Slovakia — A landlocked country in central Europe. It is bordered by Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Austria and Czech Republic. In Jan 1, 1993, Czechoslovakia split into Czech Republic and Slovakia. Slovakia covers around 19,000 sq mi with mountains mostly with a population of 5.4 mil approx. Its capital is Bratislava.
Bratislava Castle houses a branch of the Slovak National Museum, with displays ranging from antique Roman artifacts to 20th-century arts and crafts. Slovakia is a democratic country having a high income advanced economy with a very high standard of living with a good insight in civil liberties, freedom of press and internet. It provides universal health care, free education and a long parental leave. Slovakia is also the world’s largest per capita car producer and ranking as the 7th largest car producer in EU.
In 2018, Slovak citizens had visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 179 countries and territories, ranking the Slovak passport 10th in the world. Slovakia contains many castles, most of them are in ruins now. The best known castles include Bojnice Castle, Bratislava Castle and the ruins of Devin Castle. Čachtice Castle has a horrific history. It was once the home of a prolific female serial killer the world has ever known, Elizabeth Bathory.
Its currency is Euro (€). Christians make the large population of the country and the rest are Jews followed by Muslims. Official language is Slovak; Hungarian is also widely spoken with Rusyn spoken in some parts. Another horrific history of Slovakia is that there were many Jews in the country but during World War II, the country witnessed most of the Jews murdered in the Holocaust. The Slovakians are fond of different forms of culture and art with amazing cuisines and wines (red, white and rose).
Slovakia is listed as a member state of the Schengen Agreement and the European Union. The country permits the U.S. citizens to enter the country for 90 days, be it a tourist or business purpose without a visa. But the passport should be valid three months beyond the period of stay. You also need 10,000 € or equivalent with you and a return air ticket.
The Schengen area consist of 26 European countries. They does not have any border controls between them. The countries are: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Finland, France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Norway, Malta, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Hungary, Iceland, Estonia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Sweden, Slovenia, Portugal and Latvia. They have a common short stay visa policy.
You will require a visa to visit the nation of Slovakia just like visiting maximum of other nations. Now, your reason for visiting Slovakia could be any and it is that reason which will decide the type of visa you should apply for. There are two types of Slovakia visas:
This type of visa allows you a stay of 90 days. Granting you a freedom of tourism, business journey, family and study visit or any which does not require work or residence permit. A Schengen visa may be valid for one or multiple entries.
This type of visa is for one who exceeds 90 days stay. Be it for temporary or permanent residence.
Aforementioned, your visit to Slovakia can be for any reason and the reason will decide the kind of visa you are given. The types of visa for each visit are:
If you plan to stay for more than 3 months; you have to apply for a national visa to stay further. You need to apply for national D-type visa. Period of validity of D-Visa cannot be more than 1 year
You can check the status of your Slovakia visa by going online and ‘tracking the application’
The documents mentioned above are mandatory, otherwise visa will not be issued and your application will be rejected.
You have to go in person while applying for any Slovakia visa, as the biometric enrolment procedure is being conducted. More details of the enrolment is given below.
Register and download the application form
Fill the form and sign on pages 2 and 3.
Book an appointment online and go to Slovak Republic in New Delhi in person.
Note: Application will not be accepted without an appointment
Get the printed form and all the mandatory documents.
Fingerprints are collected
The application fee must be paid in Indian rupees
Track your application via online portal.
Collect your visa from the Embassy of Slovakia.
All the applicants are required to appear in person in order to provide biometric data, which is a simple procedure. Biometric data are collected by capturing a 10 digit fingerprint scan. For frequent travelers, the fingerprints once given can be reused for the applications for next 5 years.
The cost differ from visa to visa, on the type of visa you require.
|Schengen visa (6-12 yrs)||35|
|National visa with granted residence permit||9.50|
Earlier it was said that the citizens of India can submit their Slovakia Schengen visa application at the VFS office in Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai. But, now it’s been announced that from Jan 1, 2019, the Embassy of Slovak Republic will accept applications directly and for Schengen visa only on Mondays and the applications for National visa are accepted only on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.
|Address||50-M, Niti Marg, Chanakyapuri, 110021, New Delhi|
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They will not be issued a Schengen visa if they fail to provide biometric data. Only applicants under the said categories won’t be affected:
In that case you will need an original certificate of Single Custody.
Yes, that is true. From Jan 1, 2019. All the Schengen visa (type C) will be only accepted at the Embassy of Slovak Republic and that too only on Mondays. While the National visa (type D) will only be accepted at Embassy of Slovak Republic and that too only on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
No, you cannot. The requirement says that your passport can expire only after 3 months after your arrival. However, in justified cases of emergencies, they might be allowed. But you need a full proof to state the case of emergency.
No, it allows you to travel or stay in other Schengen States for the maximum duration of a “short stay” (a stay of "90 days in any 180 days period").
Yes, you can generally cross over any Schengen border by a visa issued by any Schengen country.
The standard notification form is handed out if the visa is refused. The notification of the refusal must include the reasons of refusal. You are free to apply again for a Schengen visa. But, it will be wise of you, if you take note of the reasons for the earlier refusal before submitting a new application and make the required changes.
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Attention: Please contact the Slovakian Embassy in your country for the updates on any Slovakia Visa requirements!