- Reviewed: 27 April 2018, 10:00 NZST
- Still current at: 15 August 2018
There are no significant security concerns in the Slovak Republic, however normal safety and security precautions should be taken to ensure personal safety.
Although there is no recent history of terrorism in the Slovak Republic, attacks cannot be ruled out. Terrorist groups, including those based in Syria and Iraq, have made threats to conduct attacks across Europe.
New Zealanders in the Slovak Republic are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. We recommend following any instructions issued by the local authorities and exercising vigilance in public places.
Whilst crime is relatively low, petty crime such as bag snatching, passport theft and pickpocketing occurs and is more common in tourist areas, particularly in Bratislava. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard and secure their personal belongings. Extra care should be taken to ensure food and drink is never left unattended.
Car thefts and break-in also occur. Do not leave belongings in view of your car, make sure it is locked and be wary of others offering help.
Protests and demonstrations occur periodically in the Slovak Republic. New Zealanders are advised to avoid all demonstrations, protests and large public gatherings as even those intended as peaceful have the potential to turn violent with little warning. Follow any advice from local authorities.
General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in the Slovak Republic should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place.
New Zealanders in the Slovak Republic are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The New Zealand Embassy Vienna, Austria is accredited to Slovak Republic
Street Address Mattiellistrasse 2-4/3, A-1040, Vienna, Austria Telephone +43 1 505 3021 Fax +43 1 505 3020 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/austria Hours Mon-Fri 0900-1630 Note Notarial Services (by appointment only): 0900-1200 Monday & Friday; 1230-1400 Wednesday
New Zealand Honorary Consulate Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Street Address Dvořákovo nábrežie 10, 811 02 Bratislava, Slovak Republic Telephone + 421 2 5941 8211 Email email@example.com
See our regional advice for Europe