British Ambassador to Slovakia
We represent the British government in Slovakia. We liaise with the Slovak government and institutions on behalf of UK ministries and official institutions, and support the UK’s priorities in Slovakia.
We develop and maintain relations between the UK and Slovakia. We are working on a wide range of issues including EU policies, trade relations, the single market, energy security and climate change.
Out-of-hours emergency assistance
British nationals who need emergency assistance outside normal office hours should call +421 2 5998 20 00 where they will be given details on how to proceed and how to contact a duty officer if needed.
Emergency travel documents
We may be able to provide an emergency travel document if you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel. If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, you should contact us on 02/59982000 or firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. For all other applications, please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment at the British embassy using the link below. Please contact us for advice before making an appointment if:
- you have never applied for a British passport before
- you are applying on behalf of a child
An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country. Read what an emergency travel document does.
For information on how to apply for your first passport or renew an existing passport, please visit the overseas passport section of this website.
Please note that our Consular section cannot deal with individual enquiries about passport applications.
Details of how to get a passport extension can be found here. If you want to make an appointment, contact our Consular section using the details at the foot of this page.
For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply go to the UK Border Agency website.
Please note that the Consular section cannot deal with individual enquiries about visa applications. For all visa enquiries, please contact the UK Border Agency.
Registering a birth or death
From 14 January 2015, UK birth registrations and death registrations in Sovakia will transfer from the British Embassy Bratislava to the Foreign and Commonwealth Offcie (FCO) in the UK.
There are no changes to the entitlement to register a birth or death. The processing time will remain the same. However, you will now ned to allow extra time for the documents to be sent to and from the UK. See how to register a birth or how to register a death for further information. In most circumstances there is no requirement to register a birth with us in order to apply for a British passport.
Getting married in Slovakia
British nationals need to have an affirmation of marital status signed at a local Notary Public’s office in Slovakia to prove their legal capacity to get married. You need to bring the notarised affirmation to the local register office where the marriage shall take place. Depending on your language skills, here is the suggested wording of:
The British Embassy in Bratislava can not issue/certify certificates of no impediment (CNIs) or similar documents. If you live outside the United Kingdom and you wish to get married in a country, which is different to where you’re living, you may need to post a notice of marriage at the relevant British mission in the other country - unless you obtain the CNI in the UK prior to travelling overseas.
Please contact the local authority (called “Matrika”) in the town where you wish to get married to find out what else you need to do and what other documents you will be asked to provide. Before they can be accepted, all documents, which were issued by UK authorities (e.g. British Birth Certificates, divorce documents or Death Certificates), should be
- Legalised by the Legalisation Office
- Translated by an official translator into Slovak. A list of acceptable translators is best obtained from the mentioned “Matrika” in the town where the marriage is to take place.
Notarial and documentary services
The consular services section at the British Embassy in Bratislava provides a limited number of notarial and documentary services by appointment only.
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above we can also:
- provide information about transferring funds
- provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital
- help people with mental illness
- do all we properly can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, death of relatives overseas, missing people and kidnapping
- contact family or friends for you if you want
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters
UK law says we have to charge for some services. Details of our current fees and the standards of service you can expect to receive are on display in our Consular section.
What our consular section cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:
- get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings
- help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
- give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers
- get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
- pay any bills or give you money (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you will have to pay back)
- make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
- make business arrangements on your behalf
Travel advice for Slovakia
Travel advice for Slovakia. Information, news and updates for Slovakia to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or traveling in Slovakia.