SLOVAKIA TRAVEL GUIDE

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INTRODUCTION

With the fall of the Communist regime and the collapse of the iron curtain, the former country of Czechoslovakia split into two in 1993. The quieter, less glamorous half became the Republic of Slovakia with its capital at Bratislava. Where the Czech Republic has style, flair and romance, Slovakia is quieter, less developed, but just as pretty with great historical and scenic value.

 

Cities like Bratislava have a quaint charm that is distinctly old-fashioned, and the countryside is full of castles: Spis, Turna, Nitra, Pocuvadlo and many others. A large part of Slovakia- especially the mountains of the Tatras- are beautifully unspoilt and excellent for trekking and climbing. But the best thing about the country is its population - warm, friendly people, who still retain many of their ancient customs and traditions, and have a rich cultural heritage which has managed to survive, pretty much intact, through the turmoil of the 20th century.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Slovakia is beginning to relax its travel restrictions. While Slovak nationals, their family members, and residents of Slovakia may travel to Slovakia from anywhere, foreign travelers may now also enter the country if they are arriving from and have only been in a select list of countries for the last 14 days.As of July 22, travelers who have spent the last 14 days in only the following countries/territories may enter Slovakia, without needing a COVID-19 test or quarantine: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia,
Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Slovenia,
South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.The updated list may be found here.Those entering Slovakia who have recently been in countries other than those previously mentioned must self-isolate on arrival and register with their regional Public Health Authority office, who will contact them after at least 5 days to arrange a RT-PCR test for COVID-19. If travelers who are self-isolating at a private residence, anyone living in the same household must also self-isolate. After the traveler receives a negative test result, they may end their self-isolation.

 

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QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Bratislava
  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • Area: 49,035 sq km
  • Population: 5,458 million (2020)
  • Language: Slovak (official), Hungarian, Ukrainian
  • Electricity: 230V/50Hz (European plug type E)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 1 January, Origin of the Slovak Republic
  • 6 January, Catholic Epiphany
  • 1 May, Labour Day
  • 8 May, Liberation Day
  • 5 July, Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius
  • 29 August, Anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising
  • 1 September, Constitution of the Slovak Republic
  • 15 September, Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows
  • 1 November, All Saints Day
  • 17 November, Struggle for Freedom and Democracy (1989/1939)
  • 24 December, Christmas Eve
  • 26 December, St. Stephen’s Day

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

The Slovak Republic is located in the mild zone with precipitations equally distributed over the whole year. The Atlantic Ocean impacts the west part of the Slovak Republic and the continental influence is typical for the east part. The Mediterranean climate influences mainly the south of the central part of the Slovak Republic by higher precipitation totals in autumn.

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TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

The snow sports season in Slovakia is from the beginning of December through to April.

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in Slovakia is from May to October, although some trails can still be closed during May and early June.

WIND:

Slovakia has some great water reservoir and dam spots for windsurfing such as Orava, Domasa, Zemplinska Sirava and smaller ones such as Slnava, Ruzina, Samorin.

 

LGBTQ

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Slovakia face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity is legal in Slovakia, however, Slovakia does not recognise same-sex marriages or civil unions. In addition, the Constitution limits marriage to opposite-sex couples. Bills to recognise same-sex partnerships were introduced four times, in 1997, in 2000, in 2012 and in 2018, but were all rejected.

 

Slovakia holds rather conservative views on issues dealing with LGBT rights and only a minority of the population are LGBTQ tolerant. There is a small gay scene in Slovakia with a few bars and clubs in Bratislava and Slovakia's first gay pride event took place on 22 May 2010 in Bratislava but this is still predominantly opposed.

 

HEALTH

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