Health care

Healthcare for people coming from Ukraine is provided depending on your status:

  • People who have been granted temporary refuge status (“ODÍDENCI”) receive access to urgent medical care and necessary indicated medical care (the Ministry of Health may determine the scope of medical procedures reimbursed beyond urgent medical care – by publishing on its website). Foreigners shall present proof of tolerated stay in the territory of the Slovak Republic with the designation “DOČASNÉ ÚTOČISKO” or “ODíDENEC”. There is an outpatient emergency service in the relevant county or city, or a central hospital reception. It is necessary to show the identity card of the foreigner applying for temporary refuge or proof of tolerated stay in the territory of the Slovak Republic.
  • People who are in transit through the SR (i.e. have not yet applied for temporary refuge/asylum/subsidiary protection) are entitled to reimbursement for emergency care, but for a maximum of 30 days from the date of entry into the territory of the Slovakia,
  • People granted subsidiary protection are entitled to full reimbursement of health care (medicines, medical devices and dietetic food will be provided without additional payment), they are presented with a claim card issued by the General Health Insurance Fund (Všeobecná zdravotná poisťovňa).
  • People who have applied for asylum are entitled to reimbursement for emergency medical care and, where applicable, other necessary medical care (as indicated by doctor’s examination).
  • People with granted asylum have an insurance card which entitles them to the same range of healthcare as an insured person of the Slovak Republic.     
  • People staying in Slovakia under visa-free travel do not have access to Slovak health insurance. You can take out commercial health insurance.

Emergency and life-saving treatments are provided to everyone in Slovakia free-of-charge.

↗Important information: Ministry of Health (SK/UK), Všeobecná zdravotná poisťovňa (health insurance company) (SK).

For citizens of Ukraine in Slovakia, there is also a Health Line for Ukraine, where citizens of Ukraine have the opportunity to have a quick medical consultation with a range of specialists in the Ukrainian language. It is available daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. by phone at +421 2 21 02 50 75 and online at ua.diagnose.me.

Provision of gynecological and obstetric care to women from Ukraine 

Childbirth is considered an emergency health care that will be provided to every person in Slovakia free of charge. However, treatment  in pregnancy falls under the category of non-emergency health care. Its free provision therefore depends on the status of the person. For example, a person granted temporary refuge or an asylum seeker with a medical condition (pregnancy) is entitled to receive this care free of charge, and the provider will be reimbursed for the cost.

Hospitals providing pregnancy care and other useful information on gynaecological and obstetric care for women coming from Ukraine can be found here

Coronavirus and pandemic measures

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Slovakia remains in the state of emergency. There are several measures in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus, in particular the obligation to wear an FFP2 mask indoors or on public transport (exceptions apply to children under 6 years of age, people with severe autism spectrum disorders, people with moderate and severe mental or hearing impairments).

All information on current measures, testing or vaccination are available at https://korona.gov.sk/en/

Information on Covid-19 vaccination

Regardless of their status, Ukrainian nationals staying in Slovakia are entitled to free coronavirus vaccination.

To register for vaccination, visit korona.gov.sk and use the identification number of the document proving your status in Slovakia (or your Ukrainian ID document) as the identifier. You can also get vaccinated without a prior registration at vaccination centres providing these services at designated times. To receive a second or booster dose, you must prove that you have received the previous dose(s).

Children aged 5 – 17 receive a Pfizer vaccine, adults can choose from Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer / BioNTech and Novavax vaccines.

More information (Slovak)

Important information

Outpatient emergency service (by region) is available on weekdays from 4pm to 10pm and on weekends and public holidays from 7am to 10pm. This service is mainly provided to people with deteriorating acute illnesses that do not pose a threat to life (e. g. high temperatures, allergic reactions, painful conditions, dizziness, etc.).

↗ Contact centers for patients from Ukraine – two contact centers for patients from Ukraine have been operating in Bratislava since April (Nemocnica akademika Ladislava Dérera and Nemocnica sv. Cyrila a Metoda on Antolska Street) providing emergency medical care with Ukrainian-speaking staff.  Both centres are open on weekdays from 8:00 to 14:00.

↗There are also two general outpatient clinics for Ukrainian refugees at the Health Centre on Rovniankova Street in Bratislava’s Petržalka district. These outpatient clinics provide primary care for adults and for children, including prescription of medicines and vaccinations.

↗ Hospital emergency service (available 24/7 at hospital emergency departments) is available for those suffering a sudden deterioration of their condition or a life-threatening emergency (injuries, collapse).

otvorenalekaren.sk: Application helping you find the nearest pharmacy, outpatient emergency or hospital based on your current location or an address provided.

Emergency pharmacy service (by region)

Conversion of ukrainian drugs into a european equivalent product

↗ In case of a life-threatening health condition, serious injury or an accident with serious health implications, call an ambulance by dialing 155.

↗  List of dental clinics that provide free urgent dental care to Ukrainians fleeing the war.

If you need a medical consultation, you can contact:

  •  The Health Line +421-2-2-21025075, which is available in Ukrainian daily 7:00 – 19:00. Consultation is free of charge.

For more information please visit : https://www.ua.diagnose.me/diagnoseme/uk/  (SK / UK / EN )

There are a number of organisations in Slovakia that work with people with disabilities. You can contact them if you need help. 

↗  Useful contacts for people with disabilities