Slovakia has begun a nationwide lockdown that will last until at least Nov. 8. The lockdown will not apply to the people with a negative COVID-19 test after Nov. 1. All foreign nationals and citizens will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing or quarantine.

Key Points:

  • Antigen testing will be available for anyone, but it is not recommended for people over the age of 65 years, with limited mobility or who have certain other health conditions. Children under the age of 10 are not required to undergo testing.
  • Testing is voluntary and free of charge, but anyone who does not have a negative test will be required to stay in quarantine for an additional ten days after Nov. 1. Some exceptions may be available, e.g., leaving home to the extent necessary to obtain basic necessities, like purchase of food or medicine.
  • Additional testing will take place beginning Oct. 31 after testing was completed in certain areas with high-infection rates Oct. 23-25.
  • All scheduled immigration appointments are cancelled, as Foreign Police offices will be closed Oct. 24 through Nov. 8. Appointments must be rescheduled.

Background: At this time, entry into Slovakia is limited to residents with valid temporary or permanent residency permit and foreign nationals from selected countries.

Analysis & Comments: Employers should ensure workers can comply with local curfew, testing and quarantine restrictions. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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