Moving to Slovakia

Country Guide

Country Guide: Slovakia

Due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 situation and restrictions in various countries, the below information may not be accurate. This pandemic is a fluid situation. Check with authorities for local laws and restrictions concerning movements.

Updated: November 18, 2016

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Detailed valued inventory list in Slovak and English, dated, and signed by the owner of the goods
  • Copy of passport
  • Customs declaration form (power of attorney)
  • Sworn statement
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) or sea waybill (SWB) / air waybill (AWB) / contract for the international carriage of goods by road (CMR)
  • List of electronic items with serial numbers
  • Slovak residence permit or application / bank guarantee / cash deposit (foreign citizens / EU citizens)
  • Letter of employment (must include the owner of the goods date of birth and passport number) (foreign citizens / EU citizens)
  • Lease agreement notarized original and 1 notarized copy of the original (foreign citizens / EU citizens)
  • Accreditation card (from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) or confirmation from the embassy of accreditation (diplomats)
  • Slovak identification card (returning citizens)
  • Confirmation letter that the owner of the goods worked / stayed out of the EU for more than 12 months (returning citizens)

Specific Information

  • Detailed inventory list must include the brand name and the serial numbers of electronic items.
  • The letter of employment must include a statement that the employer will pay any duties or taxes for the owner of the goods, if applicable.
    • For the owner of a private company or a self-employed owner of the goods, the company must be registered.
  • Household goods and personal effects may be imported duty and tax free if the following conditions are met:
    • The goods have to have been used for a minimum of 6 months.
    • The goods may not be sold and may only be used for the owner of the goods’ own purposes during the period stated by the Customs office (12 months).
    • The owner of the goods must have lived abroad for more than 12 months prior to entry into Slovakia.
  • Household goods and personal effects must be imported within 6 months after the owner of the goods’ arrival date.
Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Technical license
  • Original purchase invoice
  • Restrictions of the car (measurements, fuel, dimension of the tires, etc.)

Specific Information

  • Motor vehicles must have been used as a personal vehicle in the country of origin for a minimum of 6 months.
  • Motor vehicles must be unregistered and have a technical license.

Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate

Specific Information

  • Pets must be identifiable through tattoo or an electronic identification system (e.g., microchip).
  • Pets are examined upon arrival.
  • The station manager of the transporting airline in Slovakia must be notified at least 24 hours prior to arrival of the animal.
Restricted/Dutiable Items
  • Free import applies when traveling within the European Union; however, Customs is likely to investigate when bringing more than the following quantities into Slovakia:
    • Cigarettes (800), cigarillos (400 or 3 g each), cigars (200), smoking tobacco (1 kg)
    • Alcoholic beverages over 22% (10 L), less than 22% (20 L), beer (110 L), wine (90 L but no more than 60 L of sparkling wine)
  • Persons over 17 years old traveling from outside the European Union into Slovakia, may import the following items free in personal luggage and within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (200), cigarillos (100), cigars (50), smoking tobacco (250 g)
    • Alcohol not exceeding 22% volume (2 L), alcohol exceeding 22% volume or denatured ethyl alcohol 80% volume and higher (1 L),beer (16 L) wine (4 L)
Prohibited Items
  • Drugs
  • Commercial vehicles
  • Protected species and products thereof as listed by the Washington Convention (CITES), such as ivory, tortoise shells, coral, reptile skins, etc.
Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

Cultural and Other Information

CIA World Factbook Entry for Slovakia

Wikipedia Entry for Slovakia