From today, June 21, citizens of 47 countries around the world will be allowed to enter Slovakia without being subject to quarantine requirements.
Such a decision was made after the Slovak authorities noted that these countries had relatively low cases of COVID-19 and had a high vaccination rate, TheSchengen.com reports.
In line with the statement announced by the Ministry of the Interior, the following countries included in the green list of Slovakia are allowed to enter the country without having to follow the rules of self-isolation:
European countries: Andorra, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Greece, Greenland, Netherlands, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Hungary and Malta Monaco, Germany, Norway, Poland, Austria, Romania, San Marino, North Macedonia, Slovenia, Vatican City State, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden and Italy.
Previously, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Malta, Portugal and North Macedonia were part of the Red List of Slovakia.
Non-European Countries: Australia, China, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Macau, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan.
Arrivals from the above countries are allowed to travel to Slovakia for non-essential purposes provided they submit a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to their arrival.
On the other hand, the Slovak Interior Ministry has placed the following countries on the high risk list, also known as the red list, after estimating that they have recorded high numbers of COVID-19 infections:
European countries: Albania, Belarus, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia, Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, Turkey.
Non-European Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Jordan, Canada, Cuba, Lebanon, Puerto Rico, USA, Tunisia.
All people entering Slovakia from one of the areas severely affected by COVID-19 are obligated to follow quarantine requirements upon entry into the country. However, the ministry announced that some exemptions will apply.
“Exceptions are only for vaccinated people who came from abroad and have permanent or temporary residence in Slovakia and a workplace in a red country and vice versa,” the ministry statement said.
Except for the two above-mentioned categories, Slovenia has also submitted a blacklist, which includes areas severely affected by the coronavirus. All countries that are not mentioned in any of the above lists are blacklisted for Slovakia.
All people entering Slovakia after staying in a blacklisted country must log in and stay isolated for 14 days.
Quarantine also applies to people who live in the same house and ends at the same time as the person coming from abroad is isolated. The ministry added that the exceptions are only for people living in the same household who contracted the COVID-19 virus 180 days ago or were vaccinated.
According to World Health Organization (WHO) figures, as of June 21, Slovakia has recorded 391,248 cases of COVID-19 and 12,478 deaths.