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Slovakia

Slovakia: At a glance

Capital: Bratislava

Population: 5.4 million

Official language: Slovak

Time zone: Central European Standard Time, Central European Summer Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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Slovakia: Travel Health Information

Slovakia is known for its diverse natural landscapes, including mountains, caves, and valleys. Travellers can hike or ski the peaks of High Tatras National Park, go mountain biking in Low Tatras National Park, or explore the caves of Slovak Paradise.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Slovakia may differ from your home country. Slovakia has a public healthcare system, as well as a small private sector. Slovakia’s healthcare system is decentralized and managed by region. Access and quality of care may vary throughout the country with access typically more limited in rural regions. The quality of hospital and medical clinic infrastructure does not always meet international standards. A shortage of doctors and nurses may lead to long wait times for care and may limit access to quality care.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Slovakia typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to Western Europe may be required for complex emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Slovakia.

Pharmacies and medications

Slovakia has privately owned and state-run pharmacies (usually located in hospitals) throughout the country. Access to pharmacies can vary in some rural regions. Prescriptions for medicines must be obtained by a local doctor and filled by a licensed pharmacist.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Slovakia’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Slovakia’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in Slovakia are typically well maintained in urban areas, but road quality may vary by region. Unlit and winding roads in rural areas may pose a risk. Seat belts are required for the driver and passengers of a vehicle at all times. Helmets are mandatory for motorcycle drivers and passengers and are recommended for cyclists.



Slovakia: At a glance

Capital: Bratislava

Population: 5.4 million

Official language: Slovak

Time zone: Central European Standard Time, Central European Summer Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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