Vessels sailing under the Slovakia Country flag are required to have on board this flag as part of flag state requirements that derive from maritime regulations in the International Code of Signals and the International Safety Management (ISM) Code. These codes are published by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as an ongoing effort to reinforce maritime safety procedures and communications to the international maritime community. Fleet management companies and ship owners are responsible to ensure that each vessel in their respective fleets have the appropriate flag signage onboard to be in compliance. This flag is used to identify the flag state a vessel is sailing under and to communicate with other vessels under the provisions of the International Code of Signals.
The Slovakia Country flag is recognized as three proportionally equal horizontal stripes. These are colored white, blue and red from top to bottom. The Slovakia Coat Of Arms is centered vertically and offset toward the hoist, or left side. This Coat Of Arms is represented by a shield filled with a red background. The bottom third of the shield is colored blue and formed in organic ocean-like waves, meant to represent the mountains of Tatra, Fatra and Matra. A double white cross rises from the blue waves into the center of the shield's red background. It terminates as slightly offset from the top of the shield. The upper arm of the cross is slightly smaller than the lower arm. This coat of arms is reminiscent of the former association between Slovakia and Hungary. The double cross is meant to be representative of traditional Christianity. There is no specific symbolism associated with the colored stripes. The Slovakia Country Flag was officially adopted in 1992. The Flag is officially proportioned at a ratio of 2:3, height to length, respectively.