Slovakia will limit movement as part of a two-week lockdown in an attempt to stem a fast rise in Covid-19 cases, the government has announced.
Slovakians will only be permitted to travel for essential shopping, work, school or medical visits, government ministers said on Wednesday.
They will assess the situation after 10 days, although any easing of restrictions will be limited to those fully vaccinated against the virus.
The decision to return to a lockdown comes after the government imposed new restrictions on unvaccinated people earlier this week in an attempt to push up vaccinations.
Slovakia has the third-lowest vaccination rate in the EU. Less than 50% of people in the country of 5.5 million have been vaccinated and the vast majority of people in hospital are unvaccinated.