Baggage Shipping to Slovakia
Slovakia is a Eurozone country in central Europe that neighbours Hungary, Ukraine, Poland, Austria and the Czech Republic. The country has a landmass of 49,035 km2 and a population of 5.4 million. The main language spoken is Slovak, but many people also speak Hungarian, German and Czech. To find out about Send My Bag’s shipping service to Slovakia please read on:
Why Ship to Slovakia?
Whether you are planning a city break to Bratislava or a longer trip sampling all the outdoor pursuits Slovakia has to offer, Send My Bag can send your luggage from your home or office to your hotel. This means you can pack all the sporting equipment you might need and all the clothes you require for either hot summer weather or skiing conditions. You will have an easy time at the airport without having to queue at bag drop or wait at luggage carousels, allowing you to get on with enjoying your holiday. You will also avoid excess baggage fees and can opt for the cheapest ticket that does not need to include any expensive baggage fees.
If you are a student spending time in Slovakia during your third year abroad or gap year, or if you are planning to take your full degree course in Slovakia, Send My Bag can send all the possessions you will need for your stay in Slovakia. By shipping your things instead of bringing them on the plane yourself, you can have with you many more of your possessions and can avoid the risk of excess baggage fees.
Ways of Shipping to Slovakia
If a skiing or hiking holiday is bringing you to Slovakia, or if you are moving to Slovakia to live or to study, there are a number of options for shipping your luggage that you should look into. Some options will be better suited to your needs than others. Here are some of the different options for international shipping to Slovakia below:
Send Luggage to Slovakia
Send My Bag is the ideal service to ship your luggage and boxes to Slovakia. The service can be used if you are going on holiday or if you are moving to Slovakia. This allows you to bring more than airline baggage restrictions would allow, and it saves you from the stress of dragging heavy luggage behind you throughout your journey. With your luggage taken care of, you can focus on discovering your new surroundings. To learn more about sending luggage to Slovakia, visit our ‘How it works’ page, or our ‘FAQs’.
Send golf clubs to Slovakia
Golf can be enjoyed on Slovakia’s 21 golf courses, with experts recommending Penati, Gray Bear and Bratislava, in particular. You can try out these courses using your own beloved golf clubs, by shipping them to Slovakia with Send My Bag. This means you won’t have to wait around at bag drop or luggage carousels, or have to drag large golf bags with you onto public transport, and you can avoid oversized baggage fees. See more information on how to send golf clubs with Send My Bag, including how to package your golf clubs.
send your bike to Slovakia
Slovakia has diverse terrain, thus making it an interesting place to go cycling. There are mountainous regions for the more adventurous mountain cyclist, as well as more gentle terrain for road cyclists. You can discover Slovakia from the comfort of your own bike by sending it with Send My Bag. Sending your bike to Slovakia is much easier than checking it into the hold of your plane as you won't have to carry the bike to and from the airport, and you can avoid oversized baggage fees. Your bike will need to be taken apart and securely packaged before being sent to Slovakia. Check out our information on bike shipping to learn more.
Send your skis to Slovakia
Head to the High Tatras mountains in Slovakia for easy-going slopes that are good for beginners or families. More experienced skiers can enjoy slopes in the Low Tatras. A lot of the slopes in Slovakia are maintained with artificial snow but it means the on-piste slopes are always usable during ski season. Why not send your skis to Slovakia with Send My Bag and take advantage of the low-cost skiing on offer in Slovakia. Read our ski shipping page to learn more about how to package and send your skis.
Removals to Slovakia
If you are moving to Slovakia permanently, international removals to Slovakia is something you will have to think about in order to transport all of your belongings. Before you give anything to the removal company, however, make sure that all your items are securely packaged and that you have researched the removal company thoroughly.
Student shipping to Slovakia
Slovakia’s top universities include the Comenius University in Bratislava, the Technical University of Košice and the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. If you are taking part or all of your degree in Slovakia, at one of these universities, or at any other university, there will be plenty that you need to bring with you, such as your course textbooks and many other everyday items, such as fiction books, clothes and DVDs. Discover more about student shipping on our student page and find out how to receive your student discount.
Sending a parcel to Slovakia
It’s just as easy to send a parcel to Slovakia with Send My Bag. Sending a parcel is a great solution for getting hold of those few items you left at home when you moved to Slovakia. You can ask a friend or family member to put the forgotten items in a box and send them on to you. When sending a parcel to Slovakia make sure you select a good, sturdy box and seal it up well so nothing gets damaged in transit. Read more about sending a parcel and find out what you can send with Send My Bag and how to package your items.
If you want to send more than parcels, baggage and luggage to Slovakia, you might try the following options for shipping items internationally, particularly if you need to send large items like a couch or dining table:
Air Freight to Slovakia
If you have large items, such as a chest of drawers or a console table, that you need to send to Slovakia, you could try air freight. This option usually takes one to two days, so it’s a speedy service. However, it can be quite expensive, with prices increasing as your shipment size increases. You will probably also have to get the help of a customs agent to handle customs clearance for you. Another cost to consider is getting your items to and from the airport, which means the price of using air freight could quickly mount up. If you send internationally by air freight to Slovakia your items will probably arrive at one of the main international airports, such as Bratislava or Košice Airports.
Sea Freight and Container Shipping to Slovakia
Sea freight or container shipping is normally the best option when shipping large bulky items, like a canoe or a large dining table. These items are loaded onto cargo ships in containers. Sea freight shipping to Slovakia can take several weeks, with the shipment arriving at the port of a neighbouring country, since Slovakia is landlocked. You will need to sort out how to get your items to and from the ports, which could increase your cost quite significantly. You will also need to pay for the services of a customs agent. When using container shipping to Slovakia, your items might arrive at a port in Croatia or Poland, for example.
