The Department of State provides U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Slovakia the following information related to the 2019 IIHF World Championship. The IIHF World Championship games will be held in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia, from May 10 to May 26, 2019.
Before you go…
Print out our Traveler’s Checklist card and be sure to:
- GET INFORMATION: Visit the State Department’s Country Information Page for Slovakia. It provides up-to-date information about visas, safety and security, and other issues related to traveling in Slovakia.
- ENROLL IN STEP: Enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This will allow you to receive important information from the U.S. Embassy about safety and security conditions in Slovakia and help us contact you in an emergency.
Safety and Security
Major events are a prime opportunity for crime. Travelers should:
- Be aware that loss or theft of a passport and/or migration card may result in the inability to obtain lodging. Hotels and hostels will not allow guests to check in without a passport.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of money or other valuables.
- Secure all purses, wallets, cell phones and electronics while traveling on buses, trains or other forms of public transportation.
- Protect yourself from credit card fraud. Be careful when choosing a form of payment for goods and services.
- Only use marked taxi services.
- Prearrange transportation through hotel concierge or other reputable services.
- Due to the possibility of document checks, you should carry copies of your passport and hotel registration with you at all times.
- Keep photocopies of passports, visas, credit cards, and other important documents in a secure location so proper notifications can be made if original documents are lost or stolen.
- Violence in and around stadiums — “hooliganism,” often directed at fans – is possible before, during, and after games. The combination of alcohol and competing fans during high-stakes games could lead to tensions that could spill over into confrontation and violence. Fan unrest may be more likely during games that feature teams with a history of tension.
If you are the victim of a crime you should report it immediately to Slovak police. The main police stations near tourism centers are located at Kosice – Juh for the Steel Arena area (+421-(0)9619 32655), or you may dial 158 where you get further information. There will be police guards available all around the area and in the event of emergency you may contact them directly.
Remember — you are subject to all Slovak laws, which may differ from those in the United States. If you violate these laws even unknowingly, you may be arrested, fined, expelled, and banned from re-entering Slovakia. Expect increased police presence and enhanced security measures in and around stadiums.
Emergency and Medical Assistance
- In the event of a life and death emergency you should contact Slovak emergency services first by dialing 112, for an English speaking operator, or 155 for a Slovak health emergency number.
- For information on medical facilities and services in Slovakia, please review the U.S. Embassy’s webpage here: https://sk.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/doctors/
- Hospital in Kosice include:
Nemocnica Košice-Šaca a.s., https://www.nemocnicasaca.sk, located at Lúčna 57, 040 15 Košice-Šaca, Tel: +421 55 / 7234 111, Fax: 055 / 7234 444
L. Pasteur University Hospital, http://www.unlp.sk/, located at Rastislavova 43, Tel: +421 55 / 615 3111
U.S. Embassy in Slovakia Website: https://sk.usembassy.gov/
Information about services to U.S. citizens, security, and fraud warnings.
Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Website: travel.state.gov/destination
Latest Travel Advisory, international travel tips, information regarding travel registration, etc.
Transportation and Accommodations
Kosice Hockey Guide is available at http://www.visitkosice.org/en
Bratislava Hockey Guide is available at https://www.visitbratislava.com/all-about-hockey-championship-2019/
Traffic in and around the stadiums will be heavy during the events, and traffic jams are likely. Pedestrians should be careful crossing streets or intersections, crossing parking lots, and walking on sidewalks, as drivers in Slovakia often do not yield to pedestrians. Use marked walkways, overpasses, or crosswalks, and do not attempt to cross traffic in driving zones.
You must have a valid passport to check into any hotel or hostel.
If staying in a hotel or hostel, staff will register you with local authorities. This must be done within 3 days of your arrival in Slovakia.
Helpful Websites and Information
- Official 2019 IIHF World Championship Website: https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2019/wm
- Fan Guide Information: https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2019/wm/tournamentinfo/10013/fan-guide
- Official ticket seller: https://ms2019.ticketportal.sk/, https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2019/wm/static/6180/tickets
Bratislava: Ondrej Nepela Arena, Odbojarov 9, Bratislava
Kosice: Steel Arena, Nerudova 12, Kosice
A few important things to remember when looking for tickets…
- Be aware of scams, fake ticket websites, and unlicensed ticket resellers.
- You must buy tickets from an authorized retailer.
American Citizens Services, U.S. Embassy Bratislava
The American Citizens Services (ACS) unit at the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava will provide routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in need throughout the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
U.S. Embassy Bratislava
Address: Hviezdoslavovo nam. #4, 81102 Bratislava, Slovakia
E-mail for American Citizens Services Unit: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone number during business hours: +421-2-54430861, 5443 3338
Telephone number for emergency assistance after hours: +421-(0)903 703 666