Slovakia Business Travel Guide

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The Slovakia Business Travel Guide has an interesting selection of travel tools resources aimed at assisting business travellers on their trips. The travel guide highlights useful points such as business customs, culture, tips, facts on Slovakia, has information on visas and more. A thorough appreciation and knowledge of other cultures, languages, customs and protocols can be of great use for business travellers helping to create better understanding, avoid cultural misunderstandings and helping to create a successful business trip.

Slovakia has an advanced and developed economy with a number of business opportunities. Located in central Europe, it is a member of the EU, Eurozone, NATO and the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Major trading partners include EU neighbours Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia and Australia. Slovakia shares borders with Poland in the north, Hungary in the south, Ukraine in the east, Austria in the south west and the Czech Republic in the north west.

The country has a variety of landscapes including the mountainous regions found in the north, rivers, caves, lakes and plains. Famous attractions include Bratislava Castle, Michael's Gate, Devin Castle, Church of St. Elizabeth, Slovak National Theatre, Primate's Palace, Slovak National Museum, Most SNP (Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising) in the capital Bratislava and the Spiš Castle, High Tatras, High Tatras, Bojnice Castle and Aquapark Tatralandia.

Slovakia Guide

Quick Facts on Slovakia
Slovakia Travel Advice
Visa Requirements
Business Customs and Etiquette
Travel Advice and Tips
Public Holidays
Slovakia Map
Slovakia Weather & Climate

Quick Facts on Slovakia

Country: Slovakia

Capital: Bratislava

Currency: Euro (1 euro = 100 cents)

Population: 5.5 Million (UN, 2012)

Area total: 49,000 sq km

Languages: Slovak

Time Zone: GMT +1

Daylight Saving Details: Starts in late March until late October

Electricity: 230V 50Hz

Dialling Code: 421

GDP: USD 95.77billion (World Bank, 2013)

Religion: Predominately Christian (Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant)

Political System: Republic

Internet Domain: .sk

Slovakia Travel Advice

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office offers travellers useful advice when travelling to Slovakia. You can find further information on entry requirements for Slovakia, advice on local laws and customs, health considerations, tips on safety and security and the address and contact details of the British Embassy in Slovakia. The information is updated regularly, making it a useful resource to check for business and leisure travellers, prior to starting their trips to Slovakia. For more information please see: Slovakia Travel Advice

Visa Requirements

No visa requirement for national of EU member states. No visa need for US and Canadian nationals for visits less than six months. Visa requirements are subject to change with changes in requirements and rules for further information please see: Slovakia Embassy UK

Business Customs and Etiquette

Business meetings should be arranged in advance, business dress is conservative, the usual greeting is with a handshake. When addressing people it is customary to use titles rather than first names. German is understood along with English as a business language, translators are available if required. Trust and understanding are sought after qualities with people to do business with and some general conversation prior to getting down to business talk is an accepted custom.

Doing business over a long lunch is a usual business practice and presents to the hosts are appreciated. New media industries may have a more relaxed dress code than those of more established industries.

Travel Advice and Tips

Most trips to Slovakia each year for business travellers and tourists go ahead without incident, but the following points are worth remembering. There are incidents of pick pocketing and bag snatching, ensure valuables are not in public view. There have also been incidents of spiked drinks with the victims having valuables stolen, it is wise not to leave your drinks unattended at any time. You should always remain alert and fully aware of your surroundings and environment.

Travel Checklist: See our Travel & Packing Checklist containing useful tips and reminders to ensure you have everything you will need on your trip.

Travel Vaccinations: It is recommended you check with your GP for advice on whether you require any travel vaccinations up to eight weeks before you travel. For more information and advice on travel vaccinations please see the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Tipping: If service charge is not included usually around 10%

Hours of Business:

For Businesses:
08.00 to 16.30 Monday to Friday

For Banks:
08.00 to 16.00 (the hours can vary considerably depending on location, those in Shopping centres may be open for longer).

For Shops:
09.00 to 18.00 Monday to Friday
09.00 to 12.00 Saturdays

NOTE: Shopping Centres tend to have longer opening hours from 10.00 to 21.00

Public Holidays

Public Holidays (2015):

January 1: New Year's Day & Establishment of the Slovak Republic
January 6: Epiphany
April 3: Good Friday
April 6: Easter Monday
May 1: International Labour Day
May 8: Victory over Fascism Day
July 5: St. Cyril and St. Methodius Day
August 29: Slovak National Uprising Day
September 1: Slovak Constitution Day
September 15: Day of Blessed Virgin Mary
November 1: All Saints' Day
November 17: Fight for Freedom and Democracy Day
December 24: Christmas Eve
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26: 2nd Day of Christmas / St Stephen’s day

Slovakia Map

Map of Bratislava, Slovakia

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Slovakia Weather & Climate

Slovakia is located in central Europe and as a result is subject to a continental/temperate climate, with four distinct seasons, winter, spring, summer and autumn. The climate results in warm summers with cold and cloudy winters. The north of the country including the mountains are usually cooler than the south. The climate means it is a destination that can be visited for most of the year.

Lightweight cotton and linen clothing can be warn in the summer months; Mountain/Alpine wear clothing is required in the mountain regions throughout the year. Additional layers and warmer clothing is required during the autumn and winter months. Rainwear with rain coats and waterproofs are advisable throughout the year.

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