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Coronavirus: Current information

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.

Entering Slovakia

Current list of low-risk countries (since September 18, 2020): Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  

The list of less risky countries/regions was changed
on September 1, 2020 (countries/regions which are not listed in the list are automatically considered as high-risk countries.) For up-to-date information please visit korona.gov.sk. 

The following countries - Belgium, France, Croatia, Netherlands, Malta, Spain - have been added to the group of risky countries since September 1, 2020.

Since 18 September, Czech Republic is considered to be a risky country as well, borders are closed. If you travel to Czech Republic, you’d have to provide a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours upon entering Slovakia. 

If you are comming from a high-risk country, you must register at: 
https://korona.gov.sk/en/ehranica/ 

ATTENTION! (Since 10.9.2020) If you fly to Bratislava and you have visited one of the countries that are NOT on the list of safe countries within the past 14 days,  you have to register at https://korona.gov.sk/en/ehranica/. You have to register before coming to the country. Police can ask you to provide a valid registration form.

After arriving to Slovakia you must remain in home isolation (hotel…) until you receive the negative RT-PCR test for COVID-19, or you have to provide a foreign test in English, no older than 72 hours. Testing is done no earlier than on the fifth day of home isolation, so be prepared to stay quarantined for at least one week (if everything goes smoothly and the test is negative). Public Health Authority should contact every registered person and book a PCR test. Due to fluctuations in testing capacity, tests provided by Public Health Authority are not guaranteed (expected) to take place on the fifth day of home isolation. In order to shorten the duration of home isolation, you may consider to book for test in a self-paying test centre. See a list of self-paying testing possibilities under TEST COVID-19.

If you are flying to Vienna, check the Austrian regulations at https://www.austria.info/en/service-and-facts/coronavirus-information

Testing for COVID-19

You can book a test and find information about testing at:

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.)
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/covid-19/pcr (AGEL Clinic s.r.o., Jelačičova 8, 821 08 Bratislava.)
https://covid.smartgrowbox.com/ 

Price of the test in Slovakia is approximately 70€.

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/

Additional information and advice

When you go outside, please carry the face protective mask in your bag or jacket sleeve – you might need it unexpectedly (toilet visit, pharmacy visit etc.) or you may be asked to put it on.

Indoor sport playgrounds, swimming pools, wellness and massage centers, casinos, indoor ZOO and botanical gardens´ facilities are open.