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 social distancing.  

Phase one is scheduled to go into effect Wednesday, April 22 and will allow the opening of businesses up to 300 m2, restaurants that serve food through a to-go window, outdoor sports facilities, outdoor markets, auto sales and servicing, and long-term hotels.  The rest of the proposed reopening can be found in the below chart. 

Phase 1

April 22

Phase 2

Two Weeks

Phase 3

Four Weeks 

Phase 4


Businesses – Up to 300 sq. m  Short-term Hotels Businesses – up to 1000 sq. m Movies, Theatres 
Take-out food No dining rooms Outdoor restaurants, cafes Swimming pools
Outdoor sports facilities Hair and Nail Salons Massage, Sports rehab Mass gatherings 
No locker rooms  Outdoor tourist sites Only ‘dry’ procedures Shopping malls
No-contact sports Taxis Museums, galleries, libraries  Indoor sports facilities
Long-term hotels/housing With hygiene measures With hygiene controls  Spectator sports
Outdoor markets Children’s clubs Hotels and resorts
Auto sales and service For children under 10 No restrictions
Religious services, weddings Schools, universities
Crowd size limited 


American citizens are reminded that on March 19, the U.S. Department of State declared a worldwide level four health alert advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  U.S. citizens currently in Slovakia that 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. U.S. citizens who live in Slovakia should avoid all international travel.  

COVID-19 Related Actions to Take:  

General Assistance:  

  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.   
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Slovakia located at Hviezdoslavovo namestie 4-5 in Bratislava, at +421 254 430 861, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +421 903 703 666.  
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  
  • Visit the Embassy webpage.  
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