Nationals of the Member States of the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland can use the European Health Insurance Card for health insurance and don’t need to apply for public health insurance in Slovakia.
Nationals of countries outside the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland – as CEEPUS Programme is based on an international treaty, foreign students (including PhD students) coming to Slovakia from non‑EU countries within the CEEPUS Programme are publicly insured by law – such scholarship holders are obliged to submit application for public health insurance within 8 days after their arrival in the Slovak Republic. Other scholarship holders (i.e., university teachers) are to be insured privately by themselves, the health insurance is to be paid from the scholarship.
Furthermore, based on the approved amendment to the Act on Health Insurance No.580/2004 Coll., scholarship holders of the CEEPUS Programme, residing on the territory of Slovakia are entitled to full coverage within the public health insurance if they are awarded the scholarship for a period of more than one month.
The application for public health insurance should be submitted within 8 days after their arrival in the Slovak Republic. For the application it is necessary to have a Confirmation of Stay and Study of Foreign Student in the Slovak language which will be provided by the Slovak National CEEPUS Office.
There are three public health insurance companies in Slovakia:
In case of teacher mobility from non‑EU country, the scholarship holder shall conclude health insurance themselves depending on the length of their stay. Health insurance can be concluded either at home country or in Slovakia, but must be valid for the territory of the Slovak Republic during the whole stay. Health insurance costs shall be paid from scholarship.