Money and duty free for Slovakia
Currency and Money
Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 cents.
Major credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa) and debit cards (Maestro and Visa Electron) are widely accepted.
ATMs are widely available in Slovakia and machines are generally reliable.
American Express, Thomas Cook and Visa traveller's cheques are accepted in banks and at bureaux de change. Exchange rate charges are at least 1% of the nominal cheque value. To avoid additional charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in Euros, US Dollars or Pounds Sterling.
Generally Mon-Fri 0800-1800.
There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency. However, amounts exceeding €10,000 or equivalent must be declared if travelling from or to a country outside the European Union.
Foreign currency (including traveller's cheques) can be exchanged at bureaux de change, main hotels, all banks, road border crossings, as well as major travel agencies.
Slovakia duty free
Slovakia is within the European Union. If you are travelling from outside of the EU, you are entitled to buy fragrance, skincare, cosmetics, champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices.
Slovakia's duty-free allowance for travellers from EU countries:
If you are over 17 years old, you are free to buy and take goods with you when travelling between EU countries, provided that you have paid tax on these goods and they are for your own use (not for sale). However, if you bring in more than the following, customs officials are likely to question you:
• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 90L of still wine of which a maximum of 60L can be sparkling wine.
• 110L of beer.
• 10L of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22% or 20L of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs up to 22%.
Beware that each EU country has different rules for travellers under 17 years old. Please check before you travel.
Slovakia's duty-free allowance for travellers from non-EU countries:
If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Slovakia by travellers with a minimum age of 17 years without incurring customs duty:
• Air or sea travellers: 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos (max. 3 grams each) or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco or a reasonable combination of these items; Land travellers: 40 cigarettes or 20 cigarillos (max. 3 grams each) or 10 cigars or 50g of tobacco (land and sea travellers) or a reasonable combination of these items.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and
• 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume. You may combine any of these products provided that you do not exceed the total limit.
• perfumes and eau de toilette: no limitation in quantity, however, within the limits of financial value
• coffee: 500g coffee or 200g coffee extract and essence
• tea: 100g tea or 50g tea extract and essence
• mineral oil: built-in tank + 10L in portable tank
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers (reduced to €150 for children under 15).
Unlicensed firearms and ammunition, meat, fish and dairy products from outside the EU, and endangered species (unless you have a permit).
Endangered species without a permit.