The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to:
- the whole of Slovakia based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.
Travellers should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect themselves and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus. See Coronavirus
Travel to Slovakia is currently subject to entry restrictions
- From 1 January 2021, only those UK nationals who are resident in Slovakia, close relatives of residents and of Slovak citizens, commercial transport personnel or those who fall under certain limited exemptions may enter the country if they arrive directly from the UK or any other non-Schengen country which is not on Slovakia’s list of low-risk countries
- The above restriction does not apply for UK nationals who enter Slovakia from a country in the Schengen area
- If you decide to travel to Slovakia, you must register in advance with the Slovak Public Health Authority, enter self-isolation on arrival and take a RT-PCR test for COVID-19 no earlier than 5 days after arrival
- If you have spent the previous 14 days solely in an EU or EEA country or Switzerland, you are exempt from the above requirement if you can show a negative test result no older than 72 hours. This can be either an RT-PCR test from a laboratory outside Slovakia, or an Antigen test from Austria or the Czech Republic.
See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.
Preparing for your return journey to the UK
If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:
Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.
A nationwide curfew with strict lockdown measures to combat COVID-19 is in place until at least 7 February 2021. This limits movement outside the home except for specified purposes. A nationwide screening programme is running 18-26 January, and from 27 January, a negative test result will be required for most permitted activity. If you’re planning travel to Slovakia, find out what you need to know about coronavirus and the restrictions there in the Coronavirus section.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.
There are rules about taking food and drink into the EU. See Taking food and drink into the EU for further information.
If you’re living in or moving to Slovakia, visit our Living in Slovakia guide in addition to this travel advice.
If you need to contact the emergency services in Slovakia call 112.
Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Slovakia, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.