Slovakia is a central European country known for its dramatic natural landscape and many castles. The beauty of this republic is attracting thousands of travelers annually making it a tourist hub destination. You don’t have to search long for this country in the map because you will easily find in among the Schengen Member States.
For anyone who has a desire to visit this country in the upcoming seasons, here is a quick view of understanding its visa requirement.
There are four types of visas for Slovakia and it’s up to the foreigner to choose whichever suits him/her depending on the length and purpose of the stay. They include: Airport visa, Transit visa, Entry visa (Travel/Tourist visa) and Long-term visa. It is good to note that for the Entry visa, it entitles foreigners to enter the Schengen countries for a visit or several visits, but the duration of the stay cannot exceed 90 days within a period of 6 months from the date of the first entry. This visa can be granted for one or more entries.
This tells you that citizens of Schengen countries do not require any special additional visa for visiting Slovakia because Slovakia is part of Schengen countries. The Schengen Member States are countries of the European Economic Area, which agreed on the abolition of border controls between themselves and on common visa regulations. Currently there twenty six member states which include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary just to name a few. Out of the twenty six countries, twenty two of them fully implement the Schengen Aquis. Only four of them which are members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), implement Schengen Aquis through Specific Agreements related to the Schengen Agreement. They include: Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, and Liechtenstein
If you are a UK, USA, Australia or Canadian citizen you don’t need to have a visa when visiting Slovakia for up to 90days.
Citizens of all the other countries must have to apply for a visa before visiting the republic of Slovakia. These countries include almost all African countries, United Arabs Emirates, Caucasian countries, many Middle Eastern countries, China, Japan, Haiti, Philippines, Taiwan and Peru just to mention a few. All citizens of these countries need to apply for a visa earlier, but not earlier than 3 months before the planned trip.
NB: The statutory deadline for granting visas is 30 days after the date of application receipt.
But for foreigners of countries which there are signed agreements by the European Community on easier and faster granting of visas are exceptions. In these cases, the deadline for a decision is set at 10 days after the receipt of a complete visa application. These countries include: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Moldova, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine.
Foreigners who are subject to visa requirements and who wish to enter the Schengen Area with the primary purpose of staying in Slovakia are required to submit an application for visa at the local Slovak Embassy or Consulate-General. If the foreigner has a residence permit in other country than the country of his nationality, he/she can apply for visa at the Embassy / Consulate-General in the country of his current residence.
They following documents are needed for the approval of a visa entry in Slovakia
- Completed application form
- Color facial image – 3 cm x 3.5 cm
- Valid travel document (Passport) – Validity must be at least 3 months longer than the expected validity of the visa.
- Documents indicating the purpose and conditions of the planned visit – Invitation letter or a Voucher if it is an organized tour.
- International travel insurance
- Voucher issued by travel agency – Voucher must contain information about paid services, not just a reservation or partial payment of services.
- Other documents – The embassy or the Consulate-General is allowed to request any other documents to verify the declared purpose of travel and the applicant’s intention to return to the home country or country of residence
For more information on Slovakia visa requirements click www.slovak-republic.org/visa-embassies.