As of January 1, 2023, the Slovak parliament has approved an amendment to the Act on Health Insurance No.580/2004 Coll., regulating the public healthcare insurance for general healthcare provision in Slovakia.  

Scholarship holders of the National Scholarship 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.

Pursuant to Section 3, para. 3, (l).:

the insured person of the state is a foreigner (if not otherwise insured) who resides on the territory of the Slovak Republic, is a scholarship holder within a scholarship programme aproved by the Government of the Slovak Republic or a programme arising from the international agreement, or within the framework of a program of the European Union if such natural person is awarded the scholarship for a period of more than one month”.


The information and a list of eligible scholarship programmes is available at the websites of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport.


The health insurance is for scholarship holders for free (paid by goverment).

Since the process is new the insurence companies has not fully addapted yet for that. Therefore it is better to directly contact chosen health insurance company and inform yourself how to proceed and what documents you need to bring with you as it may differ to each company. Here is a list of the insurance companies offering this free insurance:

  • Dôvera – application only at the insurance office
  • VsZP  (Všeobecná zdravotná poisťovňa) - application form in Slovak language only (see below), online application in Slovak language (see below) or at the insurance office
  • Union – application online in English -, or at the insurance office


If you would like to try the application form in Slovak language with VsZP - here are options: