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Living in Slovakia
- Foreign & Commonwealth Office
- 22 May 2013
Advice for British nationals planning to live or living in Slovakia.
If you are a British citizen you do not require a visa to enter Slovakia. Other British subjects should confirm the current entry requirements with their nearest Slovak embassy.
A valid British passport must be held for entry to and exit from Slovakia. There is no minimum passport validity requirement but you should ensure that your passport is valid for the duration of your visit.
Your passport must be in a presentable state – the Slovak authorities can refuse entry if your passport is worn or damaged, or looks as if it is has been tampered with.
British citizens are entitled to a residence in the territory of the Slovak Republic any length of time. They can, however, be denied entry, or deported if they are considered to be a threat to the Slovak society or its environment.
Registration of permanent residence in the territory of the Slovak Republic
A British citizen who intends to stay in Slovakia for a period longer than 6 months is obliged to apply for registration of residence (called “trvaly pobyt” in Slovak) within 3 days from entering the country. Applications for registration are submitted in person at the nearest Foreign Police Department together with supporting documentation:
- valid passport
- 2 passport sized photographs
- administration fee of €6
- proof of address. this is usually in the form of lease contract accompanied by letter of ownership, which can be obtained from the owner of the property
On the day of submitting a completed application, the Foreign Police will issue a confirmation/certificate that the application is under way. This document will serve the same purpose as the final registration, which would normally be ready for collection within 3 weeks of application with possible regional differences.
Registrations are normally valid for 5 years and can be issued in the form of a plastic credit card – like format. It needs to be specified in the application form that the plastic format of registration is required. The advantage is that the residence card can be used as a form of ID in Slovakia, while your British passport is kept in a safe place. The Slovak regirstration card is not recognised as a travel document and for this purpose, your passport needs to be used.
Entitlement to permanent residence
Permanent residence is normally issued to all EU nationals automatically. Applications can only be denied if the applicant poses a threat to the Slovak society, or their environment. This entitlement expires if:
- the holder notifies the Foreign Police Department in writing of his departure from Slovakia
- the holder is deported
- the Foreign Police Department revokes his or her right to residence
- the person died or was declared dead
- the person acquired citizenship of the Slovak Republic
Employment in Slovakia
If British nationals come to work in Slovakia, their employer should notify the local Labour Office within 7 working days of the commencement of the employment by sending them a so-called Information Card.
More information can be found on EURES and the EU’s European job mobility site.
Under the Slovak Constitution every individual, local or foreign national has the right to freely choose their healthcare provider. Health insurance is ordered by law in Slovakia: therefore, every national or visitor should have a policy that covers Slovakia, or buy insurance from one of the 3 available insurance companies: UNION zdravotná poisťovňa, DÔVERA zdravotná poisťovňa and Všeobecná zdravotná poisťovňa.
UNION zdravotná poisťovňa]
Bratislava 821 08
Telephone +421 2 2081 1811
Toll free helpline: 0850 003 333
DÔVERA zdravotná poisťovňa
851 01 Bratislava
Telephone: +421 37 772 22 78
Toll free helpline: 0850 850 850
Všeobecná zdravotná poisťovňa
850 05 Bratislava 55
Telephone: +421 2 2081 7003
Toll free helpline: 0850 003 003
If you work in Slovakia, your employer will pay contributions to your health insurance on your behalf. You should receive an insurance card, which will be used when visiting any doctors.
If you are in receipt of a UK old age state pension, request an S1 form (previously E121) from the Overseas Healthcare Team on +44 191 218 1999. If you are in receipt of an exportable DWP benefit you can request an S1 form the office which pays your exportable benefit. It is your responsibility to keep the Overseas Healthcare Team or office which pays your exportable DWP benefit up to date with any changes in circumstances which may affect your entitlement to an S1 (E121). When received, register the S1 form with your local social security office, before you register with your local GP surgery and obtain a medical card.
Find a physician or health clinic in Slovakia:
Emergency telephone numbers
- integrated emergency rescue system: 112 (English speaking)
- emergency ambulance service: 155
- rescue line (Reťaz Života Foundation): 0850 111313 - a doctor will advise you about how to provide the first aid prior to the arrival of the medical rescue team
- emergency ambulance service in Bratislava region: 02 63833130 (street Strečnianska), 02 /48279257 (clinic Ružinov) - for more information see Bratislava/Pohotovosti
- emergency ambulance service in Žilina region: 041 5110 438, 041 7233 383 (street V.Spanyola), 041 5693666 (street Osloboditeľov) - for more information see Prehľad Lekárskej služby prvej pomoci v Žilinskom kraji
- emergency ambulance service in Prešov: 051 773 2220, 051 773 3444
- emergency ambulance service in Nitra: 037 654 5288, 037 651 4259
- emergency ambulance service in Trnava: 033 553 6103
- emergency ambulance service in Banská Bystrica: 048 414 6666
- emergency ambulance service in Trenčín: 032 652 3444, 032 656 6333
- emergency ambulance service in Košice: 16 183
Social security in Slovakia
If you are in a difficult social situation, you may be eligible to use so called social services, including:
- securing necessary conditions for satisfaction of basic life needs in accommodation facilities,
- supporting families with children (especially help with child care)
- resolving unwanted social situation because of health impairment or reaching pension age (caretaking service, transport service, guide service, reading service, interpretation service, arranging personal assistance, lending gadgets)
- use of telecommunications technologies
When using the social service, the beneficiaries should proceed as follows:
- ask for the evaluation of being reliant on the specific social service
- the local government office (“Miestny urad“) will carry out medical and social evaluation procedure and issue a medical and social report, report of being reliant on the social service and a decision about being reliant on the social service
- once the positive decision has been made, the applicant will request the local government office to provide the social service
Published: 22 May 2013