New SME “Dejiny”  Podcast Recounts Past U.S. Presidents

[Podcast only available in the Slovak language] Together with Historická Revue, SME’s podcast “Dejiny, americky prezidenty” was produced with support from a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava.  These weekly podcasts are funded by the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section, and listeners have the opportunity to learn about topics addressing historical figures, key events, social issues, as ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Bratislava, Slovakia (November 17, 2020)

Location: Bratislava, Slovakia Event: Large and potentially violent demonstrations against local government policies, including COVID restrictions, are expected to occur tomorrow, November 17, at approximately 1200 hours.  The Government of Slovakia has not granted permission for the demonstration, which is expected to be similar to October 17 protests that involved several hundred demonstrators, some clashing with police. Announced gathering points include, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bratislava, Slovakia, COVID-19 Status Update

November 16, 2020 Location: Slovakia Current Situation in the Country: Beginning November 16, 2020, new entry requirements to Slovakia are in effect at all borders.  Note that none of the countries boarding Slovakia are currently classified as “green low-risk” for purposes of entry to Slovakia; a valid negative COVID-19 test and/or home quarantine is now required for most types of travelers ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bratislava, Slovakia, COVID-19 Status Update

November 16, 2020 Location:  Slovakia Current Situation in the Country: Beginning November 16, 2020, new entry requirements to Slovakia are in effect at all borders.  Note that none of the countries boarding Slovakia are currently classified as “green low-risk” for purposes of entry to Slovakia; a valid negative COVID-19 test and/or home quarantine is now required for most types of travelers entering ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bratislava, Slovakia, COVID-19 Status Update

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bratislava, Slovakia, COVID-19 Status Update October 23, 2020 Location:  Slovakia Current situation in the country:  From October 24 through November 1, 2020 the Slovak government will enforce a partial lockdown for all people residing in Slovakia.  All persons have until October 25 to return to their place of residence in Slovakia.  No ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Bratislava, Slovakia

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Bratislava, Slovakia (October 17, 2020) Location: Old Town Bratislava, near Presidential Palace Event: Approximately 1000+ protestors have staged an unscheduled protest in the area of Old Town.  This gathering was not preapproved and is prohibited under the current COVID-19 state of emergency rules.  Protests and large gatherings can become violent without warning.  ... Read More»

Ambassador Bridget Brink Attends GLOBSEC 2020 Forum

October 10, 2020, BRATISLAVA — Held over 4 days, GLOBSEC Forum 2020 welcomed hundreds of participants, including key governmental and EU decision-makers, experts and top business representatives, and U.S. Ambassador Bridget Brink. The event took place in two different locations, in Bratislava on October 7-8, and in the High Tatras on October 9-10. Hosted by ... Read More»

VOTING – Pre-Cleared Absentee Voting

Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week, Sept. 27-Oct. 4!  In some states voter registration and ballot request deadlines for the November 2020 are as early as October 5th.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee ... Read More»

Fulbright Program

What is the Fulbright U.S. Student Program The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.  A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, ... Read More»

Applications Open for FLEX’s Free One-Year U.S. Exchange Program for Slovak High School Students!

[The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) is fully funded US DOS exchange program for secondary school students, who will live with a host family, and attend a U.S. high school for a full academic year.] What is FLEX? 1993-1994 was the first program year of the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program. FLEX was created from the belief ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Celebrates Shared Centennial for Women’s Right to Vote

August 25th, 2020, BRATISLAVA — The U.S. Embassy, together with the daily SME and the city of Bratislava, marked 100 years of voting rights for Czechoslovak and American women in a successful online event with TED Talk-style addresses by extraordinary women. Ambassador Brink opened with remarks on the launch of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity ... Read More»

Slovak Officials Commemorate Roma Holocaust Remembrance Day

On August 2, Chargé d’Affairs Natasha Franceschi commemorated the Memorial Day of the Roma Holocaust in Banska Bystrica, alongside President Zuzana Caputova, and Prime Minister Igor Matovic. She observed a moment of silence to remember the 500,000+ Roma victims who died in Nazi extermination camps during World War II. Through Chargé d’Affairs Franceschi’s participation in the ... Read More»

New Special ‘Dejiny’ Podcast Series – The Silent Majority and Accepting Responsibility for the Holocaust

[Podcast only available in the Slovak language] Listen to the latest podcast of the SME History special (SME Dejiny Špeciál) with Jaro Valent from the Historical Review (Historická revue) and guest Ivan Kamenec.  In this final chapter, you will learn about the Holocaust and the atrocities committed before the concentration camps were discovered.  When Allied soldiers liberated camps ... Read More»

Embassy Speaker Talks Texas and NASA with Summer Campers

The Embassy’s spokesperson, Griffin Rozell, gave a talk about Texas and NASA to over 45 Economic University of Bratislava summer campers between the ages of 11-15 on July 24. The talk was part of the summer camp’s “America Day” with speakers from the Embassy, the American Chamber of Commerce and several U.S.-based employers.  At the ... Read More»

DCM & U.S. Army Representatives Present PPE to the Ministry of Health

Combatting Covid-19 — Chargé d’Affaires Natasha Franceschi and Members of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs Team Present PPE to the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic in Malacky July 23, 2020 On behalf of the U.S. government, United States Chargé d’Affaires Natasha Franceschi and members of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs team based in Martin, handed over personal protective ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bratislava, Slovakia, COVID-19 Status Update

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bratislava, Slovakia, COVID-19 Status Update June 22, 2020 Location:  Slovakia Current situation in the country:  The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that the State Department keeps its global level four health advisory  for Slovakia in place.  We strongly recommend that you avoid unnecessary travel and take all sanitary precautions necessary to protect yourself ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bratislava, Slovakia, COVID-19 Status Update

Location: Slovakia Current situation in the country: The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that the State Department keeps its global level four health advisory  for Slovakia in place.  We strongly recommend that you avoid unnecessary travel and take all sanitary precautions necessary to protect yourself and those around you. Flight Availability: There are multiple commercial flights from various European ... Read More»

United States Donates Personal Protective Equipment for Slovak Health Workers

Minister of Health Marek Krajci and U.S. Ambassador Bridget Brink signed an agreement for the United States to donate over 13,000 surgical masks, 650 N95 masks, 600 protective suits, and other personal protective equipment to the Slovak Republic. “The protective equipment donated by the U.S. military will be used by Slovak health workers as they ... Read More»

Embassy Bratislava Resumes Limited Visa Services

Expansion of National Interest Exception Travel to Students, Business Travelers, Investors, and Academics   Expansion of National Interest Exception Travel to Students, Business Travelers, Investors, and Academics   Eligible travelers  On July 10th, 2020, Washington announced that certain travelers from Schengen area countries could resume traveling to the United States.  Those traveling as students (F1 and ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Opens New ‘English Corner’ Rožňava

July 10th, 2020, ROŽŇAVA — Ambassador Bridget Brink attended the new English Corner opening in Rožňava, on Friday. The new English Corner is located at the Kultúrno-kreatívne centrum Monastery in Rožňava, where the Ambassador stated, “Congratulations to the whole team of the Kultúrno-kreatívneho centra Kláštor in Rožňava for a successful opening! We are very proud ... Read More»

Ambassador Meets with Slovak Culture Minister

July 7th, 2020, BRATISLAVA — Ambassador Brink met with Minister of Culture Natalia Milanova on July 7 at the Culture Ministry. They discussed avenues for expanded cultural cooperation between the United States and Slovakia with a special emphasis on freedom of the press, religious freedom, and human rights.  According to Ambassador Brink, “cultural cooperation and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Bratislava, PAS, Countering Extremism Program

Funding Opportunity Title:             U.S. Embassy Bratislava, PAS, Countering Extremism Program Funding Opportunity Number:      PAS-SVK-002-FY2020 Deadline for Applications:               August 31, 2020 CFDA Number:                                19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Total Amount Available:                 $100,000   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY U.S. Embassy Bratislava, Public Affairs Section (PAS), announces a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for a program to train and mentor national/local government officials and civil society ... Read More»


While visiting Central Slovakia, Ambassador Brink took time to discover the natural beauty of the Hucul Highway, Fabova Hola,  Burda Hut, Muráň Castle and the Muránská Planina. Muránska Planina National Park director Milan Boroš and Ivan Koubek from the State Nature Protection of the Slovak Republic gave her a personal tour of the Muranska Planina National ... Read More»

A Visit to Valaska Social Enterprise

Socially responsible entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship gives hope to the long-term unemployed and helps break stereotypes surrounding socially disadvantaged individuals.  Ambassador Brink met Ivan Mak and the whole WASCO team, who have been pioneers of social entrepreneurship in Central Slovakia. The enterprise quickly shifted to the production of masks and protective equipment, contributing to the health ... Read More»

Ambassador Brink Honors Allied Combatants at Polomka

After the outbreak of the Slovak National Uprising in the autumn of 1944, American special operatives from the Office of Strategic Services came to Central Slovakia, together with British Allies, to aid the partisans and assist downed Allied airmen trapped behind enemy lines.   As German forces moved to suppress the uprising, the American and British ... Read More»

Honoring the Legacy of Nazi Victims at Nemecke

Ambassador Bridget Brink honored the memory of nearly 900 victims of Nazi aggression in Nemecke. In January 1945, German troops executed innocent villagers as part of a revenge campaign following the Slovak National Uprising.  This tragic event reminds us of the need to reject hatred and totalitarian ideologies.  We pay tribute to all the freedom fighters of ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bratislava, Slovakia, COVID-19 Status Update

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bratislava, Slovakia, COVID-19 Status Update June 23, 2020 Location:  Slovakia Current situation in the country:  Although the official state of emergency in Slovakia ended on June 13 and many of its neighbors have eased social distancing measures, the Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that the State Department keeps its global level four health advisory in ... Read More»

Ambassador Brink on the Future of NATO

June 16th, 2020, BRATISLAVA — In the lastest edition of Euro Policy, US Ambassador Bridget Brink shared her thoughs on the future of the North Atkantic Treaty Organization. Below is the exerpt of the Ambassadors addition to the paper. Click here for the full Euro Policy featuring the Ambassador. “NATO should emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic with a renewed commitment to the ... Read More»

