Australian, Canadian, Japanese, New Zealand and US citizens can stay for a period of up to ninety days with a valid passport without a visa, as can residents of EU countries. If you intend staying for over ninety days you will need to obtain a visa before travelling.
If you are in any doubt as to whether or not you may need a visa to enter the country, you should contact the Slovakian Embassy in your home country.
The currency used in Slovakia is the Euro which is made up of 100 Cent. Notes come in denominations of €100, €50, €20, €10 and €5 and the coins in use are €2, €1, 0.50C, 0.20C, 0.10C, 0.05C, 0.02C and 0.01C.
The official language in Bratislava is Slovak; however, English is widely spoken.
As a result of its continental climate, Bratislava usually sees four distinct seasons over the course of a year. Summers are warm, with July as the warmest month seeing temperatures of around 21ºC. These summers can also be quite wet, and July gets the mostly rainfall at an average of 73mm. January and February tend to be the coldest months, with temperatures sometimes dropping below zero. In terms of sunshine, the months of May to August typically get 9 hours each day.
Visitors from EU countries are entitled to medical treatment under the EU Reciprocal Medical Treatment agreement. Before you travel you should collect an E111 form from your local social security office. This form may also be obtained in post offices also.
Bratislava is located in the Central European Time (CET) zone which is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Shops in Bratislava tend to open from 8am-6pm on Monday to Friday and from 8am-12pm on Saturdays. Large shopping malls have more extended opening hours.
The main tourist office is located on Klobučnicka 2. Its opening hours are as follows: Oct-May Mon-Fri 8.30am-6pm, Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 10am-3pm; June-Sept Mon-Fri 8.30am-7pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm. You’ll also find a tourist office at both the airport and the main railway station.
Banks and currency exchange offices will change your currency for you when you arrive. Please note they will charge a commission fee. Travellers’ cheques can also be used in a lot of places, but not everywhere. ATMs are also quite visible throughout the city, and many credit and debit cards can be used in these machines to withdraw cash.
The electrical current in Bratislava is 220 volts AC, 50 cycles.
The country code for Slovakia is 421 so if you are calling from abroad you need to dial 00, followed by 421, the local area code and the local number. The local area code for Bratislava is 02.
The main post office in Bratislava is located at Namestie SNP 35.
It is customary to tip between 5 and 10 percent for service in Bratislava’s restaurants.
It is worth noting what the public holidays are before you travel to a country as the majority of businesses, banks and shops usually shut for the day. In Slovakia they take place on: January 1st & 6th, May 1st & 8th, July 5th, August 29th, September 1st & 15th, November 1st & 17th, and December 24th-26th. It is a good idea to check the particular area too, as certain towns and cities also shut down during special events.