Monday, June 21, 2021

Slovakia Abolishes Quarantine Requirement for Arrivals From 47 Countries

Starting from today, June 21, citizens of 47 countries all over the world will be allowed to enter Slovakia without being subject to the quarantine requirement.

Such a decision has been made after the Slovak authorities noticed that these countries have registered relatively low COVID-19 infection cases and have a high vaccination rate, reports.

In line with the statement announced by the Ministry of Interior, the following states that are placed on Slovakia’s green list are permitted to enter the country without having to follow the self-isolation rules:

European countries: Andorra, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Greece, Greenland, the Netherlands, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Monaco, Germany, Norway, Poland, Austria, Romania, San Marino, North Macedonia, Slovenia, Vatican City State, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, and Italy.

Previously, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Malta, Portugal, and North Macedonia were part of Slovakia’s red list.

Non-European countries: Australia, China, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Macau, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan.

Arrivals from the countries mentioned above are allowed to travel to Slovakia for non-essential purposes provided that they present a negative COVID-19 test result carried within 72 hours before their arrival.

On the other hand, the Slovakian Ministry of Interior has placed the following countries on the high-risk list, also known as the red list, after estimating that they have registered high numbers of COVID-19 infections:

European countries: Albania, Belarus, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia, Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, Turkey.

Non-European countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Jordan, Canada, Cuba, Lebanon, Puerto Rico, United States of America, Tunisia.

All persons entering Slovakia from one of the regions profoundly affected by the COVID-19 are obliged to follow quarantine requirements upon entry into the country. Nevertheless, the Ministry announced that some exemptions will be applied.

“Exceptions are only for vaccinated persons who came from abroad, have a permanent or temporary residence in Slovakia and a place of work in a red country and vice versa,” the Ministry’s statement reads.

Except for the two above-mentioned categories, Slovenia has also introduced a black list, which includes areas profoundly affected by the Coronavirus. All countries that were not mentioned in any of the lists above are placed on Slovakia’s black list.

All persons entering Slovakia after staying in a black-listed country must register their entrance and stay self-isolated for 14 days.

“Quarantine also applies to persons living in the same household and ends at the same time as the isolation of a person who came from abroad. Exceptions are only for persons living in the same household who passed COVID-19 not more than 180 days ago or were vaccinated,” the Ministry added.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) figures, as of June 21, Slovakia has registered 391,248 COVID-19 cases and 12,478 deaths.

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