“The European Commission has adopted rules according to which the EU COVID card will be valid for travel nine months after the end of the full vaccination. For this reason, we are harmonizing the duration of validity in the decrees of the ÚVZ SR,” Račková explained. The validity of nine months has so far only been stated in the decree on the isolation of positive persons and the quarantine of close contacts.
According to the Ministry of Health, the validity of nine months is calculated from the administration of the second dose for a two-dose vaccine and the administration of a single-dose vaccine. After nine months, the person is no longer considered vaccinated.
The overcoming do not have to go to quarantine
People who have overcome COVID-19 will have the same conditions as the vaccinated upon arrival in Slovakia. Domestic quarantine will not be compulsory from Friday (February 4) for the overcome and completely vaccinated. Their obligation is to register in the eHranica system once every six months. This follows from the decree of the Public Health Office (ÚVZ) of the Slovak Republic published in the Bulletin of the Government of the Slovak Republic.
The quarantine for unvaccinated persons is reduced from ten to five days after arrival in Slovakia with an asymptomatic course of the disease or after a negative PCR test. This can be done immediately upon arrival in Slovakia. “Please note that at a time of rapid growth in the number of positives, it can be challenging to get a deadline for a PCR test in a reasonable amount of time.” ÚVZ spokeswoman Daša Račková said. She added that registration in eHranice remains mandatory for unvaccinated people after each arrival in Slovakia.
Holders of diplomatic and service passports have an exemption from quarantine. This will apply to holders after entering the Slovak Republic after performing work tasks abroad and those whose passports have been issued abroad.
The decree on the border regime abolishes the list of high-risk countries in connection with the omicron variant and the special conditions for people who came from high-risk countries from Friday. The United Kingdom will be one of the countries from which a PCR test is not required upon arrival in Slovakia.