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection rates. Curfew hours are 0500-0100, during which time residents may only leave their homes for essential reasons. Violators of the curfew may be fined up to EUR 1659 (USD 1967). Persons with a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken between Oct. 29 and Nov. 1 will be exempt. The nationwide state of emergency remains in place until at least Nov. 14. Previously imposed restrictions that remain in place include:

 

  • Public gatherings are limited to six people.
  • Protective face coverings are mandatory in all public places, including mass transport.
  • The 0900-1100 designated shopping time for individuals aged 65 and older remains in place. During the two hour window, only individuals 65 and older are permitted in shops; however, they may shop at any time.
  • Swimming pools, fitness centers, and cultural performance venues, including cinemas and theaters, remain closed.
  • A maximum of one person per 15 square meters (160 square feet) of space is allowed in retail stores.
  • Secondary schools and primary schools from grade 5-9 will move to online classes until at least Nov. 25.

 


International entry restrictions remain in place as of Oct. 28. Travel to and from Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Republic of Ireland, Iceland, Japan, Republic of Korea, Canada, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Monaco, Germany, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Slovenia, Republic of San Marino, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Taiwan, the UK, and the Vatican City is still unrestricted. Persons, including Slovak residents, traveling from elsewhere or who have visited other countries in the preceding 14 days, are required to register with authorities and self-isolate until they take a COVID-19 test. The test must not be taken until the fifth day following arrival; those testing positive are required to self-isolate until they have recovered. This requirement will not apply to people traveling from the Czech Republic to their place of work, providing it lies within 30 km (20 miles) of the nearest border crossing. Persons entering Slovakia from an EU country not included on the list of unrestricted countries may provide a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival and will not need to self-isolate. Freight transporters, aircraft and train crew, and persons in transit are exempt from self-isolation.

Most domestic businesses, services, and facilities have resumed operations, provided they implement strict social distancing and hygiene requirements. Social distancing of 2 meters (6.5 feet) must be observed where possible.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

 

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