Guidance

Slovakia: providing services and travelling for business

Guidance for UK businesses on rules for selling services to Slovakia.

Read this page in combination with the general guidance for EEA countries and Switzerland.

The authoritative source for market regulations in Slovakia is the Slovak government. This guidance links to official Slovak sources wherever possible.

Trade and services regulations in Slovakia

If you are a UK business providing services in Slovakia, you will need to follow Slovak regulations about:

  • getting an authorisation or a licence to provide a service
  • complying with local business regulations
  • EEA nationality requirements which could prevent you from providing services in some sectors

Slovakia’s e-government portal for service providers can help you to:

  • find out what you need to know about providing services in Slovakia
  • understand local regulations
  • complete the relevant administrative procedures online

Consider appointing an English-speaking lawyer in Slovakia to help you comply with specific regulations.

To find out if EEA nationality requirements apply to you, contact the appropriate competent authority.

Trade reservations

To sell or provide services to customers in Slovakia, you must follow local laws. If in doubt, you should get professional advice.

Reservations are part of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. They reserve the right of each party to keep or make new laws restricting investment, or the sale of services, in ways that would otherwise breach the rules in the agreement.

Check which reservations apply to the sale of services from the UK to Slovakia. This includes an interactive tool to find reservations that are already in place.

VAT on sales of digital services

To use the UK’s VAT Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS) to declare sales of digital services to EU consumers, businesses need to register for MOSS in an EU member state.

Find out more about paying VAT on sales of digital services.

Ownership of companies registered in Slovakia

If you have a UK business, you might face restrictions on your ability to own, manage or direct a registered company in Slovakia or any other EEA country.

For information about setting up and running a business in Slovakia, visit the point of single contact.

Read more about this in our guidance relating to the EEA and Switzerland.

UK legal professionals who have investments in law firms in Slovakia should contact the Slovak Bar Association for information.

Business travel and entry requirements

UK business travellers and service providers may need a visa, work permit or other documentation. Check if you need a visa or permit for Europe.

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Slovakia’s IOM Migration Information Centre have more information about:

  • visas including intra-corporate transfers
  • work and residence permits
  • supporting documentation
  • other conditions

Check which actions travellers visiting Europe need to take.

Social security payments for employees

Find out if you need to pay National Insurance in the UK or social security contributions in Slovakia.

Recognition of professional qualifications

To check what you need to do in Slovakia, read our guidance on professional qualifications in the EEA and Switzerland.

If you need to take action to secure the recognition of your professional qualification in Slovakia, these sources can help you:

The UK Centre for Professional Qualifications (UK CPQ) provides practical assistance and advice to:

  • professionals who qualified overseas and are interested in working in the UK
  • UK professionals seeking to practise overseas

UK statutory auditors working in Slovakia

For UK statutory auditors, the Auditing Oversight Authority Slovakia (website in Slovak) should be able to provide further information.

UK lawyers working in Slovakia

If you are a UK-qualified lawyer working in Slovakia, using a professional title from either Slovakia or the UK, you should contact the local Bar association in the region in which you are working or the Slovak Bar Association (website in Slovak) for specific advice.

Data transfer and GDPR

As part of the wider UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the free flow of personal data from the EEA to the UK will continue after the transition period for no longer than 6 months, until adequacy decisions come into effect.

As a sensible precaution before and during this 6 month period, it is recommended that you work with EEA organisations who transfer personal data to you to put in place alternative transfer mechanisms to safeguard against any interruption to the free flow of EU to UK personal data.

Read guidance on using data in your personal business or other organisation.

Published 4 March 2019
Last updated 11 June 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Trade reservations' guidance. Updated 'Recognition of professional qualifications' with new UK contact point.

  2. Updated the following sections to reflect the changes created by the UK and EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement: overview, trade regulations, VAT on sales of digital services, business travel and entry requirements, social security payments for employees, recognition of professional qualifications, and data transfer and GDPR.

  3. Guidance for ‘Recognition of professional qualifications’ and ‘Social security payments for employees’ updated.

  4. Change to title to include travelling for business

  5. Update to 'Business travel and entry requirements' section

  6. First published.