Slovakia advises that the government has extended a general lockdown until Jan. 24 in response to a significant number of new COVID-19 infections. There will be impacts to collection and delivery of domestic and international mail.
Slovakia’s post advises that, in order to combat the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, on Dec. 16, the government announced a new lockdown, which will come into effect on Dec. 19, and last at least until Jan. 10, 2021. The lockdown restrictions introduced throughout Slovakia include the mandatory closure of non-essential shops and certain other services.
Slovakia’s post will continue to provide postal services, but will operate with a reduced workforce and subject to the new lockdown restrictions and safety guidelines. The processing and delivery of all types of inbound and outbound mail (letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items) will continue to be affected, and the post is unable to guarantee compliance with the agreed standards. Therefore, the force majeure situation declared before remains in place until further notice.
Slovakia’s post advises that the government has declared a three-week partial lockdown effective Oct. 24. Postal services will continue with restrictions and impacts to workforce and post office hours. Items normally requiring an addressee’s signature upon delivery will be handed over without signature. These measures will affect processing and delivery of all types of services, including outbound and inbound mail, with an impact on quality of service. The force majeure remains in place.
Slovakia’s post advises that collection of signature on delivery has resumed. Deliveries will not be made to customers who are quarantined. Items are delivered to an outdoor location if possible, and recipients are required to observe certain social distancing rules. Delivery staff will not deliver items to individual apartments. In addition, standard collection arrangements have resumed but with a longer collection period. Slovakia’s post is able to send mail only to countries within the European Union (with a few exceptions) and to a number of other countries that include the United States. Details can be found at www.posta.sk/stranky/obmedzenia-a-upravy-v-medzinarodnej-poste.
Slovakia’s post advises that it has taken measures to eliminate customer interaction at the doorstep and meet physical distancing requirements in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). It has suspended collection of a signature on delivery for inbound registered letters, which are now placed in the addressee’s mailbox and details recorded in delivery books. If this is not possible, items will be stored at the delivery post office. The same applies to ordinary mail, including small packages. An exception are inbound registered items with value-added services. These deliveries have been suspended and items will be held at the post office. Additional measures also are in place. Domestic operations, including mail delivery, continue under these adapted conditions.
Slovakia’s post is able to send mail only to countries within the European Union (with the exception of Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Malta and Spain), and to Belarus, Canada, Serbia, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States. It will continue to accept letters and packages sent to destinations for which transport capacity is available. Transit mail cannot be accepted to any destination country unless bilaterally agreed upon.