Ambassador Brink honors U.S. and Allied Soldiers at Polomka

Ambassador Bridget Brink traveled to Polomka in Central Slovakia to honor fallen American, British, and Slovak fighters who were killed by Nazi forces in 1944.  Seventeen American and British operatives came to Slovakia to assist the Slovak National Uprising and aid downed Allied airmen and seventeen before their capture in the hills above Polomak and ... Read More»

75th Anniversary of the End of WWII is celebrated with special ‘Dejiny’ Podcast Series

[Podcast only available in the Slovak language] This special edition of SME’s Historical Podcast Special ‘Dejiny‘ is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The podcast is published in collaboration with and with the support of the Embassy of the United States of America in Slovakia. In six special episodes, ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Information Regarding Voting From Abroad

All U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically. Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may get your ballot by email, fax, or internet download. Returning Your Completed, Signed Ballot:  Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not.  If your state requires you to return ... Read More»

US Ambassador meets with Members of Slovak Government

June 5th, 2020, BRATISLAVA — US Ambassador Bridget Brink met with former Slovak prime minister Peter Pellegrini, Gabor Grendel and Ivan Korcok. After the meetings, the Ambassador reaffirmed the discussion between the members of the Slovak Government, stating, “Very positive first meeting with Deputy Speaker Gabor Grendel where we discussed our shared priority to strengthen ... Read More»

SpaceX Mission Marks New Era in Space Exploration

May 30th, 2020 — A new era of human spaceflight has begun, as this is the first time in human history NASA Astronauts have entered the ISS from a commercially-made spacecraft. Congratulations to all NASA and SpaceX experts, scientists and astronauts Robert Behnken and Doug Hurley, on the successful launch of the Dragon Crew Launch America ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bratislava, Slovakia, COVID-19 Status Update

May 29, 2020  Location:  Slovakia    Current situation in the country:  Though the situation in Slovakia as improved the Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that the State Department keeps its global level four health advisory in place.  We strongly recommend that you avoid unnecessary travel and take all sanitary precautions necessary to protect yourself and those around you.  Flight Availability: U.S. Citizens that wish to return to U.S. can do so through ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Meets with Slovak Deputy Prime Minister

May 20th, 2020, BRATISLAVA — The U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia, Bridget Brink, met yesterday with the Deputy Prime Minister of Slovakia, Veronika Remišová. Reflecting on the meeting with the Deputy PM, the Ambassador stated; “Important conversation today with Deputy PM. We agreed that and need to work together to fight corruption, protect our cyber infrastructure, ... Read More»

Spend Time Online Exploring these Free and Fun Educational Resources

Tips For Spending Time Online: Museums, National Parks, University Lectures and Experiments for Children During a pandemic, American cultural institutions, educational programs, and even private companies make their content available online for free. The US Embassy in Slovakia is also participating, supporting the idea of spending time at home effectively through various courses, lectures, opera ... Read More»

International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

May 17th, 2020, BRATISLAVA — Today marks the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. We proudly stand behind our LGBTI friends, family, colleagues and neighbours. The rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are human rights – all people deserve equal dignity and the right to live a life free of fear, ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Commemorates Victory in Europe Day

May 8th, 2020, BRATISLAVA –  U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia, Bridget Brink and the Embassy Defense Attache, Lieutenant Colonel Jakub Andrews, paid tribute to Allied troops with a 9​ am candle lighting at Bratislava’s SNP Square to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe. “Seventy-five years after Victory in Europe, we are grateful to all Allied soldiers, sailors, pilots and citizens ... Read More»

Ambassador Meets With Roman Mikulec

April 29th, 2020 — U.S. Ambassador Bridget Brink met with Roman Mikulec, the new Slovak Minister of Interior (Ordinary People Party). The Ambassador was happy to talk politics, stating that it was “Great to meet Minister of Interior Roman Mikulec and talk about how we can work together to fight COVID-19 and corruption. Thank you police ... Read More»

Slovakia Becomes Member of GLOBE, the Prestigious International Scientific and Educational Program

Bratislava, April 22nd, 2020 – Slovakia has officially become a member of GLOBE, the prestigious international scientific and educational program led by NASA. The U.S. Embassy to the Slovak Republic is pleased to highlight the cooperation between the Ministry of the Environment of the Slovak Republic and NASA on the 50th anniversary of International Earth ... Read More»

Health Alert: Tentative Easing of Quarantine Regulations Announced

Bratislava, Slovakia; April 21, 2020 On Monday, April 20, 2020, Slovak officials announced a four phase plan to ease quarantine regulations related to COVID-19.  Officials announced that progression through the phases will depend on the average daily number of newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases and that special restrictions may be enacted as needed to maintain proper ... Read More»

U.S. Steel Košice supports healthcare professionals in the fight against COVID-19

Tuesday, April 22, 2020 We are very proud of our friends at US Steel Košice, who are aiding healthcare professionals in the Košice region in the fight against COVID-19. The U.S. Košice Steel Foundation has contributed more than 120,000 euros to local organizations, and has funded various different projects and institutions, such as the hospital ... Read More»

COVID-19 Information

Slovak Response to COVID-19, Travel Restrictions to The United States of America, and Consular Services at Embassy Bratislava  COVID-19 Information Last updated: 11/30/2020 Country-Specific Information: Please see the section below on Entry and Exit Requirements for information on the new entry requirements at all Slovak borders, effective November 26.  Note that none of the countries bordering Slovakia are ... Read More»

Travel Alert: Austria Changes Border Posture

Austria has announced that as of Tuesday, April 14, 2020, anyone entering the country from the Slovak Republic will be required to show  a negative SARS-CoV-2 test (not older than 4 days) (VO BGBl. II Nr. 149/2020, VO BGBl. II Nr. 87/2020 idgF).  People transiting Austria are exempt from this requirement.  This means that  Americans looking to leave Slovakia and return to the United States via ... Read More»

U.S. Steel Košice supports healthcare professionals in the fight against COVID-19

We are very proud of our friends at US Steel Košice, who are aiding healthcare professionals in the Košice region in the fight against COVID-19. The U.S. Košice Steel Foundation has contributed more than 120,000 euros to local organizations, and has funded various different projects and institutions, such as the hospital in Šaci, Univerzitná nemocnica ... Read More»

U.S. Steel Košice supports health professionals in the fight against COVID-19

We are very proud of our friends from U.S. Steel Košice, who are supporting healthcare workers in the Košice region in the fight against COVID-19. The U.S. Steel Košice Foundation contributed over 120,000 euros to local organizations, financially supporting various other projects and institutions such as the hospital in Šaci, Univerzitnú nemocnicu Louisa Pasteura,, ... Read More»


The highest priority of the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) is protecting the safety and well-being of ITA’s clients, partners, and staff. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have decided to postpone the SelectUSA Investment Summit to June 2021. We recognize that this schedule change may affect your near-term business plans, and ... Read More»

Current Status of Passport Applications for Overseas Posts

Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective March 20, 2020, the U.S Department of State began limiting its passport operations.  Effective April 2, we have further limited our ability to offer routine passport and citizenship services overseas.  In an emergency, Embassy Bratislava can assist with an emergency passport for an ... Read More»

Ambassador meets with New Slovak Secretary of State and Defence Minister

April 2, 2020 Ambassador Bridget Brink met with members of the new Slovak government during the first week of April. The Ambassador met with Martin Klus, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, as well as Defense Minister Jaro Naď – OĽANO (the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities ... Read More»

Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bratislava, Slovakia

Location:  Slovakia Event:   On March 17, 2020 the Slovak Ministry of Health announced 73 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Slovak Republic. The CDC has issued a Level 3 Travel Notice for Slovakia. On Monday, March 16, 2020, Austrian Airlines announced the final direct flight to the United States from Vienna’s Schwechat Airport would take place on Wednesday evening, March ... Read More»


Current Outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disease The Department of State has no greater responsibility than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas, including providing information to help U.S. citizens make informed decisions about traveling abroad. The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad at this time due to the global ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Bratislava, Slovakia

February 10, 2020 Location:  Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, Namestie Slobody, Hodzovo Namestie, and Namestie SNP. Event:  Multiple demonstrations are expected to take place on 02/11/2020.  All the events are regarding the Istanbul Convention. There will be a demonstration on Slobody Namestie at 8:00 AM with another on Hodžovo Namestie at ... Read More»

Application Launch for Central and Eastern Europe Journalist Fellowship Program

The Central and Eastern Europe Journalist Fellowship Program expands the capacity of professional journalists and improves the sustainability of citizen-generated media in Central and Eastern Europe. Through conferences, skills building workshops, networking, and professional fellowships, journalists increase professional standards, advance the credibility and accuracy of their reporting, build cross continental partnerships, and bolster sustainability of ... Read More»

InfoUSA Slovakia becomes American Spaces Slovakia

It is time to introduce our new logo and our new vision. Our new American Centers are designed to be publicly accessible, modern, technologically equipped spaces for education, creativity, and connecting people. The aim is to create a space for interaction between local communities in Slovakia and the United States. Visit us in Bratislava, Banská Bystrica and Košice and come experience America with ... Read More»

Ambassador Bridget Brink Visits Trnava And Sereď

Ambassador Bridget Brink visited the Sered Holocaust Museum on the site of a former concentration camp in western Slovakia and also visited the western Slovak city of Trnava.  Ambassador Brink commemorated slain investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova with a candle-lighting outside the young couple’s former home in Velka Maca. In Trnava, ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bratislava

Location: Slovakia Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. Actions to Take: Keep a low profile. Be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert ... Read More»

Exchange Opportunity Study of The U.S. Institutes – Apply By January 8th

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Scholars and Secondary Educators & Administrators are post-graduate level academic programs for mid-career foreign scholars, faculty, practitioners, and secondary educators whose purpose is to strengthen curricula and to improve the teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad. SUSIs for Scholars are six-weeks long; SUSIs for Secondary ... Read More»

