Entry of foreigners into the territory of the Slovak Republic during an emergency situation
Entry of foreigners through the internal borders of the Slovak Republic
(internal borders are land borders with the Czech Republic, the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Poland and Hungary and flights to airports in the Slovak Republic from the countries of the Schengen area)
All foreigners lawfully staying in the territory of the Schengen area may enter, for any purpose, the territory of the Slovak Republic through the internal borders without any quarantine obligations.
Entry through the external borders of the Slovak Republic
(External borders are land borders with Ukraine and flights from countries outside the Schengen area)
Citizens of the Member States of the European Union and their family members may enter the territory of the Slovak Republic through the external borders for any purpose.
The Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 of 30 June 2020 on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU and the possible lifting of such restriction, as amended applies at the external borders of the Slovak Republic.
Third-country nationals may enter the territory of the Slovak Republic through the external border only if they fall under one of the exceptions listed in this Recommendation or in its annexes to this Recommendation. In the conditions of the Slovak Republic, this means:
- Persons who are relatives of person with the permanent or temporary residence in the territory of the Slovak Republic or relatives of the citizen of the Slovak Republic, i.e. husband/wife, minor, parent of a minor who is a citizen of the Slovak Republic,
- Persons who have been granted a valid residence in the territory of the Slovak Republic under the Act No. 404/2011 on the Residence of Foreigners and on Amendments to Certain Acts as Amended (hereinafter referred to as the “Act on the Residence of Foreigners”) or are holders of a national visa issued by the embassy of the Slovak Republic. The entry into the territory of the Slovak Republic is also considered to be a valid stay of third-country nationals who, after fulfilling the legal conditions, are not required to submit an application for temporary residence within 90 days from the beginning of their stay in the Slovak Republic (§ 23 par. 6; § 24 par. 4; § 25 par. 3; § 26 par. 2; § 30 par. 4 of the Act on the Residence of Foreigners). The purpose of the stay must be proved by third-country nationals at the external border by credible documents.
- Residents of Bahrain, Chile, Colombia, Kuwait, Indonesia, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda Saudi Arabia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates,China (special administrative areas of People´s Republic of China Hongkong, Macao), Uruguay and Taiwan.
- Persons who have received the last recommended dose of COVID-19 vaccine approved by the EMA at least 14 days before entering the EU+ region but not earlier than 270 days before entry – one of vaccines approved in the EU according Regulation (EC) 726/2004 or one of the COVID-19 vaccines having completed the WHO Emergency Use Listing process at the latest 14 days before entering the EU+ area but not earlier than 270 days before entry - BioNTech and Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna (Spikevax, COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna) AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Johnson & Johnson (COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen), Covaxin, Sinopharm, Sinovac – CoronaVac, Nuvaxovid/Novavax.
- Persons who have recovered from COVID-19 within 180 days prior to travelling to the Slovak Republic and are in possession of valid proof of such recovery.
- Specific categories of travellers with an essential function or need:
Healthcare professionals, health researchers, and elderly care professionals;
Seasonal workers in agriculture;
Diplomats, staff of international organisations and people invited by international organisations whose physical presence is required for the well-functioning of these organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers; and civil protection personnel in the exercise of their functions;
Passengers in transit;
Passengers travelling for imperative family reasons;
Persons in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons;
Third-country nationals travelling for the purpose of study;
Highly qualified third-country workers if their employment is necessary from an economic perspective and the work cannot be postponed or performed abroad.
In other cases, third-country nationals at the border crossing point shall be restricted from entering the European Union and shall be refused entry into the territory of the Member States of the European Union in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2016/399 of the European Parliament and of the Council, establishing a Union Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code), as amended.
Entry through Slovak external border with Ukraine related to declaration of State of war within Ukraine territory
Based on humanitarian grounds Slovak Republic will allow third country nationals to enter from Ukraine, even if they do not fulfil one or more entry conditions stipulated by Art. 6 (1) of the Schengen Borders Code (e. g. they are not in possession of travel document, they do not have visa if they are required so, etc.). In order to speed up the procedure of border checks at points of entry, we suggest persons entering Slovakia, if they do not have travel documents, to present other identity documents, documents on residence status in Ukraine (even expired), or for children the birth certificate, if they have such documents with them.
Last Modify: 6. 4. 2022, 08:03