Information on Entering Slovakia Through the External (non-Schengen) Border

Last updated: July 1, 2022

On April 21, 2022, President Biden announced Uniting for Ukraine, a new streamlined process to provide Ukrainian citizens who have fled Russia’s unprovoked war of aggression opportunities to come to the United States.  U.S. embassies abroad do not administer this program.  For information and application instructions, please visit: https://www.dhs.gov/ukraine.  For information about standard nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for Ukrainians, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/information-for-nationals-of-Ukraine.html

COVID-19 Border Restrictions at the External (non-Schengen) Border

As of April 6, 2022, all COVID-19 border restrictions are lifted for entry to Slovakia.

For more information about COVID-19 in Slovakia, please visit:

Entering the European Union/Schengen Zone Through Slovakia 

U.S. citizens can enter Slovakia as tourists without a visa for up to 90 days.  

EU regulations apply for pets and EU customs regulations apply for goods.

Slovakia-Ukraine Land Border Crossings 

There are five land border crossing points.  U.S. citizens should plan to use one of the first tww listed:

  • Vysne Nemecke/Uzgorod: Main road boarding crossing– This crossing is located in Uzgorod where H13 crosses into Slovakia from Ukraine. Coordinates – 48° 39′ 12.96″ N, 22° 15′ 57.96″ E
  • Ubl’a/Malyi Bereznyi: Main road boarding crossing – This crossing is located 3.1km from Malyi Bereznyi where P53 crosses into Slovakia from Ukraine.  Coordinates – 48°53’1.57″N, 22°25’14.12″E
  • Vel’ke Slemence/Mali Selmenci: Bicyclists and pedestrians with Ukrainian and/or EU passports (U.S. citizen crossings not currently authorized).
  • Cierna nad Tisou/Cop): Passenger trains (no car or pedestrian crossings currently authorized)
  • Mat’ovske Vojkovce/Pavlovo: Cargo trains (no private crossings currently authorized)

Current wait times to enter Slovakia at the border for the two road checkpoints and the bike/pedestrian path are available at https://www.financnasprava.sk/sk/infoservis/hranicne-priechody.

Transiting Slovakia 

Airports in Slovakia are small and do not offer any connecting flights to the U.S.  Travelers in Slovakia flying to the U.S. generally board their first flight in Vienna, Budapest, or Prague.  Neighboring countries may have different rules on COVID-19 vaccination, testing, and quarantine requirements.  Please see their U.S. Embassy websites for information about pandemic transit rules.  Austria allows entry from Slovakia without testing, registration, quarantine, or vaccinated for anyone who is transiting directly to the airport in Vienna without stopover.

Contact Information for U.S. Citizens in Slovakia

E-mail (for fastest response): consulbratislava@state.gov

Embassy operator during business hours, M-F 08:00 to 16:30 (Central European Time): +421-2-5443-0861

Embassy Duty Officer (in case of serious emergency during non-business hours): +421-903-703-666

Entering the Unites States After Departing Ukraine

As of May 1, 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is cancelling the COVID testing waiver for U.S. citizens and accompanying family members departing from Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia.  Travelers from these countries should follow all regular COVID-19 testing requirements for entry to the U.S.