Ambassador Bridget Brink Visits Kosice Again

Ambassador Bridget Brink visits Košice for the second time. We enjoy visiting Eastern Slovakia. In Košice, hundreds of students welcomed the Ambassador at the high school – Gymnázium Park Mládeže. We thank the impressive folk dance by the school group and the introductory words in fluent English by student Alexandra. Ambassador Bridget Brink talked about ... Read More»

Annual Holiday Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bratislava

Annual Holiday Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bratislava (10 December, 2019) Location: Slovakia, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, security measures in Slovakia and throughout Europe are heightened.  In Europe, locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft targets frequented by tourists continue to be areas ... Read More»

Statement on Designation of Marian Kocner under Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act

On December 10, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control designated Marian Kocner as a person who is responsible for, complicit in, or had directly or indirectly engaged in serious human rights abuses.  Mr. Kocner and six entities are designated pursuant to Executive Order 13818, which implements the Global Magnitsky Human ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Bratislava, Slovakia

December 03, 2019 Location:  Aupark Mall, Bratislava, Slovakia Event:  Slovak Police are reporting a security incident with possible bomb threat at Aupark Mall, Bratislava, Slovakia.  The Embassy has advised its personnel to avoid Aupark Mall, Bratislava, Slovakia. Actions to Take: Avoid the area Aupark Mall Notify friends and family of your safety. Monitor local media ... Read More»

Ambassador Bridget Brink Speaks to Students At Economics University in Bratislava

Ambassador Bridget Brink spoke on November 19 to approximately 90 students at Bratislava’s Economic University on the legacy of 1989 and encouraged the next generation to consolidate democratic gains. Students of the Faculty of International relations asked great questions regarding trade wars, climate change and life of a diplomat. Read More»

Loewen Cavill And Anna Kazlauskas from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Visit Košice And Bratislava

Loewen Cavill and Anna Kazlauskas from Massachusetts Institute of Technology visited Košice and Bratislava. They  engaged with Slovak girls and women to motivate and empower them to study and work in IT. Anna and Loewen said that age or gender have no limits for working in IT.  They claim that self-learning is essential, distance work ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Online Auction Sale

The US Embassy in Bratislava is holding an online property auction. The auction is open from Monday, November 18, 9 AM to Friday, December 6, 3 PM.  All personnel who are interested in placing a bid must register on the U.S. Embassy website at . All items are sold as is and cannot be returned/exchanged. Read More»

US Embassy Small Grants Program – Info events in Banska Bystrica and Kosice

The US Embassy in Slovakia provides small grants to non-profit organizations (including NGOs, educational institutions, think-tanks, cultural organizations, etc.) as well as engaged individuals to support projects targeted at topics that are in the mutual interest of Slovakia and the US. Details about the Small Grants Program are available in the Annual Program Statement published ... Read More»

Call For Applications Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute!

Call for Proposals is now: OPEN Deadline: January 15, 2020 The U.S. Department of State’s  Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)  and the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava are pleased to announce a four-week summer institute for young Europeans and Americans, called the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows (BFTF) Summer Institute. The institute aims to foster relationships among younger generations of Europeans and Americans to promote awareness of shared ... Read More»

Visit the Official USA Pavilion at SCEWC19

Recommended by The U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Embassy Slovakia We are recruiting an official trade delegation from Slovakia to visit the USA pavilion, showing the Best of America to the Smart City world! An unmissable event combining the latest solutions and technologies to the issues faced in your city. Network with the providers ... Read More»

Doing Business and Investing in USA & Work and Investment Visa Seminar

Doing Business and Investing in USA & Work and Investment Visa 17.10.2019 od 10:00 – 12:00, DoubleTree by Hilton, Košice Cieľom bezplatného seminára je oboznámiť slovenských podnikateľov s možnosťou investovania v USA vrámci SelectUSA programu a s tým súvisiace víza. Témou seminára sú okrem investorských víz aj víza pracovné. Vrámci sekcie otázok je možné diskutovať ... Read More»

Former NASA Astronaut Mary Weber Visits Slovakia

Former NASA Astronaut Mary Ellen Weber spent a week in Slovakia on a speaking tour for students, science enthusiasts, and the general public.  Weber flew on space shuttle missions STS-70 and STS-101, spending a total of nineteen days in space. In Bratislava, she gave the keynote address at European Researcher’s Night for hundreds of future ... Read More»

Students Spend 10 Months In USA For Free!

Chceš aj ty stráviť rok v USA, vyskúšať si život amerického teenagera a študovať na americkej strednej škole? Štipendijný program FLEX ti to umožní! Ak si sa narodil medzi 15.7.2002 – 15.7.2005 a spĺňaš ostatné podmienky na účasť v programe, tak využi túto jedinečnú príležitosť a vyplň on-line prihlášku najneskôr do 17.10.2019 na Read More»

Ambassador Bridget Brink Presents Credentials to President Zuzana Čaputová

“It is with a deep love of country and a family spirit of resilience and creativity that I am so humbled and excited to lead our talented team in Slovakia to advance our shared values and interests.”  On August 20, 2019 Bridget A. Brink presented her letter of credence as President Donald J. Trump’s representative ... Read More»

Ambassador Bridget A. Brink Arrives in Slovakia

Ambassador Bridget A. Brink arrived in Slovakia on August 15, 2019.  View her Senate Confirmation Hearing Remarks  and Swearing- in Ceremony Remarks : Thank you, Under Secretary Hale, for your very kind remarks and for your presence today, which reflects the importance that the United States places on our relationship with the Slovak Republic. Dear Distinguished Guests, Colleagues, and Friends.  Thank you for ... Read More»

Ambassador Bridget A. Brink Hearing in U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Statement of Bridget A. Brink Ambassador-Nominee to the Slovak Republic Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday, May 16, 2019 Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Shaheen, distinguished members of the Foreign Relations Committee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today. I am honored to be President Trump’s nominee for the position of U.S. Ambassador to ... Read More»

Joint Statement on LGBTI+ Rights

Bratislava, July 17, 2019 As Slovakia’s international friends and partners, we join in celebrating LGBTI+ Pride and reaffirm our commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all.  The first ever Pride March in Banska Bystrica on June 29, along with Pride Marches in Bratislava on July 20 and in Košice on August 24, ... Read More»

American Citizen Services in Eastern Slovakia

Dear Fellow American Citizens: The Embassy would like to inform you that a consular official will be available to provide routine American citizen services on May 20, 2019.  American citizens will have the opportunity to: Submit passport applications; for the requirements and forms, please see Submit applications for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad; for the requirements and forms, ... Read More»

Slovakia 2019 – Visitor Information for the 2019 IIHF World Championship

Visitor Information The Department of State provides U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Slovakia the following information related to the 2019 IIHF World Championship. The IIHF World Championship games will be held in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia, from May 10 to May 26, 2019. Before you go… Print out our Traveler’s Checklist card and be sure to: ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Honors Slovak Human Rights Defenders

Ambassador Adam Sterling honored three Slovak citizens on April 25 for their efforts in advancing human rights, women’s rights, and transparency in Slovakia at the Embassy’s eighth annual Human Rights Awards Ceremony. Attorney Roman Kvasnica received the Embassy’s Human Rights Defender Award for his continued commitment and outspoken defense of people and organizations whose basic ... Read More»

Ambassador Adam Sterling visits spa city of Piestany

Ambassador Adam Sterling visited spa city of Piestany on April 16 to meet the new elected mayor Peter Jancovic and hear his visions on future developments. Ambassador Sterling used this opportunity to talk to 30 high school students of Gymnasium Pierre de Coubertine on tolerance, extremism and further debated on current issues and foreign affairs. ... Read More»

International Roma Day

Today, April 8, we celebrate International Roma Day. As Secretary Pompeo has said, “on this day, we recognize the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Romani people and their contributions to the dozens of countries around the world in which they live, including the United States.” We were proud to team with young Roma ... Read More»

NATO celebrates 70th anniversary

Shortly after gaining independence 26 years ago, Slovaks decided to seek membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as the best means to secure the sovereignty, security, and stability of their new country. NATO, the most successful alliance in history, was also the natural home for a free and democratic Slovakia. As Slovakia marks ... Read More»

Embassy Kicks of International Roma Day Festivities with Concert, Soccer Tournament

Ambassador Adam Sterling hosted a children’s choir from a majority Roma school in eastern Slovakia for a performance and reception at his residence on Thursday evening, April 4. On April 5, the Embassy hosted its annual International Roma Day Soccer Tournament with teams of young Roma athletes from western and eastern Slovakia and teams representing ... Read More»

The truth about Russian violation of INF Treaty

Like everyday citizens, nations enter into agreements with the expectation that all parties will live up to their end of the bargain. In arms control treaties, it is especially important that all sides comply, as these agreements concern our safety and security – even our very existence. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, signed in ... Read More»

Ambassador Sterling Advocates Integration and Tolerance During Visit to Western Slovakia

Ambassador Adam Sterling’s address to 17 and 18 year old high school students in Senica highlighted his recent visit to the Zahorie region of western Slovakia near the Czech border. Sterling spoke about his native New York and experiences with diversity in an appeal to young people to reject hate-based ideologies. Sterling also had meetings ... Read More»

Ambassador Sterling Opens Anti-Domestic Violence Photography Exhibit

Ambassador Adam Sterling opened a photo exhibit “Atlas of Women,” which tells the stories of women in eastern Slovakia that have fled domestic violence. Ambassador Sterling opened the showing at Bratislava’s Central European Photography Gallery on March 6 to highlight International Women’s Day. The photos and accompanying biographical information were prepared by Slovak photographer Dorota ... Read More»

Holocaust Teacher Training Program

For almost two decades, the U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with the Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO) in New York, has helped to organize the Holocaust Teacher Training Program. To date, this initiative has brought over 350 teachers from approximately thirteen countries to United States, including 32 teachers from Slovakia. This one-week seminar in ... Read More»

Standing with the Venezuelan People in their Fight for Democracy

As the humanitarian crisis created by Nicolas Maduro, the illegitimate self-proclaimed president of Venezuela, deepens, the de facto Maduro regime and its supporters have accused the United States of attempting a coup and targeting Venezuela’s oil reserves. This is a cynical lie told by a failing regime to maintain its repressive control over the Venezuelan ... Read More»

