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Coronavirus: Current information

CURRENT ANTI-PANDEMIC MEASURES

State of emergency in Slovakia was prolonged until 28 April 2021.

Without a valid negative test (or doctor confirmation) you can:
- Buy groceries, drugs and other essential items

- Go to the doctor

– Go to a testing site

- Individual outdoor sports in nature within the county (if you go outside the county, you need a valid negative test)

UPDATES (19 APRIL)

All shops and shopping malls are open, you need to provide a valid negative test (7 days old) upon entry.

You don’t need to provide a negative test (don’t need to be tested regularly) if:*

- You are vaccinated by Moderna / Pfizer and you got the 2nd shot more than 14 days ago

- You are vaccinated by AstraZeneca and you got the 1st shot more than 28 days ago

- You suffered from Covid-19 within the past 180 days

*You need to be able to provide a confirmation about vaccination / being tested positive within the past 6 months when asked.

Since 15 March: FFP2 (KN95 / N95) respirators obligatory in all interiors.

Since 8 February Slovakia started using a COVID AUTOMAT for better orientation in anti-pandemic measures. The government updates it once a week. Slovakia is currently in the Dark Red Phase.


DARK RED PHASE

Face covering - manadatory at all times. FFP2 (KN95 / N95) respirator inside (including public transport vehicles) and a face mask or a respirator outside.

Restriction of movement - curfew with exceptions, total curfew after 8pm (until 1 am of the following day). During this time you can go out only for emergency purposes – urgent medical care.

Schools - university online

Libraries - maximum 6 people inside

Public events - church services allowed with limited capacity (1 person per 15m2)

Celebrations - forbidden

Drinking in public - forbidden

Sports - depending on how risky the sport is

Ski resorts - negative test no older than 72 hours required, regular re-testing every 48 hours in case of a longer stay

Fitness centres - closed

Wellness, water parks, spa - closed

Pools - maximum 6 people with a valid negative test

Shopping malls and shops - 1 person per 15m²

Restaurants - takeaway or delivery

Museums, galleries, botanical garden, zoo - individual entry, 1 person per 15m², entry with a valid negative test

Accommodation (hotels, motels) - restaurants and public spaces closed, maximum 2 people in a room (who are members of the same household)

Taxi - maximum 2 people in the back row, face mask mandatory

This website is updated once a week.

TESTING

List of antigen testing sites in Bratislava here: https://www.health.gov.sk/?ag-mom 

You can book a PCR test and find information about testing at:
- https://www.mediados.sk/test-na-koronavirus-covid-19/  (you can book the test to be done at your accommodation.)
- https://www.agellab.sk/verejnost/  (AGEL Clinic s.r.o., Jelačičova 8, 821 08 Bratislava.)
- https://covid.smartgrowbox.com/ 
-https://www.laboratornadiagnostika.sk/samoplatcovia/detail/prevencia-chorob/pcr-test-na-ochorenie-covid-19 (Click on "Objednať vyšetrenie", choose date and time, and fill in your personal data.)

Price of the test in Slovakia is approximately 70€.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

It is recommended not to travel abroad. If you decide to travel abroad, you should have a temporary residence permit, you might have problems to get back to Slovakia without it. Since 18 March all journeys abroad with the aim of recreation / vacation are banned.

When entering Slovakia from abroad you need to provide a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours issued in the EU. Antigen tests from the Czech Republic and Austria no older than 72 hours are also accepted.

Since Monday, 15 February:
Before crossing the border everyone has to register at korona.gov.sk – registration here: https://korona.gov.sk/en/ehranica/.  Upon arrival in Slovakia everyone has to undergo a 14-day quarantine and be tested by a PCR test on the 8th day of the quarantine (no earlier!). A valid negative test only gives you the chance to enter the country, you have to self-isolate yourself anyway. Quarantine ends either after 14 days OR after receiving a negative PCR result from the testing on the 8th day.

Classes

Since 5 October 2020, all classes should be held online. Exceptions may apply to certain practical lessons and laboratory exercises.  Students will be instructed by their teachers/faculty study department.

Protective measures against the virus

VALID SINCE 15 OCTOBER 2020!

  • Masks are obligatory inside (shops, public transport vehicles, university buildings, dormitory buildings, etc) at all times. 
  • Masks are obligatory within an inhabited area (city, village) at all times. No need to wear a mask in nature in presence of people from the same household or when the distance from other people is at least 5m (17 ft).
  • No public gatherings are allowed (max. 6 people).
  • Shop capacity is limited to 15 square meters per person, disinfection at the entrance is obligatory.
  • Restaurants can serve food only outside or provide take away, opening hours from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Senior hours in shops between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. – reserved exclusively for people older than 65 years.
  • Swimming pools, water parks, saunas, wellness facilities, gyms, theatres and cinemas are closed.

 Other tips:

  • Wash your hands frequently with with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care immediately.

Dormitories

All information concerning the current situation at the dormitories can be provided by employees of Družba / Mlyny or on their respective websites. Please bear in mind that dormitories are a place where the virus might spread quickly and easily, and therefore, observe all health regulations and measures such as social distancing and wearing a face mask. 

