British Ambassador to Slovakia
We develop and maintain relations between the UK and Slovakia. Our work covers a range of issues including EU policies, trade relations, the single market, energy security and climate change.
Services for British nationals
If you’re in Slovakia and you urgently need help (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or there has been a death), call +421 2 5998 20 00. If you’re in the UK and concerned about a British national in Slovakia, call 020 7008 1500.
Get or renew a passport
The British embassy can’t help with passport enquiries. Contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office if you need help.
Get an emergency travel document
If you’re due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible. Call us before making an appointment if you’ve never applied for a British passport before or if you’re applying for a child under the age of 16.
Travel advice: for information and advice on travelling to Slovakia see travel advice for Slovakia.
Get a visa
The British embassy can’t help with visa enquiries.
If you’re not a British national, you may need a visa to travel to the UK. Check if you need a UK visa.
If you’re a British national travelling abroad and need to apply for a visa to visit a particular country or check if you need a visa, see the entry requirements on our foreign travel advice for the country you want to visit.
For more information on visas, see UK visas and immigration.
Marriage and civil partnerships
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.
Certificates of No Impediment (CNI) are still issued by Registrars in the United Kingdom. If you choose to use a CNI issued in the UK, please note that it will need to be officially translated into Slovak and subsequently legalised by the Legalisation Office. Most clients prefer to have their CNIs legalised by the Legalisation Office and then arrange the official translation locally in Slovakia. However, it is also possible to have the translation organised in the UK. In this case, both the CNI and its translation will need to be subsequently legalised by the Legalisation Office before submitting to ‘Matrika’. Legalisation stamps, which are issued by the Legalisation Office are called ‘apostilles’ and are automatically recognised in Slovakia.
For additional information on getting married in Slovakia see getting married abroad.
Register a birth or death
If the death occurred in Slovakia and you’re still in the country, contact us. If you’re in the UK and hear of the death of a relative from a third party, you should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 020 7008 1500.
Support if you’ve been arrested
We’ll do all we can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you’ve been detained or arrested, and will give you a prisoner pack with information for British prisoners in Slovakia. 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.
Notarial and documentary services
We may be able to offer notarial services, including administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit; make a certified copy of a British passport and witness a signature. See the full list of notarial and documentary services we provide.
Bratislava provides legalisation services. Read our notarial and documentary services page for more information on legalisation.
Ask the UK government to get a UK document legalised (certified as genuine).
Local service providers
Use our lists of local suppliers and services if you need help in Slovakia. Please note that inclusion in these lists does not constitute official endorsement by the British embassy or the UK government.
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
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, missing peopleand kidnapping
- contact family or friends for you if you want
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters or other crises abroad
For more information on the services we can provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide.
General information on living in Slovakia.
What the embassy cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:
- help you enter a country, for example, if you don’t have a visa or your passport is not valid
- 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’ll have to pay back)
- make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
- make business arrangements on your behalf
We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in Slovakia
Deputy Head of Mission, Slovakia