COVID-19: Information for incoming students
By: CU Public Relation Office
The pandemic of COVID-19 has brought many obstacles to our lives. We had to accommodate to new rules, safety measures and standards. Unfortunately, the pandemic still continues. In spite of the coming 2nd wave in Europe, Comenius University tries to do the best to secure the safety of both its students and staff.
The situation is very dynamic and fear of the second wave of the pandemic is growing. Therefore, our university is putting in place some regulations, which are following the regulations of the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic. These are as follows:
Travel, quarantine and testing
- Students from high-risk regions have to be tested in Slovakia or provide a negative test no older than 72 hours.
- Students from high-risk regions have to self-isolate for 5 days upon arrival to the country.
- After the 5 days, the student will have to book a test for COVID-19.
- The test and self-isolate (and potential quarantine if tested positive) are paid by the student.
List of high-risk regions/countries
Since September 1, 2020 following countries have been added to the group of risky countries: Belgium, France, Croatia, Netherlands, Malta, Spain.
Since September 18, 2020, 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.
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.
The list of less-risk 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.
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.
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.
If you are flying to Vienna, check the Austrian regulations at https://www.austria.info/en/service-and-facts/coronavirus-information
You can also find information about testing and book a test 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
- Dormitories in Bratislava cannot be used as a quarantine facility, students are asked to find accommodation in Bratislava and self-isolate for the time needed.
- If you are from a high-risk region, you have to provide a Slovak negative test to be allowed to accommodate at the dormitories.
- Do not travel if you are feeling sick. Should you be tested positive in Slovakia, you would have to self-isolate until you get healthy.
- If you are flying to Vienna, check the Austrian regulations at https://www.austria.info/en/service-and-facts/coronavirus-information.
- Due to the new regulations, we have to cancel Welcome Week activities. However, you can still register at ESN and get a Slovak buddy, who will help you. Contact here: https://cu.esn.sk/contact-0.
- Please, avoid crowded places at least 14 days after your arrival and practice social distancing.
Health regulations in Slovakia
- Wearing a mask and disinfection is obligatory in closed spaces, public transport vehicles, shops and university buildings.
- Practice social distancing and health regulations (e.g. not wearing a mask in the public premises of dormitories and premises of University would result into sanctions).
- Students should send their documentation by email and try to do online as many procedures as possible. Try to minimize your stay in the university buildings before the beginning of the Autumn/Winter Term.
Should you decide to cancel your mobility due to these additional measures, you might ask your home university to reimburse the expenses connected to your mobility due to force majeure.
Please, check our website https://uniba.sk/en/comenius-university-news/coronavirus/ once in a while, the information will be updated regularly.