Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bratislava, Slovakia, COVID-19 Status Update
June 23, 2020
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 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. may do so through available commercial means. As there are daily commercial flights available, the Embassy does not anticipate organizing direct charter flights to America. For more information on return to the United States visit the U.S. Embassy website here and the Department of Homeland Security website here.
American Citizen Services: American Citizen Services at the Embassy are available. Passport facilities have returned to work and the Embassy is able to accept applications for full 10-year validity passports. Please expect delays in delivery up to several months. If you are in need of American Citizen Services, please reach out to the Embassy to make an appointment and receive all the details.
Overseas Voting: U.S. citizens living overseas can vote absentee in their state’s upcoming election, no matter where they are. The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential impact it may have on the election cycle. For additional information on registering to vote and potential changes to your state’s election, visit the FAP website here.
Social Distancing Measures: Though the official state of emergency in Slovakia has ended there are still several social distancing and sanitary regulations in place. Please remember to adhere to all Slovak laws and regulations, especially in these trying times. As the situation is dynamic, please keep informed through reputable sources including the Ministry of Public Health’s English language webpage and the Embassy site that is updated daily.
Immigration Status in Slovakia: The validity of temporary and permanent residents, as well as those in Slovakia on paroled status whose validity expired during the official state of crisis and up to July 12, 2020, has automatically been extended until August 12, 2020. Travelers that legally entered Slovakia on a Schengen visa maintain their legal status until July 12, 2020. Those found to be out of status after those dates will be subject to standard Slovak immigration law.
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for daily updates on conditions in Slovakia.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
- Visit the Slovak Ministry of Public Health COVID-19 webpage.
- U.S. Embassy Bratislava, Slovakia
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+09 0370 3666 After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens
- State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444
- Visit the Embassy webpage
- Slovakia Country Information
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