If you are coming from high risk country or region, you are not allowed to stay at our dormitories before you fulfill these conditions:

  • You have to self-isolate for 5 days upon arrival to the country.
  • After the 5 days you have to book a test for COVID-19. More information in "Testing for COVID-19"

If the test is negative you will be allowed to be accommodated at the dormitory. When at the dormitory, please avoid unnecessary contact, follow hygiene rules and the instructions of dormitory management.

The test and self-isolate (and potential quarantine if tested positive) are paid by the student himself.

If you are from a high-risk country or region, you have to register at https://korona.gov.sk/en/

Please be aware that dormitories in Bratislava cannot be used as a quarantine facility, so all students are asked to find other accommodation in Bratislava and self-isolate for the time needed.

Should you fail to have an appointment for a COVID-19 test after 10 days of self-isolation, you will be considered negative and you can go to the dormitories.

If you decide to leave the dormitories, instructions here.

Information about the current situation at the dormitories here.

Self-isolation tips

While you are in self-quarantine, you can either order some basic groceries or cooked meals to your room with several services. Tesco store in Slovakia offers you to buy your groceries online, pay by card and then they will deliver you the groceries to your door. Here is the link for the English website: https://potravinydomov.itesco.sk/groceries/en-GB/.

Then, the website Bistro covers many restaurants and fast-food in Bratislava from which you can order your meal online, pay by card and ask the courier to leave the meal at your door, link: https://www.bistro.sk/en/?gclid=CjwKCAjwnK36BRBVEiwAsMT8WIQQo11chlvGP5eiZ1sk_Xnb3hnh5b1UgANpMlE4e6CAZKaHVENpNBoCydcQAvD_BwE

In addition to Bistro, it is possible to use also Wolt application to order meals right in front of your doors, Wolt also covers many different restaurants and fast-food in Bratislava. They specifically have an option of contactless order, you just need to mention it when ordering meal. Here is the link: https://wolt.com/en/discovery?pid=googleadwords_int&gclid=CjwKCAjwnK36BRBVEiwAsMT8WHMqsvXKEZmZ-u8be0VCGt1V-R0RQrZdy48dWLLaBM-iAH7JlWisGhoCc_MQAvD_BwE

Examples of hotels and hostels and their requirements

If you are coming from a high-risk country/region, you are not allowed to stay at our dormitories. You need to find a hotel, hostel, bed and breakfast etc., stay there at least 5 days, do Covid-19 test and then, if negative, you can move to the dormitory.

Below is the list with several hotels/hostels and their requirements regarding the accommodation of people from high-risk countries/regions. The list will be updated regularly, however, there are other hotels and hostels available. For the full list please visit some searching websites like booking.com, hotels.com, agoda.com etc. If you book a hotel from this list or if you use other option, we advise you to always contact the hotel before your arrival to make sure they can accommodate you.

List of examples of hotels and hostels and their requirements

Public Transport

Wearing the mask in public transport vehicles is obligatory. Students can buy a 0€ train ticket with a valid ISIC card. International railway and bus transport may be limited. International airplane transport should be restored on 7 September, 2020.
Transport within Slovakia is possible, however, there still might be some restrictions and reduction of number of trains/buses.

Shopping

Always wear protective face mask when shopping inside. After entering the shop, please wash your hands with antibacterial liquid (it is provided for free).

Shops are open, including those in in shopping malls. Please obey the space limitation (1 person per 10 square meters) and follow instructions from shop crew and security crew.

You can go shopping anytime. Some shops can have restricted working hours.

When standing in the queue, you are required to stand at least 2 meters from each other, both indoors and outdoors.

Public Health Authority contacts

Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic - 0917 222 682, novykoronavirusuvzsr.sk  

 

Regional Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic in Bratislava      0917 426 075

Regional Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic in Žilina               0905 342 812

Regional Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic in Banská Bystrica          0918 659 580

Regional Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic in Nitra               0948 495 915

Regional Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic in Trnava            0905 903 053

Regional Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic in Trenčín           0911 763 203

Regional Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic in Košice             0918 389 841

Regional Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic in Prešov            0911 908 823

Residence permit

All details and information about residence permit and visa can be found here: https://uniba.sk/en/international-relations/incoming-students/erasmus/practical-information/visa-and-temporary-residence/.

Alien Police Bratislava – contact details:

Oddelenie cudzineckej polície PZ Bratislava

Regrútska 4, Bratislava 831 07
GPS: N 48.2098064 E 17.190732000000025
Email: ocppzba@minv.sk

Phone: +421-9610-36999

Fax: +421-9610-36959

Myth busters and hoax fighting

Please do not spread unconfirmed information – there are many false articles and hoaxes at Facebook, Instagram etc. Before spreading the information, please double check it´s reliability at main well-known news portals. If the information appears at some small unknown portals and nowhere else, it is likely that this information is false or incomplete.

Besides well-known news portal you can check the information here:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

https://factcheck.afp.com/