Important Travel Document Information – Please Read
Slovakia is a beautiful country located in Central Europe. It is a member of the Schengen Area, which means that a Schengen visa allows you to travel to Slovakia and any of the other 27 Schengen countries without having to go through border control again.
Who needs a Schengen visa for Slovakia?
Citizens of most countries need a Schengen visa to travel to Slovakia. However, there are some exceptions, such as citizens of the United States, Canada, and Australia who can visit Slovakia for up to 90 days without a visa.
Current appointment waiting times
The current appointment waiting times for a Schengen visa to Slovakia vary depending on the country where you are applying. In some countries, you can get an appointment within a few weeks, while in others it can take several months.
What is a Slovakia Visa?
A Schengen Visa is an official travel document. It allows a person to travel to Slovakia and any country in the Schengen Area. A visa to Slovakia is usually valid for stays of up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes.
The Schengen area consists of 27 European countries. Each have officially abolished all passports at their mutual borders. The area mostly acts as a single jurisdiction for international travel with a common visa policy.
Nationals of other countries, which have not yet reached a liberalization agreement will need to obtain this travel authorization before arrival in Europe.
The following is the standard set of requirements
Form of application
Passport must be valid.
Photos the size of a passport
Where will you be staying? (accommodation)
How will you pay for your trip? (finances)
Fully purchased roundtrip aircraft ticket (proof of return)
Medical insurance for travellers
This depends on a number of things such as whether or not you have had a Schengen visa in the past or how many countries you intend to visit. Generally you first Schengen visa will be issued for the duration of your stay. Future applications may be granted for multiple entry for a number of years.
There are two types of Schengen visas: single-entry and multiple-entry. A single-entry visa allows you to enter Slovakia once, while a multiple-entry visa allows you to enter Slovakia multiple times. If you are planning to travel to Slovakia multiple times, you should apply for a multiple-entry visa.
The standard validity period is 90 days, but it can be shorter or longer depending on the applicant’s circumstances.
The processing period for a Slovakian Schengen visa is usually 15 days, although it might take up to 60 days in some situations.
If you were granted a visa to visit Slovakia, you must:
- Collect your visa and double-check that the information on it is accurate and full.
If you are denied a visa to Slovakia, you have the opportunity to appeal within 15 days of receiving the decision.
- Begin by retrieving your standard issued-visa refusal form, which explains why your request was denied and the processes of the appeal process in detail.
How long does it take to process a visa to Slovakia?
You can expect an update on your application within 3 days of submission. You can choose express processing at checkout for a response within 24 hours.
Once you attend your appointment, your visa can take up to 15 working days to be processed by the Embassy.
For detailed information on specific parts of the EU visa process, you can refer to the links to the right to find the answer to your query. If you are unable to find any particular information, please contact us via email.
Slovakia is one of the 27 Schengen member states. A Schengen visa can be issued by any of the following countries:
Why travel to Slovakia?
Slovakia is a landlocked country in Central/Eastern Europe bordered to the north by Poland and the Czech Republic, to the east by Ukraine, to the south by Hungary, and to the west by Austria. Slovak is the countrys only official language, and its population of 5.4 million people speaks it.
Slovakia is a relatively new country that is frequently confused with Slovenia. It gained independence from Czechoslovakia in 1993. Today, Bratislava, the countrys capital and only a few hours drive from both Vienna and Prague, has established itself as a less touristy alternative to its more famous neighbours. The capital, which is located on the Danubes banks, has a vibrant nightlife scene as well as ancient buildings, such as Bratislava Castle, which overlooks the river and affords spectacular views of the city. Visitors to Bratislava can sample traditional Slovakian fare such as cheese and potato dumplings. Visitors can tour one of Europes most picturesque towns, Vlkolinec, which houses the continents largest cluster of traditional central European log cabins and is one of Slovakias seven UNESCO Heritage Sites, just outside the city.
For more contemporary art, Medzilaborce has the worlds second largest collection of Andy Warhol paintings, whose parents came from Slovakia to the United States. Visitors can walk the Tatras mountain range, which forms a natural barrier between Slovakia and Poland and offers magnificent paths along virgin meadows, in this hilly nation of waterfalls and lakes. In the winter, take advantage of Slovakias fast growing skiing sector, which provides an uncrowded, low-cost alternative to Austrias more pricey slopes.
Slovakia joined the Schengen area in 2007 after signing the Schengen Agreement in 2003.
There are 27 Schengen members states in Europe. You can see the full list of countries in the Schengen zone in the table on this page.
The processing time for a Schengen visa for Slovakia varies depending on the country where you are applying. In some countries, it can take a few weeks, while in others it can take several months. Which is why we encourage applying as soon as you’re able to.
If your Schengen visa application is denied, you will receive a letter explaining the reason for the denial. You may be able to appeal the decision, but the chances of success are slim. If your application is denied, you will not be able to travel to Slovakia or any of the other Schengen countries.