Shipping Goods to Slovakia
You should know about any duty that you need to pay when shipping goods to Slovakia and should be aware of what items are permitted to be shipped to Slovakia, which items are restricted, and which are entirely prohibited. Read the section below on ‘What can I send to Slovakia? What items are restricted?’
Important Slovakia Customs Information
Holiday baggage and other time sensitive packages should not be sent on this route.
The volume of shipments sent to this destination across the last 12 weeks has not been sufficient to meet our minimum number of on time shipments required for holiday baggage approval.
Shipments of Personal Effects will require a copy of the owner’s passport and a copy of their flight ticket to be uploaded to their Send My Bag account to demonstrate to customs that they have travelled, or will be travelling to Slovakia from the country they are shipping from.
On this route you are required to visit the destination country’s official customs website and make yourself aware of any requirements, processes or fees, which may be due based on your personal circumstances and what you are shipping.
Upon arrival in the destination you agree to comply with any customs processes, provide the customs authority with any information they request and to discuss the clearance of the shipment directly with the customs authority or our delivery partner in the destination.
General Customs Information
Most countries offer a duty-free allowance for personal effects, which are normally considered to be used items that have been in the sender's possession for 6 months or more.
To show that your shipment consists of personal effects, you will need to complete a brief non-generic packing list online, with entries to be made in the following format: "2 x Cotton Blouse, 3 x Denim Shorts, 5 x Pairs of Leather Shoes", etc., rather than as "10 x Used Clothing".
When a bag is stopped by customs for any reason (missing documentation, prohibited contents, commercial contents or further information required) Send My Bag™ records how long customs hold it for. Our historical statistics for this route indicate that if the customs authority stops your bag they will on average take 5 days to process it and release it back to us for delivery.
If Slovakian customs find brand new or commercial items, your shipment may be assessed for customs taxes. This means that, if you are sending Christmas gifts to Slovakia, you should check with local customs to find out about any customs duties that need to be paid, follow any advice you are given and attach all necessary documentation.
Travellers are asked to take 5 minutes to check how their personal circumstances and what they are sending will be viewed under Slovakian customs regulations as not all countries have the same customs procedures and allowances.
More information is available on our customs information page.
What can I send to Slovakia? What items are restricted?
With Send My Bag™ you can travel with almost everything you would normally find in a holiday suitcase however for security and customs reasons certain items are prohibited.
On EU standard services (not express) and all UK and US domestic services you may send:
- Shower gel.
- Other non flammable and non alcohol based liquids, pastes & gels for use on holiday.
Flammable liquids such as nail varnish, perfume, aftershave, liquid deodorant and aerosols are not permitted. If these items are included in your luggage it may be returned to you.
Whilst non alcohol based liquids are permitted, damage caused by leakage is not covered by complimentary cover and therefore only small amounts should be sent. If an x-ray shows liquids of any type security may stop your bag for inspection.
A maximum of 1 lithium battery is permitted per shipment when it is contained within a working personal electronic device such as a mobile phone. Review our battery policy.
The following items are prohibited at all times:
- Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
- Alcohol based or Flammable Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type including, but not limited to, nail varnish, perfume & aftershave;
- Toner Cartridges;
- Loose Batteries & Power Banks;
- No more than ONE device containing a lithium battery in line with our battery policy OR when shipping to / from Australia or China, NO device containing any type of battery;
- Animals and Animal products;
- Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations of same);
- Flowers and plant products;
- Human remains or ashes;
- Medical samples;
- Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
- Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
- Religious Artefacts
- Foodstuffs, perishable, animal origin and controlled food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Fruit & vegetables, dairy products (including dried products containing dairy such as protein powder), meat, fish, nuts, seeds, wine, beer, spirits and champagne; or
- Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
- Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones and electrical equipment (low value electrical equipment is permitted but sent at the owner's risk);
- Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
- Credit cards;
- Passports or other confidential personal documentation;
- Irreplaceable items;
- Other Dangerous / hazardous goods;
- Counterfeit goods;
- Other illegal or restricted goods.
More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.
In addition to the above when sending to Slovakia we prohibit the sending of:
- Single use plastics including cutlery, plates, straws, cotton bud sticks, and food containers and cups made of polystyrene.
Items excluded from cover
The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:
- Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Mobile Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
- Glass & Porcelain.
- Any other non standard excess baggage items.
If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.
Slovakia has hot summers, with temperatures usually exceeding 30°C. In July these can reach 40°C. Winters are cold, with average temperatures of between -4°C and -10°C. There is usually snow in December and January. The climate varies according to region, with temperatures on mountain peaks reaching only -4°C even in summer.
Slovakia is a mountainous country, with 80% of its landmass 720m above sea level. Mountain ranges include the Tatra Mountains, part of the Carpathian mountain range. The landscape of Slovakia is wild and rugged and covered in forest. There are also many castles dotted around. There is ample opportunity for hiking in Slovakia, as well as more extreme outdoor pursuits, such as white-water rafting and bungee jumping. Skiing is also available at certain altitudes.
Slovakia’s capital city is Bratislava, a city with a population of 452,288. There is plenty to occupy tourists in the city with its intriguing old town and many museums. Sights also include Bratislava Castle, Blue Church and St Martin’s Cathedral.
Slovakia can be reached by air from departure points around Europe. Its two main airports are Bratislava and Košice. The country also has an extensive rail network.