Remarks at the OSCE International Conference Against Anti-Semitism

As prepared for delivery by Ambassador Adam Sterling Bratislava, Slovakia February 5, 2019 I am Ambassador Adam Sterling, the U.S. Ambassador to the Slovak Republic. I am honored to appear before you all with the full support of President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo. The United States thanks the Slovak Chairmanship for hosting this ... Read More»

2019 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute

The U.S. Embassy in Slovak Republic, Bratislava is now accepting applications for the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship. The four-week institute addresses U.S. foreign policy priorities such as youth engagement, democracy and civil society development, and economic prosperity. The program will take place in June and July of 2019; exact dates will be communicated at ... Read More»

Nord Stream 2 – A Threat to European Stability and Security

On December 13, Slovakia and other European Union nations voted to extend comprehensive sanctions against the Russian Federation. This decision reflects not only Russia’s failure to make progress on its commitments in Ukraine under the Minsk Agreements, but also its increasingly aggressive and illegal behavior against Ukraine. Russia’s unwarranted attacks against Ukrainian vessels in the ... Read More»

Ambassador Sterling Opens “My American Story” Discussion in Southern Slovakia

Ambassador Sterling told approximately 250 high school students about how study abroad changed his life as he opened a “My American Story” panel discussion in the southern Slovak city of Levice on December 6. A panel of successful young former U.S. exchange students held a presentation about their experiences studying in the United States at ... Read More»

Joint Anti-Corruption Day Statement

On December 9, we recognize International Anti-Corruption Day as a reminder to strengthen our common efforts to fight corruption globally. The United Nations recognizes corruption as the single greatest obstacle to economic and social development with at least $2.6 trillion stolen annually through global corruption. It weakens economies and corrodes democracy to make us poorer, ... Read More»

Ambassador Sterling Closes “Courage to be Free” Campaign in Kosice

Ambassador Adam Sterling officially closed the Embassy’s 2018 “Courage to be Free” campaign marking the centennial anniversary of Czeschoslovakia and twenty-five years of Slovak independence with a keynote address to approximately 300 students, faculty, business leaders, and media figures in Kosice on November 29. Safarik University’s Department of British and American studies, which received an ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bratislava

Location: Slovakia, countrywide Event: The embassy has confirmed that the fire was not an intentional explosion. Rather, it was caused by simple human error with a stove in the booth. Slovak emergency teams quickly responded to extinguish the fire.  There were no reported injuries, but there was some damage to the booth and an adjacent ... Read More»

GoUSA Exchange Fair Attracts Hundreds in Trnava

Consul Matt Pierson and Deputy PAO Griffin Rozell promoted exchange opportunities for high school and college students at a GoUSA exchange fair at Trnava University on November 27. Approximately 250 students and educators visited the fair to learn about Summer Work and Travel, the newly implemented Future Leaders Exchange Program, Fulbright exchanges, and other educational ... Read More»

Ambassador Sterling Hosts Traditional Summer Work and Travel Thanksgiving

Ambassador Adam Sterling opened his home to approximately 20 Summer Work and Travel (SWT) alumni and their guests for the fourth annual “Summer Work and Travel Thanksgiving Photo Contest” on November 20. Over one hundred 2018 SWT participants submitted their best snapshot to the Embassy Facebook page. The Embassy selected 31 finalists and Embassy Facebook ... Read More»

The Courage to Fight for Democracy

As Slovakia marks the Day of Struggle for Freedom and Democracy on November 17, we should pause to consider the ongoing relevance of the protests of 1989 and the Velvet Revolution. Ordinary Slovak and Czech students, later joined by their fellow citizens, courageously took to the streets to protest Soviet-backed authoritarianism and call for democracy ... Read More»

Public Affairs and Consular Officers Bring “Courage to be Free” to Schools Across Slovakia

The Embassy Public Affairs Officer, Spokesperson, and Consul spoke to approximately 400 high school and university students in four cities over November 13 and 14, focusing on U.S. support for Slovakia and democracy in Central Europe. Officers delivered presentations on the “Courage to be Free” at high schools in Banská Bystrica, Zvolen, Malacky, and Prievidza; ... Read More»

GO USA v Trnave, 27.11 – podujatie pre študentov o možnostiach brigády v USA

Trhovisko informácií o možnostiach štúdia v USA a o programoch Work & Travel 27. november (utorok), 10:00 – 13:00 Trnavská univerzita, vestibul budovy rektorátu, Hornopotočná 23 Tešia sa na vás bývalí absolventi programov, zástupcovia agentúr, Fulbrightovej komisie a Veľvyslanectva USA Viac informácií o podujatí nájdete na Facebook udalosti Read More»

“My American Story” Discussion in Košice Celebrates U.S. Study and Travel Opportunities

As part of the ongoing “My American Story” series of discussions celebrating personal connections between the U.S. and Slovakia in the anniversary year of 2018, three young alumni of U.S. study and exchange programs shared their experiences with a high school students at a packed movie hall in Košice. Speakers included a Summer Work and ... Read More»

The Courage to Be Free Lives On: Memories from a Tour of Slovakia

On May 31, 1918, approximately two dozen Slovak and Czech patriots gathered at the Loyal Order of Moose building in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to sign the Pittsburgh Agreement, also called the “birth certificate” of the first Czechoslovak Republic. From that beginning, the people of the United States and the people of Slovakia have shared history, ... Read More»

Ambassador Sterling Honors Pillars of Bilateral Relationship with Woodrow Wilson Awards

Ambassador Adam Sterling recognized outstanding Slovak individuals and organizations for their contributions to the U.S.-Slovak relationship in celebration of twenty-five years of diplomatic relations. Over 200 guests attended the awards ceremony at the Ambassador’s residence on October 10, where Sterling presented the first Woodrow Wilson Awards to five organizations and individuals in the fields of ... Read More»

Slovak Government, U.S. Troops Team Up to Highlight NATO

U.S. troops transiting western Slovakia teamed up with Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs representatives to highlight the importance of NATO for high school students on Thursday, September 20. The Slovak MOD invited students from the western Slovak town of Malacky onto Kuchyna Airfield to meet and greet U.S. soldiers and view their ... Read More»

Slovakia Welcomes 2018-2019 U.S. Fulbright Exchange Particpants

DCM Natasha Franceschi welcomed ten incoming Fulbright Exchange participants to Slovakia at a reception hosted by the Fulbright Commission in Slovakia on September 12. Franceshi highlighted the Fulbright exchange program as the “tool of first resort” for building people to people ties and fostering academic exchange, while thanking the Slovak government and partners in the ... Read More»

Bound by Courage: The United States of America and Slovakia

In 1776, the founders of my country had the courage to declare their independence and commit to a national project grounded in democratic governance and liberty for all citizens. Over a century later, communities of Slovak and Czech immigrants in the United States had the courage to seek for their compatriots in Europe the blessings ... Read More»

Embassy Marks Roma Holocaust Memorial Day

August 2 marks Roma Holocaust Remembrance Day on the anniversary of the Nazi’s execution of approximately 3,000 Roma prisoners (mostly the elderly, women, and children) at Auschwitz. The Embassy Spokesperson Griffin Rozell laid flowers at the annual August 1 “Ma bisteren!” remembrance event at the Slovak National Uprising Museum in Banska Bystrica, saying: “we must ... Read More»

Diplomatic 25K Bicycle Tour Highlights Shared Values, History

On July 19, Ambassador Sterling led a diplomatic peloton, with participants from the U.S., European and Asian embassies as well as the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on a twenty-five kilometer bicycle tour to commemorate Slovakia’s twenty-fifth anniversary as well as the 138th anniversary of the birth of Slovak hero M.R. Stefanik. Stefanik played a ... Read More»

Rainbow PRIDE Bratislava 2018

On July 14, the U.S. Embassy building in Bratislava will light up in the colors of the rainbow and a rainbow flag will hang prominently from the Embassy’s balcony.  These are symbols of the United States’ firm commitment to the human rights of LGBTI people everywhere. The same day, I will join people from across ... Read More»

LGBTI Rights Joint Statement

Bratislava, July 14, 2018 As international friends and partners with Slovakia, we join in celebrating LGBTI+ Pride and reaffirm our commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all.  Pride Marches in Bratislava on July 14 and in Košice on September 1, together with other Pride events, are a celebration of the important societal ... Read More»

Correcting the Record on Russia’s Continued Aggression and Subversion

The late American Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” I was reminded of that quotation as I read the interview with Viacheslav Nikonov, Head of the Committee for Education and Science of the Russian Duma, in Hospodarske Noviny (June 13, 2018). Mr. Nikonov ... Read More»

Building on Our Predecessors’ Courage to Be Free

One hundred years ago today, representatives of Czechs and Slovaks living in the United States came together in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and signed the “birth certificate” of the first Czechoslovak Republic. The document, primarily authored by T.G. Masaryk, is elegantly simple and clear in its intent: that the Slovaks and Czechs would endeavor to form an ... Read More»

U.S. Implementation, Oversight and Enforcement of the EU-U.S. & Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks

From January 2017 through May 2018, the U.S. Government has taken action to support the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks. These measures enhance privacy protections for EU and Swiss individuals, while ensuring that American and European businesses can count on the Privacy Shield to deliver innovative products and services across the Atlantic. For more ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Services in Eastern Slovakia

Dear Fellow American Citizens: On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, the U.S. Embassy will provide outreach services for American citizens in Eastern Slovakia and afterwards hold an informal meet and greet session.  American citizens will have the opportunity to meet with the new Consul, Officer Pierson, to take care of routine consular business, and to discuss individual ... Read More»

Ambassador Sterling, Minister of Foreign Affairs Lajcak Unveil Woodrow Wilson Bust

Ambassador Sterling and Minister of Foreign Affairs Lajcak unveiled a bust of President Woodrow Wilson on the grounds of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on May 18. Wilson’s inclusion of self-determination for the peoples of the Austro-Hungarian Empire played a key role in the creation of the first independent, democratic Czechoslovakia. Minister of ... Read More»

