Arrival of foreign doctors from abroad to Slovakia for passing the exam

The date of the qualification examination for foreign doctors (doplňujúca skúška) is approaching. It will take place on October 15-16, 2020.

Knowing about the anti-epidemiological measures currently in force in Slovakia, on August 11, we made a request to the Ministry of Education of Slovakia. We asked if the requirement to pass a mandatory 5-day quarantine and subsequent testing for COVID-19 would apply to foreign doctors from so-called “Red zone” countries (for example, Ukraine and Russia), who come to Slovakia to pass the qualification exam. We also asked if it is planned to conduct the exam electronically.

On August 14, we received the answer, which is attached. Below is a summary of the response from the Ministry of Education:

  1. Online examination is not planned, personal presence is required.
  2. Foreign doctors who come to take the exam from abroad are not required to undergo a mandatory 5-day quarantine, if the following documents are available: a) official confirmation that they are going to take the exam, b) a certificate of negative testing for COVID-19 is not older than 96 hours at the time of entry into Slovakia. This requirement is specified in the measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic published in early July, the full text of which you can find here: https://www.mzv.sk/documents/10182/4180645/200703-Opatrenie_UVZSR_domaca_izolacia_rizikove_krajiny_03072020.pdf/30c28bec-69f4-4e67-9ea0-5d2712580c01
  3. Based on the previous point, we recommend that all foreign doctors who will enter Slovakia to take the qualification exam from abroad, in advance, request from the Jessenius Medical Faculty in Martin an official confirmation that they are invited to take the exam.
  4. Because the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic is changing all the time, accordingly, anti-epidemiological measures in Slovakia are changing, so we advise you to monitor the current epidemic situation in Slovakia, focusing on the information posted on the official state website www.korona.gov.sk.

We will keep an eye on information regarding the qualification exam for foreign doctors and will post any updates on our website and Facebook page.

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