Required Documents for Slovakia Schengen Visa
Application forms for Slovakian visa applications are available in a variety of languages, aside from English and Slovak. However, if your application comes with additional documents written in a language other than English or Slovak, they must come with an official translation in either English or Slovak.
Documents for a Slovakian visa application must be filled in using capital letters.
- Valid passport
- At least 2 blank pages
- With the applicant’s signature
- Not more than 10 years old
- Valid for at least 3 months after the expiration of the requested visa
- Previous passport, if applicable
- Passport-sized photos
- Size 3.5 x 4.5 cm
- Plain white background
- Taken within the past 6 months
- Forward-facing with facial features visible and clear
- Completed application form
- Biometric data (Fingerprints)
- Visa fee
- Documents pertinent to your trip
- Travel Itinerary or plan
- Proof of return to the country of residence or forward ticket to another country
- Reason for travel to Slovakia
- Flight reservations
- Proof of financial means (bank statements over the last 3-month period, personal properties, and/or other assets)
- Proof of accommodations (with booking reference number, location, and contact number of the hotel)
- Travel medical insurance
- Valid through the entire visa period
- Valid in all Schengen countries
- Minimum coverage of 30,000 EUR must be purchased
- Insurance conditions such as validity, duration, and extent of your coverage to be clearly stated on the confirmation letter or insurance document
- Employment letter with the following information:
- Name and address of employer
- Nature of employment
- Starting date of employment
- Purpose of travel
- Duration of time off from work for travel
- Scans (copies) of:
- Personal-ID page of passport.
- Older Schengen visas (if relevant).
- Residence permit (if relevant).
- Applicants below the age of 18 are required to submit the following additional requirements:
- Copy of birth certificate
- If the minor applicant is adopted, adoption documents are required
- If the minor applicant's parents are divorced, divorce papers are required
- If the minor applicant's parents are deceased, death certificates are required
- Letter of consent from both parents or legal guardians
- Passport copies of both parents or legal guardians
- It may also be necessary to submit supplementary documents in relation to your travel visa application.
Slovakia Visa Fees
The standard fee for the application of a Slovakian Schengen visa is 80 EUR. However, there are particular applicants who are exempted from fees, such as most student visas and visas for children below the age of 6. Applicants will probably have to pay a separate, non-refundable service payment with their application.
Slovakia Visa Application Steps
- Prepare all the required documents.
- Select “Tourism” as the reason for travel on the visa application form.
- Decide the number of entries needed to Slovakia or the Schengen area.
- Fill out the application form.
- Application procedures for a Slovakian Schengen visa may vary, depending on where you are applying from. Applicants may have to apply online through the Slovakian Electronic Visa Request which can be accessed here. Once the form is completed, the application will be sent to you through email and can be printed out.
- Alternatively, the form available here can also be downloaded and completed. Print and sign the application form and submit the paper copy to the Slovakian Consulate.
- Schedule a visa appointment, if applicable.
- Most applications require an in-person appointment at the nearest Slovakian Consulate or visa center in order to submit the application. Alternatively, applications may be submitted without prior appointment during normal operating hours. Contact the Slovakian Consulate or visa center to determine if there is a need to schedule an appointment.
- Submit your Slovakia Schengen visa application.
- Note: Applications must be submitted at least 15 days before the date of travel but not earlier than 6 months before the date of travel.
- Generally, applications must be submitted in person to the Slovakian Consulate or visa processing center. However, there may be a few differences in the submission procedures. There are rare circumstances when the consulate will waive the in-person requirement. Applications for children must be submitted personally by the parent or guardian.
- Applicants will likely be required to submit their fingerprints (biometric data). Children below the age of 12 are exempted from biometric data collection, but facial photo capturing is a must, regardless of the applicant’s age.
- Applicants may also be asked to come back on another date for an interview regarding their trip.
- Pay the visa application fee.
When to Apply for Slovakia Visa
Visa applications must be submitted at least 15 days before the travel date but not earlier than 6 months before the travel date.
Where to Apply
Applications should be submitted personally either through the Slovakian Consulate, or the consulate of a country that represents the consular affairs of Slovakia.
In countries without any Slovakian consulate, applications may be submitted through a Schengen state consulate representing the interests of a Slovakian consulate.
Applications should be submitted only in the country of residence.
Applicants who need to apply through a consulate or visa processing center located in a country where they are legally present but not a resident, must first obtain permission from the Slovakian embassy in that country and the embassy must agree to process the application.
Slovakia Visa Processing Time
Generally, it takes approximately 15 days to process Slovakia Schengen visa applications. However, in some cases it might take as long as 60 days.
For approved visa applications:
Applicants must ensure that the information on the visa is complete and valid upon collection.
Applicants who have received their Schengen Visa for Slovakia should remember the following things:
- Inform the Slovakian Consulate or visa application center of any change to your itinerary after submission is completed.
- The approval of a Schengen visa does not guarantee entry upon arrival to Slovakia or other countries in the Schengen area.
- Additional documents pertaining to your financial means or accommodation may still be required to gain entry to Slovakia or other Schengen areas.
For denied visa applications:
If your application for a Slovakian Schengen visa was rejected, you have the right to appeal the decision within 15 days.
The appeal process begins by picking up the standard-issued visa refusal form which also has the details of the reason for the rejection and the procedures of the appeal process.
The appeal must be written or must come with a translation into Slovak. It should also explain why the applicant believes the rejection was invalid or unlawful.
The appeal must be submitted to the same consulate that issued the refusal.
A non-refundable fee of 30 EUR must be paid for the appeal to be processed.