Slovakia has officially reopened its borders to welcome tourists who wanted to explore its panoramic mountain ranges and lush natural attractions. But since we’re still in the middle of a pandemic, traveling to Slovakia comes with several restrictions. Below, check out quarantine and testing guidelines imposed by the Slovak authorities.
Who Can Travel To Slovakia?
Slovakia has a list of “green countries” whose citizens and residents can enter the country with no entry requirements. However, these travelers must be fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus using one of the EU-approved vaccines, such as Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, and Sputnik. Those who can show proof that they have tested positive for the virus and have since recovered can also enter with no restrictions. Travelers who can present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure can also enter with no restrictions. Authorities will accept a negative antigen test result, but the test must be performed in the past 24 hours.
Here’s a list of countries under Slovakia’s green list:
- Republic of Cyprus
- Czech Republic
Slovakia is also allowing the entry of travelers from third countries that are considered “low-risk”. Below is a list of those countries:
- South Korea
- New Zealand
Take note that only vaccinated travelers and those who can present proof of recovery and negative test results are exempted from testing and quarantine restrictions. For unvaccinated travelers coming from green countries, they are required to undergo a 14-day self-isolation with a possibility to end it earlier if the traveler tests negative for Covid-19.
All travelers entering Slovakia by air are required to fill in the Public Health Passenger Locator Form.
Travelers Arriving From Red List Countries
Countries with increasing cases of Covid-19 infections are placed under Slovakia’s “red list”. Travelers coming from these countries will be subject to entry restrictions. Upon their arrival, they will be asked to undergo quarantine for 14 days with a possibility to end the quarantine earlier if they will test negative for the virus on day eight of their quarantine.
Vaccinated travelers who came from third countries will only be exempted from quarantine if their purpose of visit to the country is essential such as performing social duties and those who have permanent or temporary residence in Slovakia.
Here’s a list of countries under Slovakia’s red list:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Russian Federation
- Northern Macedonia
- United States of America
Travelers From Countries Not in the Green or Red List
Countries that are not on Slovakia’s Green or Red list are considered “Black”. For travelers who came from these countries, a 14-day quarantine is required upon entry. They can end the quarantine earlier if they test negative for a PCR test on day eight. However, if they have been fully vaccinated and are visiting Slovakia for essential reasons, they are exempted from quarantine.
Safety Measures and Health Protocols
- Face masks must be worn in enclosed or crowded public spaces
- The social distancing of 2 meters (6.5 feet) and must be observed where possible.
- In addition, border checks will continue to remain in place only at the border with Poland and at the external border with Ukraine.
What’s Open in Slovakia?
- Hotels and other forms of accommodations
- Restaurants and cafes
- Outdoor tourist attractions
- Shops and service providers
- Museum and galleries
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