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Coronavirus – Slovakia. New rules for entering and crossing the Slovak border – mandatory quarantine for the unvaccinated

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Only people fully vaccinated against the coronavirus can enter Slovakia without compulsory quarantine, the local Public Health Office reported. The reminder of the rules on crossing the Slovak border is related to the recognition by the Constitutional Court that people who have only taken the first dose of the vaccine are not considered fully vaccinated.

The Slovak government wanted this interpretation to apply from August 9. As the judgment of the Constitutional Court was published in the Journal of Laws on July 31, the new border regulations are already in force.


Slovakia – rules of entry and crossing the border

The only change from the previous version is the definition of vaccinated people who do not have to be subject to a mandatory five-day quarantine. Fully vaccinated people are those vaccinated with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 14 days have passed since the second injection. 21 days must pass from the receipt of the single-dose vaccine.

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Vaccine status can be confirmed with a vaccination certificate, but it must contain text in Slovak or English. The Slovak authorities also recognize the COVID-19 certificate. 180 days must not elapse since the first positive test.

Cross-border workers are also exempt from quarantine, which can be terminated after five days by PCR testing, but for them this option ends on September 1. After this date, they will have to complete their immunization process.

Both Slovak citizens and foreigners must fill in the electronic form “ehranica” upon entry, which is valid for six months from the first registration. The form is not completed by persons passing through Slovakia in transit; they are also released from quarantine and do not need to perform any tests. Only 8 hours are allowed for transit and you cannot stop outside the gas stations. Travel through Slovakia from Poland or to Poland takes place only through designated corridors.

Slovakia honors EU Covid Certificate (UCC).

Restrictions in Slovakia

In Slovakia, restrictions and limitations differ between administrative units. In many cases, it is necessary to cover the nose and mouth with masks with FFP2 filters. The wearing of masks is compulsory in means of transport and at bus stops. Other situations related to them are regulated by the system called “covid-automaton” depending on the epidemiological situation in individual poviats. Currently, in most counties, masks are not required to be worn outside buildings, but they are needed in shops and some service points.

On different principles, in the regions of Slovakia, there are, among others, restaurants, museums, galleries, cinemas.

The rules regarding restrictions and limitations in the place where we go can be checked at: https://automat.gov.sk/.

Main photo source: TVN24

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