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Today, on May 17, we mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. We celebrate human diversity and reaffirm the dignity and inherent worth of all people, regardless of who they are or whom they love. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights are human rights – all people deserve equal dignity and to live ... Read More»

Ambassador Sterling Commemorates the End of World War II

Ambassador Adam Sterling laid a wreath together with Slovak president Andrej Kiska and other host country and foreign representatives at the Makov War Memorial on May 8 to commemorate the end of World War II. The Makov War Memorial, near the border with the Czech Republic, commemorates the actions of a Czechoslovak guerilla brigade and ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy, Bratislava, Slovakia, April 27, 2018

Location: There is a demonstration planned for Námestie SNP in Bratislava. Event: A demonstration is planned for Friday, April 27, 2018 beginning at 17:00 to 19:00 to show discontent with the ruling government coalition and alleged corruption.  A crowd in the thousands is expected to attend the protest to be held at Námestie SNP. Public transportation and roads in ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Honors Slovak Human Rights Defenders

Ambassador Adam Sterling honored three Slovak citizens on April 25 for their efforts in advancing human rights, women’s rights, and transparency in Slovakia at the Embassy’s annual Human Rights Awards Ceremony. Investigative journalist Jan Kuciak, formerly of, received the Transparency Award posthumously for his investigative reporting into corruption, his courage to pursue the truth ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Bratislava, Slovakia April 25, 2018

Location: All of Slovakia Event: The U.S. government remains concerned that terrorists are intent on targeting U.S. citizens, including children.  Terrorists may employ a variety of tactics, such as violent assaults and kidnappings.  In the past they have used knives, guns and vehicles as ramming devices.  They may target schools, hospitals, churches, tourist locations, transportation ... Read More»

American Jazz Legend Kenny Barron Marks Jazz Appreciation Month with Concert at CMR

Jazz pianist, composer, and member of the American Jazz Hall of Fame Kenny Barron performed for approximately eighty music lovers, including MFA at Ambassador Sterling’s residence on April 23 in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month. Barron has a personal tie to this years, Jazz Appreciation Month honoree, having recorded under legendary producer and civil rights ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy, Bratislava, Slovakia, April 05 and 06, 2018

Location: There is a demonstration planned in Bratislava at Námestie SNP.  There are other protests planned throughout the country taking place in the central square of the towns and cities. Event: There is a demonstration planned for Bratislava at Námestie SNP on Thursday, April 05 from 17:00 – 19:00 and more demonstrations taking place throughout the country ... Read More»

Ambassador Sterling Participates in Pianos Americanos Event

Ambassador Sterling delivered opening remarks for the Pianos Americanos performance at the Slovak Academy of Performing Arts on March 24, noting the importance of the people-to-people connections between our countries. The annual event features two pianists playing simultaneously and focuses on the music of a different country or region each year. This year’s performance featured ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy, Bratislava, Slovakia, March 26, 2018

Location: There is a demonstration planned for Námestie Alexandra Dubčeka in front of the National Council building in Bratislava. Event: A demonstration is planned for Monday, March 26, 2018 beginning at 17:00 to 19:00 to protest against the proposed new government following the resignation of the previous Slovak Prime Minister.  A crowd in the thousands is expected to attend ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy, Bratislava, Slovakia, March 23, 2018

Location: There are demonstrations planned in multiple cities across Slovakia.  The demonstrations expected to attract the largest number of participants will be in Kosice at Hlavne Namestie and in Bratislava, where there is a scheduled march from Šafárikovo námestie to námestie SNP. Event: Demonstrations are planned around Slovakia on Friday, March 23, 2018, beginning at 16:30 to 17:30 to ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy, Bratislava, Slovakia, March 16, 2018

Location: There are demonstrations planned again in over forty Slovak towns and cities.  The demonstrations expected to attract the largest number of participants will be in Bratislava at Namestie SNP and Kosice at Hlavne Namestie. Event: Demonstrations are planned around Slovakia on Friday, March 16, 2018, beginning from 17:00 to 18:30 to protest against the government following the murder ... Read More»

Ambassador Sterling’s Visit to Central and Eastern Slovakia

Ambassador Sterling traveled to Banska Bystrica, Poprad, Kezmarok and Stara Lubovna from February 28-March 2. In Banska Bystrica, he met with regional Governor Jan Lunter and discussed the governor’s agenda for the region following his recent election. The Ambassador also participated in a town hall with local community activists, students and business representatives, to discuss ... Read More»


The United States Government continues to closely follow developments in Slovakia following the murders of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kusnirova.  As Slovak society wrestles with the implications of this crime, we urge all parties to refrain from resorting to the use of conspiracy theories and disinformation.  The FBI’s Legal Attaché Office ... Read More»

Statement on the Murder of Jan Kuciak

We are shocked and saddened by the murder of reporter Jan Kuciak and his partner Martina Kusnirova and extend our deepest condolences to their family, friends, loved ones, and Mr. Kuciak’s colleagues at We note with special concern Police Chief Tibor Gaspar’s statements that the murder appears to have been premediated and most ... Read More»

Ambassador Sterling Hosts Iwo Jima Documentary Screening

Ambassador Adam Sterling delivered opening remarks at a screening of “The Boy Who Wanted to Be President”, a documentary about a Slovak-American Marine and Iwo Jima flag-raiser, at Bratislava’s Kino Lumière on February 23. Sterling told the story of first-generation Slovak-American Michal Strank and spoke about the deep personal connections between the U.S. and Slovakia. ... Read More»

Friend, Partner, Ally Book Launch Celebrates 25 Years of Diplomatic Relations

Ambassador Sterling and acting Foreign Minister Ivan Korcok headlined a launch ceremony for Friend, Partner, Ally, a book authored by former Slovak Minister of International Relations Pavol Demes chronicling 25 years of U.S.-Slovak diplomatic relations. Approximately 120 people attended the event, including two former Slovak Ambassadors to the United States, prominent NGO leaders, and a ... Read More»

Face2Face Series Highlights Life-changing U.S. Experiences

As part of our popular “Face2Face” public discussion series, Embassy Bratislava partnered with the Open Society Foundation to host a discussion titled “My American story” with three Slovaks that spent significant time in U.S. Guests included renowned chemist Robert Mistrik, Slovak “marsounaut” Michaela Musilova and lawyer and teacher Matej Sapak, who studied at Harvard. The ... Read More»

Media Invited to Campaign Launch Press Conference

MEDIA NOTE The United States Embassy in Bratislava is celebrating 25 years of U.S.-Slovak relations and the centennial of Czechoslovakia. On Monday, January 8 at 2:00 PM in Korzo Restaurant on Hviezdoslavovo namestie 3 we invite the media to participate in a press conference launching our campaign to commemorate more than a century of partnership. ... Read More»

Slovakia, the United States, and the Courage to Be Free

On New Year’s Eve 1992, thousands of Slovaks gathered on SNP square in Bratislava, counting down the minutes to the start of 1993—and with it, the birth of the Slovak Republic. Alongside thousands of jubilant Slovaks stood an American named Paul Hacker, Consul General of the United States. As the celebrations continued into the early ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Vienna, Austria – Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations Planned for December 16

A demonstration is planned on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm at the intersection of Boltzmanngasse and Strudelhofgasse (near the U.S. Embassy).  All non-essential U.S. Government personnel have been instructed to avoid this area during the demonstration.  This demonstration will take place outside of normal embassy operating hours.  The U.S. Embassy also notes that ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary – Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations on December 15, 2017

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the following demonstrations are expected to take place in Budapest: Beginning at 6:00 p.m. on December 15, there will be a demonstration against the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Budapest Police anticipates there will be approximately 300. The demonstration will take place ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ... Read More»

Joint Anti-Corruption Day Statement

Bratislava, December 9, 2017 Today we celebrate International Anti-Corruption Day as a reminder that the fight against corruption requires concerted efforts from all of our countries. Corruption is more than a bribe; it is also the abuse of public funds and power for private gain, and it affects everyone. It impedes economic growth, harms the ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder

December 6, 2017  The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.   Embassy Bratislava reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. Review ... Read More»

Assistant Public Affairs Officer Speaks in Central Slovakia

On December 5, Assistant Public Affairs Officer Griffin Rozell spoke about Texas, the U.S. foreign service, and the U.S. political system to approximately fifty high school students at Ruzomberok’s Business Academy. The students showed particular interest in learning more about the details of foreign service life as well as exchange opportunities in the United States. ... Read More»

Promoting Education and Entrepreneurship at Slovakia’s Startup Awards

Ambassador Sterling delivered opening remarks at a discussion on “Education and Entrepreneurship” on December 1 during Slovakia’s annual Startup Awards event. The discussion, which was organized by the EuroPolicy NGO with funding from the Embassy, brought together representatives from government, academia and the private sector to examine the nexus between higher education and business in ... Read More»

U.S. Legal Ethics Expert Dr. James Moliterno Promotes Rule of Law Reforms

U.S. legal expert James Moliterno discussed implementation of the new ethics code with the Deputy Prosecutor General during his two day visit from November 30 to December 1, who agreed he should return to Slovakia in 2018 to conduct an intensive practical workshop with the Prosecutorial Ethics Commission on how to handle ethics cases. Moliterno ... Read More»

The Ongoing Struggle for a Free and Democratic Slovakia

Together with our Slovak friends and partners, the U.S. Embassy marked one of the most meaniningful of Slovak public holidays on November 17: the day of Struggle for Freedom and Democracy. This day reminds us of the heroic struggles of ordinary Slovak and Czech students against Nazi occupation in 1939, and the calls for freedom ... Read More»

U.S.-Slovak Strong Ties Persist

As Slovakia prepares to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of its independence next year, it will also be celebrating twenty-five years of a close diplomatic relationship with the United States as a friend, partner, and ally. The ties that bind the United States of America and Slovakia are strong, encompassing cooperation in the fields of international ... Read More»

Summer Work and Travel Alumni Celebrate Thanksgiving with the Ambassador

Twenty four-hour news broadcaster TA3 and state newswire TASR covered the Embassy’s third annual Summer Work and Travel (SWT) Thanksgiving dinner and photography contest, hosted by Ambassador Sterling at the Chief of Mission Residence (CMR). Approximately 25 finalists from the Embassy’s SWT photo contest as well as representatives from local SWT agencies came to the ... Read More»

