Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 1 October 2019, 11:05 NZDT
  • Still current at: 26 February 2020

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Exercise normal safety and security precautions

Exercise normal safety and security precautions in the Slovak Republic.

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There is an ongoing threat of terrorism in Europe. 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.

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.

Civil unrest
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
You should carry a photocopy of your passport or another form of identification at all times.

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe and can include lengthy imprisonment.

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.

Travel tips

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 Web Site 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

See our regional advice for Europe

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Austria

Street Address
Mattiellistrasse 2-4/3, A-1040, Vienna, Austria

Telephone: +43 1 505 3021

Fax: +43 1 505 3020



Hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1630

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