Dear residents,

On 16 September 2021, the Government of the Slovak Republic approved a new division of districts according to the so-called COVID automaton. Bratislava will be placed in the "vigilance" risk level (orange phase) as of Monday, 20 September 2021. As we have already announced several times, from the orange phase our dormitory will go into "VTR" mode. This means that everyone will be required to show proof of vaccination, disease clearance or a negative test for COVID-19 when entering the buildings of Družba Halls of Residence.

For the purposes of Decree No. 240 of 12 August 2021 of the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic, the following persons are in the VTR regime:

  • a person fully vaccinated,
  • a person who can demonstrate a negative test result for COVID-19 no older than 72 hours from the time of collection in the case of RT-PCR or LAMP test or 48 hours from the time of collection in the case of antigen test; or
  • the person has had COVID-19 disease within a period of not more than 180 days previously.

The operator of the establishment shall be entitled to require a person entering the indoor or outdoor premises of the establishment to produce appropriate documentary evidence of any of the above; the operator of the establishment shall be entitled to inspect such documentary evidence.

In Bratislava, 75 per cent of persons over 50 years of age have already been vaccinated with the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which may soon be reflected in a reconsideration of Bratislava's inclusion in the so-called COVID traffic lights (in the case of full vaccination of these persons, Bratislava will be two levels of risk at an advantage).

We are aware that for unvaccinated students - the proportion of which, according to our survey, is expected to be around 4% - regular testing may represent an increase in the cost of living. We are looking at ways to help students with a regular testing requirement should this situation persist.

Thank you for helping us protect you and your roommates.

Družba Halls of Residence