Ambassador Attends Holocaust Documentary Screening

State broadcaster RTVS and private broadcasters TV Markiza and TV Joj covered Ambassador Sterling’s attendance at ascreening of a Holocaust survival documentary at the Sered Holocaust Museum. The film, which was supported through a U.S. Embassy grant, offered the story of Pavel Traubner, a Slovak Jew who survived the Holocaust as a child. In his ... Read More»

Ambassador Sterling Visits Eastern Slovakia

Ambassador Sterling traveled to eastern Slovakia from November 13-15 to conduct outreach and learn about the local business and security environment. In Kosice, the Ambassador discussed U.S.-Slovak shared values with an audience of 180 British and American Studies students at Safarik University. In Kechnec, he met the mayor, learned about that town’s efforts to spur ... Read More»

Ambassador Sterling Commemorates the Death of U.S. World War II Airman

Ambassador Sterling and Defense Attaché Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Dunn traveled to Trencianske Teplice for an annual ceremony marking the death of Corporal Roland Morin. In 1944 Corporal Morin served as the ball-turret gunner in a B-24 Liberator that flew across Slovakia from Italy on a mission to bomb a Nazi oil refinery located in modern-day ... Read More»

Ambassador Visits Trnava, Tours Stefanik Muzeum in Advance of 2018 Anniversaries

Ambassador Sterling visited Trnava, Slovakia’s 7th largest city (pop. 68,000), on October 12 to meet with the Mayor following his recent IVLP and to re-connect with our closer partners at Trnava University’s Faculty of Law. Trvana’s Mayor, Peter Brocka, returned to Slovakia on October 8 following a three-week IVLP in the U.S. on State and ... Read More»

Former Astronaut Dorothy Metcalf-Lindburger Speaks to Slovak Students

Former NASA astronaut and science teacher Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger spoke to a capacity crowd of 670 high school students on “Dare to Dream” at Bratislava’s Economic University on Thursday, September 28. Later that evening she held a talk and question session with approximately 150 space enthusiasts at the Slovak National Gallery’s café. This morning, September 29, ... Read More»

Ambassador Hosts Taste of America Showcasing U.S. Beef and Pork

Ambassador Adam Sterling hosted a Taste of America food promotion event for Slovak food and hospitality industry leaders at his residence on September 21. The Embassy partnered with the Foreign Agricultural Service office in Berlin and the U.S. Meat Export Federation to showcase high-quality beef and pork and its potential appeal to Slovak consumers. State ... Read More»

USAFE Band Performs in Banska Bystrica and Bratislava

USAFE’s twelve-piece jazz band “The Ambassadors” visited Slovakia from August 29-30 for performances in Banska Bystrica and Bratislava. On August 29, the band took part in the Slovak National Uprising commemoration in Banska Bystrica, which celebrates Slovak resistance against the Fascist Slovak State and German occupying forces during WWII. The band performed a number of ... Read More»

Slovakia Celebrates 73rd Anniversary of Slovak National Uprising; Leaders Call for Rejection of Extremism and Fascism

August 29 marked the 73rd anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising which was launched from Banksa Bystrica in 1944 against Nazi troops and the wartime collaborationist government of Jozef Tiso. All media outlets heavily cover the attendance of President Andrej Kiska, Prime Minister Robert Fico, and Head of Parliament Andrej Danko at commemorative events in ... Read More»

7th Slovak Airshow Boasts U.S. Aircraft and Record Numbers

This year’s Slovak International Air Fest (SIAF) took place at the Sliac airport on August 26 and 27 and was visited by approximately 150,000 people. Among the big draws included fly-bys of U.S. B-52 and B-1 strategic bombers, which in the past had only been on static display at the Slovak airshow. Other highlights were ... Read More»

Embassy Human Rights Awards Recipients

2017 Forgotten Slovakia received the Human Rights Defender Award in recognition of their committed outreach to residents across the country. Their work provides an opportunity for local residents to share their views, while also raising public awareness about the dangers posed by extremism. The Zilina-based NGO Against Corruption received the Transparency Award in recognition of ... Read More»

What Connects Slovaks with Americans

On my recent trip to the United States I met with people across the country, from New York to Pittsburgh to San Francisco, who care passionately about Slovakia.  I met descendants of 19th century immigrants, Czechoslovaks who left in the 1960s, Slovaks recently arrived in Silicon Valley, and Americans long committed to strong partnerships with ... Read More»

Summer Work & Travel Photo Contest

Give us your best shot! Are you travelling to the U.S. for the Work and Travel program? Send us your best photos from your summer in America and win Instant Camera FujiFilm SQ10! You can shoot a picture and make a beautiful color print on the spot during your next summer! Participants can submit photographs until October 13, 2019.  ... Read More»

More than Thirty Towns in Eight Months

We’re pleased to announce the Ambassador’s new travel map !  Ambassador Sterling makes traveling around Slovakia to visit new regions and towns a high priority, and he has already managed to see over 30 towns and municipalities in the eight months he has lived in Slovakia.  Now you can follow him on his new travel map, which shows where ... Read More»

Ambassador Sterling Joins UK Counterpart and Slovak Defense Ministry Officials in Honoring Shared WWII History

On Thursday June 1st, the U.S. and British Embassies along with the Slovak Defense Ministry held a wreath laying ceremony in the village of Polomka and unveiled a new plaque to recognize American and British personnel who were killed during the Slovak National Uprising. The ceremony paid tribute to those who fought and died to ... Read More»

Embassy Hosts Roundtable to Discuss Environmental Challenges and Solutions

Ambassador Sterling hosted an environmental roundtable on Thursday, May 25 that brought together approximately 20 representatives from the Environment Ministry, NGOs, student associations, and businesses. The roundtable gave the Ambassador the chance to formally introduce himself to Slovakia’s main environmental stakeholders. Participants shared their views on what they believe to be Slovakia’s greatest environmental challenges. ... Read More»

Ambassador Sterling Presents Embassy’s Annual Human Rights Awards

U.S. Embassy Bratislava held its 6th annual Human Rights Awards reception on May 23 at Ambassador Adam Sterling’s residence. The Embassy recognized Forgotten Slovakia, a civic initiative that combats fascism and other forms of extremism and violence, with the Human Rights Defender Award. Against Corruption, an NGO based in Zilina, received the Transparency Award for ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: European Travel Alert May 2, 2017

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This Travel Alert expires on September 1, 2017. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to ... Read More»

SelectUSA Investment Summit Invites Slovak Businesses to Register

Registration is open for the fourth SelectUSA Investment Summit in the Washington, DC area, June 18-20, 2017. The Summit offers Slovak businesses seeking to establish or expand operations in the United States the practical tools, information, and connections they need to invest. The theme for this year’s Summit – “Grow with US” – highlights the ... Read More»

Ambassador Unveils Art in Embassies Collection at Jazz Appreciation Month Reception

Ambassador Adam Sterling hosted a reception on April 20 to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) and introduce his new Art in Embassies (AIE) collection . Art in Embassies is a program that was established in 1963 by the U.S. Department of State to showcase American art at official residences overseas. The jazz performance and reception was a perfect venue for ... Read More»

Embassy Americans Cook Tex-Mex on Popular Morning Show

Members of the U.S. Embassy community Adrian and Karla Patrascu cooked Tex-Mex food April 20 on Slovakia’s most-watched national morning program, “Telerano.” They enjoyed sharing this typical cuisine from Texas with Slovaks. They prepared carne guisada, tortillas, guacamole, and cebollas encurtidas. They also made Mexican rice, using Karla’s mother’s recipe. Read More»

Tatra National Parks Renew Agreement with Rocky Mountain National Park for Earth Day

Tatra National Park (TANAP) joined their Polish counterpart to renew their Sister Park Agreement with the Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) at a signing ceremony in Zakopane, Poland on April 19. This event was planned in honor of Earth Day, which is celebrated on April 22 each year. The sister park agreement between TANAP and ... Read More»

Film Commemorates Slovak-American Michal Strank’s Participation in World War II

“He was a strict commander who required discipline. But he also had a big heart, and he loved fun. If there was laughter, Michal was guaranteed to be there.” This is how one of U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Michal Strank’s former colleagues described him in a documentary about Strank’s life. Strank was a Rusin, who ... Read More»

International Roma Day

International Roma Day – celebrated on April 8 each year – is an opportunity to celebrate Roma, who have been an integral part of the rich cultural tapestry of Slovakia for hundreds of years. Roma number an estimated 10 to 12 million across Europe, while one million American citizens of Romani descent live in the ... Read More»

Ambassador Stresses the Importance of Tolerance and Diversity in Velky Krtis

In the town of Velky Krtis in southern Banska Bystrica province, the Ambassador spoke to 60 high school students about his personal encounters with intolerance and anti-Semitism on March 16. Responding to questions from the audience, the Ambassador noted the shared commitment of the United States and Slovakia to the values of tolerance and diversity, ... Read More»

Ambassador Sterling Completes Roma-themed Trip through Eastern Slovakia

On March 14 to 16, Ambassador Sterling visited Kosice, Moldava nad Bodvou, Rimavska Sobota, and Velky Krtis during a trip devoted largely to Roma and anti-extremism issues. The Ambassador visited the Romani community in Kosice’s Lunik IX district, home to one of the largest marginalized Romani communities in Slovakia, and the marginalized Budulovska settlement in ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Bratislava March 11

The U.S. Embassy in Bratislava informs U.S. citizens residing in Slovakia that three demonstrations will take place in Bratislava on March 11, 2017: The group organizing the “March to commemorate the First Slovak Republic” will march from 11:00am to 7:00pm and plans to pass through Hodzovo Square, Stefanikova, Suche Myto, Hurbanovo Square, SNP Square, Spitalska, ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution March 3, 2017

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ... Read More»

Overseas Voting Registration in 2017

Just voted in November? Still traveling or living overseas? You should register and request your absentee ballot to vote again in 2017 to ensure your election office knows where to send your ballot for any upcoming special elections for federal office. Some states are also holding gubernatorial or other statewide elections this year. The Federal Voting Assistance ... Read More»

