What does an EU citizen need to prepare before starting the process (tools, documents, certificates), and where can they find/get them?
Proof of identity (regardless of whether the individual is an EU citizen or not).
What can the citizens expect?
In the event of a death, it is mandatory to report it to the registry office by the examining physician promptly, no later than 3 working days after the examination of the deceased, regardless of whether the deceased is a citizen of Slovakia or a foreign national. The registry office responsible for recording the death in the death register is the one in whose district the person died. If it is not determined where the person died, the registry office in whose district the deceased person was found will record the death. If a person dies in a means of transportation, the registry office in whose district the person was removed from the means of transportation records the death. The first death certificate is issued by the relevant registry office free of charge. If a foreign national dies on the territory of Slovakia, the registry office issues an official extract from the death register and delivers it to the diplomatic mission of the foreign state. If the foreign state does not have a diplomatic mission in the Slovak Republic, the registry office delivers the official extract through the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.
Whom can a citizen contact if they are unsure how to proceed?
Who will help them – the relevant registry office where the death is registered, the diplomatic mission of the home country if it is in Slovakia, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, consular department.