Foreign travel advice


Important COVID-19 Travel

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.

Check the rules that apply to you in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you intend to travel to the UK from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival.

Before you return to the UK you must provide your journey and contact details. You must self-isolate when you enter the UK from any foreign country except Ireland, unless you have a valid exemption.

When you enter England from abroad (except Ireland), you must follow the new requirements for quarantining and taking additional COVID-19 tests. For those travelling from a country on the banned travel list you will be required to quarantine in a hotel. Different rules apply for arrivals into England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you are legally permitted to travel abroad, check our advice on your country of destination. Some other countries have closed borders, and may further restrict movement or bring in new rules including testing requirements with little warning.


The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the whole of Slovakia based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

If you are returning to the UK from Slovakia, you will need to self-isolate on your return (unless you are exempt). Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Travellers should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect themselves and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus. See Coronavirus

Travel to Slovakia is currently subject to entry restrictions

  • From 1 January 2021, only those UK nationals who are resident in Slovakia, close relatives of residents and of Slovak citizens, commercial transport personnel or those who fall under certain limited exemptions may enter the country if they arrive directly from the UK or any other non-Schengen country
  • The above restriction does not apply for UK nationals who enter Slovakia from a country in the Schengen area
  • If you decide to travel to Slovakia, you must register in advance with the Slovak Public Health Authority, enter self-isolation on arrival and take a RT-PCR test for COVID-19 no earlier than 8 days after arrival
  • If you arrive in Slovakia by air, you also need to complete in advance the Slovak government’s Passenger Locator Form.
  • Separate entry arrangements apply to travellers who meet a set of narrow conditions, such as cross-border workers, or those who can show evidence of recovery from COVID-19 or of having had a second dose of COVID-19 vaccination.

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

A nationwide curfew with strict lockdown measures to combat COVID-19 is in place. This limits movement outside the home except for specified purposes or exemptions. Different restrictions may apply within those districts with higher infection prevalence, and negative test certificates may be required for certain activities. If you’re planning travel to Slovakia, find out what you need to know about coronavirus and the restrictions there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

There are rules about taking food and drink into the EU. See Taking food and drink into the EU for further information.

If you’re living in or moving to Slovakia, visit our Living in Slovakia guide in addition to this travel advice.

If you need to contact the emergency services in Slovakia call 112.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Slovakia, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

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