Kansas Special Election Scheduled for April 11

The State of Kansas will conduct a special election on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, for the 4th Congressional District to replace Mike Pompeo who resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives when he was confirmed and formally sworn in as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.  This district consists of all or part of Barber, ... Read More»

California Special Primary Election Scheduled for April 4

The State of California will conduct a special primary election on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, for the 34th Congressional District to replace Xavier Becerra who was confirmed as Attorney General of California.  This district consists of part of Los Angeles County. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, a special general election will ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy and University Library Renew Agreement to Host the InfoUSA Center

On January 17, 2017, General Director of the University Library in Bratislava, Silvia Stasselova, and the Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer, Jason Khile, signed an updated memorandum of understanding to continue hosting the information and cultural center, InfoUSA Bratislava, for an additional three years. These partners have jointly operated the InfoUSA center since February 2005. Among ... Read More»

Check Out Our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – ... Read More»

Joint Anti-Corruption Day Statement

To raise awareness of the importance of promoting transparency, the UN General Assembly designated December 9 as International Anti-Corruption Day. Over the past year in Slovakia and elsewhere, public distrust of institutions has contributed to growing support for extremism. To build stronger societies, we must jointly strive to provide transparent and effective governance to rebuild ... Read More»

The Importance of Investing in Education

Education is the essential foundation for prosperity and opportunity. It strengthens our democracy, enriches our civic life, and serves as a pathway to economic success. It also cultivates young people’s talent and creativity, encourages them to connect with other people, and inspires them to discover and analyze the world in which they live. Everyone – ... Read More»

Slovak Startups Conquer the World

  Entrepreneurship and innovation are key economic drivers in Slovakia. The first reception I hosted as Ambassador was a kick-off event for this year’s Startup Awards, and in the short time I’ve been here, I’ve already heard a lot about how Slovakia is on the move – cybersecurity companies, offline navigation systems, and gaming giants ... Read More»

Embassy Condolence Message

We mourn the loss of the first President of the Slovak Republic Michal Kovac. On behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Slovakia we express our sincere condolences to his family and relatives. Michal Kovac played a key role in building the independent Slovak Republic, and as President, he steadfastly defended the values of democracy through ... Read More»

Embassy Statement on Perimeter Fence Lease

The Embassy has pursued negotiations with the City of Bratislava on the security perimeter lease in good faith. We agreed to the City’s conditions in renewing the lease, including the imposition of an annual rental fee of approximately a half-million Euros. We are prepared to pay this fee as soon as we have a fully-signed ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Sterling on Russia Sanctions and the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements

On September 15 the European Union extended its asset freeze and travel ban against Russian officials and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The United States welcomes this step and believes that sanctions are the most important tool the international community has for convincing Russia to end its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine and ensuring ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations Thursday, September 22 & Friday, September 23

U.S. Embassy Bratislava informs U.S. citizens residing in Slovakia that demonstrations have been scheduled in Bratislava for Thursday, September 22 and Friday, September 23, starting at 9:00 a.m. and lasting until 7:00 p.m., both days at Hviezdoslav Square (Hviezdoslavovo Námestie), near the Slovak National Theater. The reported purpose of the gathering is to protest the ... Read More»

SNP was a Significant Moment in History, and Americans also Contributed

On August 29, we will commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising – one of the proudest moments in Slovakia’s history. By resisting the Nazi occupation and rejecting fascism, the Slovak people demonstrated their courage in the face of overwhelming odds and their determination to stand united against hatred and oppression. Citizens from ... Read More»

Embassy Hosts 2nd Annual Alumni Family Day

The Embassy’s second annual Alumni Family Day took place in the Bratislava suburb of Petrzalka on Sunday. Approximately 65 people attended the event, including alumni of the IVLP, Fulbright, Benjamin Franklin, SUSI, and Humphrey Programs. The Embassy organized the outing in cooperation with the Slovak Fulbright Alumni Association, the only standing USG alumni association in ... Read More»

Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) Would Help Slovakia Achieve Greater Energy Diversification

This May’s U.S.-EU Energy Council meeting emphasized the critical connection between energy diversification and security. In particular, the Council stressed the importance of transatlantic cooperation to improve Europe’s energy diversification and ensure adequate alternative energy sources, suppliers, and transportation routes. In 2013, about 40% of EU gas imports came from Russia. Too many member states ... Read More»

U.S. Congressional Delegation Visits Slovakia

The U.S. Embassy in Bratislava was pleased to welcome a large U.S. Congressional delegation to Slovakia for meetings from August 3-5. Led by Congressman Bob Goodlatte, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, the bipartisan delegation – which included Representatives Mike Bishop, Doug Collins, Louie Gohmert, Richard Hudson, Sheila Jackson Lee, and Scott Peters – ... Read More»

Joint Statement on LGBTI rights

As members of the international community, we consider advocating for respect for universal human rights to be a fundamental aspect of our work, our mission, and our world.  We recall the affirmation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that everyone is born free and equal in dignity and rights without distinction of any kind. ... Read More»

We can Protect Children Together

In a world in which travel and communication are easier and faster than ever, many families have ties to more than one country. Some parents may relocate to pursue a job opportunity, or some may choose to live in a spouse or partner’s home country. As a result, many children are raised in bilingual households ... Read More»

NATO is a Space for Cooperation

Recent events have fundamentally changed the landscape and security environment in Europe and around the world. These new challenges have led us to recommit to old alliances and partnerships and to transform and strengthen them as we adapt to a new reality. The United States works with its NATO allies to ensure the security of ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations Saturday, June 25

U.S. Embassy Bratislava informs U.S. citizens residing in Slovakia that demonstrations have been scheduled in Bratislava for Saturday, June 25, starting at 3:00 p.m. A movement known as “The Alternative Way” has planned a march from the main train station, Hlavna Stanica, to Namestie Slobody (Freedom Square). The group is expected to congregate in Namestie ... Read More»

2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit Delegates from Slovakia

The U.S. Embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia is happy to announce that Radoslav Mizera of Solved, Martina Drahošová of ixworx, and Petra Dzurovcinova of the Slovak Alliance for Internet Economy will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which will take place June 22-24, 2016 in Palo Alto, California. They will be joining more than 700 entrepreneurs ... Read More»

Confronting Far-Right Extremism

We are seeing it daily in our newspapers. In the past years, months, even weeks, we have witnessed the rise of far-right groups and their political parties in the United States, in Europe, and here in Slovakia. Their growth is partially due to frustration with governments that seem incapable of addressing people’s needs. In these ... Read More»

Winter on Fire Comes to Slovakia

“Winter on Fire” director Evgeny Afineevsky visited Slovakia on June 1 to show his Academy Award nominated film about the events on Kyiv’s Maidan in 2013-2014. Afineevsky met with people from all sectors of Slovak society to speak about his film, the sacrifices Maidan protestors made for basic civil liberties, and their courage in the ... Read More»

Embassy Helps English Teachers Improve Skills at Two-day Workshop

Fifteen English language teachers (ELT) from journalism departments all over Slovakia gathered for a two-day workshop at the InfoUSA center in Bratislava to improve their teaching skills. English Language Fellow Nathan Meyer, visiting from Serbia, explored innovative teaching methods during the workshop’s morning sessions, while visiting American Fulbright lecturer, Professor of Journalism Robert Kochersberger, presented ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide Americans travelling abroad with information about relevant events, we are alerting U.S. citizens to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe, targeting major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation. The large number of tourists visiting Europe in the summer months will present ... Read More»

Opportunities for Roma Help the Whole Country

International Roma Day – celebrated on April 8 each year – is an opportunity to celebrate the rich Romani culture but also to focus on obstacles that continue to face the Romani people. The Roma have been a part of Europe’s rich cultural tapestry for hundreds of years. With their own unique languages and culture, ... Read More»

Zuzana Števulová Receives International Women of Courage Award

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry honored Zuzana Števulová with the 2016 International Women of Courage Award today in Washington, D.C. Števulová was recognized for her profound personal dedication in courageously fighting for the rights of refugees and migrants, including during Europe’s migration crisis. Števulová was among 14 women from across the world to receive ... Read More»

Europe Travel Alert

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL. Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation. This Travel Alert expires on June 20, 2016. U.S. ... Read More»

The Case for Women Leaders in Business

Margaret Thatcher once observed, “If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.” The “Iron Lady” was talking about politics, but research from American business supports her statement. Last year, U.S. venture capital firm First Round Capital examined their investments from the past decade and found that investments ... Read More»

Visiting NAACP Speaker Hilary Shelton on Diversity, Integration

NAACP Washington Bureau Director Hilary Shelton visited Slovakia from February 29-March 2. During his visit, Shelton helped to re-launch the Embassy’s Youth Advisory Council, holding a discussion about diversity and civil rights at the Ambassador’s residence with students from Comenius University, the Economics University and the Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts. He also spoke ... Read More»

Jingling for Change

Over the past year Slovakia has taken some steps to fight corruption, including adopting an anti-corruption action plan, a new National Action Plan under the Open Government Partnership, and a new judicial code of conduct. These are positive steps, but public trust in Slovak government institutions remains low, indicating that there is still interest among ... Read More»

What would the U.S. be without African Americans?

