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 email@example.com as soon as possible.
For all other emergency travel document 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.
The Consular Section at the British Embassy in Bratislava provides a limited number of notarial and documentary services by appointment only. It is best to check if the service you require can be provided by the British Embassy. If you are uncertain, please either consult a solicitor, or check with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the service you require is not something we can do, the best solution is to approach a local notary public, searchable by language skills and location.
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.
Travelling with children
Child protection is a high priority for the UK Visas & Immigration Agency (UKVI), and UK/Slovak border officials are especially vigilant in the case of minors (i.e. children under 18) travelling on their own or in the company of adults who are not their parents or legal guardians. Carrying a letter of consent for minors is a precautionary measure recommended by the UK authorities in addition to any other relevant visa/ immigration requirements. It does not, however, automatically guarantee the free movement of minors who are not travelling with the person legally exercising parental care over them.
Registering a birth or death
A local birth or death certificate isued by the Slovak authorities should be sufficient for all purposes in the UK, once legalised for use abroad and translated by a recognised translator.
In most circumstances there is no requirement to register a birth or death 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, or you can use our abbreviated list of official translators
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above we can also:
- provide a list of English speaking lawyers for those requiring legal advice / assistance
- provide a list of official translators
- provide a list of hospitals and other medical service providers in major Slovak towns
- provide information about transferring funds
- provide appropriate help if you have become a victim of crime, including rape and sexual assault
- help people travelling with mental illness
- help if you are arrested abroad and offer basic information about arrest procedures in Slovakia:
- offer support and help in cases of parental child abductions
- assist bereaved families
- provide a list of local funeral service providers and a brief insight into the procedures and processes following a death in Slovakia:
- offer advice and guidance if a person goes missing
- 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.