Known for the magnificent castles and caves, Slovakia is the country with the highest number of castles per capita. With the beautiful churches, natural springs, and glaciers, the country is among the top of any traveller’s bucket list. With the Slovakia tourist visa, people who are not from the Schengen can now enter Slovakia.
Also known as the Slovakia Schengen tourist visa, this is issued for people entering Slovakia for the purpose of tourism. The permit is issued for a maximum stay duration of 90 days in a 180-day period. The exact duration and validity depend on the consular officer processing your application. The permit can be issued as single-entry, double-entry, or even a multiple-entry depending on the number of times you would have to exit and enter the Schengen zone.
The Slovakia tourist visa application from India has been outsourced to the Visa Application Centres (VAC) by the Slovakian Embassy. The application is done offline. Before starting the application, you must ensure that you meet all the eligibility conditions for the tourist visa. After this, you may proceed to make the application as follows -
Note that if you have submitted your biometrics for the application for any of the Schengen visas in the past 5 years, you do not have to submit them again. Also, ensure that you provide only genuine documents and correct information. Providing false information or forged documents are grounds for automatic visa rejection.
To be able to apply for the tourist permit, you must meet the following conditions -
As per the Slovakia tourist visa requirements for Indian citizens, the following are the documents you would need to make an application for the Slovakia tourist visa from India.
Proof of occupation such as employment letter, Copy of business license, etc.
Financial documents such as bank statements of the past 3 months, Passbook copy, ITR, etc.
The processing time for the tourist application is dependent on the validity of the permit, the number of applications at the embassy, as well as your previous travel history. Normally, it takes around 15 working days to process your application. However, this can sometimes even take up to 30 days or 60 days in certain extreme conditions. As a result, it is suggested that you apply for a visa well in advance.
The application fees for this tourist permit is dependent upon the foreign currency exchange rates, as well as the embassy. Apart from the application fee, there will be biometric charges, delivery charges, as well as any service charges levied by the VAC. As a result, you must check the exact amount before starting the application.
Once you have submitted the application at one of the VACs, it is then forwarded to the Embassy of the Slovak Republic for processing. Note that even though you have submitted the application at a VAC, the processing is solely in the hands of the embassy. The VAC has absolutely no say in the processing. And cannot influence in any circumstances.
If your visa has been approved, you can collect it directly from the VAC, or have it delivered to you for an additional charge.
Once you have received your passport with the visa back, you must keep in mind the following points to ensure a hassle-free journey.
It is not possible to extend the Slovakian permit under normal conditions as it is a Schengen short term category. However, in certain cases such as a Force Majeure, or other humanitarian reasons, you may be granted an extension. In all other cases, you must not try to extend the visa and must leave the Slovak Republic before expiry.
After you have expired the Slovakian permit, you are not supposed to stay back in the country for any amount of time. As per the immigration laws, you must leave the country before the expiry date. Staying back after this period is considered as an offence, and can get you deported, and in some other cases even be banned from entering the Schengen zone again.
Since the tourist permit is issued only for a short duration of fewer than 90 days, there are no mandatory medical test requirements. The long term D categories will require medical tests as per the individual type. Either way, it is recommended that you get a health checkup before travelling to a foreign country.
No, it is not possible to convert any of the Slovakian Schengen category permits into another type. You are also not allowed to take part in paid work while you are on this permit. You can take part in unpaid voluntary work. If you do require to work, you must apply for a visa once you are back in India.
Yes, you are permitted to travel to other Schengen countries on this. Being a Schengen and EU country, Slovakia participates in a visa-free agreement with other Schengen countries. However, you can only travel to European countries that are also a part of the Schengen. Despite this, there are a few non-European countries that allow you to enter them with a Schengen visa. Eg:- Croatia.
As per the embassy. it takes around 15 working days to process the application under normal conditions excluding the time taken for transit. As a result, it is suggested that you apply at least 15 days in advance of the date of travel. However, you are not allowed to apply for more than 3 months before the travel date.