Rules and recommendations
Slovakia is under a state of emergency.
In long-distance public transport, the OTP regime has been introduced, i.e. only persons vaccinated / with a negative test / after having undergone COVID-19 can travel by train or long-distance bus. More detailed information can be found on the website of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Bratislava.
When traveling from the Czech Republic to Slovakia, it is necessary to register (fully vaccinated persons only need to register once every 6 months) and show proof of vaccination. This can be proven by an EU COVID digital certificate or a national certificate with a QR code. Unvaccinated persons must be quarantined, with exceptions. This can be terminated after 10 days without a test, or upon receipt of a negative PCR test result no earlier than the 5th day of quarantine. Children under the age of 12 years + 2 months do not need to register and follow their parents' policy and children over the age of 12 years + 2 months follow the same procedure as adults.
A complete exception from these measures has, for example, international transport drivers and EU citizens who transit through Slovakia (within 8 hours). Transit can only go along designated routes.
Exceptions are also available to cross-border workers, students, artists. However, they must register and submit a negative PCR or antigen test that is not older than 7 days (i.e. a test already performed in the Czech Republic).
For traveling to a funeral, a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours (i.e. a test already performed in the Czech Republic) is sufficient in addition to registration.
Before traveling to Slovakia, we recommend that you read the information on currently valid measures in the Slovak Republic, which are clearly published on the website of the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic and also on the Quarantine Measures and Travel website (only in Slovak).
Return from Slovakia
Slovakia is on the list of countries with a very high risk of infection, therefore the following applies for travel from Slovakia:
1. Before entering the Czech Republic, fill in the Arrival Form.
2. In the case of travel to the Czech Republic by public transport (e.g. by plane, train, bus), citizens and residents of the Czech Republic must undergo an antigen test (performed up to 24 hours before the start of the trip) or an RT-PCR test (performed up to 72 hours before the start of the trip to the Czech Republic). The test confirmation can be in paper or electronic form and you can use this PCR test confirmation form. You can also use the EU COVID digital certificate to prove that you have undergone the test.
3. When traveling by individual transport, citizens and residents of the Czech Republic do not have to take a pre-trip test at all.
4. All others who are not citizens or residents of the Czech Republic must undergo an RT-PCR test no more than 72 hours before travel. It is also possible to show proof of the test with an EU COVID digital certificate.
5. Everyone is obliged to undergo an RT-PCR test at the earliest 5 and at the latest 7th days after arrival in the Czech Republic. Until a negative result is obtained, a respirator or other protective equipment without an exhalation valve with a filtration efficiency of at least 94% (class FFP2 / CN 95) must be worn everywhere outside the home.
For more information, including exceptions, please see Possibilities and Obligations of Foreigners Entering the Czech Republic.