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  • tourist informationTOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES
    Bratislava's tourist information centres provide visitors with all the information about the city
    they might require. The staff can speak several foreign languages.

  • Important contactsImportant Contacts
    International dialling code for Bratislava +421 2
    Emergency Services 112
    Emergency Road Service 18 124
    Bratislava Central Tourist Point 16 186

  • Andrej ĎurkovskýEmbassies and Consulates
    The Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintains a full list of foreign diplomatic representatives accredited to Slovakia on it website. Scroll down the list and to find the address and contact numbers for every embassy and consulate in Slovakia.

  • Passports and VisasPassports and Visas
    All visitors to Slovakia require a passport or valid national identity card (for EU citizens). For many visitors, a visa is not required for stays for tourism or business of up to 90 days within six months of the date of first entry into the Slovak Republic. All foreigners entering the Slovak Republic must carry proof that they have medical insurance to cover payment of all costs for hospitalization and treatment in the Slovak Republic.

  • EuroCurrency & Changing Money
    Slovakia's currency is the euro, which became sole legal tender in January 2009. Foreign currency can be changed in banks or bureaux de change. Credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, Visa and Eurocard/Mastercard) and debit cards (Maestro and Visa Electron) are widely accepted.

  • ElectricityElectricity
    Slovakia, like most other European countries, has a 220-volt AC, 50Hz mains power supply and uses two-pin continental plugs. Visitors from the United Kingdom will need an adaptor to use electrical appliances with three-pin plugs, while visitors from the United States and/or Canada will need a transformer in order to use 110/125V appliances.

  • EmergencyEmergency
    Bratislava has a reputation for being a safe city. Nonetheless, disaster sometimes strikes. If it does, first ring the emergency number: 112. If you lose your passport, this should be reported to the Foreigners’ Police (Cudzinecká polícia)
at Hrobákova 44, in the Petržalka district; EU citizens tel: +421 (0)961 036-871; non-EU citizens tel: +421 (0)961 036-866 or (0)961 036-867.

  • InsuranceHealth Insurance
    Visitors to Slovakia from EU member states, plus four other European countries, can obtain access to public health care equivalent to the level they would receive in their home countries. Access to such care is simplest if the claimant holds an EHIC card. Other visitors should have health insurance to cover them for the duration of their stay.

  • InternetInternet Access & Internet Cafes
    WiFi (pronounced 'whiffy' in Slovak) access is now widespread in hotels and cafes in the city. The area around the Primatial Palace in the old town is a free public WiFi zone, provided by Bratislava City Council, where you can surf on the benches in fine weather. In poor weather you can normally get a signal from inside the Primacial Cafe, in the palace courtyard.

  • Left LuggageLeft Luggage
    A public left-luggage service is available at the main railway station, at the rear of the main concourse on the left-hand side. It is open 05:30 - 23:35

  • Polus Shopping CentreStores Opening Hours
    Most stores are open Monday - Friday from 8:00am to 6pm, and on Saturday from 8:00am to 12:00(noon). The large department stores and shopping centres have longer opening hours (9:00am-21:00pm) and are opened even on Sundays.

  • Slovak PostPostal Service
    Bratislava's imposing main post office is on SNP Square (Námestie SNP 35) and is open 7 days a week (till 2pm on Sundays). Few of the staff speak English, and there are a daunting number of ornate wooden counters to choose from: just look for signs saying 'známky' (postage stamps) if you want to send a letter.

  • Christmas in the cityPublic Holidays
    Slovakia enjoys fifteen public holidays each year, on the dates below. Note that, with the exception of the Easter holidays (Good Friday and Easter Monday), each holiday is observed on whatever day of the week it falls, even if that is a Saturday or Sunday. On public holidays all state offices and schools, and many shops, are closed or work reduced hours. However, the larger shopping centres usually tend to stay open.

  • SmokingSmoking
    Smoking is popular in Slovakia – around a third of people regularly light up – and until recently it was difficult to find a non-smoking restaurant or bar. However, new rules introduced in 2009 mean that any establishment serving food must now be non-smoking, or that smokers must at least be separated from the non-smoking area by a permanent wall. Rules for bars are different, and smoking in pubs is still common.

  • TippingTipping
    Apart from fast-food outlets, most cafes and restaurants have table service. A tip of 5-10% is appreciated in tourist restaurants. Slovaks customarily round up to the nearest euro, or 50 cents if ordering just one drink. The usual protocol is for the waiter to tell you the total food bill and for the customer to say how much they want to pay, with the tip included, as they hand over the payment. Even if paying by credit card, cash tips are preferred.

 

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