New rules for entering Slovakia as of February 17th

New rules for entering Slovakia as of February 17th

As of Wednesday, February 17th at 6 am, the list of less risky countries and the possibility of crossing the Slovak border with a negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours are cancelled. Travellers to Slovakia will have to enter register at https://korona.gov.sk/en/ehranica/  upon entering the country, enter a 14-day self-quarantine in Slovakia and wait to be tested by PCR test on the 8th day at the earliest. This is according to a decree of the Slovak Public Health Office issued on Friday evening. Some exceptions apply, see lower in the text.

Those entering Slovakia by air are also obliged to fill in an electronic form, which is published at https://www.mindop.sk/covid/ .

People who arrive from or have visited exclusively EU countries, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the last 14 days are tested with a PCR test at the earliest on the 8th day of their self-quarantine in Slovakia. If a negative test result is obtained, the quarantine is terminated. If the traveller did not get tested and shows no symtpoms of Covid-19, the quarantine ends automatically after 14 days.

People who arrive from or have visited countries other than those mentioned above in the last 14 days must go into self-quarantine, be tested in Slovakia with a PCR test at the earliest on the 8th day BUT cannot terminate their self-quarantine after 14 days without a negative test result.

Children under the age of 10 can be tested only if a doctor decides so (eg. They have symptoms or their parents have symptoms) and their quarantine will end at the same time as that of other members of the common household.

Travellers are also required to inform their GP about their quarantine. If they do not have a GP in Slovakia, then they can inform the  chief physician of the self-governing region where they reside (spend quarantine).

Exceptions from the 14-day long self-quaratine upon arrival in Slovakia

The Public Health Office divides the exceptions into 3 groups:

1)     Cross-border commuters to/from neighbouring countries be it for work or study. They will have to show a negative antigen or PCR test result not older than 7 days (and proof of the reason for which they commute) in order to avoid quarantine .

2)    Occasional commuters (those who do not commute daily, but at longer intervals) to/from other countries in the EU, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Iceland and the United Kingdom, people who have overcome COVID-19 and people who have been vaccinated with a second dose of the vaccine more than 14 days ago should respect these rules:

Upon entering Slovakia, they must show a negative test result of an antigen or PCR test not older than 48 hours, register at https://korona.gov.sk/en/ehranica/,  enter self-quarantine in Slovakia which will end with a negative test result of a PCR test done in Slovakia that the person can undergo immediately at her/his own expense (eg. from a private lab in Slovakia). If the person does not want to undergo such an immediate test, then she/he can wait to be tested at the earliest on the 8th day free of charge, with the self quarantine ending if the test result is negative.

3)Exceptions from the obligation to self-quarantine apply to freight crews, rescuers, funeral services employees, critical infrastructure employees, people in need of treatment or diagnosis abroad, sports teams going to competitions. More details on crossing the borders in such cases are further defined in the decree.

 

Anca Dragu, Photo:TASR