Traveling to and from Bratislava

Do I need visa to travel to Slovakia? Slovakia is part of the Schengen Area and European Economic area. How to travel to Bratislava?

As Bratislava lays in the Central Europe, it is very easily accessible by all types of transport. Slovakia is a member of Schengen Area and European Economic Area which guarantees that if you are from the country, that is a part of these areas, you can travel to Bratislava only with your valid ID or passport only. There are no border barriers, passport or customs controls and these countries, which have a common visa politics. People can cross the border wherever they want without control, unless it is a protected area above the second level of nature protection.

From Bratislava to other Europe

Bratislava has a unique position within whole Europe. It is only:

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No visa requirements

If you are from one of the following countries, you would not need any visa to enter Slovakia and travel to Bratislava:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

You can stay in Schengen area 90 days, if you are from one of the following countries:

Australia, Canada, USA, United Kingdom.

Visa requirements

In case you are a citizen of non European Union country but you have a visa for entering one of the EU country you can also enter Slovakia, because of the free transit within the Schengen area (Slovakia is a part of a Schengen Area Member States since 2009).

In other cases we highly recommend you to check the visa conditions in advance. In case of visa obligation, please contact your embassy located in Bratislava - Slovakia to get further information.
Find the list of Slovak embassies 

All countries not listed in the previous paragraphs will need to get visa to enter the Schengen area. You would need visa, if you are from one of the following countries:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea (North), Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Midway Islands, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Mariana Islands, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Christopher and NevisnoSaint Helena and Dependencies, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Western Samoa, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

General information regarding the visa to Slovakia

In order to entry Slovakia you have to apply for uniform Schengen Visa, which allows its holder to enter the  the Schengen Area Member States. The visa may be issued for one or more countries.

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.

Foreign nationals who are obliged to visa requirement and want to enter the Schengen area with Slovakia as a target destination must fill the visa application with the component Slovak embassies and consulates general abroad. The visa allows the foreigner to transit through or to stay in the Schengen area for the period of validity which is specified at the visa. The length of stay and expiry date is defined on the visa sticker as well. The co-operation the Schengen Member States ensure a uniform visa, valid for all Schengen countries.

What type of visa do I need?

The type of visa you need depends on the length and purpose of your visit. To find out the particular type you need, contact the competent embassy or consulate general.

Types of visas currently available:

Type A Schengen visa: airport transit visa

You can stay in the international transit area at the airport without any visa while waiting for a connecting flight with no problems or restrictions. This kind of visa allows you only to transit through the airport's international transit area. However, some nationalities are required to have a valid visa, even if they do not leave the international transit area. In a case of more information needed, contact your embassy in Slovakia.

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 is 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.

Remember the uniform Schengen visa cannot be used for employment or other similar profit-focused activity.

How to apply for visa?

The visa application is submitted on an official application form at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic accredited for the country where the applicant resides or the country of his citizenship. The visa application must be submitted in person and it should not be submitted earlier than 3 months prior to the planned trip to Slovakia.

For further steps visit this page or contact your embassy. 

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Discussion:

Sorry , I made a mistake previously .
hi, I'm from Slovakia and I am married to an Afghan . In his passport it is written that he is married to a member of EEU( myself) , we have been living in UK for more than 6 years. Does he need a visa to visit Slovakia for 2 weeks .

Published by Mary | 6 days ago

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Hi Mary,
sorry for later answer, was trying to find the solution. However, as I am not sure 100%, I would recommend you to reach to Ministry of Foreign Affairs (http://www.minv.sk/). Hope it helps.
Regards

Published by Jakub (Author) | 44 hours ago

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hi, I'm from Slovakia and I am married to an Afghan . In his passport it is written that he is married to a member of EEU( myself) , we have been living in UK for more than 6 years. Does he need a visa to visit Slovakia for 2 years??

Published by Mary | 6 days ago

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Hi i have been granted a Slovak National visa multi entry valid for one year...i will enter Slovakia by Air from Vienna to Kosice and travel by train to Bratislava.

My return is from Vienna by Air , So can i travel from Bratislava to Vienna by road or there are any restrictions or passport control since i dont have a schenegn visa instead have a Slovak National visa.

Published by Waleed | 14 May '14

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Hi Waleed,
any visas issued by Slovakian authority gives you right to enter any country in Shengen without any border controls. So if you want to travel to any countries of Shengen you can.
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Regards

Published by Jozef (Bratislava Guide) | 14 May '14

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Dear Sir/Madam,
My fiance is from Slovakia. Can he apply to get visa for me?
Is there any fiance(e) visa?

Best Regards,

Published by Rezvan | 14 May '14

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Dear Sir/Madam,
My fiance is from Slovakia. Can he apply to get visa for me?
Is there any fiance(e) visa? I am from Iran.

Best Regards,

Published by Rezvan | 14 May '14

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Hi Rezvan,
can you please explain what do you mean by "get visa for me"?
Thank you

Published by Jakub (Author) | 21 May '14

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Good day
Dear sir ma'am i would like to visit bratislava slovakia i would like know what are the tourist visa requirements only for pakistan.can you please send me all the details that easy for me to get visa.

Best regards
Shakeel khalid

Published by shakeel | 15 Apr '14

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Hi shakeel,
you need to contact Consulate of Slovakia in Karachi in Pakistan. The contact details could be found here
www.embassypages.com/...bassy7998/


Regards

Published by Samuel (Bratislava Guide) | 15 Apr '14

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Good day
I just would like to ask what is the touris visa requarmint for Pakistan

Published by Shakeel | 13 Feb '14

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Hi Shakeel ,
according to this website you need them. To get them, please visit this site www.embassypages.com/...bassy7998/
Regards

Published by Samuel (Bratislava Guide) | 13 Apr '14

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Hi, my husband and I are planning to visit Slovakia in Sept 14. His passport expires in Feb 15 tho he has a valid visa (EEA family member) until Aug 2016. Is there any passport validity requirement to enter Slovakia?? He has a Gambian passport. Thank you

Published by zuzka | 06 Feb '14

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Hi zuzka,
I seem not to see the problem, if passport expires in 2015, why couldn't you visit Bratislava in 2014? Please elaborate the issue
Regards

Published by Samuel (Bratislava Guide) | 13 Apr '14

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I want to asking if i have slovakia visa on my passport , i have passport of kosovo , can i go to other states in europe with that visa

Published by Kastro | 15 Dec '13

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Hi Kastro,
unfortunately I do not know the answer, please contact Ministry of foreign affairs - www.minz.sk
Thank you

Published by Jakub (Author) | 23 Dec '13

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I'm Mary,I want to asking if i need Slovakian visa to go to Slovakia my husband is from Slovakia we live in the uk now and I'm from Philippines.... I have a visa but my visa type residence card of a family member of an eea national......

Published by Mary grace Pastorek | 08 Dec '13

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Hi Mary,
as you live in UK, which is already a part of Europe, I think you will not need any visa. There will be no passports checks in Bratislava. However, please make yourself 100% clear by contacting Ministry of foreign affairs - www.minz.sk
Thank you

Published by Jakub (Author) | 23 Dec '13

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looking for travlling to Slovakia because iwill meet my fiancée we planning to married haw could I meet her

Published by tarekabosetta | 06 Nov '13

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Hi tarekabosetta,
I do not know what do you mean by how do I meet her. Do you have fiancé or dont? If you have you have meet her already if you do not have one I do not think I can help you.
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Published by Jozef (Bratislava Guide) | 15 Apr '14

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