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Slovakia Travel Information

The Basics

Time

Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 from March to October).

Electricity

Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Two round-pin plugs are used, similar to other European countries.

Language

Slovak is the official language, which is closely related to Czech. English and German are the most commonly spoken foreign languages, although outside Bratislava English is not widely understood.

Tipping

10 percent is expected in restaurants if the service has been good or the bills get rounded off to the nearest dollar. Taxi fares are usually rounded up to the nearest 10 and other service staff commonly receive small amounts.

Safety Information

Slovakia is generally a safe country to visit and most visitors will experience a trouble-free holiday. In the cities though, it's wise to be careful of personal possessions due to incidents of pick-pocketing and bag snatching, particularly in popular tourist areas and on public transport.

Local Customs

Visitors must carry passports with them at all times for identification purposes. Rowdy behaviour and loud noise are not allowed between 10pm and 6am. Bratislava has become a popular destination for stag parties and boisterous tourists have been fined or imprisoned for causing a public disturbance.

Business

Slovakians tend to be fairly formal in their business dealings, particularly the older generation, and women may encounter some chauvinism. The normal greeting is a handshake. Although business may be conducted in English or German, an interpreter should be arranged and all written documents should be translated into Slovakian. Punctuality and politeness are always appreciated. Most businesses open Monday to Friday from about 9am to 5pm.

Communications

The international dialling code for Slovakia is +421. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the UK). Area codes are used, e.g. Bratislava is (0)2. There are some free wifi areas in Bratislava. Most towns have public phones and cards can be purchased in post offices and newspaper agents.

Duty Free

Passengers arriving from EU countries do not need to pay duty on any items provided they are for personal use or intended as gifts. Travellers to Slovakia from non-EU countries do not have to pay customs duty on 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco; 2 litres of wine or 1 litre of distilled liquor and spirits; and 50g of perfume.

Slovakia Travel Information

The Basics

Time

Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 from March to October).

Electricity

Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Two round-pin plugs are used, similar to other European countries.

Language

Slovak is the official language, which is closely related to Czech. English and German are the most commonly spoken foreign languages, although outside Bratislava English is not widely understood.

Tipping

10 percent is expected in restaurants if the service has been good or the bills get rounded off to the nearest dollar. Taxi fares are usually rounded up to the nearest 10 and other service staff commonly receive small amounts.

Safety Information

Slovakia is generally a safe country to visit and most visitors will experience a trouble-free holiday. In the cities though, it's wise to be careful of personal possessions due to incidents of pick-pocketing and bag snatching, particularly in popular tourist areas and on public transport.

Local Customs

Visitors must carry passports with them at all times for identification purposes. Rowdy behaviour and loud noise are not allowed between 10pm and 6am. Bratislava has become a popular destination for stag parties and boisterous tourists have been fined or imprisoned for causing a public disturbance.

Business

Slovakians tend to be fairly formal in their business dealings, particularly the older generation, and women may encounter some chauvinism. The normal greeting is a handshake. Although business may be conducted in English or German, an interpreter should be arranged and all written documents should be translated into Slovakian. Punctuality and politeness are always appreciated. Most businesses open Monday to Friday from about 9am to 5pm.

Communications

The international dialling code for Slovakia is +421. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the UK). Area codes are used, e.g. Bratislava is (0)2. There are some free wifi areas in Bratislava. Most towns have public phones and cards can be purchased in post offices and newspaper agents.

Duty Free

Passengers arriving from EU countries do not need to pay duty on any items provided they are for personal use or intended as gifts. Travellers to Slovakia from non-EU countries do not have to pay customs duty on 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco; 2 litres of wine or 1 litre of distilled liquor and spirits; and 50g of perfume.