The Slovak Interior Ministry has confirmed that government changes to entry rules will take effect from today, February 4.
According to the announcement of the same ministry, as of today, the authorities in Slovakia will cancel the list of countries in which other countries are located, taking into account the epidemiological situation in them, TheSchengen.com reports.
In addition, the government announced that it has also made some new changes to quarantine requirements in order to facilitate the process of travel amid the coronavirus situation.
“After arriving in Slovakia, those who beat COVID-19 more than 180 days ago will have the same conditions they got. This means that for people who have been fully vaccinated as well as people who have overcome the disease, home quarantine is not mandatory when Arrival in Slovakia (for those who survived in Slovakia, the same conditions were applied to unvaccinated people), ”the statement the Ministry of the Interior confirmed through a statement.
The same ministry reminded that all persons who have completed the vaccination process against the virus and who have recovered from the virus are required to register in the eHranica system every six months.
The authorities in Slovakia also announced that the mandatory self-isolation period has been shortened from ten days to five days.
In order to stop the spread of the Corona virus and its new strains, the government of Slovakia previously announced that it had imposed a mandatory self-isolation requirement on all people who visited areas considered severely affected by the virus, especially the Omicron variant, including South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Mozambique.
This rule, which came into effect on December 23, obligated all travelers from other regions to follow quarantine rules upon arrival in the Central European country, regardless of their vaccination status.
As part of efforts to make travel rules more harmonized, the government of Slovakia has also announced that it has decided to make the EU’s COVID vaccination document valid for nine months.
Slovakia’s decision follows rules previously introduced by the European Union Commission.
The EU Commission previously announced that the validity of the EU’s COVID documents will be shortened to 270 days.
The authorities in Slovakia have announced that they will also follow the Commission’s proposal and make COVID-19 EU certificates valid for nine months.
“According to the rules adopted by the European Commission, the European COVID Card will be valid for travel nine months after the completion of full vaccination. Therefore, the Slovak Republic is also harmonizing its national hygiene standards with this decision from February 1, ”the Slovak Ministry of the Interior announced through statment.
Figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that a total of 1,062,040 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Slovakia since the beginning of the pandemic, while 17,896 people have died during the same period.
Besides, WHO figures show that a total of 104,407 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the past seven days, while 141 people have lost their lives due to the virus.