Every February we celebrate National African-American History Month in the United States – a time to reflect on the enormous hardships faced by generations of African-Americans, but also an opportunity to celebrate their enormous contributions to the success of our nation. The United States would not be the country it is today without the strength, ... Read More»

Embassy Outreach in Kosice and Presov

PAO Jason Khile and members of the PAS Bratislava team visited Kosice and Presov, the second and third largest cities in Slovakia, from February 10-11. Khile spoke to about 200 students at Presov’s Konstantin Gymnazium and at the InfoUSA Center in Kosice about Chicago as part of the Embassy’s U.S. Travel and Tourism series. The ... Read More»

U.S. Chargé Visits 5th Special Forces Regiment in Žilina

Charge d’Affaires Liam Wasley paid a visit to the 5th Special Forces Regiment in Žilina on February 9. He thanked them for sacrifices they made in Afghanistan and said, “I would welcome future Slovak contributions to provide training to Afghan security forces.” During the visit, Charge Wasley learned about the regiment’s history and its main ... Read More»

Joint Press Release on Meeting between Chargé d’Affaires Liam Wasley and Minister Ján Richter on February 1

Minister of Labor, Social Affairs and Family Ján Richter and U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Liam Wasley discussed changes to Slovak and U.S. regulations that have made trans-Atlantic collaboration much easier. As of January 1, the maximum validity of U.S. visas for Slovak workers in the United States has been extended from two to five years. ... Read More»

It’s Now Simpler for Slovaks to Work in America

Entrepreneurship and innovation are the keys to turbocharging today’s industries and unlocking job growth in the industries of tomorrow. Slovakia’s smaller size inspires Slovak innovators and entrepreneurs to pursue a global outlook, with products that appeal to the international marketplace. However, dynamic companies both here and in the United States often complain that bureaucratic difficulties ... Read More»

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Rob Berschinski Travels to Slovakia

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Rob Berschinski visited Slovakia January 20-21, 2016 to discuss a broad range of human rights issues within the context of the strong U.S.-Slovak relationship. During his trip, Berschinski met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Robert Kalinak, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister ... Read More»

Looking ahead to 2016

After a 2015 filled with cooperation between the United States and Slovakia on many fronts, we are excited this year to build further on this strong foundation to bring our countries even closer together. We believe 2016 can be the “year of implementation” of key efforts that are important to both out nations. For example, ... Read More»

United States Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

WASHINGTON – The United States today began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining the highest standards ... Read More»

A Combined Market from California to Košice

2015 was a year in which we celebrated the past. In 2015, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Cleveland Agreement, one of the foundational documents of Czecho-Slovak independence which helped nurture the idea of Slovak statehood. We also reflect on Slovakia’s progress over the past two decades. Slovakia’s independence and eventual membership in the ... Read More»

CIPC and U.S. Embassy Joint Press Release on Visit by U.S. Special Advisor for Children’s Issues

On December 7th and 8th the U.S State Department’s Special Advisor for Children’s Issues, Ambassador Susan Jacobs, visited Slovakia to discuss intercountry adoptions between the United States and Slovakia with Slovak government officials. She met with Andrea Cisarova, the director of Slovakia’s Central Authority for adoptions under the Hague Convention (CIPC), as well as with ... Read More»

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

1 in 3 women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence – mostly by an intimate partner. Gender-based violence is pervasive. According to a European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) survey, close to one-quarter of women in Slovakia report having suffered abuse. Gender-based violence comes in many forms, from intimate partner violence, to rape ... Read More»

Joint Anti-Corruption Day Statement

Corruption is extraordinarily costly, consuming more than 5% of global GDP (US$ 2.6 trillion), according to the World Economic Forum. Corruption leads to waste and the inefficient use of public resources, increases the costs of doing business, scares away foreign investment, and undermines public trust in state institutions. To raise awareness of the corrosive effects ... Read More»

USNATO Ambassador Douglas Lute talks about NATO

America’s Permanent Representative to NATO, Ambassador Douglas Lute, visited Bratislava from December 6-7 to speak with public audiences and government representatives about the importance of the NATO Alliance. He said that NATO member countries represent a political, economic and military force without historical equal, and stressed that all 28 members were committed to each other’s’ ... Read More»

Let’s stop gender-based violence in Slovakia

Gender-based violence is pervasive. Worldwide, an estimated one in three women will be physically or sexually abused in her lifetime. According to a European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) survey, close to one-quarter of women in Slovakia report having suffered abuse. Gender-based violence comes in many forms, from intimate partner violence, to rape and ... Read More»

Climate Change has also affected Slovakia

As the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) is taking place in Paris, our thoughts and prayers are first with all those affected by the recent terrorist attacks there. The United States joins with Slovakia to stand in solidarity with France. Terrorists will not intimidate us nor disrupt our plans to gather as ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Speaks on Security Issues at Trnava’s University of Cyril and Methodius

On December 1, Chargé d’Affaires Liam Wasley delivered a lecture on current security issues, covering the NATO alliance, preparations for the 2016 Warsaw Summit, military cooperation and Slovak defense modernization efforts, energy security, Ukraine/Russia, Syria, and refugees/migration. The audience included approximately 50 students. The Embassy was happy to have the opportunity to speak with Slovak ... Read More»

Summer Work and Travel Thanksgiving Reception

The Embassy hosted approximately 50 alumni of the Summer Work and Travel (SWT) program at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence on November 24 for a Thanksgiving reception. The reception also served as an award ceremony for the Embassy’s annual SWT photo contest. The contest, which took place on the Embassy’s Facebook page, reached 340,000 people – ... Read More»

Embassy-sponsored “Face2Face” discussion on migration

As part of our popular “Face2Face” discussion series, Embassy Bratislava partnered with the Open Society Foundation to host a discussion about refugees and migration on November 19. The discussion took place in Zilina and included representatives from the Slovak Human Rights League (HRL), People in Peril, and a naturalized Syrian émigré who has been working ... Read More»

Highlighting U.S. Higher Education and Summer Work & Travel

In conjunction with International Education Week, the Embassy traveled to Banska Bystrica to hold our fifth annual GoUSA! fair at a popular local shopping mall, where we attracted approximately 400 guests interested in learning more about opportunities to study, work, and travel in the United States. Representatives from the Public Affairs Section (PAS), the Consular ... Read More»

Few Will Benefit From TTIP More Than Slovakia

This month the United States and eleven Asia-Pacific trade partners took a significant step toward a landmark trade deal when together we concluded negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP links together 12 countries that represent nearly 40 percent of the world economy. Once implemented, the partnership will spur economic growth and enhance competitiveness. ... Read More»

I’m Glad to Return to Slovakia

I first visited Slovakia in 1989 as a young college student, backpacking through Central Europe during one of the most transformative times in this region’s history.  I vividly remember the atmosphere of optimism and excitement as Slovaks and their central European neighbors looked forward to building a free, democratic future for themselves after the fall ... Read More»

United States and Slovakia Cooperate to Counter Nuclear Smuggling

Joint Press Release of the Embassy of the United States of America and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Representatives from the United States and Slovakia met in Bratislava October 13-15, 2015, to discuss ways to further strengthen their countries’ joint efforts to counter nuclear smuggling. These discussions are a ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Migration Crisis

The United States welcomes the European Union’s effort to develop a comprehensive, coordinated solution to the migration crisis that ensures that lives are protected, that human rights are respected, and that proper screening and registration procedures are in place. Continued unity in confronting this challenge is critical, as only a unified Europe has the strength ... Read More»

Joint Statement in Support of LGBTI Rights

As members of the international community, we consider advocating for respect for universal human rights to be a fundamental aspect of our work, our mission, and our world. We affirm the principles of the Charter of the Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which includes the prohibition of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, ... Read More»

2nd Cavalry Regiment visits Slovakia

Approximately 500 soldiers and 150 vehicles from the U.S. Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment visited Slovakia from September 14-17 as part of Dragoon Crossing, a movement from Germany through Czech Republic and Slovakia to Hungary. The U.S. soldiers participated in a joint religious service and soccer match at Malacky Airfiled near Bratislava on September 15. The ... Read More»

Message to President Kiska

Dear Mr. President: Together with the American people, I offer best wishes to you and the people of the Slovak Republic this Constitution Day. Our mutual commitment to the transatlantic family of nations fortifies our partnership as we stand together to build a Europe whole, free, and at peace. The Slovak Republic’s transition to a ... Read More»

Concern over Anti-Roma Statements in Slovakia and Anti-Roma Protests in Bulgaria

As delivered by Ambassador Daniel B. Baer to the Permanent Council, Vienna The United States is concerned about recent statements made by Slovak politicians that Romani students needed to be segregated into special education classes due to genetic deficiencies caused by higher levels of incest in the Romani community. These assertions are not only highly ... Read More»

Embassies Open Doors 2015

The United States Embassy is pleased to invite members of the public to visit us for the First Annual Embassies Open Doors on May 16, when visitors will have an opportunity to explore some of the city’s most historic buildings and institutions. Visitors will be able to tour a portion of the U.S. Embassy, including ... Read More»

Statement by Marie Harf on Ukraine

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Marie Harf, Acting Deputy Spokesperson April 22, 2015 Combined Russian-separatist forces continue to violate the terms of the “Minsk 2” agreement signed in mid-February. Combined Russian-separatist forces maintain a sizable number of artillery pieces and multiple rocket launchers within areas prohibited under the Minsk accords. The Russian ... Read More»

Visit of Senior Anti-Corruption Coordinator

U.S. Department of State Senior Anti-Corruption Coordinator for Europe George Kent is visiting Slovakia April 20 and 21 to meet with Prime Minister Fico, government offices, Parliamentarians, civil society activists, and the business community. His visit is part of a regional U. S. government initiative to combat corruption and promote transparent governance. Mr. Kent commented, ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Annual Human Rights Awards

On April 9 the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava held our annual awards ceremony to recognize those who advocate for human rights in Slovakia. Upholding human rights remains one of the top priorities of the United States worldwide. The work of human rights defenders in Slovakia has a direct impact on the lives of many, and ... Read More»

Statement on Ambassador Sedgwick’s Meeting with Prime Minister Fico

United States Ambassador Theodore Sedgwick met today with the Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico. They discussed Slovakia’s anti-corruption efforts, trans-Atlantic and European unity regarding continued Russian aggression in Ukraine, and strengthening trade and investment opportunities. Ambassador Sedgwick commended the steps Slovakia has taken to fight corruption, including recent cooperation with the Rule of Law ... Read More»

U.S. Secretary of Defense Discusses Strategic Cooperation on Military Modernization with Slovak Minister of Defense

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Slovak Minister of Defense Martin Glváč yesterday at the Pentagon to discuss the strategic partnership between Slovakia and the United States. Secretary Hagel took the opportunity to thank Slovakia for its many contributions to regional security, particularly in Afghanistan, but also through its assistance to Ukraine, epitomized by ... Read More»
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