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Practical information Slovakia

Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Slovakia : Travel Information before you go!

Area

18,932 sq mi

Flights

4 hrs, with a connection in Prague.

Population

5,500,000

Airports

M. R. Stefanik international airport is 6 miles from Bratislava. A bus line serves the town centre every 20 minutes. The ticket is about 50p whereas a taxi fare is about 10.

Security

There is no real safety problem in the country but beware of pickpockets, especially in Bratislava.

Languages

The official language is Slovak. English and German are also spoken.

Required travel documents for

You must show a passport valid for at least two months after the return date.

Religion

61% Catholic, 8% Protestant and 4% Orthodox.

Currency

Slovakia converted to the euro on the 1st January 2009. If you were used to the old Slovak koruna, the exchange rate is fixed as follows: 1 EUR = 30.13 SKK. It was still possible for visitors with notes and coins in the old currency to exchange them for their equivalent in pounds until June 2009.
Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American Express) are accepted in hotels, larger stores and restaurants. Cash can be withdrawn from the cash machines found in the cities. Eurocheques can be cashed and money withdrawn using an international bank card at the banks, which are open on weekdays from 9:00am to 3:30pm.

Local transportation

The only town other than Bratislava served by airline is Kosice. An extensive railway network connects the rest of the country. Cities without rail lines have coach lines. To rent a car, a national license is enough. The roads are in good condition.

Health

No particular vaccine is required, but be sure to have your current vaccinations up to date. While on a hike, do not drink water from rivers.

Electricity

Voltage of 220 V.

Tourist numbers

In 2005, 1.5 million tourists visited Slovakia.

Telephone

To call Slovakia from the UK, dial 00 421 + 2 (Bratislava) or 95 (Kosice) + the number you are calling.
From Slovakia to the UK: dial 00 44 + the number, without the initial 0.

Slovakia : Useful addresses in the country

Before leaving

Slovakia Embassy
25 Kensington Palace Gardens
London
W8 4QY
Telephone: (020) 7313 6470

At the destination

Slovak Tourism Authority
Klobucnicka 2
Bratislava
Telephone: 533 3715.

Hlavna 8
Kosice
Telephone: 429 5186

British Embassy
Panska 16
811 01 Bratislava
Telephone: (421) (2) 5998 2000