Slovakia Travel Information
Only persons with a permanent or temporary residence
permit are now allowed to enter the country. For more
information on coronavirus and entry, see the section
Most trips to Slovakia are made without any special
problems. The greatest risk is related to transport
safety, primarily car accidents. Norway is represented
in Slovakia at the Norwegian embassy in Bratislava.
When driving, one should be aware of the high speed
of some motorists. There are rarely street lights
outside the cities.
Slovakia has a relatively low level of crime, but as
a tourist you are more prone to pocket thefts. This is
especially the case in the summer months when the influx
of tourists increases. Particular attention should be
paid to places with much congestion, such as public
communications and night spots. One should also be aware
if strangers are excessively contact seeking on the
Car thefts occur from time to time, so you should not
leave valuables such as money, passports, cell phones,
etc. in the car.
When traveling to the Tatra Mountains, one should
take into account local recommendations regarding
avalanche danger in winter. There is also a relatively
large bear population there. Travelers should exercise
particular caution in the Liptov region, where several
cases of nearby bears have been reported.
The risk of terrorist incidents in Slovakia is
The risk of serious natural disasters is small
Slovakia. However, the rivers, including the Danube, can
be hit by floods.
Norwegian citizens staying for a shorter or longer
period in Slovakia are encouraged to register on
Norwegian citizens are encouraged to have valid
- Countryaah: Bratislava is the capital
of Slovakia. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Local emergency numbers: Ambulance -
112/155, Police - 112/158, Fire/Accidents - 112/150
In case of crisis or emergency please contact the
Norwegian Embassy in Bratislava:
Visiting address: Palisady 29, Bratislava
Phone: +421 2 59 100 100
Outside the embassy's opening hours, the UD's 24-hour
operating center can be contacted by phone: +47 23 95 00
00 or by e-mail: UDops@mfa.no
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens do not need a visa to Slovakia.
Although Slovakia is part of the Schengen area,
passports must still be brought. Passport is the only
valid travel document for Norwegian citizens.
Upon entry, the following valid documents are also
- Emergency passport
- refugee travel document (green travel document)
- travel document for people staying on
humanitarian grounds (blue travel document)
Coronavirus (covid-19): Cases of the
coronavirus have been detected in Slovakia. Norwegian
travelers should keep abreast of how the virus is
developing in the region. Follow local authorities'
advice, guidance and instructions on how to deal with
The Slovak Government has introduced the following
- All border crossings towards neighboring
countries are controlled. Only persons with
permanent or temporary residence permits are allowed
to enter the country. Organized transit through the
country is possible, but it requires approval from
the Slovak authorities. In such cases, an
application must be sent in a note from the Embassy
to the Slovak Ministry of the Interior at least
three working days before the transit is to take
- Anyone returning from abroad will be quarantined
for 14 days, regardless of the country they traveled
from. They have introduced quarantine regulations
where everyone must be installed in quarantine camps
for corona testing and only after testing negative
(no corona infection) can they be transferred to the
home quarantine for 14 days. It is recommended that
anyone traveling to Slovakia sign up on the
government's registration formbefore they arrive in
the country so that they can be assured that there
is space on quarantine camps near their place of
residence. There are exceptions for pregnant,
seriously ill persons, those over 75 years, border
commuters and those in transit through Slovakia.
- All three international airports will be closed
to scheduled services.
- International transport is canceled (except for
- Schools will be closed. Some exams will be
conducted with physical presence.
- Outdoor tourist facilities such as zoos and
castles can stay open. Sports facilities may remain
open under special conditions. Among other things,
the public is not allowed, nor is it allowed to use
wardrobes and showers.
- National trains run on holiday routes.
- Church services are allowed, but there is a
requirement for masking and keeping away.
- Most stores will be able to stay open except for
those at malls. Only those over the age of 65 can
trade between 10 am 9 am and 2 pm11:00. The stores
will remain closed on Sundays with the exception of
pharmacies and veterinarians. Hygiene and safety
requirements have been increased at all stores.
Hairdressers and beauty salons can stay open.
