May 29, 2020
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 the Vienna and Prague airports that have daily indirect commercial flight options to the United States. Of special note is that Hungarian officials have confirmed that third–country national residents of Slovakia are not permitted to enter Hungary under the new 48-hour travel agreement. As such the Budapest airport remains unavailable to U.S. citizens in Slovakia. 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. Due to the shutdown of passport printing operations in the United States, we are currently unable to offer full 10-year validity passports. We do not know when that service will become available again. In the interim, we can print one-year limited validity passports that can be exchanged at no additional fee for a full validity passport once normal operations resume. Please consider waiting to apply until we resume normal operations. 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: Please remember to adhere to all Slovak laws and regulations, especially in these trying times. Slovak leaders have adhered to public health officials’ suggestions and have warned that changes with the virus may bring about further public health regulations. 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.
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
Hviezdoslavovo namestie 4-5
+02 5443 0861, 8:00 – 5:00 PM weekdays
+09 0370 3666 After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens
State Department – Consular Affairs:
888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444