Foreign students are obliged to have health insurance (public or individual) during their stay in the Slovak Republic in compliance with the provisions of the Act on the Act No. 404/2011 Coll. on the Residence of Foreigners further amendments.
Public health insurance of students/PhD students following full‑time studies in Slovakia is paid by the state (if the PhD study is at maximum of standard duration in a full‑time PhD degree programme, the PhD student has not previously received PhD degree and is less than 30 years old).
An EU/EEA/Swiss national insured in another Member State shall present the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to the health care provider for entitlement to medical treatment on the basis of health insurance in another EU/EEA Member State or Switzerland. See more information on EHIC here >>.
Other foreign students/PhD students from the EU/EEA/Switzerland, who are not medically insured in their home country or students/PhD students from third countries, who are coming to Slovakia to study within a programme arising from an international treaty that is binding for the Slovak Republic, are subject to public health insurance, the Slovak Republic being the payer of such insurance. The student shall submit the necessary documents certifying his/her study at a higher education institution in the Slovak Republic, its international status – proved by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic – to the chosen health insurance provider within 8 days from the beginning of the study in Slovakia.
In case of other third country nationals – students who are not EU/EEA/Swiss nationals, who do not have permanent residence in the Slovak Republic, and who do not study on the basis of international agreement binding for the Slovak Republic, the person does not fall into the scope of the public health insurance. The commercial health insurance is however necessary since health insurance (public or commercial) is compulsory in the Slovak Republic in compliance with the provisions of the Act on the Act No. 404/2011 Coll. on the Residence of Foreigners further amendments.
A third country national is also obliged to provide a proof of concluded health insurance to the foreign police in Slovakia in compliance with the duties related to the temporary residence permit granting procedure.