- Prohibited customers from accessing restaurants
and fast food chains. It is possible to eat and
drink at outdoor dining (under strict infection
control requirements) and to deliver and retrieve
- Hotels can stay open under certain conditions.
Among other things, joint food service is not
allowed. There is a requirement that the guest must
have their own toilet/bathroom. Fitness or spa
services are not permitted and there must be a
24-hour period between each guest in the rooms.
- Taxi companies can operate passenger transport,
but passengers are required to sit in the back seat
with a glass wall between passengers and the driver.
It is not allowed to use air conditioning in the
taxis. There is also a requirement for disinfection
between each passenger.
- As a general rule, everyone must wear a mouth
and nose mask wherever they stay and travel (this
includes workplaces) except when one is at home.
There are also exceptions for children under the age
of two, people with autism, bus drivers who sit in
their own closed sections of the bus and when
traveling in the nature and there are more than 20
meters to others. Everyone must keep a safe distance
to each other wherever they go.
All information, including information leaflets can
be obtained on the website of the Slovak authorities
(mainly in Slovak, but also some in English).
Here are links to relevant Slovak authorities:
- Public Health Authority of the Slovak
Information that has so far been published on these
websites is only in Slovak.
24-hour telephone services (including regional):
Slovakia Public Health Office: +421 917 222 682
Regional Public Health Office in Bansk¨¢ Bystrica:
+421 918 659 580
Regional Public Health Office in Bratislava: +421 917
Nitra Regional Public Health Office: +421 948 495 915
Regional Public Health Office in Trnava: +421 905 903
Regional Public Health Office in Trenč¨ªn: +421 911
Košice Regional Public Health Office: +421 918 389
Prešov Regional Public Health Office: +421 911 908
Regional Public Health Office in Zilina: +421 905
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
The health service in Slovakia is relatively well
developed, but public hospitals in Slovakia do not have
the same standard as in Norway. There are private
hospitals, but they do not offer all types of health
services. An emergency room is only available in public
European health insurance card is valid in Slovakia.
There are no vaccine requirements for entering
Slovakia. Vaccine against wooded cephalitis (TBE
vaccine) should be considered for longer stays. See the
Public Health Institute for official health travel
advice and guidance.
All travelers abroad are advised to take out travel
insurance before leaving.
It is relatively easy to get an appointment with
private doctors in Slovakia. Upon request you can get an
English speaking doctor.
The area code for calls from Norway to Slovakia is
+421. The telephone network is stable. There is no time
difference between Norway and Slovakia.
The electricity in Slovakia is 220 v/50 Hz. The coin
unit is the euro.
Credit cards can usually be used in shops and
restaurants, but usually not in taxis. In central areas
there is good accessibility at ATMs. For your safety, it
is recommended that you bring more than one type of
The malls in the big cities are normally open until
late at night and also on Sundays. Some large grocery
stores are open 24 hours a day. Smaller shops close
earlier, especially on Saturdays, and do not have
Sundays open. Banks have normal business hours from 9am
to 5pm on weekdays. Banks can be found at the large
shopping malls that are open until 21:00 on weekdays,
and also open on Saturdays and Sundays.
National holidays are: January 1, January 6 (Holy of
Three Kings Day) Good Friday, Easter 2, May 1, May 8,
July 5 (St. Cyrils and St. Methodus Day), August 29
(Memorial Day of the Slovak National Uprising in 1944),
September 1 (Constitution Day), September 15 (Religious
Holidays), November 1 (All Saints Day), November 17
(Memorial Day against dictatorship), December 24,
December 25, December 26th.
The Internet domain is '.sk'
A separate fee for the use of motorways is required.
Oblat is available at gas stations.
Slovak is the official language. English skills are
varied and one cannot expect to be understood in
English. German is more widely used than English, but
you cannot expect to be understood in German in all
Embassy of Norway in Slovakia
Royal Norwegian Embassy
Palis¨¢dy 29, 811 06 Bratislava, Slovakia
Tel: +421 (0) 259 100 100
Fax: +421 259 100 115
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 0830- 1600