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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Touring MURANSKA PLANINA and KRALOVA HOLA

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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: 11/23/2020 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 16.  Note that none of the countries boarding Slovakia are currently classified as “green low-risk” for purposes ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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