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In 2021 the European Union will introduce a new travel authorization known as ETIAS visa waiver. ETIAS will become a requirement to travel to Slovakia and most European countries. Once available, you will be able to find more information and apply on this website.
Approved by the European Parliament in 2016 and due to be implemented in 2021, ETIAS for Slovakia is an electronic visa waiver that allows eligible citizens to visit Slovakia and all 26 Schengen Area countries.
The European Commission is implementing the ETIAS Visa Waiver for Slovakia in order to improve Schengen Area border security and increase safety within Europe. The system will pre-screen all visa-exempt travelers to the Schengen Area to identify any potential threats before they reach European borders.
European Visa Waiver for Slovakia is a multiple entry travel authorization that will permit a stay up to 90 days within every 180 days for each entry to the Schengen Area. ETIAS Slovakia is valid for a total of 3 years from the date of approval.
Eligible citizens will be able to submit an ETIAS application for Slovakia online, which only takes a few minutes to complete with personal and passport information. It is also necessary to answer a few security-related questions in order to submit the ETIAS Slovakia application form and receive an approved visa waiver via email.
Those who apply for the ETIAS to Slovakia are able to travel to the Schengen Area for tourism, transit, medical treatment, or business purposes. Those who wish to travel to Slovakia for other purposes should contact their nearest Slovakian Embassy or Consulate.
Eligible citizens must first meet the requirements for an ETIAS for Slovakia in order to submit an application online.
ETIAS requirements for Slovakia for documents involve the applicant having a passport from an eligible country valid for at least 3 months from the intended date of entry to Slovakia and the Schengen Area.
Slovakia ETIAS visa waiver requirements also state that the applicant should have a valid credit or debit card to pay the ETIAS fee, as well as a current email address at which to receive the approved visa waiver.
Those with an approved ETIAS Slovakia will be able to present their passport at Slovakian border control, to gain expedited entry to the Schengen Area.
It is essential for applicants with dual nationality to ensure they use the same passport to complete the Slovakia ETIAS application as that which they will later use to travel to the Schengen Area, as the approved ETIAS is electronically linked to an individual travel document.
For this reason, it is also necessary as a requirement to travel to Slovakia to submit a new visa waiver application if the traveler’s passport expires during the validity of the ETIAS.
As Slovakia has signed the Schengen Agreement, it shares a common visa policy with the 26 Schengen Area countries, which have abolished passport control at their mutual borders.
Citizens of Schengen countries are able to travel freely within the borders of the Schengen zone, without the need for a visa or travel authorization. Therefore, residents of Schengen countries do not need an ETIAS to travel to Slovakia or within Schengen borders.
At the moment citizens of a number of countries outside the Schengen Zone can travel to Slovakia and the other countries in the Schengen zone for up to 90 days without a visa. However, by the end of 2021, these same citizens will be required to obtain an ETIAS Slovakia visa waiver before traveling to the Schengen countries for short stays.
This includes non-European nationals such as citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan, as well as European countries outside the Schengen Area.
The ETIAS Europe Visa waiver for Slovakia is a multiple entry travel authorization which permits the holder to stay up to 90 days with each entry to the Schengen Zone and is valid for 3 years from the date of approval. It permits travel to Slovakia for purposes of business, transit, tourism, and medical treatment.
Those who are not eligible to apply for a Slovakia ETIAS, or those who wish to travel to Slovakia for purposes such as to work or study, are required to make an appointment to apply for a Slovakia Schengen visa at a Slovakian diplomatic office.
To apply for a Schengen visa for Slovakia it is first necessary to download, print, and complete a Schengen visa application for Slovakia to bring to the visa appointment.
Slovakia visa requirements also state that the applicant should present a valid passport with at least 2 blank pages, as well as a range of supporting documentation which varies depending on the intended purpose of the stay in Slovakia.
Slovakia Visa FAQ
Approved by the European Parliament in 2016 and due to be implemented in 2021, ETIAS Slovakia is a multiple entry electronic visa waiver that allows eligible citizens to visit Slovakia and all 26 Schengen Area countries.
Yes, ETIAS allows multiple entries to Slovakia during its 3-year validity.
An ETIAS permits the holder to stay a maximum of 90 days within every 180 days, with each entry to Slovakia and the Schengen Area.
The price of the ETIAS visa waiver for Slovakia has not yet been announced and will be published on this site when made available.
Yes, all children (minors) from visa waiver countries under the age of 18 will be required to have an individual approved ETIAS in order to enter Slovakia and Schengen countries.
The standard processing time for the ETIAS for Slovakia has yet to be announced and will be published on this site once available.
Applicants are advised to submit an ETIAS for Slovakia application at least 72 hours before the intended date of arrival in Slovakia and the Schengen Area, to allow sufficient processing time for the visa waiver.
In order to apply for the Slovakia ETIAS, it is necessary to have a passport from an eligible country valid for at least 3 months from the intended date of arrival in the Schengen Area, as well as a credit or debit card to pay the ETIAS for Slovakia fee and a current email address at which to receive the visa waiver.
All citizens from an ETIAS visa waiver country will be expected to obtain an approved ETIAS before traveling to Slovakia and the Schengen Area.
Applicants are advised to carefully check that all of the information provided on the ETIAS Slovakia application is correct before submitting the form, as even small errors are expected to result in the application being rejected.
Holders of an ETIAS are able to present the same passport they used to complete the ETIAS visa waiver application in order to pass through Slovakian border control.
It will not be mandatory to print a paper copy of the electronic ETIAS visa waiver to present to transportation carriers and at border control, as ETIAS Slovakia will be electronically linked to the applicant’s passport.