Visas and Passports
Visas and Passports
CONSULAR INFORMATION AND TRAVEL VISA
What is the Schengen area?
The Schengen area is a part of the territory of the European Union in which the rules of free movement of persons, goods, services and capital apply. People may freely travel around this area without any border checks at internal borders of Schengen Member States. In fact, the internal borders were abolished and border checks at Schengen external borders have been reinforced in order to safeguard the security of Member States. The joint border check rules and effective oversight on the external borders aim at preventing illegal migration, drug trafficking and other illegal activities. The Schengen Member States also apply a uniform visa policy regime.
Members of the Schengen area: Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Germany, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Swiss Confederation, Sweden and Italy.
More information about the Schengen area is available at: ec.europa.eu
Do I need a visa to enter the Schengen area? Where can I apply for a visa?
Foreign nationals who are subject to visa requirement and want to enter the Schengen area, with Slovakia being their target destination, must file a visa application with the competent Slovak embassy or consulate general. Foreign nationals legally residing in a third country (i.e. other than the country of their citizenship) may apply for a visa at the embassy/consulate general competent for the country of their current residence.
What is a visa?
A visa is issued in the form of a visa sticker. Visas are issued by Slovak embassies and consulates general abroad or, under extraordinary circumstances (e.g. humanitarian reasons), by the Slovak police at a border crossing point. The visa entitles the foreign national to transit through or to stay in the Schengen area for the period of validity of the respective visa. The length of stay and expiry date of the visa is specified on the visa sticker. Within local Schengen co-operation the Schengen Member States issue a uniform visa valid for all Schengen countries.
List of border crossings:
Land border between Slovakia and Ukraine:
1. Cierna nad Tisou – Cop (railway border crossing)
2. Ubla – Malyj Bereznyj
3. Velké Slemence – Mali Selmenici
4. Vyšné Nemecké – Užhorod
5. Matovské Vojkovce – Pavlovo (railway border crossing; cargo only)
1. Bratislava airport
2. Košice airport
3. Poprad airport
What type of visa do I need?
The type of visa you will need depends on the length and purpose of your visit. A decision on the particular type of visa is made by the competent embassy or consulate general.
Types of visas currently available:
Type A Schengen visa: airport transit visa
You can normally stay in the international transit area at the airport without a visa while waiting for a connecting flight. However, some natinalities are required to have a valid visa, even if they do not leave the international transit area. The Airport Transit Visa only authorises the holder to transit through the airport's international transit area.
Type C Schengen visa: entry visa
The visa entitles its holder to enter and stay in the Schengen area for not more than a total of 90 days within a six-month period subsequent to the date of the first entry. This visa may be issued for one or several entries (single entry and multiple entry visa).
National visa type D (long-stay)
National (long-stay) visa may be issued in relation to the granted residence permit or in connection with Slovakia´s commitments under international treaties or for the benefit of the Slovak Republic. It si allowed for long-term visa holders to travel to other member states (outside the frontier of the state who issued the visa), however the total of stay cannot exceed 90 days in any six month period.
When should I apply for a visa?
The visa application procedure may be lengthy in some cases. Therefore, you should file your application well in advance, but not sooner than three months prior to your planned trip. Under the applicable law, the visa application procedure shall not take longer than 15 days, in exceptional cases the decision may take up to 60 days.
Exemptions apply to the nationals of the third countries which have signed Community-level visa facilitation agreements. Such countries include Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Georgia and Ukraine. With respect to the nationals of the aforementioned countries, the decision must be delivered within 10 calendar days of the delivery of a completed visa application. Nationals of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia don´t need visa, if they are holders of biometric passports.
Conditions for the granting of a visa:
When intending to apply for visa the foreign nationals are urged to contact the territorially competent Slovak embassy/consulate general in order to receive a detailed and up-to-date information on visa requirements since the general information provide below may not fully cover the visa requirements applicable in the third country.
In general, when applying for a Schengen visa, foreign nationals have to submit the following:
1) a completed “Application for Schengen Visa” form
The application must be signed by the applicant; in the case of minors or persons lacking legal capacity, the application must be signed by their legal guardian who is required to attach a copy of the document identifying him/her as the applicant’s legal guardian.
2) full-face colour photo, with dimensions of 3x3.5 cm.
3) valid travel document; the travel document must be valid for at least three months longer than the expected validity of the visa requested and it must have been issued within previous 10 years. The document shall contain at least 2 blank pages.
4) documents demonstrating the purpose and conditions of the planned stay (a letter of invitation, a voucher in the case of an organised trip etc.)
5) accommodation-related documents, e.g.:
a voucher/reservation confirming hotel accommodation and services provided;
- a personal letter of invitation confirming that the applicant will stay at the inviting person’s place;
- other documents.
6) documents confirming sufficient means of subsistence, e.g.:
- cash in a freely convertible currency;
- travel cheques;
- a bank account statement confirming that the applicant has had a regular income (salary, pension) in the previous 6-12 months;
- other documents safeguarding funds in a convertible currency.
|Visa Type||Fees Charged|
|Uniform schengen visa application||60,-EUR|
|Uniform schengen visa application for children from the age of 6 to 12 years||35,-EUR|
|National (long-stay) visa granted in connection with the performance of Slovakia’s commitments under international treaties or for the benefit of the Slovak Republic or along with a residence permit in the Slovak Republic||33,-EUR|
|National (long-stay) visa issued in connection with collection of granted residence permit in the Slovak Republic||9,50-EUR|
Visa application administration fee for nationals of third countries which have signed a Visa Facilitation Agreement with the Community:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Montenegro (holders of non biometric passports)
- Macedonia (holders of non biometric passports)
- Russian Federation
- Serbia (holders of non biometric passports)
- Czech Republic
- The Netherlands
- United Kingdom